What to Choose?
An important element in trip planning is choosing the right vehicle. We will focus on the motor homes knows as “RVs”. The following descriptions with the assistance of our staff will help you decide which one is right for you.
To the right is a quick guide for each type of RV, and below you can find more in-depth information about each.
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|Minivan Conversion||Sprinter/ Class B||Small Class C||Large Class C||Class A|
|Length||16 feet||17-19 feet||19-26 feet||27-32 feet||32-40 feet|
|Number of Seatbelts||2-4||2-4||5||7||6|
|Number of Beds||1||1-2||3||4||4|
|Best for||2 People||2-3 People||2-4 People||4-7 People||4-6 People|
|Difficulty to drive||Easy||Easy||Medium||Medium||Difficult|
|Gas Mileage||17-20 mpg||12-15 mpg||9-12 mpg||7-10 mpg||5-8 mpg|
(Best for 2 people)
These campers come equipped with stove, small fridge, and sink. The kitchen is in the back of the van and some require set up of the sleeping area.
PROS: Good gas mileage, very maneuverable
CONS: Rarely equipped with showers or Flushing toilets. Beds must be converted.
CLASS B or SPRINTER VAN
(Best for 2-3 people)
Class B vans are known more recently as sprinter vans. They are becoming popular due to their fuel efficiency and amenities. They have a small kitchen, beds and toilets and can park in a traditional parking space.
PROS: Fuel efficient, nice finishes
CONS: Rarely equipped with showers or FLUSHING toilets. Beds usually converted from seating area.
SMALL CLASS C
(Best for 2 – 4 people)
Small Class C motor homes are a great alternative to the minivan or Sprinter van. They have three beds (2 permanent beds and one convertible bed from the dinette area) and full bathrooms. The full bathroom (toilet and shower) makes this vehicle a good choice for small groups.
PROS: Full bathroom, multiple sleeping areas, good interior space
CONS: Boxy, not sleek
LARGE CLASS C
(Best for 5 – 7 people)
These are the best vehicles for large groups and families. They typically have 4 beds and can sleep up to 7 people. Many of these vehicles also have “slide-outs” allowing for more space when parked and camping.
PROS: 4 sleeping areas, large interior space, fit in most campgrounds
CONS: Not as fuel efficient, sometimes difficult to find parking
CLASS A RV
(Best for 5 – 6 people)
These motor homes are the largest of all. They are big and boxy and a favorite of the full-time RV’ers. They are truly more like “homes” than any of the others. They offer all the amenities (full bathrooms, kitchens, slide-outs, etc. but what you get in space, you lose in agility and fuel efficiency. It can be difficult to find appropriate campsites and they are often difficult to park
PROS: Full ‘master” bedroom, large windows, all amenities
CONS: Very big, difficult to drive, not fuel efficient and expensive.