Modern RVs are as varied as the RVers who own them. But one thing is for sure, there is no right or wrong choice. Each type of RV has features that are attractive to some RVers, and less attractive to others. It’s really not a matter of a towable is better than a motorized, or vice versa, rather, it’s a matter of what will fit best with your RVing lifestyle. .
Below you will find descriptions of the various RV types both motorized or towable. Within each of these main categories you’ll then find subcategories.
To be considered a motor home a unit must provide at least four of the following permanently installed living systems: cooking, refrigeration or ice box, self-contained toilet, heating or air conditioning, a portable water system including water tank, faucet and sink, separate 100-125 volt electrical system, sleeping facilities and LP gas supply.
Except for its larger size and longer stopping distance, a motor home responds much like a car and learning to drive one comes easy to most.
Class A Motor Home
Class A motor homes can be defined as an RV that is built on, or as an integral part of, a self-propelled motorized chassis. The conventional Class A is one whose living unit has been entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis.
Bus conversions are motor homes built from intercity buses. They tend to be the most expensive motor homes since the cost of the bus is included in the total price.
Bus-styled motor homes look like bus conversions, but are built on a conventional Class A chassis and are therefore less expensive.
- Relative ease of driving
- Does not require a second vehicle
- Single level floor plan
- Can use the living space while driving
- Most owners find it too cumbersome to drive the motor home for shopping, sightseeing or running errands. So many owners tow a small car.
- Can’t back up while towing most cars.
- Fewer places to get engine work done.
Size: 21 to 45 feet.
Cost: Prices range from $50,000 to $1,500,000, with an average retail value of $117,500.
Class B Camper Van
The van camper is defined as a panel type truck to which the RV manufacturer adds any two of the following conveniences: sleeping, kitchen and toilet facilities, 100-volt hookup, fresh water storage, city water hookup, and a top extension to provide more headroom.
- Retains the versatility of a large family car or SUV but provide many of the self-contained motor home attributes as it’s bigger brothers.
- Small size means lack of space for living and storage
- relative high cost… you can often buy a larger Class C for the same price.
Size: 16 to 23 feet
Cost: Prices range from $35,000 to $65,000, with an average retail value of $56,520.
Class C Motor Home
Class C motor homes, often referred to as mini motor homes, are defined as RVs that are built on, or as an integral part of, a self-propelled motorized chassis.
But what differentiates the Class C from the Class A is the unit’s attached cab section. On the Class C, the RV manufacturer completes the body section containing the living area and attaches it to the cab section.
- Class Cs offer most of the same comforts, conveniences and even living spaces as their larger Class A counterparts
- Generally less expensive than a class A
- Tend to be smaller with lower GVRWs.
- Smaller and fewer cargo compartments.
Size: 20 to 32 feet
Cost: From $45,000 to $75,000, with an average retail value of $56,770.