rv types

Which Type of RV is Best For You?

Finding the right RV for you and your family can be challenging. There are many options to choose from. So, how do you know which RV is the best choice for your lifestyle? Keep reading to learn more about the different recreational vehicle types and discover which is best for your next adventure.

Motorized vs Towable

There are two different categories of RVs: motorized vehicles and towables.

Motorized vehicles, otherwise known as motorhomes, provide living and driving functions under a single roof and take the hassle out of hitching and towing. Motorhomes are great for first-time RVers who might not be the most comfortable maneuvering with a second vehicle in tow. There are three types of motorhomes: Class A Motorhomes, Class B Motorhomes, and Class C Motorhomes.

Towables, also called trailers, require a vehicle to tow them from place to place. Trailers are usually cheaper than motorhomes, and once you reach your final destination you can easily unhitch your vehicle, allowing you to have a set of wheels to easily explore the area outside your campsite. There are five towable RVs to choose from: travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, pop-up campers, and truck campers.

Now let’s take a closer look.

Class A Motorhomes (Motorized)

Class A Motorhomes are built on heavy-duty frames and are the largest motorhomes on the road. They typically range between 21 and 45 feet in length and are built on a special chassis. You and your family will have plenty of room to stretch out in the roomy living areas and will feel at home with several amenities included in the motorhome, no matter where you are.

class a motorhome

Class B Motorhomes (Motorized)

Class B Motorhomes are also known as “camper vans” as they drive more similarly to a van due to being built on a standard van chassis. Living quarters are smaller since these motorized vehicles are more compact, but this does make them typically easier to drive. If you and your family love going on day trips or are spontaneous travelers, then a Class B Motorhome is a perfect choice.

class b motorhome

Class C Motorhomes (Motorized)

Class C Motorhomes combine the top features of Class A’s and Class B’s into one mid-sized recreational vehicle. These motorhomes usually range from 20 to 33 feet in length and are built on a truck or van chassis. Many Class C owners tow their cars along to make running errands and day excursions easier.

Travel Trailers (Towable)

When it comes to Travel Trailers there are several different options to choose from. These RVs commonly offer a wide variety of amenities and floor plans making it easy to find a model that best fits your lifestyle and needs. Some larger models may have bunks, known as bunkhouse models, which can sleep between four and ten people,  and some smaller trailers may only offer sleeping space for one to two people. Travel trailers can be towed by any vehicle that can handle their weight capacity.

travel trailer

Fifth Wheels (Towable)

Fifth Wheels are the largest, most expensive, and therefore most luxurious of the towable recreational vehicles. Due to the fact that these trailers are around 20 to 40 feet in length, these trailers must be towed by a large truck or a conversion vehicle. Fifth Wheel Trailers connect to your tow vehicle by a “gooseneck” extension which fits into a space in the bed of your vehicle. These towables typically have large kitchens and bathrooms, plenty of storage space and more sleeping room.

fifth wheel

Toy Haulers (Towable)

Toy Haulers are designed to allow you to bring extra toys along like jet skis, ATVs, motorcycles, or even bikes and kayaks. These trailers are split into two sections: the front living quarters and the rear section featuring a pull-down ramp. If you and your adventure buddies like to bring extra camping gear along on trips, then a toy hauler is a great option.

toy hauler

Pop-Up Campers (Towable)

These compact trailers feature expandable side sections that are folded down during transportation and allow for easy camping. The hard-bodied central area contains a simple kitchen and a bathroom, and the expandable sides convert into sleeping areas. These trailers can be towed by most mid-sized vehicles by a ball hitch receiver. Pop-up campers, sometimes also referred to as fold-down campers, are a perfect option for those looking to upgrade from tents and sleeping bags while camping.

pop up camper

Truck Campers (Towable)

Truck campers are economical and easy to drive since they attach to an everyday pickup truck. These campers usually sleep two to four people depending on the model, and offer campers a small cooking, bath, and storage area. If you are a spontaneous traveler or weekend warrior who prefers affordability over luxurious amenities, this towable RV is the one for you!

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Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

Whether you are brand-new to the RVing scene or know the ropes like the back of your hand, it is always smart to research what goes into buying an RV before making the purchase. How many people will you be accommodating regularly? How often will you use the vehicle? Are you buying new or pre-owned? Don’t worry, several people are asking the same questions and we are here to help you find the answers!

Where To Start?

As you begin the RV purchasing process, you should be thinking specifically about the amenities and features that will fit your camping style. How will you be utilizing your RV? If you plan to live full-time in your RV or camp seasonally, you might find a Destination Trailer more suitable as they are taller, heavier, and more homelike than other models. Think about where you desire to travel and what types of adventures you want to take. Before visiting the dealership, make a checklist of the necessities you are looking for in an RV. For instance, you might want a unit with a full stove, air conditioning for camping in those warmer months, or perhaps extra storage space for your adventure gear. Having an estimate of how many people you will be traveling with on a regular basis is also key.
You will also need to determine if you are wanting a motorized vehicle or a towable trailer. Motorhomes, Class A, Class B, and Class C variations, are equipped with their own engines allowing for the best drivability and comfortable travel but do come at a higher price point. When purchasing a towable RV, you will need to identify if you have the necessary vehicle to tow your purchase. Travel trailers are able to be towed by most midsize cars, vans, and SUVs. A fifth wheel, which is often amongst the largest towable RVs, requires a pickup truck as they connect to the bed of the truck for maximum stability. Pop-up campers are an affordable, easy-to-tow option that gives campers modern amenities and a unique experience.

