Where to begin...Buying an RV can be an overwhelming yet very exciting task. Think about how much space you are going to need, are you traveling with family, bringing the fur babies? Weigh out your options, spend the time going over different floor plans, rent the RV you are interested in to test out before purchase. Take your time, this is going to be your future home! To help you get started here are the different classes of RV, trailers, and campers....
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Class A RVs are commonly referred to as a conventional motor home or mobil home. This RV closely resembles a bus in size and flat front windshield. Average cost of this class can range from $50,000-$200,000 and up. On average and with good care life expectancy can be around 200,000 miles. Gas milage ranges 8-13 miles per gallon. The size can range from 29-45 feet in length. Class A can sleep 8-10 people at once.
These motorhomes include everything your stationary home would include. They are great for families living full time on the road. Pure luxury on wheels you’ll find these RVs are equipped with complete kitchens, full bathrooms, entertainment centers with flat screen TVs and DVD players, king sized beds, washer and dryers, with spacious living and dinette areas. License requirements may differ from states and size of your class A. Check out requirements here
Known as a sleeper van or camper van, and don’t offer as much interior living room as their Class A and Class C relatives. However, just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re not mighty. In fact, in many ways, they offer more flexibility and freedom than other RV styles! Average cost to buy is $60,000-$190,000. They range from 16-19 feet in length. Average milage is 18-20 miles per gallon. Can sleep 2-4 people and have and life expectancy is 20 years to 200,000 miles.
Class B Motorhome will still have a bathroom, stove, sink, mini-fridge, and a bed that will often double as a dinette during the day. Since Class B RVs are built into standard van chassis, they’re easier to operate for most drivers, and you don’t have to worry so much about getting stuck if you venture down a narrow or unpaved road. Finding places to park is much easier too!
Class C is a motorhome are built with cabs or cut out chassis, this provides a front structure that looks like a van including seats, dashboard, and opening windows. This class is very popular because of its resemblance and familiar traits to an automobile. Average cost is $50,000-$100,000. They typically range from 20-28 feet in length. Average gas milage is 10-15 miles per gallon. Class C can sleep up to 8 people.
Class C Motorhomes have the option of slide outs to create more space when parked and include a bathroom, separate dining area, stove, refrigerator, extra sleeping areas and plenty of storage compartments inside and out.
Fifth wheel travel trailer can come with or without extendable ends for more space if needed. The average cost ranges from $20,000-$50,000. The size ranges from 25-45 feet in length. Life expectancy ranges from 10-15 years. For gas milage example a Ford F150 can tow at 12 miles to the gallon on average. Fifth wheel can sleep 4-5 people.
Fifth wheels offer a spacious living space, has various slide-outs and a raised forward section creating a multi level floor plan making this a great option for families.
Folding campers encompasses the traits of camping in a tent with the conveniences of an RV. The price can range from $5,000-$18,000 and up depending on upgrades. When opened, Most pop-ups are between 7 feet and 7 feet 6 inches width and between 4 feet 6 inches and 5 feet in height when closed. Sleeping capacities range from 4 to 8 people.
Inside will include slide out beds, a collapsable table that can turn into bed, as well as a small kitchen with a sink and camp stove. Upgrades can include bathrooms, outdoor showers, grill areas, and what your are looking for to accommodate your and your family.
Designed to be mounted on the bed of a pick-up truck getting around is as easy as if you weren’t towing along an RV. The average cost ranges from $2,500-$60,000. Can reach up to 19.5 feet in length. Life expectancy is 10-15 years and can sleep up to 6 people.
Even though it is compact it still contains the convinces of a kitchen, bathroom, shower, and areas to sleep.