Now that you’ve decided to rent an RV, the next step is to decide what type of RV will best suit your needs. Just like when you’re choosing a hotel, finding the right RV will take a little research. Rest assured there is no right or wrong choice when deciding which type to rent.
There are two main types RVs – motorized and towable. Once you decide which type to go with, you will have several options to choose from. Below you will find more detailed descriptions for each option.
Class A: This one is the largest and generally most luxurious type available. They are loaded with all the amenities and can sleep up to eight people. The good news is that these motor homes don’t require a special license, however many campers find them too cumbersome to drive around for shopping, sightseeing, or running errands. A Class A is a great choice for extended stays at one location.
Class B: These are the smallest fully enclosed motor homes available. Class B vehicles usually have cooking facilities, a fresh water tank, heating unit, self-contained toilet, a small refrigerator, folding beds and they can generally sleep 2 to 4 people. Living space is limited, but these RVs are a great choice due to the flexibility, and ease of operating. They are self-contained vehicles, but still retain the versatility of a large family car.
Class C: This is a smaller version of the Class A. Class Cs are equipped with many of the same features as Class As such as refrigerator, kitchen facilities, bathroom, heating/ air conditioning, etc. Usually the sleeping quarters are located above the cab with another in the back. Many have a slide out feature that can increase the living space when the vehicle is parked. A Class C can sleep up to 8 people depending on the model.
Travel Trailers: These units come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 10 to 35 feet long. They require a vehicle such as a pickup truck or SUV and a special hitch that controls the sway of the trailer while driving. They generally provide all the living amenities that the motorized RVs do, and could sleep up to 8 people depending on model and floor plan. These trailers have the advantage of being able to be disconnected and left at the RV Park while the tow vehicle is used for errands, sightseeing, etc. while still having all the amenities of a motorized RV.
Pop-Up Campers: These trailers are smaller and can be easily towed by an average size car or SUV. The sides of the trailer fold down for easy storage and towing. Their low profile saves on gasoline, provides greater stability when towing, and decreases buffeting by wind and passing vehicles, while simultaneously providing a nice enhancement to the camping experience. They generally come with a couple of double beds, screened in sleeping area, sink, cook top, and small dining area; bigger units may have a toilet or shower.
Fifth-Wheel Trailers: These trailers are constructed with a raised forward section that allows for a split-level floor plan. This style is designed to be towed by a vehicle equipped with a device known as a fifth-wheel hitch. The trailer’s raised neck rides on the bed of the tow vehicle where it connects to the hitch. This overlap reduces the overall length of the two vehicles which gives you better traction and handling. These trailers have plenty of room on the inside, and some include slide outs for even more space. These trailers provide the comforts of home and are a great choice if you are staying in one spot for an extended period of time.
There are a lot of things to consider, but most rental agencies will help guide you in choosing the right RV type. Wherever you’re headed, you’re sure to have an unforgettable adventure during your RV vacation!
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