RV Class Confusion? Know The Difference!

A lot of people that don’t own an RV can easily get confused on all the different types out there. Hopefully I can help clear some of that up for you!



Motor Homes :

Class A

The largest and most luxurious of the motor homes! Have a towable car though so that when you park it for a while you can move around town quick and easy. These guys are big so be prepared to be able to maneuver and park like a truck driver! You’re with the big boys on the road now when you’re driving one of these.

They typically range in length from 25-50 ft and can average 9-15 mpg.

Pros: Interior space, amenities, ease of use, and the overall luxuriousness of these motor homes make it well worth it if you have the money!

Cons: Pricey! Overall, they’re pretty expensive to own from buying, keeping up with maintenance, and even down to the fuel. Since they’re so large, it’s not the best choice if you’re trying to be fuel efficient and can come with a hefty fuel bill if you’re moving around a lot.


Class B

Class B RVs are on the smaller side of the motor homes but they’re still my personal favorite out of the RVs! Perfect for someone wanting to boondock and/or be extremely mobile. These guys are able to fit into most camp sites with ease and the most fuel efficient out of the motor homes!

They typically range in length from 17-19ft and can average around 15-25mpg.

Pros: Mobility, fuel efficiency, ease of use, and compact size make this the ideal motor home for campers and boondockers alike!

Cons: Not ideal for families or people looking for a lot of leg room. After only a few people and 1-2 dogs you have a packed house.


Class C

Class C RVs are, in my opinion, the in between motor home of Class As and Class Bs. If we were to upgrade RVs tomorrow, this would be our choice of RV. For a good balance between size, luxury, ease of use, and fuel efficiency, this class is hard to beat.

They typically range in length from 20-31 ft and can average from 9-18 mpg.

Pros: As I mentioned before, this is a great median between the Class A and Class B RVs. Another huge plus is that they’re built into a normal truck chassis which makes them a lot more comfortable for people to drive rather than the large bus style Class A.

Cons: I don’t have many negatives for this RV. It will honestly just come down to what you will need personally for size and mobility. The draw backs I can think of are losing size and luxury not going with a Class A and lose mobility and fuel efficiency not going with a Class B.


Towable RV Classes :

Towable RVs come in a variety of sizes and designs. They need a vehicle to pull them so you’ll need to make sure it’s something powerful enough to handle it. If you’re going to be going through mountains and traveling long distances then you’ll want it to be as comfortable as possible. Any good dealership or a little research on your end should give you a decent idea on how powerful of a vehicle you’ll need for your travel trailer.

Pros: You’ll pretty much be able to get all of the amenities as the Class A, B, and Cs depending on the RV you choose. You’ll also be able to choose from thousands of sizes and floor plans to fit your own individual needs. If you aren’t wanting to have 2 vehicles with motors depreciating like crazy, then it’s nice to have only 1 vehicle depreciating like crazy lol. Having the option to detach and use your personal vehicle was a big plus for us since we also use my truck for work.

Cons: There is such a large variety of towable RVs that it is hard to pinpoint specific cons of owning one of these. Once again, it comes down to personal preference. If you want an RV with a motor, then these obviously are not for you! But if you’re wanting to use your personal vehicle to pull your RV and go that route, then be rest assured, your options for travel trailers are near limitless.



Fifth Wheel :

The largest of the towable RVs and some of the largest in general based off SF in general. These require a special built in-bed tow hitch to be able to attach to your truck.

They range in a variety of lengths which is typically 15-45 ft.


Travel Trailer (Ours!) :

Just your standard travel trailer. Ours is 30ft!

They also range in a variety of lengths which is typically 10-35 ft.


Toy Hauler :

Has a garage area for small vehicles or “toys” that you want to bring along for the ride!

They typically range in length from 25-45ft.


Pop Up Campers :

Very lightweight and have canvas sides that need to be manually unfolded when setting up.

They typically range in length from 8-16 ft.


Truck Camper :

Simple enough, these guys go right in the bed of your truck making it for an easy camper to get around from spot to spot.



Thank You For Reading!

Any questions or comments greatly appreciated and welcomed!

2 Comments

    1. Not an odd question at all! It’s in Trinidad, CO. Trinidad State Park. It’s a gorgeous lake with great views and hiking! Worth a visit if you’re able to. You can hunt and fish here also if you’re into that

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