Recreation Vehicle. Motorhomes, campervans, and trailers all count as RVs. If it has a bed and wheels, its probably an RV.
Motorhomes are homes with motors and can move on their own.
These are the big beasts that look like a bus. In fact, some Class A motorhomes are built on the same chassis that buses use. Some major Class A manufacturers include Prevost and Tiffin. These are generally the most expensive RV type.
Class C motorhomes are built on van or truck chassis. If the front of the motorhome looks like a regular pickup truck or van and the back is a big box, its a Class C. Usually, Class C motorhomes offer the most space per dollar, though that can vary wildly by manufacturer and materials used.
These are also known as camper vans. These usually start as commercial vans like a Mercedes Sprinter, Ram Promaster, or Ford Transit. Sometimes, people convert these vans into RVs on their own, but usually the conversion is done by an RV manufacturer. Class B motorhomes can be fairly expensive, often costing more than a Class C more than double the size. However, a camper van can go anywhere and many people find this freedom worth the price.
RV trailers can either be a fifth wheel, travel trailer, teardrop, or popup.
Fifth wheel trailers can only be pulled by pickup trucks and hitch up directly above the rear axle. Due to this configuration, they transfer 20%-22% of their weight to the tow vehicle, which is as much as twice as much by percentage compared to other trailer types. Considering that fifth wheels are often far larger than other trailer types, you’ll need a big truck to pull one, but you get the best towing experience.
Travel trailers are sometimes called bumper-pulls because the hitch location is at the rear of the tow vehicle. Don’t actually use your bumper, though. Your tow vehicle will need a dedicated receiver hitch with connections for lights and sometimes brakes. Travel trailers provide some of the best dollar-per-square-foot value in the RV world. Unsurprisingly, travel trailers are the most purchased RV type and the starting point for many RVers.
Teardrop trailers are a smaller, more aerodynamic version of a travel trailer. While most travel trailers require a truck or large SUV, some teardrops are light enough to be towed by cars. Teardrops look like sideways teardrops and usually consist of a bed for two and some storage. Larger units have small kitchens on the outside.
Popup trailers are another great entry point into the RV world. Popups are bumper pull trailers that are quite short for towing, but “pop up” into a full trailer at the campground. From the waist down, a popup has hard sides. It also has a hard roof. The middle is basically a tent. Popups are affordable and more fuel efficient because of their low towing height. While they expand to be quite large, popups are harder to heat and cool so have are limited to a smaller range of temperatures.
Hybrid trailers are a combination of popup and travel trailer. Usually a hybrid trailer will have a kitchen and bathroom with solid walls and then beds that pop out with canvas sides. Hybrids are a bit better in the heat than a popup because you only need the tent parts at night.
Great question, first we need to talk about motorhome vs trailer and then we can compare the subtypes.
From Class Bs to Class As and from teardrops to fifth wheels, there is a broad range within the drivable and towable RV categories, so the answer to this question has to be somewhat broad.
First off, over 90% of RVs sold this year will be trailers. The majority of RV purchasers believe that a trailer is the best option for their situation.
Due to the lower sales volume, motorhomes offer far fewer floor plans. Most families, especially those with multiple kids, will find trailers to have better layouts. Its fairly common to find bunkhouse models with 3 or 4 beds in a separate kids room. They can even have their own TV for rainy days.
The majority of motorhome owners we see are either younger couples or retired couples.
Most people will end up with a trailer, and if you don’t mind driving around in a truck, its a good way to travel.
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