Different from hot summer and cold winter, cool autumn is definitely the best season for camping. When choosing the means of transportation for travel, the most common are RV motorhomes and travel trailers. According to the different sizes, RVs can be divided into different levels: class A RVs, Class B RVs, and Class C RVs. They all have different characteristics; you can decide which RV to buy after reading this article.
Class A RV
> Size: 26 to 45 feet
> Weight: 13,000 to 30,000 pounds
Class A RV is the largest RV on the market, and it can also be called the most luxurious RV. Their engines can be electricity, gasoline, or diesel. Diesel is quieter, but requires higher maintenance costs; gasoline maintenance and operating costs are usually lower.
- King size bed
- Washer and dryer
In addition, the living room of a class A RV is usually a few feet above the chassis, and the space below is used for the chassis. Whether it is lawn chairs, sports equipment, or outdoor chassis, there is no problem. There are even some class A RVs that can accommodate sports cars. Once you reach your destination, you can drive your sports car to any place nearby.
Class A RVs are popular with those who plan to spend a lot of time on the road, which makes them a popular choice for retirees and those with a mobile lifestyle.
- Including all living facilities
- Spacious and luxurious
- There is a lot of storage space
- Higher cost, including purchase, insurance and maintenance
- Need special driver’s license and training
- Difficulty parking
Class B RV
> Size: 17 to 23 feet
> Weight: 4000 to 9000 pounds
> Price: US$40,000 to US$80,000
It is the smallest of the RVs, which is usually called a campervan. Class B RVs borrow the ideas of nautical technology to save space.
- Small stove
- Marine shower toilet
Class B RVs often have creatively configured sleeping spaces. Some class Bs will have a queen-size mattress in the back, hanging above the cargo. Other class Bs are equipped with folding sofas and futons to create beds. The method is down to the level of the table to the same height as the bench. Once a few cushions are added on it, it will become a sleeping area enough for one or two people.
It is suitable for users with a small budget or who want to provide mobile seats for outdoor camping activities. For example, people who don’t have time to make multiple long-distance trips or parents without children.
- The economy is interesting
- Convenient transportation
- Lower cost
- Small space makes it uncomfortable for two or more people
- There is no space to accommodate the laundry room
Class C RV
> Size: 20 to 30 feet
> Weight: 10,000 to 13,000 pounds
> Price: US$50,000 to more than US$100,000
Although it is called a Class C RV, it is actually larger than a Class B RV. It has built-in shelves, cabinets and drawers to store clothes, allowing you to carry more people and belongings on your camping trip.
- Private bedroom
- TV stand
- Dedicated dining table
- Shower room
- Smaller dishwasher or washing machine
Class C RVs usually have a sleeping area above the cab and more sleeping space at the rear. It also has an expansion area, just press a button, the living room will expand.
Class C RVs are highly versatile: they are large enough for long-distance travel. It can usually accommodate 2 to 8 people, is suitable for family outings, and is also convenient for gatherings.
- More affordable than class A RV
- Better sleeping area and storage space than Class B RVs
- More expensive than B-class cars
- Driving is more difficult
In addition to RVs, RV trailers are also popular when camping. The difference between them is that the RV trailer needs to be installed behind the vehicle to move. Therefore, when you buy a motorhome trailer, you also need to consider the traction of the vehicle.
Tent trailer (pop-up camper)
> Size: 8 to 16 feet
> Weight: 700 to 4000 pounds
> Tractor: car or small SUV
Pop-up camping trailers are inexpensive, but provide a good upgrade for the camping experience. The folding trailer includes two double beds, a screened sleeping area, sink, faucet, cooktop and small dining area. Larger units may have toilets or showers.
- Easy to move
- Many vehicles can tow them
- Not too spacious
- Harder to operate
> Size: 22 to 40 feet
> Weight: 7,000 to 20,000 pounds
> Tractor: Pickup truck, or a truck with a longer lathe
This is the largest trailer you can buy. They are called “fifth wheel” because the front of the trailer extends over the bed of the truck, which can make fifth wheels easier to tow than some other travel trailers since it’s easier to turn. The fifth wheel trailer provides all the space and comfort of a class RV: including slide-outs, bathrooms, and even multiple bedrooms.
- Plenty of facilities and convenience
- Compared with other trailers, it is easier to operate
- Requires special trucks and hooking equipment
- Less passenger space