RVCamping Tips - Types of RV's


RVCamping is more than a hobby. To many it is a lifestyle. This page is dedicated to both full time campers and those weekend or vacation campers. We will cover all types of campers here from Class A Motorhomes to Pop up Campers. Stick with us as we have just begun to work on this page.

We will try to cover many buying tips that may help those new to the RV lifestyle and some tips for the "old pros".

We chose to start this page in the winter as that is the time that most of the big RV shows are beginning and many of you will be shopping for that new coach or trailer. I have spent several years working those shows and still pick an choose to work a few throughout the season. Part of this page will be directed toward buying that new or used camper. The publications we offer for sale here will save you thousands of dollars and hours of research. We hope you enjoy and check back often.

Class A

Often called Motor Coaches or Coaches, a Class A offers the most luxury of any RV and are the ultimate in RVCamping. Also called Motorhomes or Land Yachts, these RVs are usually built around a commercial truck chassis with a rear diesel engine, known as “diesel pushers”. These are most often used for full time RVCamping. The more expensive coaches in this market segment use a converted bus chassis or shell and then build a coach from within. This will include any amenities that you can think of such as wet bars, laundry facilities, separate bedrooms, and are generally custom designed for each owner. Your choice of colors, fabrics and decorative items make this the coach of your dreams. These are the coaches of the “Rock Stars” and are built by such renowned companies as Prevost, Airstream, Beaver, Blue Bird, and Newell among others. There are also hybrid conversions built on a truck chassis with tractor/trailer front ends with the engine in the front as well. Well-known hybrids are Dynamax and Renegade. About 13% of all RVs on the road are Class A’s.

Class A Coaches or Motorhomes are generally between 34 to 45 feet long and range in price from $140,000 to $2,500,000. Class A’s come with either Diesel or Gasoline powered engines and this fuel preference will be a determining factor when you are shopping. You will need to consider travel preferences, fuel economy factors, expense and availability of fuel. Class A Gas RV’s offer substantial luxury at a much lower price that can be found in traditional Diesel powered Class A’s. They are usually built on truck chassis with a read, mid or front gasoline engine. They range in price form $65,000 to $175,000.

Class A’s have traditionally been the choice of “full timers” (those who live and travel in their RV’s full time). They are extremely spacious and come with all the amenities of home for RVCamping. They can have between 1 and 4 “slide outs” (walls which extend 1 to 2 feet beyond the outer walls of the coach when parked). They have a towing capacity of between 7000 and 11,000 lbs. so you can easily tow a vehicle for sightseeing, running groceries or any other short trips when you do not want to maneuver your coach through downtown, parking lots or other congested areas. You do not need any type of special driver’s license to own or drive a Class A but much practice before you head out on your first RVCamping adventure is advisable.

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RVCamping tips for buying NEW Class A Coaches

Class B or B+


A Class B Motor Home is sometimes called a camper van or van conversion because they are built directly on a panel truck or cargo van chassis. These are scaled down versions for occasional RVCamping. Only about 1% of RVs on the road are Class B’s. They can have most of the comforts of a larger Class C but are very scaled-down. They are fun to drive in traffic and offer significantly better miles per gallon. They are becoming very desirable for RVCamping. Some are capable of towing a small boat or motorcycle with a supplemental brake control system.

Some Class B’s have built in bathrooms (heads) and kitchen areas (galleys). Generally, Class B’s are most comfortable for two travelers but some have sofa beds, gauchos or above head bedding if the top pops up like a Westfalia for extra campers. They range in length from 15 to 22 feet.

Some of the more popular manufacturers of Class B Motor Homes are Born Free, Forest River, Gulf Stream, Pleasure-Way, Roadtrek and Monaco. They range in price from $40,000 to $90,000 depending on the make, model and additions.

Class B+ Motor Homes are van conversions with lengths up to 28 feet and can have several slide outs and are great for RVCamping.

