If you are in the market for an RV, you are probably trying to figure out the best type for you personally. Each type of RV possesses different advantages and fulfills a unique purpose. You might also be wondering what the difference is between a fifth wheel and an RV. Let’s take a closer look at the different RV types and which one may be right for you.
The Different Types of RV
Within each broad category of types of RVs are many subcategories and variations. Like any other vehicle, different makes, models, designs, and customizations produce unique results. That said, most RVs fall into one of two primary categories: motorhomes and trailers. Let’s take a look at a few variations of these categories.
Class A Motorhomes
A class A motorhome is the most common and functional type of RV among full-time travelers. Its large size and specially built chassis essentially make it a house on wheels. Most class A motorhomes come fully equipped with a kitchen, bedroom, family room, bathroom, and storage space. You can purchase this type of motorhome with a gas or diesel engine and travel in perfect comfort. Because it is a lot of weight to tote, this type of RV tends to cost more both upfront and in traveling expenses. However, particularly for individuals who live in their RV, it makes for a great long-term investment.
Class B Motorhomes
Next in the motorhome lineup are class B motorhomes. While class A motorhomes are large and in charge, class B motorhomes are built on a van chassis. Compact and efficient, class B RVs work wonderfully for single travelers or couples who don’t mind being close and cozy. Although small, this type of RV usually comes equipped with all of the essentials, just on a smaller scale than that of class A. Collapsable storage, a tiny sink, and convertible seats are the defining characteristics of a class B motorhome. Of course, the smaller size makes these travel vans a little more mobile and easy to squeeze into tight spaces.
Class C Motorhomes
The third category of motorhomes is (of course) class C. Class C motorhomes fall somewhere between class A and class B in size. Built on a truck chassis, this type of RV possesses the extra bathroom and kitchen space of class A without sacrificing the mobility of class B. Like its counterparts, you can purchase this RV type in gas or diesel and live in it fairly comfortably.
“Towable” is simply an umbrella term that refers to any camper pulled on a hitch. There are countless types of RV trailers, including fifth-wheel campers (more on that later), teardrop campers, pop-up campers, and more. Most campers come equipped with the same amenities as a motorhome. However, the benefit of towable campers is that once parked at your campsite, you can unhitch your regular vehicle and drive around town unencumbered. Additionally, many campers feature expandable slides that create extra space inside when parked.
A “toy hauler” is a type of trailer, but it exists less for daily living and more for hauling fun travel toys such as bikes, ATVs, kayaks, jet skis, etc. Toy haulers work great for individuals who use their campers for quick vacations rather than full-time travel.
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Is a Fifth Wheel the Same as an RV?
Even though they accomplish the same purpose, a fifth wheel, and an RV have entirely different methods of doing so. RVs come in two drastically different variations. The first is a motorized RV which is one singular mode of transportation. The other variant is the travel trailer. This version of the RV connects to a truck’s hitch on its bumper and is towed from place to place. It is detachable and can be viewed as a separate vehicle from the one you use to pull it.
Fifth wheels are similar to the travel trailer RVs that connect to a hitch to get from place to place. With that being said, they have different methods of transportation. While RVs are attached to the bumper to move around, fifth wheels are attached to the bed of the truck. This brings them in closer to the vehicle, meaning that unlike the travel trailer, which can be seen as its own separate vehicle, a fifth wheel becomes an extension of the truck that is more compact.
The Pros and Cons of a Fifth Wheel and a Travel Trailer
A fifth wheel takes up less space and is easier to maneuver than a travel trailer. This gives you more freedom on the road and is generally safer for the vehicles around you. The main disadvantage that comes with purchasing a fifth wheel is the price tag. Most travel trailers are a lot cheaper than a fifth wheel, meaning that if you have never had either towable before, then you may want to consider going with the less expensive option.
Should You Buy a Fifth Wheel or an RV?
Ultimately whether or not you choose to buy a fifth wheel or an RV is an entirely personal preference. However, there are many advantages that come with a fifth wheel. You need to decide if those justify the higher price tag that comes with them. With that being said, you are bound to get usage out of whichever option you choose, so don’t hesitate to purchase one!
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