The Big Guide to RV Manufacturers: Class A, B, C, Travel Trailers & 5th Wheels

Having difficulty finding a comprehensive guide of different RV manufacturers? Although there are some resources available online, this is a topic you might have some trouble finding a document that is properly researched.

You’ve probably heard these different terms thrown around, “Class A RVs, Class B RVs, etc.” Without understanding what these words mean, getting an RV may seem like an impossible and daunting task. This article will not only provide an overview of the key differences between the different RV classes, but also different manufacturers for each of these classes.  Helping you with your RV rental choice or your purchase.

So, what are the differences between the various classes?

The remainder of this article will be based on the discussion of these different classes, but it is important to note that despite all of these differences, RVs can essentially be broken down into two major classes: motorized and towable.

Motorized RVs

These classes include the previously mentioned Class A, B, and C. The weird thing in the way that they are distinguished by size is that it does not go in order. Class A is the biggest with Class B being the smallest. Then, what about Class C? They’re the middle-sized guys of the bunch.

Towable RVs

This is quite a simple distinction from motorized RVs. These RVs are pulled behind a vehicle. Easy, right?

Now, before diving into the discussion of different manufacturers for each of the different classes, it is important to distinguish what features distinguish the different classes. Each of the classes varies in size and options available. Let’s begin the discussion with Class A.

Class A RVs

Class A RV Manufacturers create the largest drivable motorhomes available. A large majority of the models available on the market today are diesel-powered, but this should not be taken as an absolute. So, who are Class A RVs good for? The large size and space make them great for individuals who use their RVs quite a bit or for families. This class of recreational vehicle is built on a sturdy frame with the driving compartment attached with the interior of the vehicle. From the outside, they appear more like busses.

Class A RVs tend to be the most luxurious and expensive due to their larger size and availability of various amenities. They are also great for those of you expecting to ride in your RV for extended periods of stay at a single place. These RVs typically come fully stocked with all of the amenities available in a home that you can utilize even while driving. Depending on their size, they can sleep between 1 and 8 people.

Another huge point of Class A RVs is driving these vehicles is relatively simple and does not require a special license to operate these vehicles. As previously mentioned, they can vary in size quite a bit from 21 feet all the way to 45 feet.

Class B RVs

Class B RV Manufacturers are smaller than their Class A counterparts, but this does not mean that they are not useful or a great option. They more closely resemble a slightly large SUV, and their smaller size makes them easier to maneuver. This means they are great for active people, who may enjoy a variety of different activities outdoors, including climbing, skiing, camping, etc.

Although it doesn’t make sense, we didn’t make up the rules on naming the different classes, Class B RVs are the smallest of the three classes of fully enclosed motor homes. Now, why might these guys be a viable option for you? Quite simple. They’re a great blend of price, versatility, and operation difficulty.

Unlike Class A RVs, they are limited in the availability of luxury amenities, including a self-contained toilet or tank for fresh water, but they can be included. Fortunately, they have the facilities that might considered most important, including cooking amenities and refrigerator, heating unit, and sleeping space. All of this means that these features deduct from the potential living space.

They can fit between 1 and 4 people for sleeping and are less varied in size. They are typically between 17 and 19 feet in size.

Class C RVs

Class C RV Manufacturers provide the model that comes to mind for most when they think about an RV. This model comes with a compartment over the driver’s space where a bed is typically placed for sleeping. Some Class C RVs have camper tops available that causes variances in the dimensions of the truck bed. Class C RVs are also referred to as Campervans or Conversion vans.

If these guys are in between, how do they differ from Class A and Class B? It’s a lot simpler to think of Class C RVs as a smaller version of a Class A motor home. As previously mentioned, the sleeping compartment will typically be placed above the driving space with other sleeping beds available near the back of the vehicle.

Class C RVs can fit between 1 and 8 people, which you might be saying is the same as Class A RVs, but they are smaller. They only vary between 20 and 31 feet in length, so this difference in size will typically be deducted from living and sleeping space while minimizing the space that different amenities take up.