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Tips for buying NEW Class B or B+

Class C


Also called “mini-motor homes or Motorized Recreational Vehicles, they are much more maneuverable than a Class A. They are also easier to drive and less expensive to purchase and maintain. Manufacturers have listened to their audience and have responded with Class C’s that have increased mileage ratings and customer friendly features. They come in a multitude of lenghths and sizes for part-time and full-time RVCamping. About 5% of the RV’s on the road are Class C’s.

Class C’s are a motor home shell built on a customized automotive type truck or van chassis. The main sleeping area is over the driver and passenger seats. They range in length from 20 to 32 feet long. Class C’s have a towing capacity of between 3500 to 10000 lbs so towing a boat, car or motorcycle is easy with a supplemental brake control system. The new Class C’s can have many of the comforts of a Class A without the price including 1 to 2 slide outs, separate sleeping areas and bathrooms.

Some of the more well known manufacturers of Class C’s are Airstream, Born Free, Chinook, Fleetwood, Forest River, Gulf Stream, Holiday Rambler and Winnebago to name a few. Driving a Class C is much like driving a large truck or Van with ample rear vision both through the rear on most models and large side mirrors and make RVCamping a breeze.

To better prepare yourself for your RV purchase you need to buy the "RV Buyers Survival Guide". It is only $17.95 which is good insurance when you are planning to spend 10's of thousands of dollars. It will pay for itself hundreds of times over with peace of mind and savings. Just click on the link below to order.

Tips for buying NEW Class C's

Fifth Wheel Trailers


With rising gasoline prices, fifth (5th) Wheels and other towable trailers are quickly becoming some of the most popular RV’s and 17% of the RV’s on the road are 5th wheels. Because of this demand, manufacturers have created 5th wheels that are almost a luxurious and well appointed as the finest Class A’s. Many 5th wheels now come with slide outs, washers and dryers and separate sleeping areas.

5th wheels are built with a raised forward section that extends over the bed of a pickup truck. The hitch mechanism is mounted in the truck bed and allows the 5th wheel to swivel on the hitch. The design creates a two-level floor plan that is closely aligned to a Class C.

Many people who work at various locations around the United States throughout the year are choosing 5th wheels as their choice of residence or RVCamping. They can be readily moved to the next job site, offer the option of unhitching the tow vehicle to be used to get to and from work or other activities, and come as well appointed as many Class A through C’s at a much reduced cost. Some companies are now offering 5th wheels with a rear storage area and drop down tailgate (back wall) so that adventurers can take along their four-wheelers, motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles. This relatively new type of 5th wheel offers utilitarian to luxurious living quarters and an attached “garage” for toys. These are known as toy haulers or work and plays.

5th wheels range in length from 21 to 40 feet and can have from 1 to 4 slide outs. They range in price from $18,000 to $110,000 and come as plain or as fancy as you choose. Some of the most popular manufacturers are Coachman, Dutchmen, Forest River, Fleetwood, Jayco and Starcraft.

One of the main factors to consider when choosing a fifth wheel is the tow vehicle you will be using. While many manufacturers tout “1/2 ton towable” it is never wise to choose a 5th wheel that will max out your truck’s towing capacity. You will not be a happy camper if your rig will not pull up hills or bogs down in freeway traffic because your 5th wheel is too heavy. Be sure to check carefully the gross vehicle weight of the 5th wheel you are considering with your trucks towing capacity and remember that you will be adding all your camping necessities to this weight. Better to have too much truck than not enough truck when pulling a 5th wheel or other towable RV.

To better prepare yourself for your RV purchase you need to buy the "RV Buyers Survival Guide". It is only $17.95 which is good insurance when you are planning to spend 10's of thousands of dollars. It will pay for itself hundreds of times over with peace of mind and savings. Just click on the link below to order.

Tips for buying NEW Fifth Wheel Trailers

Before you spend 10's of thousands of dollars and perhaps be in debt for 15 to 20 years, you really need to understand what you are getting into. The sales rep will not tell you anything except what you need to know to spend money at his dealership. Alot of your friends may not know the right information so you need to invest $12.95 for the RV Buyers Checklist. You are getting ready to make a major purchase. Be armed with information. Good shopping and enjoy RVCamping.

RV Buyers Checklist