Types of RVs
There are two main types of RVs, which are fifth wheels and travel trailers. Then there are park trailers and toy haulers which are in their own class but also fall into the first two categories. Let's take a look at these types and break down what each term means so you can have a good understanding of the basic makeup of them.
After figuring out which type of RV you're interested in, you'll next want to figure out the type of layout you need. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory such as rear kitchen, full bath, or rear garage. Some of the less self-explanatory layout terms are "Bunkhouse", "Den Area", "Loft", and "Patio Deck." Here are the loose definitions of these differing layouts:
- Bunkhouse: A bunkhouse is an RV that offers bunks either instead of or in addition to a master bedroom. These are great for RVers with kids or someone who wants to bring along friends or family! Sometimes the bunks are just part of the main trailer layout while others have a whole private room dedicated for the bunks.
- Den Area: A den area, sometimes called a "bonus room," is usually one where you will find a sofa and maybe an entertainment center, desk, or other added storage. Some RVs have a den that is also a bunkhouse in the fact that you can usually find a bunk above the sofa, and the sofa typically converts into a bed.
- Loft: A loft can be found in a number of different layouts and it's just what you would most likely guess it is. Many toy haulers have a loft area with a mattress above the garage. Some bunkhouses have a loft with a mattress built in above them. Many layouts that offer the den/bunkhouse combo have a loft above the den as well. A loft is typically for one person and offers a cozy, snug space for sleeping.
- Patio Deck: Some RVs actually have a patio deck that folds out so you can sit up off the ground! Some of them are off the side, usually in front of a sliding glass door, while others are a toy hauler that can convert the ramp door into a patio. These are the ultimate RVs for tailgating so you can enjoy the outdoors away from the creepy crawlers on the ground!
Manufacturers and Brands
Cougars, and wolves, and raptors, oh my! There are a lot of different manufacturers out there and even more brands! If you click through enough layouts and floor plans you may start to see that some of them look a little similar. This is because, just like how vehicle manufacturers have different brands and models, so do RV manufacturers. General Motors produces Chevy, Pontiac, and GMC where Keystone produces Bullet, Montana, and Sprinter. While they may have some of the same qualities, Keystone will designate features specifically for Bullet and others for Montana only, just the same way that GM designates some features just for Chevy and others just for Pontiac, . It allows them to create all different combinations of RVs to offer something for everyone. The three manufacturers we work with here at Lakeshore RV are Forest River, Heartland, and Keystone. You can check out the different brands we carry from each here!
Our Helpful Blog
You're here! This is our helpful blog where we release articles to help support the RV lifestyle. Along with things like where you can camp, what activities to do, recipes you can make, and general camping tips, we also have our "RV Guidance" section. Here we try to answer some of the burning questions RVers and future RVers have. In this section we offer info on things like how to change a flat, organization tips, how towing and weights work, caring for your tanks, if you can ride in a towed RV, and much much more! You can check out this section 24 hours a day for info and if you don't see what you're looking for, let us know!
At Lakeshore RV we have a team of dedicated RV specialists who know these rigs inside and out! The best thing about these men and women is, they're not into pressuring customers into a sale. Want to go out and look at the RVs alone so you can freely discuss them? That's fine! You just come let us know when you have a question! Or if you want someone to come along with you for added information and to help you find the right RV, they can do that too! If you're still unsure about what type of RV you need, it's recommended that you speak with one of our specialists. They'll be able to ask you some key questions and help you narrow it down to a manageable number of options so you're not so overwhelmed.
Once you have your RV picked out, you may be considering heading to your bank for a loan. Our financing team can make it even easier for you! Fill out a credit app and they'll submit it for you. We work with many different banks to get you the best interest rate out there and many times we find that even if you go to the same bank we submit it to, we can get you a lower rate. Our team works hard to make getting your dream vacation home on wheels a reality. No matter what it is that's causing those feelings of intimidation on your first time purchase of an RV, let Lakeshore put your mind at ease! We're very enthusiastic about camping and want to be able to share the freedom of owning an RV with you! Give us a call today!