RV Types and Classes
- Class A
- Class B
- Class C
- Truck Camper
- Pop Up Tent trailer
- Travel Trailer
- Fifth Wheel
Class A refers to motor homes built on another manufactures motorized
chassis and resemble busses, in that the cab or driving compartment is part of the coach. They
are self propelled by a gasoline or diesel engine which is located in the normal up-front
position or at the rear in the pusher type drives.
This type of motor home offers more living space per foot of length than the other classes
because the driving area is part of the "coach" and can be used for extra seating and space when
One major drawback to owning a large motor home is that a secondary means of transportation
(car, etc.) must often be towed behind it, allowing for trips to the store, etc.
Class B refers to campervan conversions of factory van body and
chassis. These usually have a raised roof to allow for standing room and some may have wider
body section added. There is even a version with a small slide out section to increase the
room when parked.
These units are best suited for couples or singles and for relatively short duration camping
trips, due to thewier limited space. The compact interiors can include toilet and shower
facilities, cooking and reproduction appliances, and furnaces and air conditioners for creature
A Class B campervan is almost as maneuverable as the family car and can fit in a regular sized
parking space. Some people also use them for a second day to day vehicle when needed.
Class C refers to a motor home coach built on another manufactures
chassis where the driving compartment or cab is part of the original chassis. There is usually
a cab over bed and there may be a separate bedroom at the rear of the coach, depending on the
length and layout of the interior.
Class C motor homes are fully self-contained in that they have all the amenities needed
Truck campers are designed to be carried in the cargo bed of a pickup type truck.
Due to the weight of these units, a heavy duty truck is needed in most cases. The slide in truck
camper comes in various sizes and floor plans, with the larger ones being self-contained.
The truck can be used as a daily driver during the week and then the camper is loaded on for
Pop-Up Tent Trailers
Pop-Up tent trailers are collapsible, canvas sided, lightweight and affordable. Many can be
towed with the family car and represent a good entry level RV. Many people graduate from a tent and
sleeping bags to the conveniences of a pop-up.
These units have a central core with a roof that raises up and beds that pull out on either end
creating a surprising amount of interior space.
Travel Trailers are the conventional trailer that we all know. These unit come in sizes from the
tiniest 12 foot ultra-light to the heavy duty 35 foot models and the even more robust park model
"travel trailer". They are equipped with the bare essentials in the small versions to luxurious,
fully appointed "condominium" on wheels. These larger units, especially the ones with slide out
rooms are very spacious and suitable for full time living.
Fifth wheels are so named because of the location and uniqueness
of the hitching point. The tow vehicle carries the hitch weight over the rear driving axles
and this configuration greatly increases the maneuverability and stability of the trailer.
Along with the travel trailer class and the Class A motor home, the larger units afford a
great deal of living space and a full range of amenities.