If you’re new to the RV industry or shopping for a New or Used RV, it’s helpful to know the basics of the different RV types. There are many different RV types available that can make the process of buying confusing and challenging for new RV owners. We’re here to help you define the different types of RV classes and cover the basics of each RV type.
Motorhomes are motorized recreational vehicles that don’t require another vehicle to propel them down the road. They come in three different classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C motorhomes.
Class A Motorhome
Class A motorhomes are the largest and built using a strong, heavy duty frame. These are usually constructed on a commercial bus chassis, commercial truck chassis, or a motor vehicle chassis. Class A motorhomes are known to be more luxurious with plenty of storage and roomy interior. With more luxurious features and larger space, Class A motorhomes come with a higher price tag. They range in length between 22 feet to 45 feet long. Class A motorhomes are perfect for the full-time RVers who appreciate luxury, space, and top quality amenities.
Class B Motorhome
Class B motorhomes are typically referred to as “camper vans”. Inside, there is an elevated roof making enough space to stand. Class B motorhomes come equipped with a kitchen, living space, and bathroom, but are typically very small. These are the least expensive motorhomes since they are the smallest. They are easy to drive and have the best fuel economy. Class B motorhomes are for the adventure lover who likes to live economically and explore the country.
Class C Motorhome
If you’re looking for the amenities of a Class A motorhome but don’t want a large RV, the Class C motorhome is for you. A Class C motorhome is the combination of a Class A and Class B. They are built on a cabin chassis and have better gas mileage than the Class A. These RVs have full kitchens, baths, larger seating space, overcab bunk, and occasionally a slide out. Class C motorhomes are easier to drive and are typically 20-40 feet long. With the smaller size, comes a smaller price point compared to a Class A making this affordable and family friendly.
Towable RVs need another vehicle to propel them down the road. They include Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers, and Pop-up Campers.
Fifth Wheel RVs are the largest type of the towable RVs and are pulled by large pick-up trucks with a hitch located in the bed of the truck. With it being connected to the bed of the truck, it gives you a better handle when turning and backing up. Full time RVers love the space and amenities of a fifth wheel with the raised master suite in front of the RV with a complete living area behind it. They come equipped with luxurious bathrooms, chef-inspired kitchens, and large entertainment space. More amenities means a larger price tag compared to the other towable options. If comfort and luxury is what you seek, a fifth wheel RV is right for you!
The adventure enthusiast and extreme sports fanatics will love their outdoor getaways in a Toy Hauler. Pack up your ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile, or dirt bikes in the rear storage garage. Toy Haulers are designed to combine residential living with cargo storage. Once you reach your destination, you unload your cargo and easily turn the garage into additional living space. Toy Haulers make it easier to enjoy an adventurous lifestyle.
Travel Trailers are the most popular types of RVs. They range in size from 20 to 40 feet long, available at different price points to meet any budget, and are lightweight and easy to tow behind a truck, SUV or crossover. Some more luxurious Travel Trailers have large kitchens with upgraded appliances and full entertainment in the living area. Some even come equipped with bunkhouses. Travel trailers are easy to tow and unhitch to leave behind at the campsite making it a convenient way to explore.
Pop-ups are the smallest RVs on the market making them the easiest to tow. They are compact when driving down the road but once they are popped up they offer a decent amount of space. They feature a hard roof and canvas sides with screen windows. Most carry small kitchenettes or a toilet / shower combo. Pop-up campers are perfect for those looking to give camping a try without investing a ton of money. They can be towed by a truck, SUV, minivan or crossover. They are hassle free and easy to maintain.
When shopping for the best RV type to meet your needs, decide what type of camping you prefer, what amenities are important to you. No matter what style you choose, the staff at Lakeshore RV in Muskegon can help you find the perfect RV. We have over 500 RVs in stock, offer zero-down financing options and will deliver right to your home, anywhere in the country. Call us today and get on the road to adventure! 231-788-2040