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Class A, B or C? What’s the Right RV for Me?

Class A, B or C? What’s the Right RV for Me?

When contemplating the purchase of an RV, it can get confusing. There are so many decisions to make. Towable or motorhome? Class A, B or C? What about a Fifth Wheel?

Understanding the difference between types of recreational vehicles as well as the various styles, makes and models may seem daunting, but with a little research it is possible to find answers. Different styles suit different activities. Travel trailers, for example, are probably a good choice if for a couple or family who plan to take weekend getaways. For those who like to ride ATVs or dirt bikes on trails may want to look at Toy Haulers. There is an RV to match whatever your lifestyle and sense of adventure dictates.

The first step, however, is to figure out what each of the styles offer.

For many people, a towable was their first venture into the RV lifestyle. This style gets its name because it is towed behind a car or truck. According to Consumer Reports, it is one of the least expensive RVs.

Sizes and floor plans and amenities vary, but this style is popular because it offers the ability to disconnect your vehicle from the rig once you arrive at your camping destination. That means you can make a run to the store to stock up on supplies, go sightseeing or take a drive without moving camp.It also means your children can travel safely buckled into their car seats in the towing vehicle.

Toy Haulers are an RV with a rear storage area that is big enough to store motorcycles, ATVS, bicycles and any other vehicle or recreational equipment one has to have to make their RV adventure more enjoyable.This style combines the storage area and the living area into one trailer, which tends to reduce the sleeping and living space.

Fifth Wheels are another popular towable option, although this type of RV requires a vehicle capable of towing it. The name “Fifth Wheel” comes from the days of horse and buggies and refers to a device that is used to join the rig to the towing vehicle. Today’s meaning is similar in that it refers to the coupling that connects the travel trailer to the heavy-duty pickup truck needed to haul this heavier weighted towable.

Pop Up trailers are named for what they do – pop up from an enclosed box into a livable space, usually a tent-like structure. These are the least expensive option but also the most primitive, lacking many of the amenities other styles of RV offer, such as a bathroom.

Another option is a truck camper. This style fits into the bed of a truck which provides flexibility in camping options. Because it is contained on top of a truck, it is not a problem to use these at remote locations, such as for hunting or fishing excursions.

The more amenities and the homier the interior, the better the letter grade, just like school. All three classes are powerful enough to tow a vehicle or trailer.

The Class A motor homes are available in diesel and gas options. Typically, these are the fanciest of the motor home options, with ample storage areas, first class sleeping and lounging areas, and higher grade appliances and electronics. Many even have more than one bathroom.

Class B motor homes are a good choice for full-time RVers because they offer many of the amenities to make anyone’s stay more comfortable and utilize space saving features to make the most of the limited space. These are sometimes referred to as “camper vans.” The smallest style of the three Classes, the Class B provides plenty of headroom and can easily be maneuvered and parked.

Class C motor homes are distinct in that sleeping quarters are located above the driver’s compartment. It has many of the same at-home amenities as the other motorhomes, with storage areas and enough power to easily haul a trailer or car. There is quite a bit of living space in this Class and it can easily accommodate larger families.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing which RV style is right for your family. Cost is usually at the top of the list. Keep in mind that with towables, a truck may also have to be purchased to tow the RV. That is an added expense to consider.

Try to determine how you will use your RV, where you will go and how many will travel with you. The answers to this criteria will help steer you to the RV style that is best suited to your family.

And, whatever decision you make does not have to be set in stone. People who own RVs often trade one style in for another as their needs and wants change.

So have you decided? Which style and model fits your lifestyle?

Lois Tomaszewski is an award winning journalist and editor.

Aug 29th 2018 Lois Tomaszewski

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