Different types of RVs

If you have just started your RV life or are still in the planning stage, choosing the right type of RV that aligns well with your needs and budget can be a little overwhelming. The trick is to lay down the features you require in your ideal motorhome and compare which one is the best for you. 

In this article, we have gathered the most common types of RVs available and their set of features. It also includes the pros and cons of each type so that you can make a more concrete decision. The list is divided into two categories; motorhomes and towable RVs.


Class A Motorhomes

These are the most extensive and expensive. So, seasoned and dedicated travellers prefer them, especially the ones who travel with family. Its drivelines can be aligned as pusher or puller configurations, and the engine can run on diesel as well as gasoline. The long list of amenities includes large interior space, plenty of cargo storage, slide-out sections to expand living quarters, ice makers, full baths, showers, etc. 

However, on the other side, it’s intimidating to drive them on narrow roads because of their size. It can also be a hassle to park them in restrictive camping sites.

Class B Motorhomes

Class B motorhomes are also called camper vans and include smaller vehicles. These are usually structured on a standard full-sized van chassis and have raised roofs so that travellers can walk upright. Like class B motorhomes, they can also run on diesel and gasoline.

They are appropriate for two travelers and are easy to drive and manoeuvre. Class B motorhomes can be a little expensive to buy at first, but they are quite economical to operate and maintain. However, it lacks luxury amenities like laundry or ample cargo space.

Class C Motorhomes

Class C motorhomes are mid-sized and typically 20 to 33 feet long. They are suitable for families or larger groups as they are structured on top of existing trucks and van chassis, making them comfortable. It has a larger living space than class B and many of the amenities included in class A.


Travel Trailers

Travel trailers are like big-size portable containers that have the comfort of a house. They’re generally built on top of a standard trailer frame and have amenities like water supplies, kitchens, bathrooms, storage units, etc. They can even expand to offer an extended exterior that can be used when you are at rest.

A variety of towing vehicles can be used for them; however, it’s quite challenging to reverse items while they’re attached. Travel trailers also need to be levelled, and the setup can be troubling and time-consuming, especially when you’re a new RV owner.

Fifth Wheel Trailers

Fifth-wheelers are quite similar to the standard travel trailer; however, they have a gooseneck connector attached to the tow vehicle. It makes it easier to manoeuvre them, and the overhead section also gives extra interior space. 

But you must be careful about what type of towing vehicle you use. Moreover, the space can be limited for a family or group as it’s mandatory to have an open or flat bed. Fifth-wheelers are not recommended for exploring surrounding areas. 

Folding and Tent Trailers

These are one of the smallest towable RVs available and have collapsible compartments to minimize the external profile to store them easily when not in use. Due to the design and limited space, you can’t store too many items in them. The folding joints and canvas aren’t strong enough to handle the wear and tear due to exposure; therefore, they must be replaced regularly. 

Folding and tent trailers are inexpensive and can be ideal for beginners and amateur travellers who don’t want to invest too much in the initial days. 

Sport Utility RV Trailers or Toy Haulers

These are combinations of sports utility Rv trailers and sport utility trailers. You can bring along your ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobile camping, etc. The rear section is meant to keep sports vehicles and includes a folding wall that also works as a loading ramp. The front area is the main living space for travellers. 

The primary drawback of this type of RV is insufficient living quarters inside. You may have to be in close proximity to motor equipment, and the odour of fuel, oil, and other chemical substances can be hazardous and irritating.