5th Wheel RVs

This class of RV looks very similar to Class C models, but the key difference is that fifth wheel RVs do not have an engine. This class can provide greater size and practicality since they are simply attached to the back of a truck. It is important to note that this does not mean that they are pulled on a hitch of the truck.  This class also has a large variety of different amenities you can add, including king- or queen-sized beds, larger kitchen areas, and other luxury options.

The large majority of the remaining content in this article will focus on providing you with multiple manufacturers and different models within each of the classes, so you have a better idea of features available, pricing, and other important details that can influence your final choice.

Big List of RV Manufacturers

RV Manufacturers

Class A RV Manufacturers

Let’s start the discussion with a list of Class A RV Manufacturers.

American Coach

The first on this list is American Coach. American Coach is a brand that has already established itself as one of the leaders within the RV manufacturers. So, who is their primary clientele? They are currently being used as suppliers for musicians, sports teams, and famous celebrities. They also boast one of the highest resale values within the various RV brands available on the market today.

They boast a wide array of different models, but of their multiple models, this article will focus on the 2019 Eagle. The 2019 Eagle is a Class A diesel vehicle that is designed to provide you with more freedom. Its foundation is based on the strongest chassis available in the industry, the Freightliner Liberty Bridge. Not only does it provide an unparalleled level of sturdiness, but it also has a wealth of different amenities available, including 4K UHD TVs, an Aquadot 600D as a source of unlimited hot water that you can use as needed, and a simple dual air and hydraulic leveling system.

These amenities are combined with the power that is built into all of the American Eagles, starting with the Select Drive steering system. What is this system, you ask? It is a system that assesses real-time driving conditions and presents this information back to the driver in a unique feedback loop.

The American Eagle boasts a level of spaciousness that is difficult to find within the current market. You’ll be amazed at how much you can fit in the Eagle and how beautiful the interior is.

Custom Coach

Next on this list is Custom Coach. Unlike American Coach, they only offer one model, the Mauck 2. The Mauck 2 provides a different level of reliability, as it boasts the Mercedes-Benz logo. Custom Coach takes pride in the fact that their model completely redefined the conception of a van can be. Although it does look like a van, the exhilarating design has revolutionized the base design of vans.

The Mauck 2 is actually a custom-made hybrid of Class A and B models, that is built to have an experience that resembles a normal automobile while highlighting the strengths and perks of an RV. This means it provides better handling than the traditional Class A vehicles while the diesel-powered engine also provides better mileage than traditionally gas-powered engines.

The Mauck 2’s most current iteration is the 2018 model, which combines technological innovation with artistic beauty. It is designed with the purposes of maximizing capacity and comfort with an aerodynamic body with large curved glass windows. This model is unique in that its foundation lies on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis.

Although there is only one model, it does not mean that there are no options within different designs along with specialized amenities. You can choose from the Mobility Cruiser, Personal Traveler (PT). Luxury Transport Vehicle (LVT), Group Transport Vehicle (GVT), and Master Upfitter.

There are also multiple packages available that you can choose from to maximize different components of your driving experience with different options available within each of these packages.

Entegra Coach

Entegra Coach offers various luxury, Class A, and Class C models. Of the luxury models, the Reatta was first introduced to the market in 2018, and the 2020 model has taken the smaller package of luxury and grace and further built it to fit your needs. It has an independent front suspension that makes the driving experience much easier, but don’t take this smaller package as a weakness. It is still a spacious option that has all the necessary amenities, including a king-sized bed and even an outside entertainment center. You’ll be amazed at what this model can do, and you can further customize it to your liking with the large availability of different options.

Of the numerous Class A models available, this article will focus on the 2020 Vision, which boasts that it provides numerous features that are available as options in other motorhomes as standard. Although it is not as spacious as the 2020 Reatta, this is a more affordable option that still has the necessary hardware to provide you with an experience of comfort and luxury.

