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Welcome to the new RVers... Help 101  


  Shopping for a new RV can be a dizzying experience.  With so many choices,like type of RV... , Floorplan choice... , how is a buyer to know which is the better value, the better choice, the one trailer that stands above the others?
  This worksheet will  help you determine how, when and where you want to use an RV. This information may help you minimize costly mistakes
 
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Selecting the Type of RV


Motorized RVs

A motorhome combines driving and living quarters and is a recreational camping and travel vehicle built on or as an integral part of a special chassis. Many models can easily tow the family car for use on side trips. Fans of motorhomes like being able to access all the “home” amenities while on the road. And they like having it all under one roof.
Class A  Diesel  motorhome

The Class A Diesel is the largest and most luxurious of diesel powered RV's. The Class A Diesel is built from the 'ground up' on top of a special chassis designed for the application. Typical lengths of this type motorhome are from 30 feet to 40 feet and will often times include slide-out rooms for added spaciousness.

Class A  motorhome

 

The Class A motorhome is the largest and most luxurious of gasoline powered RV's. The Class A is built from the 'ground up' by the RV manufacturer on top of a special motorhome chassis. This chassis is commonly supplied by a special vendor of such products. Typical Class A lengths are from 25 feet to 40 feet and come with many conveniences and floorplan variations.

Class C  motorhome

The Class C motorhome is sometimes refered to as a 'mini motorhome'. This motorhome is built upon a van chassis supplied to the RV manufacturer from the automotive company. Typical length ranges are from 21 feet to 29 feet.

Class B

 

The Van Conversion is also refered to as a Class B type motorhome. As the name suggests, this motorhome is developed from a van body that has been customized to contain RV amenities. Typical length range is from 17 feet to 22 feet.
 


Towable RVs
These units are designed to be towed by a family car, van or pickup truck. A plus to fans of towables is that they can be unhitched and left at the campsite while you go exploring in your tow vehicle.
 

Fifth Wheel Trailer

The 5th Wheel travel trailer is designed to be towed behind a properly equipped truck with a special 5th wheel hitch installed in the bed of the truck. 5th wheel sizes are commonly from 20 feet to 40 feet and are available in a wide variety of floorplans.

Travel Trailer

The Travel Trailer, designed to be towed behind a properly equipped automobile or truck, provides the user with many RV conveniences. Travel trailer sizes are commonly from 15 feet to 34 feet and available in a wide range of floorplans to meet the unique family and RV lifestyle preferences of the user.

Toyhauler Trailer

The Toyhauler trailers come in both 5th wheel and pull trailer styles and is designed to be towed behind a properly equipped truck with a special 5th wheel hitch installed in the bed of the truck or frame mounted receiver hitch. Toyhauler  sizes are commonly from 20 feet to 40 feet and are available in a wide variety of  floorplans.

Pop Up Trailer

The Pop Up Trailer is designed to be towed behind a properly equiped vehicle. Just as the name suggests, this RV folds into its useable form and then folds back into a shape for towing and storage. All common RV convenieinces can be found in this RV type while still providing the full enjoyment of the outdoors. Common size ranges, when opened, are from 14 feet to 22 feet.

Truck Camper
The Truck Camper is inserted and affixed to a properly matched truck. The truck camper typically contains all the common RV conveniences and features. Due to its containment on a truck, the truck camper is ideal for 'back road' traveling. Typical overall lengths are from 17 feet to 22 feet.

NOTE:
For a safe towing system, make sure you have the proper hitch, tire inflation and anti-sway devices. And for the best trailer/tow vehicle match, consider these factors:
 
  • Engine horsepower

  • Transmission and axle capability

  • Cooling equipment

  • Suspension

  • Springs and shocks

  • Power brakes

  • Power steering

Your auto dealer can tell you more about the towing capacity of your particular vehicle.

 


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