Different Kinds of RV Motorhomes Explained

A recreational vehicle, commonly referred to simply as an RV or motorhome, is nowadays a favorite way for travelers to go to places where there are no lodgings such as hotels or motels but at the same time don’t have to stay in a tent. RVs are also extremely beneficial for people who don’t like having to pack and unpack at lodgings every night while on the road, and for people who want to remain in a single place for a number of weeks, or even months. RVs are generally rated by their size and features. A class A RV is the largest and is considered to be top of the market, containing everything a traveler could ever need.

Recreational vehicles come in differing styles and sizes to suit practically everyone. Some RVs are like trailers and are made to be paired with a vehicle at the rear of the car, truck or van. These include campers that are mounted on trucks, tent trailers that fold upwards once they’re in the parking space, smaller trailers that can be towed behind most cars and large trailers that need a powerful vehicle to tow them. It’s very easy to find travel vans for rent and you will see many during your travels.


Motorized RVs can include conversion vans with the essentials, but not much else, these are class B RVs. Larger units, often referred to as mini-motorhomes, and usually fully self-contained, these are class C RVs. And then the largest units available, with all necessities and sometimes even more are the class A RVs. People who are looking for travel vans for rent, usually go for the class B and C, as the A is like a house on wheels!

A class A RV can weigh in at somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 pounds and is 30 to 40 feet long. The unit is fitted onto a truck chassis or a specially designed and manufactured frame. At times you will see a class A RV will a boxy kind of look to it, and then you will also see them looking much like a bus. Most people have them custom painted with fancy designs or occasionally hand-painted pictures on the exterior.

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The class B RV is only distinguishable from a common passenger car by having the roof extension. It utilizes an extra-tall fiberglass roof extension to allow more comfortable movement and air flow through the inside of the vehicle. Also, many of these RV vans have a very handy large roof-mounted air conditioner and a generator unit on the vehicle. This definitely makes all the difference in operating the RV vans more efficiently while parked at a campsite as compared to needing to have the van’s engine to turn over in idle for long periods of time. So, now you have an idea what they’re all about, get out there and enjoy using one!