7 Motorhome Classes and Difference Between Them?
There’s nothing as enjoyable as going camping on a recreational vehicle (RV if you want). With many options available, it’s easy to become overwhelmed but that shouldn’t be the case if you do thorough research, work within the limits of your budget plus have a good idea of where you plan to tour and who you’ll be traveling with.
Choose from 7
There are 3 classes of motorhomes and 4 types of towable RVs – which makes it a total of 7 options – to choose from. Here’s a description of each.
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#1: Class A motorhomes
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#2: The camper van
This class of motorhome ( Class B) is often referred to as a camper van. Some people argue that the camper van barely qualifies in this niche perhaps because of their small size (ranges from 18 to 24 feet). A typical one would be built on a chassis of a full-size van featuring a raised roof. They are not only self-contained but also easy to drive and maneuver in winding mountain roads.
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#3: Class C motorhomes
These are mid-size recreational vehicles whose length ranges from 20 – 33 feet. They look like camper vans except for one thing; they have an overhead cabin (above the driver’s and passenger’s seat) for more space.
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#4: Travel trailers
A travel trailer can best be described as a large, portable container that provides living space and all the conveniences of a home. Trailers can have a water supply, a kitchenette, a bathroom and anything else that your mind can conjure. Travel trailers can be connected to any vehicle with a standard ball-hitch receiver as long as the vehicle can handle the weight capacity.
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#5: 5th wheel trailers
It’s similar to a travel trailer with the exception that it features a gooseneck connector that attaches it to the towing vehicle. As the name suggests, these RVs use a fifth wheel for towing which allows them to accommodate more weight and for easy maneuverability. The 5th wheel trailer is a step up the travel trailer if you’re not ready for a motorhome just yet.
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#6: Folding & Tent trailers
If you are looking for the smallest towable RV offering the bare essentials for your camping escapade then this is it. Folding Camping trailers feature a collapsible compartment that reduces their external profile. This makes it easy to store. Depending on the manufacturer, some have a hard composite side that can be folded while others are made of tent canvas.
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#7: The Sports Utility RV trailer
These trailers are ideal for you is you wish to bring your dirt bike, snowmobile or ATV along with you. They have two compartments: the rear one doubles up as the loading ramp while the forward one is set for your living space.
These are the differences between the 7 motorhome classes. You can drive them without a special license except for class A motorhomes.
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