Choosing an RV for a Fulltime Residence

Choosing an RV for a fulltime residence is truly based on personal preferences and the consumer’s budgetary constraints. There are several categories of RVs with no one category meeting the needs of every consumer.

Motorhomes are divided into three classes. Class A are the largest and what most think of when picturing an RV. Class B are the smallest and are built on a van chassis. These are usually preferred by customers who plan on making short trips, not as a fulltime residence. Class C are also built on a van chassis. They are distinguished by the section over the cab which is home to an extra bed.

Travel trailers or ‘towables’ include all type of trailers that can be towed behind another vehicle. Fifth wheels fall into this category but are distinguished by a front section which extends over the back of a pickup truck. The trailer is attached to the truck via a hitch which rests in the center of the truck’s bed.

Customers must consider both the pros and the cons when making their decision. For example, if a motorhome is selected, consumers must remember that if their vehicle needs to be repaired, in essence, their entire ‘home’ is out of commission while it is repaired. On the other hand, a motorhome is self contained, meaning you do not need to stop at a gas station for bathroom breaks or step out in bad weather when arriving at a campground to set up. Those considering a towable have to be comfortable with hitching and unhitching the trailer, but may also enjoy leaving the trailer while taking shorter jaunts from their campground base.

Whichever style of RV is chosen, consumers who take the time to consider all of the pros and cons are most likely to be happy with their choice.

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