New or Pre-Owned?

After identifying the RV type that is right for you, you will also want to consider if you are buying a new or used unit. The condition of the recreational vehicle you purchase could be heavily dependent on your price range as pre-owned inventory typically comes at a lower price tag. However, a new RV will have the most up-to-date features available on the market today and no mileage or previous service history to worry about.
Prices for brand new RVs vary from region to region and change with consumer-chosen amenities and dealer-related fees. Most manufacturers will provide an MSRP sheet. MSRP stands for, “manufacturer’s suggested retail price,” which is often also referred to as the factory window sticker. These sheets include each standard and optional item included in that particular unit allowing you to compare apples to apples. Shopping for used RVs can potentially lower the price tag a considerable amount. Before shopping, check out NADA Guides to verify the current market value of the options you are exploring.

Added and Unforeseen Costs?

RVs require annual maintenance to keep things running smoothly, just like a car. RVs require annual maintenance to keep running smoothly and there may be additional unforeseen service and repair expenses. You also have to consider where you will park it during the off-season, such as a storage facility to keep your investment protected, and how much it costs to park at RV parks and campgrounds while you are traveling. We would also encourage you to purchase RV insurance for your recreational vehicle to protect you in the circumstance that your RV is damaged or is at a total loss. These are just a few of the additional costs that you should consider before purchasing a new or used RV for your adventures.

Is Financing an Option?

Purchasing an RV is a large investment. If you are purchasing your first RV, the number of loan options and additional requirements might seem daunting and overwhelming. Luckily when you purchase with a ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer, experienced and knowledgeable professionals can make the process easier for you. Our network has connections with top RV lenders allowing you as the purchaser to be confident you are getting the most competitive interest rates. Before purchasing an RV, make sure you ask about financing options to maximize your purchase!

Your local ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer can help you find the perfect RV for your camping needs and lifestyle. Visit an independently-owned RV dealership near you today to begin the RV purchasing process.

RVing with Kids Made Simple

Choose the Perfect Campground or RV Park

Not every RV park, resort or campground is created with kids in mind. When RVing with the entire family it is vital that you find a place that will accommodate your family’s needs and camping style. Before hitting the open road, make sure that you do your research on the different parks in the area you are traveling to. You can use apps and websites such as KOA to look up RV parks and read reviews. If you are a ROUTE 66/RV Care Promises member or a member of the RV Club, you can receive 10% off each night.* The best place for your entire family is going to have lots of space for your kids to run around and get their energy out. Plus being in a close proximity to fun activities or sites is a bonus!

Be Prepared for Rain

No matter how perfectly you plan your RV adventure, you can’t control the weather and unexpected rain can occur. Luckily you can plan for the unexpected! Packing card and board games, such as UNO or Monopoly, is always a great idea for entertaining your kids when stuck inside. Many people put a multiplayer game console in their RV which adds to the level of family fun during times like these.

Map Out Stops

RVs are big, especially in small parking lots. Before your trip, do some research on places that are easy to eat at when traveling in an RV. Truck stop gas stations are a great stop for when you are needing a quick pit stop to stock up on snacks. Many McDonald’s have RV parking and play areas for the kiddos which helps release their energy on longer travel days. Rest areas are another great spot to stop when traveling with your whole family since several have small walking trails.

Shorter Travel Days

You might love the excitement of road trips and cruising long open roads, but they can be hard for young adventurers. Long travel days can be extremely boring and uncomfortable for kids. To help keep your kids excited about the destination consider traveling in shorter periods of time such as 3-5 hours a day. Shorter travel days also allow for the driver to rest, and allows the passenger to provide everyone with snacks. Also make sure to add 10-15 minutes to each hour of travel for bathroom breaks.

Buckle Up

Don’t forget to buckle up! When traveling in a motorhome, your kids might have the urge to roam the cabin freely when traveling – this can be very dangerous. When the RV is moving, everyone should be seated and buckled up. Learn more about safety while traveling in an RV!

Have Fun!

Just like when you’re at home, sometimes things don’t go as planned. There might be more rainy days than sunny ones making your kids restless and no longer entertained by games like Uno or iSpy. Always remember that you are adventuring with your family! Make the most of every moment with keeping spirits light and happy and omitting the need for perfection. Remember to be patient and flexible with your time and always appreciate the time you are getting to spend surrounded by the people you love. RVing is about having fun and seeing nature in a whole new way!