Definition of RV Classes

by Rose Kivi

There are various types of recreational vehicles (RVs) made for camping. Some models are suitable for short camping trips, while others provide a more comfortable living space for long trips. Generally the smaller RVs are easier to drive and the larger RVs contain more of the conveniences one is accustomed to having at home. The more amenities the RV contains, the more expensive the price tag. When shopping for an RV, consider how you will be using it to determine the amenities you will need. It is also a good idea to take a recreational vehicle for a test drive before you commit to purchasing it so that you can get a feel for what the driving experience is like.

Class A

A class A is a motorized RV built on a special chassis that is designed specifically for motor homes. They are generally considered the nicest motor homes of the three main classes. The large size of these RVs allows them to have most of the comforts of a house. Usually they have a full kitchen, a full bathroom and self-contained water and sanitation systems. Many of them have a full enclosed bedroom and a washer and dryer. Some models have slide-outs that provide extra living space when parked. Class A RVs are rectangular in shape. The most common lengths are 30 to 40 feet long. Some people use class A RVs for full-time traveling around the country.

Class B

A class B is a motorized RV built on a van chassis. This type of RV is usually called a "van conversion." Van conversions are much smaller than class A RVs, being on average 17 to 19 feet long. Living space and amenities are limited in conversion vans. Van conversions either do not have bathroom facilities or have portable chemical toilets instead of on-board sanitation systems. Some van conversions have pop-up roofs to provide additional standing room when parked. The smaller size of a class B makes them easy to drive. Some people use these as their regular vehicle as well as for camping.

Class C

A class C is a motorized RV built on a truck chassis. They are a mid-grade RV--bigger than a class B and smaller than a class A. They have more amenities than a class B and fewer amenities than a class A. Most class C RVs have self-contained water and sewage systems. Class C RVs have a overhang over the main cab. The overhang serves as an extra sleeping area, which is useful since these RVs usually do not have a separate bedroom. Some class C RVs are designed with slide-outs for extra room when parked. The average size range of a class C is 20 to 31 feet long.

Bus Conversions

Bus conversions are buses that have been converted into recreational vehicles. They range from the homemade RV made from an old school bus to the professional conversion made from a diesel commercial bus liner. Homemade bus conversions vary in quality. Some are bare bones models with barely any amenities, while others have all of the amenities of a class A. Tour bus models, converted by professionals, are often used by famous musicians and contain high-class amenities suited for the most distinctive tastes. The cost for these glamorous tour buses can be up to one million dollars.

Towable RVs

Towable RVs do not have a motor and instead are pulled behind a truck or a car, if the RV is small enough. Towable RVs range from small to large, bare bones to full amenities. The different types of towable RVs are 5th wheel trailers, travel trailers and pop-up trailers.

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