Different Classes of RVs, Which One Will You Choose?

Teardrop Trailer

The term RV is pretty much a blanket term used for all recreational vehicles, from 5th wheels to Class A motorhomes. Did you know there are different classes of RVs? In this post we are going to discuss the different types and classes of RVs to better help you decide which one is right for you.

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RVs are available in two different classes, drivable and towable. These are also commonly referred to as motorhomes and travel trailers.

Drivable Classes of RVs

Class A Motorhome

Class A Motorhome
Class A Motorhome/RV Courtesy of Unsplash

Class A RVs are the huge bus type motorhomes. They are available with either a gas or diesel engine and usually sleep 8 to 10 people. You’ve probably seen these beasts pulling into a park and wondered what rock star just showed up. These types of RVs really pack the horsepower you will need if you are planning on towing a vehicle behind you.

Class B Motorhome

Class B Camper Van
Class B Camper Courtesy of Pixabay

Class B motorhomes, or camper vans, are just that, a modified van. They are smaller than the Class A and Class C RVs and tend to get much better fuel economy. Of all the different types and classes of RVs, these are probably the most versatile. Parking is generally not a problem as they fit in most standard parking spaces.

Class C Motorhome

Class C Motorhome
Class C Motorhome Courtesy of Pixabay

Class C RVs are bigger than a Class B and smaller than a Class A. They typically have a bunkhouse hanging over the cab of the vehicle. Class B’s are easier to drive and can be less expensive than Class A’s while having some of the same amenities. Class C motorhomes are available with a gas or diesel engine and have a bit better fuel economy than a Class A.

Those are the three different classes of drivable RVs, now let’s look at the towable RVs.

Towable Classes of RVs

Pop-Up Camper

Popup Camper
Popup Camper Courtesy of Pixabay

Pop-ups are small, lightweight, easy towable campers that will fit in most driveways. Of all the different types of RVs, these are probably the most affordable. These campers may or may not have a bathroom or kitchen, depending on your budget and the floorplan you choose. One drawback of these campers is that you must have it completely unfolded before you can use it.

Teardrop Trailer

Teardrop Trailer
Teardrop Camper Courtesy of Pixabay

When it comes to the “cool” factor, teardrops have to be my favorite. They have that classic, vintage aerodynamic design that just looks, well, cool. Most have a small outdoor kitchen and usually sleep two. These RVs are lightweight and can be towed with a small SUV.

Travel Trailers

Bug'N Out Rv'N at Barefoot RV Park
Travel Trailer,Photo by Bug’N Out Rv’N

Travel trailers come in various lengths and floorplans, depending on the needs of your family. These are generally less expensive than a motorhome and give you the freedom to use your tow vehicle once you are unhooked. You will, however, experience lower fuel economy in your tow vehicle. Your tow vehicle must be rated for the weight of your RV.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer
5th Wheel Travel Trailer Courtesy of Pixabay

Fifth wheel travel trailers are probably the biggest of the travel trailer types. These normally have two levels and come in several different lengths and floorplans. You will need a fairly hefty truck with a special hitch in the bed to tow one of these. One common floorplan is the toy hauler. At the back, or side, of the trailer is a fold down ramp to access your “garage”. Most ramps also double as a small deck.

Well that sums up everything I have learned so far about the different classes of RVs. Did I miss anything? If so, please let me know in the comment section below.

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