5 Popular RV Types: Which One Is The Best for You?

Maybe you’re looking to take a family road trip. Or, maybe you’ve always wanted a vehicle that lets you sleep comfortably.

Regardless of your reasoning, you’re curious about RVs.

RVs are a good thing to be curious about, as there are many different types that the layman would never notice. This makes them a worthwhile subject to channel your attention into.

It’s also important to know which RV is best suited to your needs, as not all RVs are created equally. Each comes with its own special features, some of which you may be more interested in than others.

In order to get the most complete picture, here are some of the most popular RV types and a detailed information of each. These particulars can help determine whether or not they are for you.

What Are the Different RV Types?

Just like with other kinds of automobile, RVs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each of these is designed to appeal to a specific person.

Therefore, instead of looking for an RV that is objectively the best, you should look for one that fits your purposes.

We can help you with that. While these aren’t all of the RV types on the market, they are certainly among the most popular.

Class A RVs

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If you’re going for the Class A RV, it’s because you want the biggest and fanciest. These are great for long road trips or extended stays, as it provides the most spacious and comfortable interior.


If you’re worried about paying for diesel gas, then you need not worry about this one. Class A RVs can run on regular gasoline. However, some models do, in fact, run on diesel gas.


Moreover, even though these RVs tend to be quite long, drivers are not required to obtain a special driver’s license.


Part of the Class A RV’s comfort is in its ability to expand the living area with slide-out sections. Some of them even have a master bedroom, which is not common in RVs.


As far as amenities go, it’s not unusual for these RVs to include ice makers, shower facilities and a washing machine. Some even have a full home entertainment system. In other words, they’re more decked out than many apartments.


The amount of space available extends beyond living areas and into cargo room. In addition to this, the large amount of cargo space is yet another reason why this is the perfect choice for long trips.


Short weekend getaways would not be the best use of the Class A RV.

Class B RVs

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In stark contrast to the Class A RVs, is their Class B counterpart. This type of RV is all about being compact and maneuverable. For this reason, it is great for families on a budget or for short trips, for which a large living space on the road isn’t necessary.


But the Class A and Class B aren’t totally different, as they both can run on both regular fuel and diesel.


Despite their smaller special quality, this isn’t to say that you won’t be able to find RVs with comfortable living quarters, especially if you’re only housing one or two travelers.


Because of the small space, you also won’t be getting all of the amenities that come with the Class A, such as the washing machine and the ice maker. Of course, if you’re only taking a short trip, then these amenities won’t be too missed.


It should also be noted that these RVs are much easier to drive than the Class A, which is big and clunky. In addition to it being cheaper, its gas consumption is also less costly.


Overall, this is the best choice for two types of people: those on a budget and those who are only driving it for a short time.

Travel Trailers

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Unlike the Class A and Class B RV types, travel trailers are not drivable. Instead, they must be towed to an existing vehicle. Any SUV, van or truck will do just fine towing the trailer, so you don’t need to have some sort of special vehicle.


This instantly gains them points on the financial front, as they’re cheaper than the alternatives and don’t require any gas. One of their drawbacks, however, is that they make it difficult to drive in reverse. Consequently, it can hamper your maneuverability.


Sizes and amenities vary so you can play with the price point if you’d like a little extra comfort. Most won’t be big enough to fit both a washing and drying machine, but you can certainly fit it with a nice TV and some speakers.


Much like the Class B RV, travel trailers are great for families on a budget and short trips. They’re also perfectly suited for camping, as you can un-tow them and drop them off anywhere you’d like.

Pop-Up Campers

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Even better for camping than the travel trailer is the pop-up camper. Also known as a tent trailer, this is specifically designed for camping in mind.


If you thought travel trailers were small, pop-up campers are among the smallest RVs on the market. This is because they’re made to be moved to hard-to-reach areas and small campsites.


Even with their small size, they include tent peripherals that jut out – hence the name – and extend the interior of the RV.


To put it in the simplest possible terms, it’s half-RV, half-tent. This means you won’t be quite as comfortable inside as you would in a normal RV, but you’ll be far more comfortable than you would be in a tent.


Of course, the tent aspects are going to make the tent more susceptible to bad weather, which isn’t something you’d have to worry about in a regular RV.


Because of the small size, they’re not great for storing cargo, and you won’t be able to fit in a home theater system. These are solely for overnight stays at campsites for people who don’t want to sleep on the ground.

Utility RVs

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These are the kind of RVs that bands use to transport instruments or businesses use to move product. Unlike the other RVs on this list, they are not meant to be used as a living space.


Aside from business use, these can also be used to transport such things as snow-mobiles or motorcycles, which makes them a great addition for a vacation where such things are needed. Otherwise, you’ll have to rent, which can be pricey.


You can even think of a utility RV as a garage-on-the-go, as it’s the perfect size for ATVs and golf carts.


Of course, vehicles aren’t the only thing you can store in there. Unlike RVs that are designed for full time living, you can stuff a Utility RV with as much stuff as you’d like. In fact, this makes them a great choice for moving.


It is entirely possible for someone to hang out in a Utility RV while it’s being towed. However, the experience won’t be very comfortable.


In closing, these Utility RV types are more about having extra storage room than having a comfortable place to sleep away your trip while someone else drives.

Now You Know the Different RV Types

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RVs don’t get a lot of love in the auto community. Unlike muscle cars, motorcycles, or trucks, there’s no allure to the RV.

In many ways, you could say it has a goofy image that keeps it from becoming a universal vehicle, despite its usefulness to families. However, now you know how varied the world of RVs can be. There’s something here for everyone and every voyage.

If you’re taking a massive trip across the country, you’re going to want the spaciousness of the Class A. On the other hand, if you’re taking a short trip, you’ll want the Class B.

Moreover, if you don’t mind towing, the travel trailer will also be a fine addition on a short family trip. Contrarily, if that trip involves camping, you might want to opt for the pop-up camper.

Going to Aspen for some snowmobiling? Why rent a snowmobile when you can bring your own? That’s possible with the utility RV, which can also transport nearly anything and functions primarily as portable storage.

With this many RV types, there’s a road trip for everyone.

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