Going camping is way more fun when you know you’re going to be warm, comfortable, and safe from bears. Camping in a tent can be fun once in a while. But for those of us who enjoy the great outdoors without feeling like a vagabond, camping in an RV is a much better option.
With an RV, you don’t have to sacrifice the comforts of home, such as a full-sized mattress, a toilet, or a proper kitchen. Yet you still get to access wild and natural places.
There are many types of RVs available for different types of travelers. No one camps in the same way, so the RV industry provides a wide variety of camping options. Whether you enjoy some rustic flare or want to live in outdoor luxury, there’s an RV available for your camping style.
Read on to learn what the best RV is for you, so you too can become an RV enthusiast.
Class A Motorhomes
Starting with the biggest, most luxurious option is the class A motorhome. These are full-sized, drivable RVs, using a specially-designed chassis. You can choose either a gas or diesel-powered motorhome.
These are often as long as a bus, reaching upwards of 40 feet long. They function as a home on wheels, and often have a dedicated bedroom or two, along with a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Multiple slideouts extend the living space once parked and ready for camp.
These offer the most amount of space and make the travel process simple since you don’t need to tow anything. Though if you want the convenience of driving a car to your destination, you’ll have to tow that.
These are the best option for those living in their RV full-time, or who travel for multiple months out of the year.
Class C Motorhomes
Yes, class C motorhomes are next on the list. Class C motorhomes are built on a truck chassis and are noticeably smaller than class A motorhomes.
Most of these have a pullover that hangs over the driver and passenger seats. They offer all of the comforts of a class A motorhome, but in a tighter package.
As such, there is usually only one bedroom. Additional sleeping space is likely to be a foldout couch or convertible table.
The smaller size makes it easier to get into hard-to-reach campsites. After all, the best RV parks are often the hardest to get to. They are also easier to drive around town to run errands, so you don’t have to tow a separate car.
But with less room on board, these are better suited to a traveling couple as opposed to a family with kids.
Class B Motorhomes
Next down the list is the class B motorhome. These are built on a van chassis and are a bit smaller than a class C. In fact, large utility vans are often converted into a class B motorhome. Conversions usually happen with Sprinter vans, Mercedes vans, and other well-known work vans.
Since space is so tight, everything has to be meticulously designed. Butt you can still find toilets, a functioning kitchen, a bed, and a desk or table on these vans.
These work great for the solo van life traveler, or for a couple who do not need any personal space.
Towable Types of RVs
RV stands for “recreational vehicle.” Just because it doesn’t have an engine of its own doesn’t mean it’s not an RV. Here are some of the most popular towable RVs.
For the truck enthusiast, a fifth-wheel trailer is probably the option for you. Rather than towing these with a standard hitch, these are mounted into the bed of the truck.
Extra space is available that sits overtop the truck bed. And since these are full-sized RVs without sacrificing room to driver seats and an engine, these are as spacious as they come.
And once you set up the trailer at camp, it’s easy to remove the hitch from your truck bed. Then, you can use the truck for daily travel around your camp or into town.
When most people buy an RV, they end up buying a travel trailer. They offer the most amenities with the least amount of maintenance and hassle.
Plus, the family SUV might be able to pull one, though a strong truck is probably a better option. With slideouts, these offer about as much room as a fifth wheel.
It’s a family-friendly type of trailer, and many layouts are available. You can find models with a master bedroom on one end, a living area and kitchen in the middle, and a kids’ bunk room on the other end. It’s a great option for long-term travel with the kids.
When browsing your local Boise RV dealers, these are going to be the most common type of RV you see.
Toy haulers look just like travel trailers from the outside. But inside, a portion of the space is dedicated to storage for, you guessed it, toys!
These are often used to transport dirt bikes, mountain bikes, ATVs, and other larger recreational toys. They have to sacrifice some living space, but the tradeoff is often worth it.
There are plenty of tiny trailers available today that can be pulled with almost any type of SUV or crossover. These are limited in amenities, however.
They usually offer a bed, storage, and maybe a sitting area and dining table. Cooking is usually done outside, and a bathroom is usually left out. These offer a more rustic camping experience, while still keeping you safer, warmer, and more comfortable than sleeping in a tent.
Lastly, popup campers give you the feeling of sleeping in a tent with the comfort of a real bed. The bottom of these trailers is solid while the top is made of thick, weather-proof fabric. This allows the trailer to fold down during transportation.
They’re easy to tow and easy to store in the garage. It’s essentially a luxurious tent and provides plenty of fun.
Finding Your Dream RV
With so many types of RVs available, it can be tough to decide which option is best for you. Before buying anything, you should consider renting a few different types of RVs to see which suits your travel style.
Doing this is much cheaper than buying the wrong RV.
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