While planning an RV trip, or any trip for that matter, there are many details to consider. If you are planning your trip and 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, but don’t forget to take into consideration that 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 give thought to larger adults, as not all of the beds will fit someone over 6 feet tall comfortably (such as the bunks).
Basic Types of RVs
Class A Motorhome: A travel vehicle weighing in at 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, and designated sleeping and dining areas, all connected to the driving area. They can sleep around up 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 a pickup 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 easier to operate. A class C ranges in size from 20 to 31 feet with a weight of 10 to 12 thousand pounds, and usually sleeps up to six.
Travel Trailer: Check out our travel trailers for rent in Portland and our travel trailers for rent in Seattle. They can come in a variety of sizes and are best 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. These are a good option if you plan to camp for an extended period, or plan to use a car to drive around and sight 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. Think of it as 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…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, and 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 into 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 than a motorhome once you are at your camp site.