The largest and roomiest of all the RVs, Class A motorhomes are motorized vehicles that offer all of the luxuries of a stationary home.
Offered in varying sizes and levels of equipment, a Class A is most often identified as the giant in the RV world. Indeed, a new Class A RV does offer nearly everything you can find in a modern home, including such notable options as a central vacuuming system, full-size refrigerator, combination washer/dryer, fireplace, etc. The Class A motorhome is available with a gas or diesel engine and is ideal for full-time living, family vacations, tailgating, weekend excursions and more.
The Class B is often referred to as a conversion van, while the Class C is distinguished by the sleeping bunk directly over the vehicle’s cab.
Class B motorhomes look much like a regular van, but by using many clever designs, they are able to offer a home on wheels for two or even four people. For example, oftentimes the roof on a Class B is raised and the floor is dropped providing additional headroom. In some cases, the dining room table in a Class B motorhome converts to the main bed. These are just some of the innovations manufacturers use on the Class B RV to provide all the luxuries of home in a smaller package.
Often built on a truck chassis, a Class C RV has many of the same creature comforts of a Class A, but in a smaller package. This makes Class C motorhomes more maneuverable and easier to park. The extension over the vehicle’s cab is often a sleeping bunk and one of the main features that stand out on a Class C motorhome. Nowadays, this over-cab bunk is becoming more of an option, allowing you to choose between an above-cab entertainment system or extra sleeping space.
Ideal for adventurous types, a truck camper is an RV that can go anywhere a truck can go.
A truck camper sits in the back of a pickup truck, and because it doesn’t make use of the hitch, the truck can still tow additional equipment or trailers. Although not often utilized, jacks or hydraulic lifts can raise the camper off the truck for further exploring. Long gone are the cramped campers for trucks; today’s campers provide cooking capabilities, dining areas and comfortable sleeping quarters. Many find the truck with camper option makes roughing it significantly less rough.
A pop-up camper’s fold-up, lightweight design makes it easy for most trucks, SUVs and even cars, to tow for providing the perfect RV for first-time users eager to explore.
Small, compact and lightweight, the pop-up camper usually features canvas sides that expand up to reveal comfortable sleeping, cooking and lounging areas, and some even include showers and toilets. When closed, its low height—normally measuring just four feet—provides a clear line of sight out the rear of the tow vehicle, and its length is conducive to garages and other areas you would normally park a car. The pop-up camper’s low weight allows it to be towed by most trucks, SUVs and even cars, and it easily detaches to make the tow vehicle free for exploring.
Convenient for long-term travel as well as short trips, a travel trailer is easy to tow with a minivan, SUV or truck.
Predecessor to the motorhome, the travel trailer offers an array of floor plans, sizes and amenities, and is considered by some to be the first step to a class-level RV. In fact, the travel trailer camper—with optional slideouts—can accommodate as many people and offer the same luxuries as a motorhome. In addition, since it doesn’t encompass a wearing drivetrain, a travel trailer can actually retain more of its value.
Easily identified by a raised extension that sits over and locks into the bed of a truck, fifth wheels have a split-level floor plan and offer a home-like atmosphere.
What is a 5th wheel? Like travel trailers, fifth wheels are towed behind, but because a fifth wheel locks into the bed of a pickup and puts more weight over the rear axle, it is considerably more stable. The 5th wheel camper’s extension over the truck bed usually houses a bedroom accessed via a small set of stairs inside. Available in a variety of sizes and with as many as four slideouts, a fifth wheel can offer all the accommodations of a motorhome with a separate, detachable tow vehicle for exploring.