What type or class or RV will you need?  It’s all based on a few factors:

  • How you intend to use the RV
  • The size of your camping family
  • The tow vehicles you already own
  • Personal preferences

Because they are lighter, less expensive and have lots of sleeping space for a family, most young families tend to select pop up campers.  As the years go by most upgrade to a travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer or mini motorhome because they provide more amenities and space.  Once all the children have left home you would think that downsizing would begin – not true – most empty nesters are looking for more living space so they can take longer trips.  This calls for a big fifth wheel that includes slide-out rooms or a class A motorhome that also includes slides.  Some even opt to buy a large travel trailer or model trailer with slides that stays permanently parked in a campground or trailer park.

A lot of changes have come about since the introduction of the traditional camper.  Slide out room extensions provide much needed space and the use of ultra-lightweight materials have allowed the use of smaller, more fuel efficient tow vehicles.

Let’s take a look at a few options for travel trailers:

Pop Ups

Also called Camping Trailers, Tent Trailers, Pop Up Camping Trailers, or just Pop Ups. They come in a wide variety of sizes from a 600 pound, aluminum and synthetic-fabric lightweight with one bed, to a big collapsible home that sleeps 8, with slide-out, complete kitchen, toilet and shower.

Travel Trailer

This class includes everything from a 12 footer weighing less than 2500 pounds up to a 40 footer meant for permanent parking at a campground. Travel Trailers are nearly always self-contained with full kitchen, furnace, air conditioner, bathroom including shower, and fresh water and waste water holding tanks.

Fifth Wheelers

Also known as Fifth Wheelers, 5th Wheel Trailers, 5th Wheels, 5th Wheel Campers, Fifth Wheel Travel Trailers, etc. These easy-towing campers come in all sizes from about 25 feet with no slides up to about 38 feet with multiple slides.

Class C Motorhomes

Class C Motorhomes, commonly known as Mini Motorhomes, are built on a Ford or Chevy van chassis with automotive style driver and passenger doors in the cab. Many drivers are more comfortable driving a mini because the driver/passenger compartment is similar to a van of SUV. Sizes range from about 20 feet to 35 feet.


Often called Motorhomes, Motorcoaches, Buses, Full Size Motorhomes or just RVs, they come in sizes from about 28 feet with no slides to about 40 feet with multiple slides. There is a tremendous price range from the smaller ones that cost about the same as a mini motorhome to big diesel buses that may cost more than a house.

What is your favorite method of traveling on the road?

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