Fleetwood RV

Fleetwood RV makes it on this list for a variety of reasons. They have the largest variety of different models available, including different gas- and diesel-powered engines. Not only this, but they offer models from each of the different classes, meaning you can see the differences between the classes through this one company.

The discussion will continue with an overview and description of a few of the different class A models available, the Discovery and Bounder. As previously mentioned, Fleetwood RV offers a lot of variety, so for the purposes of this article, these two models which vary quite drastically in price.

The Discovery model is the most expensive of the Class A models offered by Fleetwood RV and comes in two options, the standard, and LXE versions. The Discovery LE is a Class A diesel motorhome that boasts a level of luxury that is difficult to find amongst competitors. The interior comes with a 48’ LED TV with polished tile, front zone heated flooring, and beautiful furniture. There are multiple floorplans available to change the design and feel of this model, but the Discovery LXE is not just about a luxury interior. It is constructed on the Power Bridge Chassis which optimizes handling.

Although the Fleetwood RV Bounder might not be as luxurious as the Discover LXE, it is a more affordable option that still has everything you need to ensure that you enjoy your RV experience. The Bounder model is a Class A Gas motorhome with a drop-down queen bed, modern and gorgeous interior, with other options so you can customize it to your liking.

Monaco

Monaco claims that they are more than just a motor coach and have backed up this claim with two models to highlight their brand and unique experience. This is a brand that was brought back in 2016 and is aiming to return as a leader within the industry. They feature Cummins Diesel engines and are built on Roadmaster chassis.

For 2019, they offer two models, the Monaco Signature and the Monaco Marquis. The Monaco Signature is a Class A diesel option with various floorplans available so you can feel like your motorhome is the destination. It has enough space to fit a king-sized bed, tile shower, sofa with air mattress, three different sized TVs while still having enough room to have a full-sized kitchen. Combine that with the other luxurious options available, and you have a beautifully crafted vehicle that you can trust will take to your destination in comfort and safety.

Newmar

Newmar has been building quality RVs for over 50 years and offers a variety of different luxury, diesel, and gas models. Of the luxury models available, the 2019 King Aire model transforms your conception of what is possible in a motorhome. Its entire interior is laden with the most up-to-date and revolutionary entertainment and safety technology while the exterior and chassis is designed to ensure that you have all the necessary features to reach your destination in style. You’ll be able to enjoy the journey along with the destination.

The 2019 New Aire model is the diesel motor coach, available at a more affordable price when compared to the King Aire model, but don’t let this difference in price fool you. This model right-sized at 33 feet and fully loaded. The smaller size means it’ll feel more like you’re driving an SUV than a motor home while still having the luxury so you’ll enjoy the ride.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor, like many of the other manufacturers already discussed on this list, offers a large variety of different class models. They are currently rated as North America’s Top Rated RV Manufacturer, and you have the choice of purchasing a pre-built model or a custom model built to meet your specifications and needs. They offer both diesel and standard gas models for each of the different classes.

The 2020 Palazzo Motorhome is a diesel option that has been reviewed by numerous users, boasting a great value of mixing great engineering, luxury, space, and other amenities to meet the needs of different individuals. Users state that the combination of Freightliner chassis, Allison transmission, and Cummings diesel engine is ideal to ease and support travel.

Winnebago

If you’ve done your research previously prior to reading this article, you’ve probably already heard about Winnebago RVs, or more often referred to as Winnie. They offer the largest selection of Class A RVs and have been a leader in this industry since starting in the mid-1950s.

Of their two Class A diesel models, the Horizon is the more expensive option available. It offers a spacious master bedroom, large amounts of interior storage, and other options that you can customize to meet your needs. The Horizon is built on the turbo-diesel-powered Maxum Chassis to ensure your performance, ride, handling, and storage are all up to par with the elegant interior.

