If you are just getting on the road for the first time or in the planning stages of purchasing an RV, the sheer amount of information there is to learn can quickly get overwhelming. From pop-up campers and travel trailers to fifth wheels and all the different classes of motorhomes, not to mention of all the various manufacturers to choose from like Airstream, Jayco, Coachmen and Fleetwood, purchasing an RV can get pretty confusing.
To help you make some sense out of the confusion, we have created a cheat sheet to highlight some of the different types of RVs out there starting from smallest to largest.
- Pop-up Camper: Folding camping trailer that includes an area that ‘pops out’ for additional living space. This type of expanded living area was more common before the technology of slide-out rooms became popular and more readily available. Popular manufacturers include Fleetwood, Jayco, and Forest River.
- Class B: Class of motorhome referring to conversion vans. Popular manufacturers include Roadtrek, Winnebago and Leisure Travel Vans.
- Class C: Larger versions of the Class B that allow for more space and roomier living. Popular manufacturers include Lazy Daze, Thor Motor Coach and Nexus.
- Travel Trailer: A trailer towed behind an automobile and equipped for use as a dwelling during travel. They range in size and can contain several rooms with all the furnishing of home. Popular manufacturers include Airstream, Keystone, Crossroads and Coachman.
- 5th Wheel: A travel trailer designed to be affixed and towed by a pickup that’s equipped with a special hitch in the truck bed. More popular with full-time RVers, a 5th wheel can come with or without slide-outs. Popular manufacturers include Jayco, Keystone and Dutchmen.
- Class A: The largest and most luxurious of all the types of motorhomes. Popular models include Prevost, Country Coach and Monaco Coach.
So, if you’re just starting to dabble in family camping, a pop-up, Class B or Class C might be perfect for your holidays and weekend getaways. As a winter snowbird, typically on the road for 5-7 months out of the year, maybe a travel trailer or 5th wheel is the right choice. And, for any full-timers out there, a larger travel trailer, 5th wheel or, the granddaddy of them all, the Class A, would be the best way to go. With so many types of RVs available, there is definitely one out there to suit your needs!