The allure of campers and RVs should be readily apparent. They provide you the ability to go out and travel the world in comfort. They are surprisingly multi use. Vacations can be off into the wilderness. Except you bring some sophistication with you. Alternatively you can go off on vacation around the country. You can stop anywhere you wish and always feel comfortable that you’ve got your home base and don’t need to bother with hotels.
Campers and RVs are also an excellent option for people who have chosen retirement. Since there’s no need to stay in one place, many people choose to get out on the road and get to experience all that this country has to offer.
Types of Campers & RVs
Motorhomes are the large way to travel in style across the United States. Motorhomes actually come in a differing number of classes. The Class C is considered a “Mini Motorhome” and is built off of a van platform. Typically these cost between $40,000 and $120,000. The Class A is considered the standard Motorhome. These beautiful homes on wheels can be immense and cost from $50,000 to $900,000. Motorhomes come with essentially everything you could ever want. They provide you with privacy and luxury. The beds are often incredibly comfortable.
Motorhomes can be run by both diesel and gas powered engines. Diesel ones are known as Class A “Diesel Pushers”. These tend to have immense diesel engines in the back of them that produces a ton of power. The downside to motorhomes is you’re not exactly getting great fuel economy. However that’s okay because you’re not paying for hotels.
There are many people that would prefer to have something a bit smaller than the luxurious and fully equipped motorhomes that many people are driving around in. Pop-Up campers provide an excellent alternative. The idea of a pop-up camper is pretty simple. You pull up to the campsite and then you use the cranks or hydraulics to raise the camper from nothing to something.
There are quite a few benefits to using a pop-up camper. The price is much lower than if you choose any of the other camper or RV options out there. Since pop-up campers have “soft sides”, they are much lighter. The lightweight comes as a huge advantage for people who have smaller vehicles. There’s no need for a huge powerful truck. Vans, SUVs and even many sedans are capable of towing a pop up camper. Additionally thanks to their low profile while being towed, there’s not a lot of extra blind spots and you can drive comfortably. Once again, the size comes in handy when your camper isn’t in use. You can very easily store them away in a garage.
However there are also disadvantages to a pop-up camper. They are light thanks to their soft sides, but they are also fairly terrifying in a huge storm. The heavy winds can catch the sides and attempt to use them as a sail. That’s not something you need at 3am. There’s also a lack of privacy. You can hear everything going on outside and they can hear everything going on inside. They also lack the amenities of a luxury motorhome.
Travel trailers are almost a combination of motorhomes and pop-up campers. A travel trailer has the size of a motorhome. It has quality amenities that you won’t find in a pop up trailer. However the additional sizer is only available because it needs to be towed by a vehicle. Travel trailers require much higher towing capacities than pop-up campers. You can get travel trailers that range in size between 12 and 35 feet. Obviously the larger campers need more towing capacities.