Class B RV Manufacturers

Today’s article will continue with a list of Class B RV manufacturers. It is important to note that the list below does not include conversion vans, as these differ from typical Class B models.

Advanced RV

Advanced RVs are built upon the Mercedes Sprinter light truck chassis. They are also built in combination with a diesel engine, they are handled more than a larger vehicle than a truck. Their design is built with the active person, who is looking to go camping or backpacking, in mind, so the vehicle can be supportive of itself and your lifestyle.

They offer multiple pre-owned models for sale, including the Coche de Perros, Cruzmobile, Escape, Giddy Up, etc., but they also offer the possibility of custom-built models that you can tailor to your specific needs.

Airstream

Similar to other Class B RV manufacturers, the Airstream brand is built on the Mercedes 3500 chassis. Airstream has been a leader within the industry due to its long history of over 80 years. Although they were initially known mostly for their travel trailers, they have used their experience and expertise to create a solid class B RV.

They offer a variety of different diesel options, including the Atlas, Interstate Lounge EXT, Interstate Grand Tour EXT, Tommy Bahama Interstate, and Interstate Nineteen. Although Class B models might be the smallest of the three classes, these models are built to maximize the strengths of the Class B model. The Atlas touring coach is the most luxurious option available and is affectionately called a Class B+ option. It gives you plenty of room to work within the interior while also providing you with the option and power to slide-out to further expand your space.

GTRV

GTRV is a unique option within this list as they can convert any van into the Class B motor home of your dreams. This is further highlighted by their motto, “the driveable, garageable, pop-top camper.” Because of their distinct business model, you are essentially getting a custom motor vehicle built on the foundation you like with the possibility of adding all the luxury and comfort you want to it. They also offer 4WD and AWD versions with different engine and towing options for those of you who are looking to truly tackle the outdoors with your new vehicle.

You might be asking, what is the use of a pop-top? While other RV manufacturers maximize the height available by developing a simply taller vehicle, the use of a pop-top roof means that these vehicles can be parked in normal garages and such, completing bypassing the limitations and restrictions you would face in a larger RV.

Leisure Travel Vans

As you’ve probably realized at this point, it seems that most of the Class B RVs are built on Mercedes Benz chassis. Leisure Travel Vans is no exception. These custom models are built on the sturdier, slightly larger 3500 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. They also have pre-built models available if you’re not sure what features are most important to you.

Of their various pre-built models, the Serenity has a sleek curved fiberglass body built for strength and durability. Its stunning design and luxurious interior can further expand in space and can fit up to 4 people comfortably when sleeping. You’ll be amazed at how much room is fit into this model and the hidden potential of how you maximize this space is up to you.

Pleasure Way

Pleasure Way is another company that customizes RV creation, and this hand-building process can take up to 6 weeks. This brand is Canada’s best-selling RV. For this article, the discussion will continue with one of their most unique models, the new Tofino.

From the outside, it looks like a normal mini-van. Yet, it has multiple features that you’d be surprised to find with the possibility of increased space through a manual pop-top. This can even be utilized as a second sleeping space or just as an expansion of the gallery and living areas. The minimalistic design does not take away from cutting edge technology, including two 100Ah lithium coach batteries, 2000-watt invert, multiplex wiring, control panel with remote and touchscreen access, and other great features. This model is prepared to join you on all your upcoming adventures.

Roadtrek

The first brand on today’s list that isn’t built on a Mercedes Benz chassis. Does this mean they are doing something wrong? Absolutely not. They’ve chosen to build their diesel models on the Mercedes Benz chassis while building their variety of gasoline models on the Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis.

Since you already have a large variety of diesel options to choose from that were previously discussed, let’s focus on the gasoline-powered Zion model. As previously mentioned, it is built on the Ram ProMaster chassis and has numerous features that will help keep you on the road in style and safety. These include a clean and sleek exterior, multiple points for easily accessible hookups, retractable power awning, and even exterior shower. Combine all of this with the interior that is an open layout so you can transport large items, including your camping tools, and you’ve got an option that is ready to tackle your adventures as much as you are.

