Are you confused with all the different types of RVs? If so, then you’ve come to the right place, we are going to give you a crash course on the RV types and the pros and cons of each.  The basic types of RVs are: Class A, Class B, Class C, and Travel Trailer. Read on to learn more about the differences among RV types.

Class A Motorhome

Despite the name, a Class A motorhome DOES NOT require that you have a Class A driver’s license. Class A motorhomes are built using a very strong, heavy-duty frame and look similar to a bus in design. The frames of a Class A Motorhome use either a motor vehicle chassis, commercial bus chassis, or a commercial truck chassis.  Similar to a bus, these motorhomes have big, 22.5-inch wheels to support the heavy load. A Class A motorhome offers typically has the highest quality and luxury out of all the RV types. Unfortunately, due to the size and heavy load, they have the worst gas mileage, typically 8-10 MPG. Most newer model Class As have at least two slide-outs and larger fresh water, gray water, and black water holding tanks. Most come with two air conditioning units and require a 50 amp outlet. All Class As come with a powerful enough generator onboard to power both ACs and all the other standard appliances. For quality and luxury, the Class A motorhome is the way to go. Plenty of storage space and a roomy interior are what define the Class A motorhome. If luxury, plenty of space, and an interior that resembles home is your concern, then choose the Class A motorhome (or maybe a 5th wheel).  This is the perfect motorhome for luxury and style.

Example of a Class A Motorhome

Class B Motorhome

A class B motorhome is actually the smallest of the driveable RV types. They often use a chassis of an oversized van, like a sprinter or RAM ProMaster. Class B motor homes are often called camper vans. A modern class B has all the basic necessities; a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bed(s), but they are all very compact. To save space the manufacturers often combine the toilet and shower into one space called a wet bath.

Example Class B Motorhome

Most Class B motorhomes do not have any slide-outs. You would think a Class B would be the cheapest of the types of motorhomes but they are often as or more expensive than a Class C. Since these motorhomes are the smallest, they are the easiest to drive and have the best fuel economy. Parking the vehicle also isn’t a problem because of its size. However, there is very little room for storage as the interior doesn’t afford much space. If you value how economical the Class B motorhome is, then this is the one for you. At this time, we do not offer Class B motorhomes.

Class C Motorhome

The Class C motorhome is somewhat of the goldilocks of the three RV Classes with its size being in between Class A and Class B. They are often built on a truck chassis such as a Ford Ecoline F350 or F450. They are easy to spot since they have a sleeping area over the cab of the truck chassis. This over-cab bed allows for more sleeping areas. Typically, 4 to 8 people can sleep comfortably in a Class C motorhome. There is a large variety of floorplans for Class Cs; some have one or two slide-outs to greatly increase the inside living space while others have no slide-outs and are very convenient in getting around and setting up camp.

Another nice feature about a Class C motorhome is its ability to tow a separate car so you can leave the motorhome parked while exploring the city in the car. The Class C motorhome has gas mileage of about 12 to 15 MPG. So if you’re thinking about bringing a small car or boat on your adventure, then a Class C may be a good fit.

Travel Trailer

Travel Trailers are one of the most popular RV types due to their lower cost compared to drivable motorhomes and the large variety of floorplans and sizes available. A travel trailer is the least expensive way to enjoy a recreational vehicle or RV lifestyle. Travel trailers are known by many different names, such as bumper pulls or towable trailers, but they all have one thing in common. They must be towed by a truck or other vehicle.

Travel trailers outsell all other forms of recreational vehicles. The tow vehicle has an attachment point at the rear or under the bumper that is used for towing the travel trailer. Travel trailers are very popular because you can park them up at a campsite, unhitch the tow vehicle and then explore the area while your accommodation stays where you parked it. There is no need for a second mode of transport.

Check out our inventory!

Here at JS RV Sales & Service, we want to make sure you have an easy, no-hassle RV experience. We have one of the largest inventories of used RVs in the San Diego area. Contact us today at (619) 816-4546 or drop by and browse around yourself. There are different RVs for different RV owner needs, we are happy to through the pros and cons of each type with you if you have any questions.