Types of Campers

by Norah Faith

A camper or recreational vehicle (RV), is ideal for those going by road on a vacation, especially to remote countrysides where hotel facilities are scarce. This motor home saves motel and hotel costs both during transit and at the holiday destination. Conversion vehicles and similar off-road vehicles are not considered campers. Registration laws for RVs with the US Department of Motor Vehicles vary between states; the registration fees depend on camper size and weight, fuel type or model year.

Camper Trailers

Camper trailer are generally listed as costing between $8,000 to $25,000, as of 2011. They are hitched behind 4-Wheel drive vehicles and generally provide more amenities--including bed space, greater protection from stormy winds through tough waterproof awnings and more privacy--than low budget campers. Camper trailers can be made to order. They accommodate add-on facilities like rooftop tents, boat or bike racks, electric brakes, water tanks and toolboxes.

Pop-up Campers

Pop-up campers, tent or folding campers generally cost much less than camper trailers. These trailers have secure hard canvas roofs and sides, which you can expand at will by pressing a single switch, which creates a living space during sojourns. You can tow the air-conditioned lightweight trailer easily with any SUV or truck. Such campers lodge a family of four. Their living facilities include a compact kitchenette, a dining area, a small refrigerator, a curtain enclosed outside shower and a grilling area.

Fifth Wheels

Fifth wheel campers consist of a trailer vehicle with a box-shaped living quarter and a bedroom extension that runs toward the front over the box and over a horizontal plate that resembles a "fifth" wheel. You can tow them behind full-size pickup trucks equipped with special fifth wheel hitch equipment. Fifth wheels can accommodate six people and have necessary home amenities.

Pick Up Campers

These are less expensive than camper trailers but are costlier than pop up campers. Classified as a small- to medium-size truck in the USA, this camper features an open-air cargo tray at the back and a comfortable front seating cabin. Owners of pick up campers have to buy a fiberglass roof, roll up or slant side vinyl treated roof covers, which you mount on frames over the cargo tray, to create a secure living space.

Motorcycle Campers

Motorcycle campers are very small and lightweight trailers that you can tow when going on vacation by road on motorbikes or ATVs. You can generally set them up in 5 minutes or less, but the set-up requires light manual effort. The campers provide facilities such as queen size bed, double burner stove, ice chest, a dining table and a luggage rack. These campers generally house two people.

Motorized Campers

Class A Motor truck homes consist of a high tech, automatic set up enabling luxury campers an 8-person accommodating capacity. They have a price range of $100,000 to $500,000. Their facilities include air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, toilet, water tanks, refrigerator, electrical appliances, entertainment gadgets and a 100 to 125V electrical system. Class B motor homes feature van chassis with convenient raised roofs. Priced at $40,000 to $100,000 they feature all necessary lifestyle amenities and 120VDC and 110VAC electrical outlets. They can generally house 2 to 4 people. Class C Motor homes are scaled down versions of Class A motorized campers with identical living amenities. Priced at $50,000 to $150,000 they have a large van body style. They can accommodate up to 10 people.

About the Author

Norah Faith was born and raised in Texas and from there she has traveled nationally and internationally. After acquiring her teaching license from New Mexico State University, she found herself teaching ESL around the world. She continues to teach today and finds satisfaction writing for Demand Studios and other sites.

Photo Credits

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