Sportsmobile

Similar to the previously mentioned GTRV, Sportsmobile is another van conversion company that is newer to the industry. You have the power to choose the van, floor plan with different sleeping arrangements, and all of the other important layout choices. Sportsmobile will then take all of this information to create your ideal Class B van. You have numerous chassis possibilities, and if you like having the freedom to choose, you’ll probably love Sportsmobile.

Class C RV Manufacturers

Before starting, it is important to note that all Class C models have the sleeping compartment placed above the driver’s cab with some options having camper tops that vary in dimensions.

ALP

ALP has a variety of different Class C models and floor plans available for you to choose from, including the Eagle Cap 1200, 1165, 1160, 995, 960, and 850 models. Each of these differs slightly in the number and layout of side outs and placement of different amenities, meaning you have the power to choose the layout that is most appropriate for your needs.

Coachmen

The Coachmen brand has two Class C models you can choose from, including multiple variations of the Forester and Sunseeker. These can be built on several, different chassis, and offer different comfortable floorplans to maximize comfort and practicality with several slide-out options. The Forester model has 14 different floorplans and 3 chassis platforms, so you should have no difficulty finding an option that is best for you and your lifestyle. The Sunseeker has a unique split-level design to provide you with maximum headroom near the living area while not taking this space away from storage or other purposes.

Dynamax

Dynamax boasts being considered as the Class A option amongst the Class C model. Some of their models are actually built on semi-truck chassis, and even their smaller gas-powered models can be strong competitors to a Class A model. This unrivaled strength and stability mean you have the potential to unlock a new level of luxury within the Class C designation.

EarthRoamer

If you’re looking for a more rugged Class C option, look no further. EarthRoamer is the best option for you, as they are made for expeditions in the harsh conditions of Alaska, all the way to Africa. They boast a Ford F-550 engine, meaning you’ll have a level of power that is difficult to find in other Class C models. They are the global leader in expedition vehicle manufacturing and design. Does this mean you’ll be missing out on luxury? Of course not. The solar/diesel hybrid, four-wheel drive Xpedition Vehicles (XVs) provide additional capability and performance to ensure that even in the harshest of conditions, you can complete your journey in comfort and style.

Fleetwood RV

As previously mentioned, Fleetwood RV makes it on this list for a variety of reasons. Well, it makes it back on the list again. The discussion will now continue with an overview and description of the different class C models available, the Jamboree and Pulse. The Jamboree is the Class C gas-powered option while the Pulse is a diesel model

The Jamboree model was designed to refine and break the mold of the typical Class C design. It comes with numerous amenities including a roof-mounted integrated box patio awning, whole-coach LED flush-mount ceiling lighting, and even luxurious options, like a two-door stainless steel residential refrigerator, so you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in your home even while out on the road.

The Pulse model is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, giving you the confidence to take control of your journey and explore roads that would otherwise be passed on. It is a more affordable option that does not skimp on comfort, space, or other important features. It provides all the necessary features and room so you can spend extended time with Mother Nature in a new way.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor, as previously mentioned in the list of Class A RV manufacturers, offers a large variety of different class models. They are currently rated as North America’s Top-Rated RV Manufacturer, and you have the choice of purchasing a pre-built model or a custom model built to meet your specifications and needs. They offer both super C diesel motorhomes and standard gas models in the Class C mold.

Within the standard gas-powered models, you can choose between the Four Winds, Chateau, and Quantum models, while you can also choose between the Omni Super C and Magnitude Super C models if you’re looking for a Super C Diesel Motorhome.

Winnebago

If you’ve been reading this article, you’ve probably already heard about Winnie RVs. They not only offer the largest selection of Class A RVs but also a large variety of different Class C models. They have been a leader in this industry since starting their business in the mid-1950s.

