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An RV is a recreational vehicle that dates back to the horse and buggy days. The first models were very simple versions of what you see today, but they were fully loaded with everything you needed to spend a few days or longer away from home.



RV types have changed a lot over the years, but the basics are the same, as this 1933 car and trailer shows. Used under a Creative Commons licence courtesy of Wikipedia

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Class A Motorhome
Class B Trailer
Class C Motorhome (aka "Mini RV")
Fifth Wheel Trailer
Travel Trailer

The styles and amenities available in an RV have become very sophisticated. You can comfortably live in your RV year-round.

The styles run the gamut when it comes to luxurious options and price.

Before you begin shopping for RVs, you should know which of the RV types you are looking for. Narrow down the overwhelming choices available by focusing on a style and size of RV.

Once you have done that, it will be time to decide on which of the RV brands you will look for. We'll talk about why you should stick to well-known RV brands, and avoid lesser-known names, or lookalikes.

You can also tell us what's good and bad about the RV type you own, or owned in the past, using our simple review form. We always love to hear about real-life user experiences of RV ownership.

Different RV Types

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Class A Motorhome

This type is the king of all RVs. It offers extensive interior space, all the comforts of home and a full line of amenities.

Of course, this also makes them the most expensive of RV types. It is truly a home on wheels.

The Class A begins as a rolling chassis and power-train, with the axles, position for the driver with the steering column and dashboard hook ups.

The manufacturer then adds the complete body from front to back for flexibility. This type doesn't hold anything back. Everything you can imagine you might possibly need, is included.

The drawbacks of a Class A are the hefty price tag, storage, use a lot of fuel and can be tricky to maneuver. On the plus side, the luxury and comfort can't be beat.

Class B Camper

This type is commonly called a conversion van. The vehicle typically begins as a full sized van. The conversion company then outfits the interior with traditional RV amenities and adds a special raised roof.

The Class B is very easy RV type to drive, since it is basically a van. This also makes repairs and fuel usage quite inexpensive. And because it starts out as a van, the interior space is limited.

There are different styles available, some offer more space than others. The finished product also depends on the type of van used.

Class C Motorhome

This RV type is basically a smaller version of the Class A. You may still hear many people refer to this type as a "mini RV".

Most models come with a body section over top of the cab. This area is used as a sleeping compartment or for extra storage.

The biggest cosmetic difference between an A and a B Class is the cab. The Class B has a more familiar feel, since the cab is engineered and designed much like a regular truck or van.

Climbing in and out is also easier, due to the truck-based front end. The engine on the van based models can be difficult to work on if repairs are needed.

Fifth Wheel Trailer

As the name suggest, this type is a trailer. Due to the size, you need a good sized truck to pull the trailer. The fifth wheel has become a very popular RV type.

One of the biggest advantages is the stable towing due to the design and location of the hitch.

A fifth wheel is very similar to a travel trailer, except the design always includes an additional space in the raised section above the gooseneck hitch. Generally, this area is used as a bedroom or bathroom.

The functionally isn't affected by the lower ceiling, since you still get more headroom than what you find in an average RV type.

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Travel Trailer

These trailers are available in two classifications: over 4,000 pounds and under 4,000 pounds.

Under 4,000 pounds – This style can be towed by an average family car rated for towing. These trailers come fully equipped with all of the facilities you would find in the larger version; however the features are downsized.

The lounging area, bathroom and kitchen spaces are much more compact. The camper is equipped with a furnace and on demand water system. One thing to watch out for with these models is the true weight. The dry weight may be less than 4,000 pounds, but once you add gas, water and all of your gear, you could go over the limit.

Over 4,000 pounds

- This type is among the most popular because of all of the floor plan designs available. The options of size, quality, special features and price levels are nearly endless. There definitely is one for every taste and need.

RV Brands Guide

Each of these RV brands is well-known, if not outright famous, among RV owners.

Airstream Travel Trailers are among the most popular RV brands

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Airstream travel trailers
American Coach RV
Coachman RV
Dutchman RV
Fleetwood RV
Foretravel RV
Gulfstream RV
Itasca RV
Jayco RV
Keystone RV
Monaco RV
Skyline RV
Starcraft RV
Thor RV
Winnebago motorhomes

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