For those of you who aren't so familiar, RV's come in various classes. While this isn't a comprehensive list, it covers the types that most people buy:
- Class B. These look like large vans. The insides typically have the basics: a bed, sink, toilet/shower combination, and a TV.
- Class C. These look like very large vans but have a bed over the cab. They usually have all of the amenities and can sleep quite a few people.
- Super C. Really big Class C's with large (often diesel) engines. They may be a bit fancier inside because they can usually carry more weight.
- Trailers. You know what these are. An advantage to a trailer is that they are often light enough to be pulled by many different types of vehicles. They can be very small (fit one person and barely over six feet in length) to large - over 30 feet.
- Fifth Wheel. Like trailers, but taller and with a "gooseneck" that extends over the bed of the pickup truck that pulls it. Most "fivers" have a bedroom in the gooseneck, but it's common to see living rooms there in a lot of the more recent models.
- Class A. This is a motorhome, self-sufficient in that it has its own motor and doesn't need to be pulled by anything. Class A's can be made by renovating an old school bus or built from the ground up by one of the many manufacturers.
A lot of potential owners are so divided that they have difficulty deciding. I've heard it said more than once that you need to consider the length of your stays in campgrounds or parks. If you will drive less and stay longer (months, perhaps - in one location), then the fifth wheel may be your best choice. After all motorhomes have a lot of mechanical systems that need to be exercised. Consequently, if you plan to travel and stay somewhere for 1 night to a week or two and then travel again, maybe a motorhome is best.
The best thing to do is get out there and look at a lot of them, imagining yourself living in one. It'll come to you - sooner or later.
In our case, we knew that what we wanted was more like "glamping" than camping, and we wanted things like a big generator and all of the additional storage that you get with a motorhome.
One decision - an important one - was made. We were going to get a Class A motorhome.