Their Class C models include the View, Navion, Vita, Porto, Minnie Winnie, Spirit, Outlook, Fuse, Aspect, and Cambria, all which slightly differ in dimensions, interior, and exterior. All this means is that you can experience nimble handling throughout all of these models while choosing the option that best fits your unique needs.

RV FAQs and Tips

Now that you have a better idea of the differences in RV classes and a few manufacturers you can choose from, you probably have a few larger questions about committing to an RV. Let’s address some of those questions here, so you can determine whether or not you should make this decision and to help you better understand if it’s appropriate for you.

Let’s start with the most basic question. What does RV stand for?

It’s a term that’s been used throughout this entire article, and if you don’t know, that’s oaky. “RV” is an abbreviated version of recreational vehicle. It is also called a camper or caravan. This broad description applies to all the classes of RVs that have been discussed in this article regardless of the differences in size, interior, etc. Most RVs are designed to be self-containing with various living accommodations, including sleeping spaces, washing and cooking facilities, refrigerator, storage options, and other amenities to help you complete your journey in comfort and style.

You just mentioned that RVs are self-contained. What does this mean?

Great question. This simply means that the RV can provide all the necessities you need to survive for an extended period of time without needing external power, water, or other sewer connections. The RV is a self-sufficient machine and you can now camp without being plugged in.

You might then be wondering; how do RVs operate their electrical system?

Electrical systems in RVs are made up of two separate parts. It is made up of a 12-volt car battery, obviously which is used to take care of the vehicle, and a 115-volt AC battery, which is used to power other parts of the house. Interestingly enough, not everything outside of the vehicle operates on the 115-volt system. Operations that use up less electricity, including smaller lights and appliances can operate on the 12-volt system. This makes camping comfortable since you don’t need to plug into an external power source to continue using these smaller operations. If you are working off of a generator, the generator is used to charge the smaller 12-volt system and other appliances that use up a lot more energy, including the more power-consuming air conditioner.

Where can I take and camp in my RV?

If you live in the US or Canada, you’re in luck. Obviously, these two countries are large with many different settings for you to experience varying landscapes, views, and camping, and there are approximately 27,000 campgrounds. These include both public and private campgrounds, so please be sure to find an appropriate route if you are traveling with good places to camp on nights with the appropriate amenities for you to reach your final destination. Fortunately, the majority of these campgrounds are located close to the best scenery in North America. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your RV for shorter durations. You’ll probably be surprised to find campgrounds near where you live right now, so you can take a short drive and enjoy a short weekend away from home.

You just mentioned the use of generators. What is the underlying mechanism of generators, and do I need to get a generator for my RV?

Simply put, a generator takes mechanical energy and transforms it into electrical energy. You don’t need to understand the scientific process underlying this energy transformation, but all you need to know is that these generators require a fuel source, whether it is gasoline or another fuel source. Fortunately, the large majority of the functions of your RV do not to be powered by an external generator. As previously mentioned, the majority of operations, including lights, pumps, even the refrigerator, and furnace, can all be powered by 12-volt power through the house battery. But, some of the appliances that use up more power, including your air conditioner and television will require a generator.

Now whether or not you will need to get a generator for your RV mainly depends on how long you will be camping out for. If you are planning to camp for longer periods of time without access to an external power source, it’s probably a good idea to get an internal generator built directly into your RV or a portable generator that you can use to charge your RV’s house battery(ies). If you have the possibility, you can even install solar panels.

What can you do about water?

Again, another important question. Your RV should be equipped with three different types of storage tanks to distinguish types of water. You might be thinking, three? Let’s discuss each of these types briefly. The most important of these different types of water is fresh water. You need fresh water, not only to drink, but also to cook, take showers, and to use your toilet. The second type of water is wastewater that you used when taking a shower or washing your dishes. This type of water is also called gray water. The last type of water is black water, which is the wastewater from your toilet.

