Which RV is right for you?
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When trying to decide what type of RV is best for you, there are several factors you can consider before you even begin shopping. This will help you narrow down the types of campers you research and tour.
First: What type of vehicle do you have to tow with? The tow rating of your vehicle will be the first determining factor in the size of RVs you shop for. If you have a smaller SUV, you’ll need to look at Ultralight campers like the new Geo-Pros from Forest River. If you have a large truck, you’ll be able to look at travel trailers, truck campers and even fifth wheels.
Second: What is your price range? This too will immediately help you to limit the number of RVs you decide to research and tour. RV prices range from as low as $8,000 or so for pop-up campers to as much as $70,000 or more for some motorhomes and fifth wheels.
Third: Think about the features you want most in an RV. This may change as you go through the process, but usually there will be some items you don’t want to compromise on. For instance, maybe having a murphy bed is important to you. Perhaps having a large refrigerator is more important than having much counter space. Do you want an awning? Perhaps you have a size limit based on how much RV parking you have at your home. All of these need to be taken into consideration before you begin your RV shopping trips.
Below we’ve provided more detailed information on shopping for truck campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes. If you have any questions you can reach out to us anytime.
When shopping for a truck camper you need to consider the following: matching the camper to the truck size: will the ride be stable and comfortable and safe, will you have control of the truck on the interstate and back roads, and are you getting value and quality in the camper?
You should know how much a camper weighs and make sure that the weight matches the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of your truck. The certified weight label is normally located on the back of a truck camper, and lists the total weight with standard equipment, including full water and propane tanks, and excluding any options. Standard equipment varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and thereby affects the certified weight, make sure you know what equipment is considered standard. You then need to add the weight of any optional equipment in the camper for the accurate camper weight.
You need to match the size of the camper to your truck; long box, short box, or mini truck bed. The correct size camper on the truck will determine the stability, control, and safety while driving.
Motorhome vs travel trailer or 5th wheel When not in use a motorhome has an engine, drive train, and more tires to deteriorate than a trailer or fifth wheel. Motorhomes can be harder to get serviced than other vehicles as not all service bays will be large enough.
The original price, taxes, licenses, and insurance will be higher with a motorhome than a travel trailer or fifth wheel. Motorhomes come in a variety of sizes and styles, as do travel trailers; fifth wheels are generally larger and will require a larger truck to tow them.
You have access to all features of the motorhome while driving whereas you have to pull over to use the trailer or fifth wheel. It’s not recommended for people to travel IN you travel trailer or fifth wheel while you’re driving. With a motorhome your family can use the dinette, beds, etc while traveling.
When you arrive at your destination you can unhook the trailer or fifth wheel and use the tow vehicle to travel about town or the area. This is particularly nice if you plan to mountain bike or do other activities in the area that require the use of your truck’s bed, roof rack or hitch rack.
With a motorhome you have to tow a vehicle behind you if you want a smaller vehicle to drive around town or tour the area. If you are not towing a car behind it, motorhomes are easier to drive and control going while driving down the road and easier to back up. However, this also means that at some campgrounds you’ll need to leave chairs or a small tent set up to “stake your claim” if you leave the campground in your motorhome.
Another thing to consider is what vehicles do you currently own? Are they good for being towed or for towing? Do you want to get another vehicle to travel with?