Frequently Asked Questions
Is the open-road calling? Are you feeling drawn to explore the beauty and wonder of America, yet still want to enjoy having all of the comforts of home? Are you dreaming of a soft bed to sleep on after the day spent playing at the lake, a kitchen to easily prepare your family’s favorite meals, a shower to clean up in after a long day on a dusty trail, a home away from home in all your favorite places? Well, more and more Americans are discovering that an RV is the best way to travel.
So, now you’ve decided you want to experience the RV lifestyle. Or maybe you’ve been hooked for some time, but your family’s needs have changed and it’s time for an upgrade. With so many RVs to choose from it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry, ask yourself these questions to help make the decision easier.
1. How will I define my RV lifestyle?
Your RV lifestyle may be all about lots of fun weekend adventures, or hitting the road for several weeks at a time. And, there’s always the “full-timers”, where the RV adventures are non-stop!
2. What sort of activities do I enjoy?
Hobbies and activities will help you narrow down your RV search. Sport utility RVs, often called toy haulers, have space for ATVs, golf carts, dirt bikes, and other small motorized vehicles. Some RVs offer more storage space than others and if you have interests that use large amounts of gear, you’ll want to consider how you’re going to store that gear. If you enjoy exploring urban areas via RV then you might want to consider smaller units that make it easier to navigate city streets and parking lots. Winter sports enthusiasts will want to consider buying an all-season RV.
3. Is there an RV for my budget?
Just as there is an RV for every lifestyle, there is an RV every budget. It’s good to decide on a budget before heading to the RV dealership or searching online. Are you planning to pay cash or ﬁnance? RV dealerships are set up to make ﬁnancing fast and easy for their customers. Used RVs are a great option for a limited budget. RV shows, end of the year sales, or buying last year’s model can be a great way to save on a new RV.
4. What are types of RVs to help me decide what’s right for me?
Class A Motorhomes
The Class A motorhomes are all about luxury, size, and comfort for long distance travel, a large family or just traveling in style. And, talk about bringing the comforts of home on the road…you’ll often find these big and beautiful girls equipped with captain’s chairs that swivel, large sofas, HDTV, complete kitchens with granite countertops, residential refrigerators, a washer and dryer, as many as five slide-outs and lots of storage.
Class B Motorhomes
More commonly known as Camper Vans, Class B motorhomes offer many of the features and craftsmanship of Class A’s, just in a smaller, more maneuverable package. Using a full-size van as its foundation, a Class B motorhome can provide you with many of the comforts of home such as a compact bathroom, small kitchen and a TV. Ideal for 2 to 3 travelers and suitable for multi-week trips, the Class B is similar to driving a large SUV. Because of its smaller size, it’s also easy to drive in the city and park.
Class C Motorhomes
Class C’s are somewhat of a combination between a Class A and a Class C, both in size and features, ranging anywhere between approximately 20 and40 feet. Class C’s are also considered easy to drive and are generally more affordable than a Class A.
Travel trailers are generally lightweight, making them towable by standard pickup trucks, SUVs and even some minivans. Most models sleep up to six people and the latest models offer lots of cool features including designer-grade interiors, slide-outs, bunk beds, built-in generators and satellite TV.
The fifth-wheel trailer gets its name from the large hitch pin that attaches the trailer to a special mount in the bed of a heavy-duty pickup truck. This arrangement makes the fifth-wheel trailer more stable to pull than a comparably sized travel trailer. Excellent for long distance travel or a run to the local mountains, fifth-wheel trailers can range in size from 18 to 40 feet long. And because of their generous size, it’s critical that your truck be able to pull the load safely.
The “Toy Hauler” gets its name because of the garage area built into the rear of the trailer. This space can be used for hauling motorcycles, quad runners, and personal watercraft, and is separated from the rest of the trailer by a solid wall and an access door. The front of the Toyhauler is the living area, and depending on the model, many come with sleeping capacities up to eight people.
The Truck Camper is a portable unit designed to be loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. The slide-in units are easily loaded and unloaded from the bed of the truck, freeing the truck’s bumper to tow boats, ATVs and other trailers.
Folding Camping Trailer
Also known as pop-ups and tent trailers, Folding Camping Trailers are great for outdoor lovers who enjoy sleeping in a tent without sleeping on the ground. The Folding Camping Trailer stows away for easy, lightweight towing. With canvas sides that extend to reveal queen-sized beds, it’s easy to have a fresh-air experience with all the comforts of an RV.
Buying an RV will be one of the best decisions you’ll make for your family. Don’t get hung up on the details because at the end of the day or a long weekend, spending time together and creating lasting memories are what’s important and that will happen in any type of RV.