When you go RV shopping there are myriads and unlimited options to choose from. It can even be a bit overwhelming when you are not prepared. When narrowing down which RV is perfect for you, one of my biggest tips is to write down all of the must-haves from highest to lowest priority. This list will make it way easier when you go check them out in person either at a dealership or when browsing the internet to buy used from someone.
There are all things to consider from the type of RV, hitch type, axles, landing legs, bathrooms, lofts, and a hundred other things!
Asking yourself these questions can help narrow down the right RV for you:
- What kind of camping will you use your RV for? (campgrounds, off-grid camping?)
- What is your budget?
- How many people will you be traveling with?
- How long are you planning on RVing?
- Who will be driving the RV?
These 5 questions helped us when we chose our RV, AKA Big Bertha.
One thing I wish I would have done when we were RV shopping was rent one for a long weekend from someone on RV Share or Outdoorsy because it would have helped us get a feel for the layout and type of RV when towing. This is in my opinion of getting a real-life experience and even having the opportunity of chatting with the owner of the RV about what they personally love and would change in their RV. Yes, I recommend renting before purchasing from private owners because then you can test out RVs you normally can’t rent such as fifth-wheels and certain travel trailers.
Here is a quick overview of the different types of RVs to help when narrowing down your preference:
Class A Motorhome
These usually have a ton of amenities such as residential refrigerators, granite countertops, captain’s chairs, washer, dryer plus an insane amount of storage compartments underneath it! These are usually the most expensive of the types because they are literally an entirehouse on wheels.
Class B Motorhome
These are usually called camper vans. They are way more compact than a Class A, and due to the smaller size, they can fit pretty much anywhere. These are ideal for 1 to 2 travelers but I have seen families traveling in these as well.
These are towable RVs that are lightweight so the vehicle used to tow it can even be an SUV depending on the weight. There are mini travel trailers to larger travel trailers. The sizes can vary from 12 feet to 40 feet and the prices for new ones can vary as well from $7,000 to $70,000+.
This is also towable but this one attaches to a special mount in the bed of a heavy-duty truck making it one with the truck. This is what we personally chose because we fell in love with how much it felt like a home when we walked inside. The high ceilings and huge windows make it feel much roomier. The biggest thing when choosing a fifth-wheel is making sure you have a truck that will pull it safely. These can range in size anywhere from 18 feet to 44 feet long.
This is the smallest of the trailer family but can be pretty comfortable. Some can even accommodate six people. Many include amenities such as a kitchen and a wet bathroom. These are generally less expensive than the other options and great to test out the glamping world without a huge upfront investment.
Everyone is so different. At the end of the day, make sure you choose the RV based on your needs and not everyone else’s opinions. Before you know it, you will also have your perfect RV for your next adventure! Since July 2016, we have been collecting countless experiences in our RV as a full-time traveling family, and every day we realize that all the junk we left behind does not matter one bit!