Looking to purchase a motorized RV? Here's a quick breakdown of the different types you have to choose from.
These are the behemouths. Running anywhere from 21 to 40 feet long or longer and oftentimes sporting multiple slideouts, the Class A RV offers lots of room for living in style. Decked out with options such as wide-screen TVs, washer/dryer combinations and even full-sized refrigerators, this type of RV can ease the transition from living in a traditional home. However, be prepared for poor fuel mileage. Also, unless you tow a vehicle behind you, you'll be more or less stuck at your campsite once you've set up. Other considerations are maneuverability (which can be an issue in RV parks, let alone in wilderness settings), initial price (new Class As start around $60,000 and get more expensive quickly), and higher maintenance costs.
This is the next step down in size for motorized RVs. Starting with a cargo van, a wider body section is placed behind the original cab. The typical Class C RV runs 21 to 35 feet in length, and usually has an extension over the cab that can hold sleeping accomodations or entertainment equipment. There's still plenty of interior space, and some Class Cs even sport slideouts like the Class As. You'll have a kitchen and a shower, and have a reasonable amount of storage space. Towing a small vehicle still might be something to consider for convenience sake once you've set up camp. Mileage is a little bit better than what you'll find with a Class A, and issues such as maneuverability and initial investment are a little less intimidating. This might be a good compromise for folks who can't afford a Class A RV.
Yes, we know how to alphabatize. The Class B is smaller than the Class C, being little more than a cargo van with a raised roof, decked out for living. They're still fully contained, most coming with a mini refrigerator, small stove, sink, hot water, air conditioning and heater and comfortable sleeping facilities. The Class B is easier on your budget than the above classes. You'll get better gas mileage with this class of RV, and maintenance costs are on a par with normal cargo vans. In addition, you will find that driving, maneuvering and parking are all quite easy to master. You can even use the Class B for small jaunts away from your campsite. However, two people may or may not begin to feel cramped in the smaller living area after awhile. Storage space is at a premium, and bathrooms/showers are quite small. Even if you're a single retiree, you'll want to consider the limited living space these RVs offer. Sure, part of the RV lifestyle is to enjoy the great outdoors, but there will be times that the weather or other factors force you to spend chunks of time inside.
This is the smallest of the motorized RVs. A self-contained aluminum shell is mounted in the bed of a pickup truck. Usually, you will have bathroom/shower facilities as well as cooking and 12v/110v electricity. The truck camper gets the best mileage of motorized RVs, is almost as easy to drive as a regular pickup truck (though you'll want to be aware of the higher center of gravity), and can reach remote locations unavailable to the above types of RVs. However, because of size limitations, full-timing in a truck camper can be extremely challenging, especially if more than one person is involved.