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RV Classes Explained - Class A, B, C, Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, & Pop Up
RV trips are a great way to get a taste of the open road while staying in a cozy environment that lets you bond with family and friends. That's just one of the many reasons why renting an RV has become a popular way to travel.
RVshare helps streamline the process of renting recreational vehicles. With thousands of listings, we have something for everyone. If you decide that renting an RV is something you'd like to consider, you might begin to feel a little overwhelmed by how many options are available. Because there are so many choices, It's a good idea to have all of the RV classes explained before you make a decision.
Understanding RV Classes
RVs are categorized into classes based on their characteristics. In this article, we’ll learn a little more about the classes of RV trailers and campers, as well as compare the different RV classes to help you pick the best option for you and your family.
What do the Different RV Classes Mean?
Why read an entire explanation of RV classes? Well, the class of your RV can be a factor in the type of trip you're able to take. If you're not familiar with the options, you may end up unhappy with what you rent.
Where you camp, how many people you travel with, and how much you spend are all things that can be affected by the class of motorhome you choose.
How Many Classes of RV are There?
So, what are the RV classes? Well, There are six main classes, each with their own pros and cons. These are class A, class B, class C, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and pop-ups.
To help you decide which unit would be best for your vacation, let's explain the characteristics of each of the RV classes, as well as examine some of their advantages and disadvantages.
RV Classes A, B, C
The classes can be split into two groups, motorized and non-motorized. Motorized trailers are vehicles that run on their own, while non-motorized trailers need to be towed by another vehicle. Once you've seen each of these RV classes defined, it will be much easier to narrow down your choices.
Starting with motorized RVs, we have the Class A RV. These large motorhomes typically include all the modern comforts you're used to having at home. The driving and living compartment are connected for ultimate convenience. They're perfect for long family trips.
One of the main advantages of Class A motorhomes is that they are spacious and comfortable, so you won't have any problems with feeling crowded or homesick on a long trip. Having so much space also means that there's plenty of storage space, so it's not a problem if you tend to overpack. Even though they're so large, they're still relatively easy to drive on the highway.
A drawback to having such a large, luxurious RV is the cost. Class A motorhomes tend to be the most expensive. It also requires a large spot to store it when it's not in use and may be difficult to park in tight spaces, which can prove to be a problem in some campsites.
Another type of RV that has a connected driving and living space is the Class B, which is a campervan. These are the same size as a van, which makes them good for local transportation as well as for road trips.
The best thing about the class B motorhome is that its small size makes storage easy, as it fits in any standard driveway or parking spot. However, this small size also limits storage space and can make long trips feel a little crowded and uncomfortable.
Next up is the RV. Smaller than class A, but bigger than class B, the class C motorhome is a perfect middle ground for those who want some extra space, but are intimidated by the size of the class A motorhome.
The size of the class C RV makes it easy to drive, as it's similar to a large van or truck. It does have more space than the campervan, which makes it more suited to longer trips. However, if you plan on traveling for very long periods, you may eventually start to feel cramped.
Moving onto the non-motorized RVs, we have the travel trailer. These are towable trailers that can come in a variety of sizes. These are perfect for large family trips, as they can fit plenty of people.
This class of RV has great flexibility because of their open floor plans, and because of the many types of travel trailers available, but it takes a bit of practice to get used to towing one.
Next up is the fifth wheel, which is actually very similar to the travel trailer. The fifth wheel makes towing easier by distributing weight over the vehicle used to pull it. Although this does mean that the vehicle used to tow it must be equipped with a fifth wheel hitch.
Last but not least is the, a lightweight unit that collapses for easy transport. The pop-up trailer is best suited for short trips with only a few people.
One of the main draws of the pop-up trailer is the price, it's one of the cheapest RVs available. It doesn't require a special vehicle to tow it either, almost any vehicle can handle it. However, the limited space is a big drawback for many people.
RV Classes Defined
Deciding to rent an RV can be a daunting task if you're unfamiliar with the different trailer classes and RV trailer types. Now that you're a little more familiar with the classes, you can consider what fits your needs best.
Are you more concerned about having a comfortable open space than you are with the cost? Look into our many Class A rentals!
If you're planning a short trip with your closest loved one, maybe the pop-up trailer is more your style. We've got plenty of those to choose from!
No matter which class of RV you decide is the best fit for you, RVshare has you covered.