An Introduction to Types and Sizes for First-Time RVers

Many people are lured by the idea of hitting the open road in a recreational vehicle and traveling after they retire. However, if you’ve never driven a RV before, you may not know where to start.

Since RVs can be very expensive with the average price being well over $100,000, you may wish to rent one first to find out if life on the road is for you and your spouse. Here are the types of RVs from which you can choose at agencies that rent RVs.

RV Types and Sizes

RVs come in different types and sizes so you need to determine which vehicle would be best for your needs. While they come in hundreds of configurations, knowing the basics will help you select the right RV for your needs.

RVs come in five different types:

Class A: This class of RV is considered a motorhome and can be up to 45 feet in length. They have all the amenities of home and you could live out of them all year around. In fact, if you’ve seen a band’s tour bus, you’ve seen a Class A RV.

Class C: Also a type of motorhome, this is one of the most common RVs on the road. It resembles a large van and is built on a truck chassis with one of the beds located over the cab of the vehicle. Although there are models called “Super C” that can be up to 45 feet long, they are typically 25 to 30 feet in length and easier for first-timers to drive.

Class B: If you want a smaller vehicle for camping, this could be the best vehicle for your recreational needs. Class B RVs are often called campervans and they are conversion vans so you may have a kitchen, a small restroom, and a bed. They are usually under 25 feet long and they are easier to drive and park for newcomers; plus, a campervan rental can be a more economical way to travel for a couple.

Travel Trailers: They are not self-contained RVs because you need another vehicle to tow the trailer. They come in a wide variety of lengths from small trailers of only nine to ten feet long to longer ones up to 43 feet. However, they are roomy, they have all the amenities you need, and, if you’re going sightseeing in a city, you can leave the trailer at a RV park and drive the truck or SUV into town.

Fifth-Wheel Trailers: This is a travel trailer on steroids. It is towed by a truck with a fifth wheel in the bed of the vehicle over its axle on which to attach the trailer. They are sturdy trailers, come with all the amenities you’d want from home, and are available in a variety of sizes, typically 25 to 40 feet long.

When you are trying to decide which type of RV is best for your needs, consider fuel and maintenance costs for any of the RVs that you’re thinking of renting.

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