Perhaps no better wording understands "It is about the journey, not the destination", than those who own recreational vehicles. And according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and a 2011 study by the University of Michigan, more and more travelers include the concept. US ownership of motorhomes has reached record levels – about 10 million US households own a caravan, according to the study.
According to Go RVing®, the reason why people choose to travel with RV includes affordable rates, ease of travel with pets and children, and having the comforts of home while you are out on your adventures. What does it mean? Simply: RVing appeals to a wide range of people of different ages, lifestyles and budgets. You just need to find the model that best meets your needs.
What is available?
If you are not familiar with the different types of caravans available on the market, here is a brief overview of some common RV categories. 1
Folding Camping Trailers are also lightweight, easy to bog and maneuver, complicated and provide a good starting point for camping enthusiasts who enjoy camping in tents. These campers range from 8 to 24 feet long, providing space for up to eight people and can include sleeping, dining and kitchen. They are also budget-friendly, because Go RVing says a new one will cost from $ 6,000 to $ 22,000.
Travel trailers are conventional trailers and smaller models can easily be towed behind a medium-sized vehicle equipped with a hitch. Some versions have pop-out or protruding sections to maximize the living space. Travel carts usually have kitchens, bathrooms and dining areas, and they can also have storage space and entertainment features. These campers range from 12 to 35 meters long, says Go RVing, and a new one will cost from $ 8,000 to $ 35,000.
A truck truck is a unique RV that it sits in bed or on the chassis of a truck. Although smaller in size, they are available in different sizes and floor plans – sometimes even with projections. This type of RV can allow you to access uneven areas where you could not pull a trailer; Plus, as with trailers, you can detach the camper and use your vehicle independently. The functions can include a bathroom, kitchen and storage. Truck campers range from 8 to 20 feet, and a new camper costs between $ 6,000 and $ 55,000, according to Go RVing.
Five Wheeled Travel Trolleys
"Fifth Wheel" has many of the same amenities as a travel changer, but RV-Dreams.com notes that their trailers must be a pickup truck or truck with a five-wheel chopper. This design gives them a planless layout that is more spacious than a conventional towbar. RV-Dreams.com says fifth wheels are less susceptible to jack-knifing or fish-tailing than conventional trailers, but the drawbacks are having a heavier truck and more cost. These campers range from 21 to 40 feet, and a new one will cost from $ 18,000 to $ 160,000, according to Go RVing.
Sport Utility RV
Characterized as "toy holders", sports cars (SURV) amenities that you need on board – like a kitchen, bathroom and dining area – plus space to carry motorcycles, dirt bikes, off-road vehicles or other "toys" you want on the trip. SURVs can be trailers or motorhomes. In both cases, the rear end of the RV falls down to create an access ramp to the storage garage. Go RVing notes that these campers range from 19 to 39 feet, and a new one will cost from $ 10,300 to $ 170,000.
Motorized motorhomes, or motorhomes, are caravans with homes built on motorized chassis . In other words, you do not draw or carry them – you drive them. Motorhomes are available in three basic types:
- Type A or conventional motorhomes are entirely built on specially designed chassis, ranging from 21 to 40 feet and costing from $ 60,000 to over $ 500,000.
- Type B ] Motorhomes are "motorhomes". These range from 16 to 22 feet and cost from $ 60,000 to $ 130,000.
- Type C motorhomes are built on a van frame, but with a wider body. These range from 21 to 35 feet and cost from 43,000 to over 200,000 dollars.
An important aspect to remember with a motorhome is that it is both your transport and your home. If you do not want to move your home every time you need to go to the grocery store, you want to consider pulling a small car to get around town and sightseeing. RV-Dreams.com also notes that a camper may have less living space than a towable RV, so remember how you intend to spend your trips.
What are my lifestyle considerations?
To determine which RV type fits you, consider your needs. RVShare.com recommends that you ask any questions that help limit the type of RV you are looking for, including:
- How many people (and pets) should travel?
- Do you have a truck to use? Will it be big enough? (You have to match the RV's loaded weight to your vehicle's trailer capacity according to Go RVing.)
- What is your budget?
- Who should drive RV?
- Which RV features are important to your lifestyle?
It may also be good to go to an RV show – you can climb aboard as many different models as you like, and resellers and manufacturer representatives are on hand to answer questions.
Whether you think an RV would be great for weekend trips or looking to travel in a motorhome to a large extent, it is important to choose the RV that meets your needs. With a little preparation and some research, you can start enjoying your home away from home in no time.
Originally published on June 12, 2014.