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|Motor Homes||Travel Trailers||Fifth Wheels||Truck Campers|
|Fold Down/Tent Trailers||Van Conversion||12 Wide/Park Models|
|CLASS A- The class A motorhome is characterized as having a bus style chassis and shape. The lower end class A’s are mostly front gas engine equipped, while more expensive ones are known as “diesel pushers.” These have a diesel engine in the rear of the coach. At the top of this group you’ll find luxury models that easily eclipse the half million dollar mark. At the lowest end the price of admission is about $65,000.|
|CLASS B- These van conversions utilize a modified van body and provide basic amenities in a very compact space. This RV is most likely to double as a second car. These units can easily cost upwards of $50,000 depending on options.|
|CLASS C- Most Class C’s are built on a cutaway chassis that comes complete with manufactured cab. Easily recognizable by the bed-over-cab design these units are almost always gas powered and seldom grow beyond 30 ft. They often sleep up to eight and are a favorite among families. Features and luxury options create a price range of $60,000 to well over $100,000.|
|Travel Trailers Under 4000 PoundsTrailers in the under-4000-pound category range in size from the compact 13-foot models up to those measuring approximately 22 feet. The larger units are suitable for extended use, while the smaller units make great weekenders.
The 18-foot and larger models offer full bathroom facilities, including a separate shower and a fully equipped galley. Living room and dining-area space and furniture are governed in large part by the overall size of the unit, with the more elaborate layouts being found toward the upper limits in size, class, price and weight.
The larger models in this size class require some serious consideration of the tow vehicle selected. There is a wide range of vehicles that will tow this size trailer, but the tow vehicle must be selected with the total weight of the trailer in mind.
Prices for travel trailers under 4000 pounds can range from $9000 to $20,000.
Travel Trailers Over 4000 Pounds
Depending on the floorplan, these units — like their smaller counterparts — are suitable for large families or for extended use by two people. With the increased size (they range between 25 and 37 feet), there is a wider selection of floorplans available. Some of the options are aimed at the large family, such as a separate bunkhouse-style rear bedroom. For two people, the larger models offer generous living accommodations. Top-of-the-line models have facilities and space quite competitive with the larger motorhomes, but at more manageable prices. Slide-out rooms are becoming much more common in the larger units for the increase in living space they offer, but the buyer should be aware that sliders noticeably increase weight as well as space. Even when a new tow vehicle is factored in, the price range for the more expensive travel trailers is well below the higher-priced motorhomes.
Most of these units will require a pickup truck or a truck-based vehicle, such as a Suburban or a full-size van for towing. Any of these tow vehicles, including a pickup truck if a shell is added, is suitable for “cartopping,” the ability to carry a good-size fishing boat, for trailering anglers. These larger units make an excellent choice for a couple on a budget who want to spend extended periods of time in their RV.
Any size trailer has a major advantage over the motorhome when it is set up for living, since the tow vehicle is free for local transportation. Conversely, the trailer is only available for use when stopped, as opposed to the motorhome’s facilities, which are available while moving.
Prices for travel trailers over 4000 pounds can range from $12,000 to $75,000.
For anyone seeking maximum living space for a given trailer length, the fifth-wheel trailer category is the place to look. “Fivers,” as they are sometimes called, pretty much have become the RV of choice for most full-time RVers.
Models are available with a wide range of typical RV appliances and some not so typical, such as a built-in washer and dryer. Slide-out room extensions are common with the large, high-end models pickup truck as the tow vehicle.
It is extremely important to match the weight of a fifth-wheel trailer to a truck of adequate towing capacity. A relatively new arrival on the RV scene is the medium-duty truck for towing the larger fifth-wheel trailers. A new, medium-duty model is expensive, costing as much as $50,000 or more, but it makes a very desirable tow vehicle for the large units.
Some people object to having to drive a heavy-duty truck when the trailer is parked; however, for maximum living space at realistic prices, the large fifth-wheel trailer is hard to beat. Even the largest fifth-wheel models are relatively easy to tow with the right vehicle.
Prices for fifth-wheels can range from $12,000 to $90,000.
For those who already own a pickup truck, adding a camper is a logical step. For those who don’t own a truck suitable for a camper, approximate $20,000 to $35,000 for a new truck, in addition to the camper.
The pickup-camper combo, therefore, is not an especially cheap RV, but it does offer some unique and interesting possibilities. For instance, pickups are available from the factory in four-wheel drive, making them especially suitable for recreation.
Anyone who likes to drive backroads and is interested in remote or primitive campsites should consider a pickup and a camper.
The fact that the camper and truck are separate units offers some decided advantages. The camper can be set up on its own jacks at home or at the campsite, freeing the truck for separate use. And the pickup, especially a mini model, makes an excellent second car.
Probably the major drawback of the pickup-and-camper combination is the compressed living space, although most include full containment.
But the smaller overall size allows the combo to go places that are sometimes unsuitable for any other type of RV.
Prices for truck campers can range from $4000 to $30,000.
Fold Down/Tent Trailers
For a young family wanting the minimum-cost RV, the folding trailer or tent trailer is a good place to start.
These lightweights are relatively inexpensive, yet offer lots of sleeping capacity: usually a pair of double beds, plus the dinette converts into a double bed in most models. Since most tent trailers utilize canvas for side-wall construction, they offer many of the advantages of sleeping in a tent — you can still hear the birds or the wind while being protected from most of the elements.
Some models are now available with a slide-out section for the dinette, further increasing living space. Most models feature minimum cooking facilities, with a two- or three-burner stove, a sink and an ice box, or an optional small refrigerator. The living area is quite pleasant, offering an open and spacious feeling because of the large, roll-up vinyl windows in the canvas sides. Setup requires about 10 or 15 minutes.
Tent trailers are relatively inexpensive to buy. They store easily, and most can be towed with just about any size smaller car or downsized SUV, minivan or truck.
Prices for folding camping trailers can range from $3000 to $15,000.
|Van ConversionThese van conversions utilize a modified van body and provide basic amenities in a very compact space. This RV is most likely to double as a second car. These units can easily cost upwards of $50,000 depending on options.|
12 Wide / Park Models
For those RVers and campers who like to spend the summer at their favorite campground near the lake, or for those who prefer to head South during the winter, park models (also referred to as park trailers) are often an economical and convenient alternative for long-term or seasonal camping. When set, park trailers may be connected to utilities necessary for operation of installed fixtures and appliances. It’s built on a single chassis which is mounted on wheels.