Maintaining your tanks of these different types of water is essential for your safety. It is recommended, whenever you have the opportunity, to empty your tanks at a designated dump station. These are typically available in most campgrounds, but can also be found at some highway rest stations or truck stops. This doesn’t mean that you should empty them all the time. In fact, it is recommended that you should empty the tanks when they are at least 2/3 full. This is because the force of extra material in the tank helps flush away solids that were collecting at the bottom of the tank. Don’t forget to clean your fresh water tank frequently to ensure that you don’t get sick.

Do I have access to both hot and cold water in my RV?

Most likely, yes. Nearly all RVs available on the market today provide both hot and cold water for different purposes. You might be wondering, how? It’s simple. The RV utilizes the fresh water tank and simply heats up that water through an onboard water heater to use as needed. This used water is then stored as gray water in a separate tank.

GVWR? What does this mean?

You’ve probably come across this term while doing your own research on RVs. In case you don’t know what it means, it is an abbreviation for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This represents the maximum weight capacity of the vehicle/ trailer when it is fully loaded for the purposes of travel. This weight includes everything, including empty weight, fluids, equipment, and travelers. Although you’re probably aware, exceeding the GVWR is dangerous, so it is highly recommended that you stay under this limit for your safety.

Another important question you probably have is how much do RVs cost?

This is a question with numerous variables. Obviously, there is a huge number of different options meaning a small, easy to tow, ultra-lite travel trailers can cost around $12,000. But, this article has been focusing on RVs which are different from these trailers, and some of the different Class A, B, and C options discussed here can be expensive based on their size, luxury options, amenities, etc. Just remember, it all depends on what you need, and even if these more luxurious options seem expensive, you are getting value in what you paid for. Although RVs may not be the cheapest housing option available, the availability of travel while living in an RV is an invaluable feature.

Do I need to get a special license to drive my RV?

For the large majority of RVs, you will not need to get a special driver’s license to operate it. However, this varies from state to state, so please check with your local DMV office to see if your RV, particularly if it is larger, will require a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If you are notified that you will need to get a CDL, do additional research. Very few non-commercial RVs actually fit into this category. If your RV meets one of the following criteria, speak with a representative from your local DMV to see what special requirements you might need to operate your RV:

    • Single vehicle or combination with a weight rating of greater than 26,000 lbs
    • Towing a trailer with a weight rating greater than 10,000 lbs
    • Longer than 45 feet
  • Towing multiple units

Now that you have an answer to some of the frequently asked questions, you might be wondering, what is the best RV for me? Well, that depends on what type of RV lifestyle you envision yourself pursuing. There are a few different lifestyles, so let’s discuss those so you have a better understanding of what your RV lifestyle will be.

First, there are campers. These individuals utilize their RVs most for short trips, on the weekends, but can last up to a week. In these instances, you most likely won’t need to get a generator, but this also depends on how heavily you use different appliances over the duration of your trip. Next, are vacationers. These trips are a little longer and can last up to multiple weeks. Then, there are the dedicated snowbirds. These individuals take their RVs to a different climate for an entire season, typically going to warmer climates and returning home for summer time. Last, are the full-timers. These individuals don’t need a separate home; they’ve got their RVs.

Based on the duration of your trip, the RV you or your family will require will obviously differ. But just because you only anticipate taking “camper” trips doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t invest in an RV. It’s a great option to explore the world without having to arrange a bunch of flights, hotels, and other arrangements. All you need is your desire to explore, a license, and good friends and family to keep you company as you travel on the road, directly immersed in nature and the scenery.

Although this article focused primarily on Class A, B, and C RV manufacturers, please keep in mind that there are other options, including smaller, light-weight trailers that you can simply tow with your full-sized car, SUV, or van. There are even lighter options for smaller vehicles called folding trailers that you can use if you want to go camping but don’t have the luxury of a larger vehicle or the money to afford a bigger RV. If you’re interested in purchasing an RV from any of the manufacturers listed in this article, simply reach out to a representative through their website. Seize the day. Go out and see the world.

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