The Lazydays Guide to Choosing an RV for Your Family: Part 1
For some, it’s something that your family will use on vacations for years to come. For others, it’s a home for the foreseeable future. Making this type of investment requires due diligence on the buyer’s part and the RV experts at Lazydays RV are here to help.
Over the next few months, we’ll cover everything buyers should look for when choosing an RV for their family. One of the many great things about RVs is their versatility, which also means there’s a lot to investigate when buying one.
For the first part of our RV features series, we’re looking at sleeping arrangements. It may sound like a snooze, but bedding in an RV can make a world of a difference. Between enjoying a great night’s sleep or tossing and turning throughout the night, making sure your family is comfortable is a major factor to consider in the RV buying process. Check out a few of the sleeping options available in today’s latest RV models!
When looking at RVs based on available sleeping arrangements, couples or families of three can choose from all types of RVs. For families of three, sleeping quarters may be a little tight but if you’re willing to work with that, then a smaller RV is great for you. The three smallest types of RV available are truck campers, pop-up campers, and Class B motorhomes. Depending on the model, each can comfortably sleep two to four people. Most Class B motorhomes are limited to sleeping arrangements for two people, while pop-up and truck campers comfortably fit two to four people (with some featuring room for five or six).
Next, we have the larger classes of towable and motorized RVs that include Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers/Toy Haulers, Class C and Class A motorhomes. These RVs can comfortably sleep four to eight people in a variety of sleeping configurations. Amongst the larger classes of RV, Class A and Class C motorhomes offer a unique design feature: the over-cab bunk. The over-cab bunk is a simple sleeping area with a comfortable mattress pad that sits over the two front seats. In certain models, this area is noted as an “entertainment area” if a TV is installed.
Beyond the overhead bunk, larger towable RVs and motorhomes feature a plethora of sleeping configurations to choose from. From adjustable beds to multi-bunk configurations, your options as a buyer are almost endless. A standout feature of larger motorhomes and RVs is that they include at least one full mattress. Since Class B motorhomes and pop-up campers must compartmentalize space as much as possible, they typically feature fold-out beds or sleeping pads.
Now that we have the basics down, let’s get to the RVs! With so many options to choose from, you’ll want to choose the one that best fits your family’s unique needs. Check out a few of our favorite floor plans that are perfect for family RVing!Forest River Flagstaff series of pop-up campers (the 2020 SE 206STSE can be seen above) features a spacious layout that comfortably sleeps five. The space is cozy and extremely well utilized. Both beds fold out from tent coverings, making these pop-up campers easy to tow with a truck or SUV. Perfect for a summer weekend trip to the lake, a pop-up camper is great for families looking for their first RV.
Winnebago’s Travato series features a unique option for RVers in the form of customizable bedding. Many Class B motorhomes feature a single bed or sleeping area, while the Travato gives RVers the choice of having two twin beds or a single large mattress. Class B motorhomes are great for couples new to the RV lifestyle or experienced RVers looking for a motorhome that can go just about anywhere.
With double over bunk beds and a queen bed, the Keystone RV Passport GT trailer can comfortably sleep up to 8. Parents get their room in the forward compartment and the kids each get a bed. With a TV entertainment center, U-shaped dinette and an exterior kitchen, these Travel Trailers are perfect for any RV road trip.
Representing the pinnacle of the Class C experience, Thor Motor Coach offers some of the most incredible floor plans in the industry. The Four Winds series seen above is an excellent example of that commitment to innovation. With a queen bed, dream dinette, sofa bed and traditional cab-over bunk, six people can comfortably get a good night’s rest in this motorhome. Class C motorhomes are some of the most popular RVs for new and experienced RVers alike because they combine the interior feel and amenities of a Class A with the drivability of a Class B.
It’s difficult to find an RV, towable or motorized, that features such an incredible combination of space and amenities as the Keystone RV Raptor. Enjoy a fun weekend with friends or an extended road trip with family in this toy hauler that also features a HappiJac Power Bed Lift that turns the garage space into a gathering area with a table and seating for four, or a queen over-queen bunkhouse. In addition, it has two awnings, a pull-out kitchen with an outside TV and a zero-gravity ramp door.
Class A motorhomes like the Tiffin Phaeton series represent the pinnacle of the RV lifestyle. The Phaeton 40IH, which is pictured above, comfortably sleeps six or seven. Other stand out features include three TVs placed throughout the coach, and one exterior TV, a bath-and-a-half and a residential refrigerator. Class A motorhomes are generally recommended for experienced RVers and this model is the ideal choice for owners looking to upgrade their family model.
In part two of the Lazydays guide to choosing an RV for your family, we’ll look at storage and other living options available across the various classes of RVs. To learn more about any of the models mentioned here, contact or visit your local Lazydays dealership today!