What Size RV Should I Rent?
Jan 11, 2017
While planning an RV trip, or any trip for that matter, there are many details to think about and plan out. As you are planning your trip if you have not taken a vacation in an RV before you may be wondering what size of RV would work for you . Here are some of the most common RV sizes and some things to consider when reserving an RV for your trip.
The larger the RV the more space you have to move about or carry more guests and of course the cost of renting will be higher. Some small units will claim to sleep up to six or more adults but you have to think of a need for privacy in your sleeping quarters and about larger adults as these beds may not fit someone over 6 feet tall.
Basic types of RVs
Class A Motorhome: A travel vehicle weighing 15,000 to 30,000 pounds and anywhere from 24 to 40 feet in length with its own motor. Inside you will find a driver and passenger seat up front, kitchen area, bathroom, one private main bedroom, designated sleeping and dining areas, all connected to the driving area. They can sleep around two to 7 people and living systems are self contained including water, electricity, heating, gas, and air conditioning. This allows for camping without hookups but there are many sites where you can hook up to water, sewer and electricity.
Class B Motorhome: A flexible option and good route if you are traveling with two people. This class is smaller, more fuel efficient and easy to drive/maneuver. Usually less than 25’ long and the same width as am pick up truck. Most motorhomes this size fit two but some sleep up to four. Nearly every RV site has space to accommodate a class B motorhome.
Class C Motorhome: Can be referred to as a mini-motorhome, they are typically just a scaled down version of a Class A. They do have less features and space than a class A but are more easy to operate. Class C ranges in size from 20 to 31 feet with a weight of 10 to 12 thousand and sleeps two to six.
Travel Trailer: They can come in a variety of sizes and need to towed with a sturdy vehicle. Depending on size they have full amenities just like a motorhome but are not legal to ride in while in transit. A good option if you plan to camp for a while or plan to use a car to drive around and site see.
Sport Utility RV: These trailers require a heavy duty vehicle to pull them. They include a living space as well as garage area on back for smaller vehicles like atvs and motorcycles.
Folding Camping Trailer: Lightweight trailer with folding collapsible sides, it is sort of half tent half trailer. They have dining, kitchen and sleeping space. You will have to find a camp space that provides a public restroom.
Some things to Consider
Your Budget- the larger and nicer the RV the more you will pay in not just rental fees but in fuel and campsite fees. Larger RVs require more space to park and as such will cost more to park.
Your Driving Skills- All RVs require some getting used to where driving is concerned. Some say driving a motorhome is like driving a really large truck or SUV, with that comes the need to drive more slowly and carefully to maneuver it safely. Pulling a trailer can be tricky especially if you need to back it in to a space. Backing up a trailer is tougher than you think as the trailer goes in the opposite direction.
Access to Supplies while Traveling: there is no question that a motorhome provides more ease of use while on the road. In a trailer you are basically on a long car trip and unable to move about. If you have little ones an RV may be the way to go on a really long trip as you can let them move about the vehicle and use the bathroom. It is easier to play a game seated at the table than sitting in a standard vehicle.
Setting Up Camp: A trailer will take a few more steps to set up and get situated once you are at your camp site than a motorhome.
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