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"RV classes"

A recreational vehicle (RV) is defined as a vehicle that combines transportation and temporary living accommodations for travel, recreation and camping. RV's vary greatly in size and price. At one end of the spectrum, we have folding trailers that sell for a few thousand dollars while at the other end we have luxurious motorhomes that sell for a few hundred thousand dollars. There are actually seven generally accepted types of RVs and they can be classified in two general categories, the "towable" RV's (folding trailer, travel trailer, fifth-wheel, truck campers) and the "motorized" RV's (class-A, class-B and class-C motorhomes). Here's more information about each one.


Camping tent trailer    A Folding Trailer is the least expensive RV. Also commonly referred to as a Tent-Trailer, a Camping Trailers or a Pop-up Trailer, it is a foldable (collapsible) unit that typically attempts to approximate many of the conveniences of a basic Travel Trailer while being of lower cost. Given its size and weight, it can easily be towed by a typical family car, even some compact cars. The usual construction is a rectangular box on a trailer, with a larger, expanding tent that is attached to the box. Most modern models incorporate a rigid roof and a lifting system to aid in setup. Folding trailers usually provide cooking facilities, refrigeration or ice box, heating, fresh water tank, waste water tank, faucet, sink, convertible/pull-out beds, LP (propane) gas supply and a separate 100-125 volt electrical system. They can sleep up to 6 people depending on the model and the floor plan. Prices range from $6,000 to $25,000. Popular units sell for an average of $8,500.


The second type of RV is the Travel trailer. These come in a variety of sizes from a small bedroom on wheels to the equivalent of a "Class-A" motorhome minus the engine and transmission. They are built close to the ground so the overall height is lower for the same internal height as a motorhome. Travel trailers are anywhere from 10 to 35 feet in length and must be pulled by a separate tow vehicle. Note that those that are normally stationed at a campground are called Park model trailers. Note also that due to the weight of most travel trailers, the tow vehicle must have a special load distributing hitch and other special devices designed to control the sway of the trailer because the load is all behind the tow vehicle. To find out more about towing trailers, visit our towing tips page. Travel trailers usually provide the following; cooking facilities, refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, self-contained toilet, shower, water tanks (fresh water, grey water, black water), faucet(s), sink(s), LP (propane) gas supply and a separate 100-125 volt electrical system. They can sleep up to 10 people depending on the model and floor plan. Prices range from $15,000 to $100,000 and popular units sell for an average of $23,000.   Travel trailer
     

Camping Fifth wheel    Now comes the Fifth-wheel trailer! These are similar to larger travel trailers but they have an extension on the front of the box that extends over the tow vehicle and a horizontal plate that looks like a wheel (hence the name "5th wheel") that rests on the tow vehicle for support. This hitch arrangement requires a special tow vehicle, usually a pickup truck equipped with a fifth-wheel hitch (also known as a gooseneck hitch). Fifth-wheel are easier to tow since this hitch arrangement places the trailer load in the center of the tow vehicle instead of behind it. Fifth-wheel trailers usually provide cooking facilities, refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, self-contained toilet, shower, water tanks (fresh water, grey water, black water), faucet(s), sink(s), LP (propane) gas supply and a separate 100-125 volt electrical system. They can sleep up to 6 people depending on the model and the floor plan. Prices range from $20,000 to $140,000 and popular units sell for an average of $38,000.
     

Truck Campers, sometimes referred to as pickup campers or slide-on campers,consist of a camper body of various sizes that load into the bed of an unmodified pickup truck. Usually the tailgate is removed and the camper unit is clamped to the truck. they can be loaded on and off a standard pickup truck with relative ease, these products enjoy considerable popularity among weekend RVers who must use their truck for work during the week. These campers usually provide cooking facilities, refrigeration or ice box, heating, air conditioning, self-contained toilet, fresh water tank, waste water tank, faucet, sink, LP (propane) gas supply and a separate 100-125 volt electrical system. They can sleep 2 to 6 people depending on the model. Prices range from $7,000 to $37,000. Popular units sell for an average of $22,000.

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Van camper    The smallest motorized RV unit is the "Class-B Motorhome".... also commonly known as "Class-B Camper Van". They are the smallest fully enclosed motorhome. They are constructed on a van chassis with elevated roof lines but no modifications to the length or width of the original chassis. Gross vehicle weights are in the 6,000 to 8,000 range with heights of 7 to 8 feet high and lengths of 17 to 19 feet. Van Conversions usually provide cooking facilities, refrigeration or ice box, heating, self-contained toilet, fresh water tank, waste water tank, faucet, sink, convertible/folding beds, LP (propane) gas supply and 110 VAC & 12VDC electrical outlets. They can sleep 2-4 people depending on the model. Prices range from $50,000 to $105,000. Popular units sell for an average of $85,000.
     

And now, the second biggest RV, the "Class-C Motorhome". These range in weight from 10,000 to 12,000 pounds (GVW) and anywhere from 20 feet (mini-motorhome) to 31 feet in length. They are generally constructed on a larger van chassis and their driver compartment is similar to a van with a large box in the back. Class-C Motorhomes units usually provide cooking facilities, refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, self-contained toilet, water tanks (fresh water, grey water, black water), faucet(s), sink(s), LP (propane) gas supply, a separate 100-125 volt electrical system and a full array of appliances and entertainment features. They can sleep up to 10 people depending on the model and the floor plan. Prices range from $60,000 to $180,000. Popular units sell for an average of $95,000.   Class-C motorhome
     

Class-A motorhome   And now, the current largest RV, the "Class-A Motorhome". These units range in weight from about 13,000 to 30,000 pounds (GVW) and anywhere from 30 to 40 feet in overall length. They are generally a box on wheels with a motor and all the comforts of home inside. They are frequently constructed on custom undercarriages or on a three to ten ton truck chassis. These units usually provide cooking facilities, refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, self-contained toilet, water tanks (fresh water, grey water, black water), faucet(s), sink(s), LP (propane) gas supply, a separate 100-125 volt electrical system and a full array of appliances and entertainment features. They can sleep up to 8 people depending on the model and the floor plan. Prices range from $80,000 to $300,000. Popular units sell for an average of $180,000.

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