Recreational Vehicle Type Classifications
Class A Gas & Diesel Motorhomes
Often referred to as the conventional motorhome, the Class A is entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis. Average length varies from 21 to 40 feet. Called the "home away from home," the Class A is fully equipped with all the conveniences and ideal for short trips to fulltime living. Available with gas and diesel engines. New models cost from under $50,000 to $400,000 or more. Some custom Class A's sell for more than $1,000,000.
Class B Motorhomes
Also known in the industry as the "Van Camper," the Class B is a panel-truck that has been customized to include sleeping, kitchen and toilet facilities. Most include top extensions for added head room, 110/120-volt hook-up, fresh water storage and city water hook-up. Smaller sizes (16 to 21 foot) make this one of the easier driving models. New models range from $30,000 to $70,000 or more.
Class C Motorhomes
The Class C motorhome is often called the "mini-motorhome" and comes built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section. The Class C combines the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a scaled-down version (both size and price). Fully equipped for short and long vacations, some full-timers call the Class C their home, too. New models typically range from $39,000 to $120,000 or more.
These uniquely designed trailers are much like a travel trailer but constructed with a raised forward section that provides a bi-level floor plan. The fifth wheel is designed to be towed by a pickup truck equipped with a special hitch located in the truck bed. Great for all types of weekend and extended travel vacations, these units are equipped with all the comforts of home and priced off the showroom floor from $12,000 to $100,000+.
These units are designed to be towed by a van, SUV or pickup via either a bumper or frame hitch. Like the fifth wheel design, travel trailers have the added convenience of being unhooked at a destination, freeing up the towing vehicle for side trips. They range in sizes from 12 feet to 35 feet in length, with new units fetching $9,000 to $75,000 or more.
Folding Trailers (Pop-ups)
These lightweight units provide the experience of open-air camping with additional weather protection and homestyle conveniences. Ideal for short or weekend trips, many first-time RVers choose a folding trailer as their first RV experience. Mounted on wheels, with collapsible sidewalls, the folding trailer can be towed by almost any standard-size automobile. Prices from $3,500 to $18,000+.
These campers are typically chosen by individuals interested in traveling back roads and other remote locations. The units are designed to be either loaded onto the bed ("slide-in" campers) or permanently attached to the chassis of a truck ("chassis-mount" campers). Both provide temporary living quarters for recreational camping or travel use. Typical sizes range from 18 to 21 feet with average off the lot pricing from under $5,000 to $20,000 or more.