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RV Types - an illustrated explanation
Class A

Class A motorhome

A self-contained motorized RV that looks something like a bus, often referred to as 'a coach'. Built on a special chassis, the class A has all the comforts of home. Floorplans typically include separate living quarters, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, one or more bedrooms, and one or more bathrooms.

It does not have a separate cab; The driver sits at the front of the coach

Class A motorhomes vary in length from approximately 25 feet to 45 feet, and can be powered by a gas or diesel engine. They are often equipped with a generator to provide 120V power for appliances.

Newer models have optional slideouts, where one or more sections of exterior wall can be extended at the push of a switch to provide a much wider living area.

Click the image above for a photo of a class A motorhome.

class B

Class B motorhome

The class B, or van conversion, looks like a large van, but is smaller than the class C. Like the class C, a van conversion typically has living, cooking, sleeping and bathroom accomodations. Larger van conversions can be equal to, or larger in size than the class C, but they retain their exterior van characteristics.

The class B provides walk-thru access between the driving and living areas without having to exit the vehicle.

Click the image above for a photo of a class B van conversion.

type C

Class C motorhome

Smaller than the class A, the class C motorhome is built on a specially manufactured van chassis. Floorplans are similar to those of a class A, but are more compact due to the smaller overall interior space. They typically include living quarters with an integrated kitchen, dining area, one or more bedrooms, and a bathroom.

The class C is easily recognized by the forward cab where the driver sits. The main body of the class C usually projects over the top of the cab to house a bunk or storage space.

Click the image above for a photo of a class C motorhome.

truck camper

Truck camper

A truck camper is a specially designed unit carried in the bed of a pickup truck. This makes it ideal for remote, off-road locations.

This versatile RV provides a significant amount of utility in a small space. Amenities can include kitchen, shower and toilet facilities, depending on model.

The camper can be removed from the pickup truck using jacks mounted at each of the four corners, allowing the pickup truck to be used separately at the destination.

Click the image above for a photo of a truck camper.

toyhauler

Toyhauler

A toyhauler is a specially designed RV (motorhome or trailer). As the name suggests, it allows you to bring along your "toys" in an area of the RV set aside for the purpose.

In its simplest form, a storage area accessible from the outside provides space for hauling one or more bikes.

The toyhauler in the photo is a class C motorhome with a space provided for storing a quad. Larger versions, typically in a trailer, provide space for much larger toys.

Click the image above for a photo of a toy hauler.

travel trailer

Travel trailer

A travel trailer is designed to be towed by a pickup truck equipped with a special hitch attached to the truck chassis.

Travel trailers come equipped with all the conveniences of class A and C motorhomes. Depending on their length, they may also have one, two or three slideout sections which, when extended, provide a large amount of interior space.

A trailer has the advantage of being able to be detatched from the tow vehicle at your destination, thereby providing convenient transport without the need to tow a car.

Click the image above for a photo of a travel trailer.


fifth wheel

Fifth wheel trailer

A fifth wheel trailer, often abbreviated to 5th wheel, is a trailer designed to be towed by a pickup equipped with special hitch in the truck bed. It is easily distinguished by the goose neck shape at the front. This elevated front section of the trailer often houses the master bedroom.

Fifth wheels come equipped with all the conveniences of class A and C motorhomes. Depending on their length, they may also have two or three slideout sections which, when extended, provide a large amount of interior space.

A fifth wheel shares the advantage of a travel trailer in that it can be detatched from the tow vehicle at your destination, thereby providing convenient transport without the need to tow a car.

Click the image above for a photo of a fifth wheel trailer.


Tent trailer

Folding/tent trailer

Also known as a pop-up trailer. As the name suggests, the walls of this RV fold down to provide a lightweight, low-profile trailer that can be easily towed. When open, the trailer has some of the features of a tent, but the occupants are elevated off the floor.

The folding camping trailer provides good utility at a very economical price. This makes it the ideal entry level RV. Amenities can include cooking and even shower facilities, depending on model.

A lightweight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage, the folding camping trailer combines the experience of open-air tent camping with sleeping comforts, basic conveniences and weather protection found in other RVs.

Folding/tent campers, or pop-ups, are also available in hard-sided models which provide more protection from the elements and may have other conveniences.

Click the image above for a photo of a folding tent trailer.


Teardrop trailer

Teardrop Trailer

Named for it's distinctive 'teardrop' shape, the teardrop trailer is a small, streamlined, lightweight trailer that can accommodate two people for sleeping. They have limited storage, and may offer an outdoor kitchen at the rear.

Click the image above for a photo of a teardrop trailer.


Bus conversion

Bus conversion

As the name suggests, a bus conversion is a highly customized coach on a bus chassis. In its prior life, the coach could well have been a commercial bus, and the interior completely remodelled. Alternatively, the bus conversion could be a new, specially manufactured shell mounted on a new bus chassis. Because they are highly customized, bus conversions are typically the most expensive type of RV.

Floorplans are customized, as are the living and sleeping accomodations. Luxury is usually the operative word associated with the interior of bus conversions.

They can often be seen on freeways with distinctively painted exteriors, and are usually owned by celebrities to transport their entourage.

Click the image above for a photo of a bus conversion.


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