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Full-time RV living is something many in the Women’s Adventure community dream of doing someday. Here’s a guide to choosing your ideal RV for round-the-clock life on the road or for frequent weekend road trips and camp outs. Whatever you goal, one of these RV styles will probably fit your lifestyle and your budget.
Class B Motorhomes
Commonly called van campers, Type B motorhomes are built using automotive manufactured van or panel-truck shells. Van campers drive more like the family car, but offer the comforts and conveniences of home on the road.
• Nimble and easy to drive, Type B Motorhomes are easy to park and maneuver, even in downtown settings.
• Home-like conveniences are standard, including bathroom, sleeping, dining and kitchen facilities as well as storage.
• Full stand-up room is achieved by raising the roof and sometimes by the use of dropped floors, for extra interior headroom.
Price Range: $60,000 to $130,000 and up
Class C Motorhomes
Type C motorhomes are built on an automotive van frame with a wider body section attached to the original cab section. Many Type C Motorhomes are easily recognizable by the over-the-cab area that is often an optional sleeping area. Amenities are similar to those in conventional motorhomes.
• Ample living space includes sleeping, kitchen, dining, and bathroom facilities, as well as entertainment systems and storage.
• Slide-outs in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button to create larger living areas.
• Owners can tow a small vehicle for short side trips once the motorhome is parked.
• The ability to easily move from the driving area or belted passenger seats to the living space when stopped along the way is the main reason owners say they chose a motorhome over a towable model.
Price Range: $45,000 to $200,000 and up
Conventional travel trailers offer a wide range of floor plans, sizes and conveniences.
• Smaller models can be towed by mid-size vehicles, including the family car, minivan, SUV, or pickup truck equipped with a hitch. It is important to match the loaded weight of the RV to the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. Consult your dealer or owner’s manual for details and have the tow hitch professionally installed.
• Lightweight composite models are designed specifically for towing behind many six-cylinder family vehicles.
• At the campground, easily detach from the tow vehicle to use the vehicle for errands and sightseeing.
• Travel Trailers boast all the conveniences of home, including kitchen, dining, bathroom, entertainment, and storage.
• Slide-outs in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button, to create larger living areas once the travel trailer is set up in a campsite.
Price Range: $8,000 to $95,000 and up
Also known as tent trailers or folding camping trailers, pop-up campers are great for outdoor lovers who enjoy sleeping in a tent without sleeping on the ground. The Folding Camping Trailer stows away for easy, lightweight towing. With canvas sides that extend to reveal queen-sized beds, it’s easy to have a fresh-air experience with all the comforts of an RV.
• Folding Camping Trailers appeal to budget-conscious consumers looking for a roomy, towable RV.
• The lighter weight allows for towing behind many typical family vehicles, including some small cars. It is important to match the loaded weight of the RV to the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. Always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for towing weight restrictions and have your tow package professionally installed.
• Lightweight and easy to maneuver when closed; Folding Camping Trailers are a snap to unhitch from the tow vehicle, freeing the vehicle for errands and sightseeing.
• The compact size allows for easy storage as well as quick and simple setup.
• Ample living space means kitchen, dining, and sleeping areas are standard, with additional amenities available depending on size.
• Some Folding Camping Trailer models have slide-outs that provide additional living space at the campground.
Price Range: $6,000 to $22,000 and up
Are the best option if you want to travel with your quads, motorcycles, etc., but still want to have many of the comforts of home.
• Toy haulers appeal to people who want/need to bring lots of gear with them that won’t fit into the storage space underneath.
• Garage space is separate (but easily accessible) from the living quarters and can be turned into an optional party deck.
• Toy haulers have many options for the kitchen, dining area, bathroom & sleeping areas.
• Many different floor plans to optimize sleeping areas.
• They can be outfitted with big TV’s, sound systems, etc.
• Depending on options chosen and equipment loaded they can be towed by small pick-up trucks and some SUV’s
Price Range: $35,000 to $70,000 and up