What are the different types of RVs or Campers?

There are 8 main different types of RVs. RV is an acronym for Recreational Vehicle. The most popular RV is a Motorhome which is self-propelled (motorized) and is built on a truck or van chassis. There are 3 different types’ motorhomes which are Class A, Class B, and Class C. RVs which require a tow vehicle are 5th wheels, travel trailers, and tent trailers (these are usually pulled behind an SUV, truck or van). The truck camper is an RV that sides into the bed of most standard sized pick-ups. And finally, toy haulers, which can fall under most of the other categories.

Okay, so you are probably asking me to slow down! Don’t worry I will go into more depth. I have been selling RVs for many years now and one of the first questions I get asked all the time by new RV shoppers is; “What is the best RV to buy?” I always start with explaining what an RV actually is. Most people think an RV is a Class A motorhome. Check out the picture below.

RV is actually an acronym for Recreational Vehicle. So there is actually a lot of things that can be categorized as a RV, another word that people will frequently use synonymously with RV is the word Camper. In the RV world there is Motorhomes, 5th wheels, Travel Trailers, pop up trailers and truck campers and others. Under the category of Motorhomes there is different classes. Many ask me, “What is the different classes of Motorhome RVs?” There are Class A, Class B and Class C motorhomes. Check out the pictures below so you can get an idea of what I am taking about.

Class A

Class B

Class C

There are also a few different kinds of pull behind RVs. They are 5th Wheels, Travel Trailers (some people call them bumper pulls or tongue pulls) and pop up trailers/tent trailers.
Check out the pictures below so you can get an idea on what these RVs/trailers look like.

5th wheel
Travel Trailer

Tent Trailer

Lastly there is what we call Toy Haulers which typically have a garage in the back so that you can park ATVs, bikes or whatever will fit inside. Now they can come in any type of RV. You can buy Toy Hauler Motorhomes, 5th Wheels, travel trailers and even tent trailers.

Okay, so now that you have an idea on what RVs are and the different kinds there are you may be asking yourself, what is the best RV to buy? That will be for another day and a much longer blog post. My main objective today was to get you familiar with the different types of RVs. Now you can go into an RV dealer sounding like you know what you are talking about. RV dealers will immediately pick up on the fact that you think all RVs are Class As. Now you can go in feeling more confident about you RV knowledge.

Just remember that at the end of the day camping is all about fun and as long as you get outside you will enjoy any RV you buy!

Thanks so much for your time and I hope it was helpful.

2 thoughts on “What are the different types of RVs or Campers?

  • I’m looking to bu some sort of RV or trailer so I can go on trips with my family. I think that a bigger class C or class A could be a good option as it could provide enough room for us. I’ll have to look into what else I’d need in the RV bed and bathroom wise. Thanks for sharing!

    • Awesome! Thanks for check out our blog! You should check out our main website RVsofAmerica.com so you can look at pictures of the different models and get a better idea on what they look like. You can browse through some of our video tours also to see walkthroughs on some of our Class C and Class A’s so you know what to expect.

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