These are the big boys, giant boxes on wheels. These motorhomes are the most expensive and usually have the fanciest features. For some reason it seems like most are made for couples in retirement, like retirement apartments on wheels, with only one rear bedroom.
We saw a Georgetown 364, though, that has bunks. I’ve seen hardwood floors, fireplaces, sectional couches, huge refrigerators, standard bathrooms, and washer/dryer compartments. They also have basement storage, but not very high ceilings. These may be the most difficult to drive. A class A can be gas or diesel, and can pull a toad (tow vehicle) for daily transportation.
These are like campervans, just oversized conventional vans with tiny bed, bath, and kitchen areas. A couple on their honeymoon may like it, but I don’t think there are seats for more than 2 people. I’m guessing this type of RV would also serve as daily transportation, which could be a pain.
This is the motorhome most people picture when they think of motorhomes. These are built on a truck chassis and resemble vans in the front, with an over-cab bunk. We were surprised when we saw bunks in a C class. We initially thought a travel trailer with bunks would be the RV for us, until we saw a C with bunks. We found one with the typical bench dinette in the front that converts to a bed as well as a smaller rear dinette that converts to bunks. The kids eat in the front and we eat in the back. (right next to the bathroom, so we have a no-using-the-bathroom-during-dinner rule)
These motorhomes are less expensive than the giant As, but also have less room, even with slides. There is usually basement storage and not much ceiling height. A class C can pull a toad and are easier to drive than an A.
This RV is pulled with a truck with a special hookup in the bed. These RVs can be large and as impressive as class A RVs. I was surprised by how high the ceilings and how big the bathrooms can be in fifth wheels. The master bedroom is usually in the front raised area and can have its own bathroom. A kitchen would be in the middle followed by another bathroom and bedroom in the rear.
I think these feel most like a home and have a variety of floor plans. You would need a large pickup to tow a fifth wheel which would then serve as your daily transportation. We didn’t like the idea of being stuck in a truck on travel days, even though we don’t drive more than a few hours between stops. We wanted to able to move, use the bathroom, or get a snack while driving. Those things kids like to do. The overall length can be shorter than a travel trailer because some of the RV extends over the rear of the tow truck.
This RV is hooked up to the hitch of a tow vehicle which can be a truck or large SUV. This is what we initially considered because we saw a bunch with bunks that were affordable. My husband thought a diesel Expedition would be perfect for a tow vehicle, but discovered they can be expensive because Ford doesn’t make them anymore, though they last a long time. The floor plans, sizes, and features vary. The overall length of the towing vehicle plus the trailer can be quite long. Again, everyone would be buckled in the tow vehicle on moving days.
Pop Up Camper
This is a small lightweight trailer that has tent walls that expand up and out. I would guess these are more like tents, but more comfortable, and can be pulled with many different vehicles. Maybe a camper for a couple, but probably not for a family, and probably not good for use year round.
Toy Hauler Trailer
These are large travel trailers which use a fifth wheel or bumper hitch and have a large garage area in the rear for recreational equipment. Many families setup the rear with bunk beds or make it a big living room.
The bachelor RV. This is a camper unit placed in the bed of a pickup. I’ve seen new ones that have slides and kitchens, but not for families.
New or Used?
Used RVs are about half the price as new RVs. Plus, all the bugs have either been worked out or at least identified. I follow a few RV groups on Facebook and it seems people have more issues with new purchases than used. Then again, maybe the people who buy new are more likely to complain about problems than those who buy used.
We bought a used motorhome with a limited warranty from a rental company.
RV model numbers
When you start looking at RVs, you’ll notice the weird model numbers – 23Q, 32BH, 40K. The first two numbers usually indicate the length of the RV and the letters refer to the sleeping arrangement, like queen, bunkhouse, king. We have a 31N. Our motorhome is 31 feet long and the N refers to our convertible bunks. We also looked at a 31M that had full time bunks that did not convert to a second dinette.
Still not sure which RV is right for your family?