It can be easy to get confused by all the different “RVs” available out there. From the different types of motorhomes, to the different types of trailers, to campers and haulers; there is much to know about the differences in all of these RVs. That is why we’ve decided to help point out these differences! We hope this blog post helps.
Different Classes of Motorhomes
Let’s start with a popular type of RV, the motorhome. There are 3 classes of motorhomes to know, as well as their differences.
Class A Motorhomes
Out of all the motorhomes, Class A RVs are known to be the largest of motorhomes. They usually have a box-like shape, a ton of amenities, and because of their larger size they can usually fit/sleep more people than the other motor-home classes. However, they are also a bit more expensive in terms of gas efficiency and maintenance because of their larger size.
Class B Motorhomes
Out of all the motor-homes, Class B RVs are usually the smallest out of the motorhomes. What they lack in size and amenities, however, they make up for in fuel efficiency and versatility. They will be less expensive to fuel-up, and will be able to fit into smaller spaces as well.
Class C Motorhomes
Class C RVs are usually somewhere in the middle of Class As and Class Bs in terms of overall size. If you’re looking for a bit more space and a few more amenities, but are also a bit concerned with budget, a Class C motor-home RV may be a good fit for you.
Different Types of RV Trailers
Another popular type of RV is the trailer, which also has a few different versions to know.
Travel trailers are like motorhomes, except without the motor aspect, so they are pulled by another automobile instead. Because travel trailers do not have their own engines like motorhomes do, they tend to be cheaper to buy and maintain. If you already have a vehicle large enough to pull heavy items (trucks, SUVs, etc.), then a travel trailer may be a great option for you.
Fifth Wheel Trailers
The best way to identify fifth-wheels are by their hitch, which is what fifth-wheels essentially are. Fifth wheels are a special type of U-shaped hitch usually connected to back of trucks that allow for easier maneuvering while pulling the trailer. If you have a truck and are not a huge fan of towing large items behind your vehicle, then a fifth-wheel trailer may be a good option for you as it is sturdier, safer, and better facilitates turning.
A pop-up trailer is like a regular travel trailer (it is pulled from behind without a ‘fifth wheel’), but pop-up trailers can be collapsed for easier transport and storage. These may seem relatively small when collapsed, but when set-up they are lifted up and extra space pops out the sides for additional extra living space. These are great options for those who want a travel trailer, but want to store them in smaller places/garages when not in use.
Hybrid trailers are a combination of regular travel trailers or fifth-wheel (that do not collapse), but have additional living spaces that pop-up and out similar to pop-up trailers. Because they are a combination of 2 trailer types into 1, these are known as hybrid trailers.
Other Kinds of RVs To Know
Besides the different motorhome classes and different trailer types, there are also 2 other kinds of “RVs” to know.
A truck camper RV is pretty much how it sounds. It is an RV that is specifically built to fit on top of a truck. These are great options for truck owners as it can save you a substantial amount of money as you avoid having to buy a full motor-home (just like trailers), and they are less expensive to tow because they are smaller than trailers too.
The best way to identify toy haulers is to compare them to trailers that are pulled by a vehicle (like the ones described above), but the back wall of the trailer opens up like a door and has a ramp for easy loading of larger toys like motorcycles, four-wheelers, etc.. If you enjoy having these types of larger toys with you when you go on your camping adventures, and you need extra garage-like storage for them, then a toy hauler is a great option for you.
Choosing The Right RV For You and Your Trip!
With so many RV options to consider, it can be a bit tough to choose the right one for you and your trip. That is why working closely with knowledgeable RV professionals like the ones found in our locations can go a long way. Visit one of our Galaxy RV locations in-person today to get personalized recommendations form one of our RV specialists. We’d be happy to help!