Before you head out the door to buy that new or used RV, let’s take a look at the different styles that are available. The main classes are as follows: Class A Motorhome, Class B Motorhome, Class C Motorhome, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, Pop-Up Motorhomes, Truck Motorhomes, Sport Utility Vehicles, and Hybrid Motorhomes. The last 2 are the newest kids on the block, the first three are drive-through units and do not require a tow vehicle.
- Class A Motorhome: This is the largest and most expensive type of RV. They are built from a chassis that includes the frame, suspension, and drive train.
- Class B motorhome: Also known as a camper van or conversion, they are built using a van body. They are the smallest of the motorhomes.
- Class C Motorhome: Sometimes called mini-motorhomes, these units have a van-like front end and are easily recognizable. In size, they fall somewhere between a Class A and a Class C.
- Travel Trailers – This unit tows from a bumper-level hitch and is available in many lengths.
- Fifth Wheels: This is also a towable unit, but it requires a bed-mounted fifth wheel hitch.
- Pop-up Campers – Also known as folding or tent trailers, these are the smallest type of towable camper. They are a great entry level unit for those converting from a tent to an rv. They have a hard top, floor, and partial sidewalls. The rest of the unit is canvas, this still gives you the feeling of being outdoors.
- Camper vans: It can also be called a caravan slide. This camper slides into the bed of a pickup truck.
- Sport utility vehicle – This is basically a travel trailer with a garage, sometimes called a toy hauler. There is a gate at the back of the unit that goes down like a ramp, allowing you to park a four-wheeler, dirt bike, or other toy you may have.
- Hybrid Camper: This is a cross between a travel trailer and a pop-up. This style has hard sides all the way around, but the beds fold out at the ends like a pop-up window and are covered with tarp. They are lighter than most travel trailers and can be towed with a midsize SUV.
There you have the 9 types of RVs explained in basic form.