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What Type of RV is Best for YOU?

Looking at joining the Happy Campers of the RV World? With so many options it can be tough to figure out which is best for you. Here’s a brief guide to narrowing down your search.

Class A

Description: These are the big boys that look like a bus. They are typically very luxurious with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. They can be gas or What Type of RV is Best for YOU? 1diesel however gas is typically less expensive to purchase and maintain. Diesel however has more power and safer braking.

Typical Amenities:  Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom (including shower, sink and toilet), dining facilities and slide outs. Comes with electricity, heating, A/C, generator, water and propane gas, stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, sink, sofa and two televisions

Length:  24 – 45 feet

Sleeps:  Up to 8 people

Price:  $55,000 – $600,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Best visibility for sightseeing with full windshield and high elevation
  • Larger tanks (water, fuel, LPG, holding) and battery capacity than other models, useful for extended dry camping
  • Hydraulic levelers
  • Smoother ride
  • Larger storage compartments
  • More room for driver and passenger
  • More room inside the RV
  • Access to the whole RV without ever going outside
  • Can easily tow a small car behind for local drive

 

Cons

 

  • Most expensive type of RV
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Harder to drive and park than other classes due to size.
  • Ground clearance isn’t as good as other classes and you have to careful not to bottom out on uneven ground, especially if backing up hill when you can easily hit the large tail
  • Width, length and height clearance means you cannot drive down some narrow and windy roads or roads with low bridges limiting your access to some National or State Parks
  • If the engine or chassis breaks down and it requires more than a day to repair, you may need to stay in a hotel as the living quarters are not separate like a trailer
  • May not fit on your driveway requiring special storage

 

Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • Money is no object
  • You are a large family or want the most amount of room and storage as possible
  • You don’t stay in one place for long and travel frequently
  • You are a full time RVer


Not Great if:

 

  • You plan to stay at small campgrounds and RV parks
  • You plan to boondock in remote locations with difficult access

 

Class B Motorhome

Description:  Drives like the family van and has an elevated roof. Both gas and diesel models are available.

What Type of RV is Best for YOU? 2Typical Amenities:  Small sink, small stove, small refrigerator and a couch or dinette that converts to a bed. In addition, they have hookups for electricity and fresh and grey water tanks. Some have a portable potty

Length:  16 – 21 feet

Sleeps:  Up to 4 people

Price:  $40,000 – $125,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Great for stealth or city camping
  • Can drive on virtually any road
  • Great fuel economy
  • Access to the whole RV without ever going outside
  • Will fit on your driveway, no special storage required

 

Cons

 

  • Doesn’t have as many amenities as the Class A or Class C
  • Less space and storage than other motorhomes or large trailers
  • Small water and holding tanks
  • Small battery capacity
  • No privacy


Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • You don’t stay in one place for long and do lots of weekend or short trips
  • You plan to stay at small campgrounds and RV parks or boondock in remote locations with difficult access
  • You are a single traveler or two adults

 

Not Great if:

 

  • You plan to have an extended dry camping period with no hookups
  • You want all the amenities so it really is a home away from home
  • You need lots of space and storage
  • You want a self-contained RV
  • You are more than two adults
  • You are a fulltime RVer

 

Class C Motorhome

Description:  Similar to a Class A, but smaller. It has almost identical amenities but usually a little less luxurious.

Typical Amenities:  Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom (including shower, sink and toilet), dining facilities and slide outs available on some models. Comes with electricity, heating, A/C, generator, water and propane gas, stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, sink, sofa and television

Length:  20 – 34 feet

Sleeps:  Up to 8 people

Price:  $50,000 – $150,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Cheaper than a Class A
  • Easier to drive than a Class A and most trailers
  • Can drive on most roads
  • Good storage, space inside the RV and amenities
  • Climate inside is easily controlled when traveling as you are in the living quarters
  • Don’t need to use restrooms at a campground or RV park to take a shower
  • Better protection for the driver and passengers in the event of an accident than a Class A

 

Cons

 

  • More expensive than most trailers
  • Less space and storage than a Class A motorhome or a large trailer
  • May not fit on your driveway requiring special storage

 

Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • You don’t stay in one place for long and travel frequently
  • You are a full time RVer
  • You plan to stay at small campgrounds and RV parks or boondock in remote locations with difficult access
  • You are a family of four or more

 

Not Great if:

  • You need a lot of living space and storage

Towable RVs

A towable RV consists of living quarters only without an engine and are designed to be towed by a car, van, SUV, or pickup truck or mounted on a What Type of RV is Best for YOU? 3pickup truck. There are four main types to consider:

  1. Fifth Wheel Trailer

Description:  Largest of the trailers, it is similar to Travel Trailers, but has an extension that sits over the tow vehicle giving it a two-level floor plan.

Towed By:  Full size pickup truck

Typical Amenities:  Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom (including shower, sink and toilet), dining facilities and slide outs. Comes with electricity, heating, A/C, water and propane gas, stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, sink, sofa and television

Length:  20 – 44 feet

Sleeps:  Up to 8 people

Price:  $15,000 – $125,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Lots of storage, space and amenities
  • Highest ceiling of all RVs (may be an important factor if you are over 6ft 2in)
  • The safest of all towing systems
  • Easiest of the trailers to backup due to the fifth wheel design
  • Can be left at the campsite while you enjoy the local attractions in your tow vehicle

 

Cons

 

  • Most expensive trailer
  • Requires a large pickup truck with a 5th wheel hitch to tow
  • Lower fuel economy
  • Width, length and height clearance means you cannot drive down some narrow and windy roads or roads with low bridges limiting your access to some National or State Parks
  • Can be hard to maneuver in tight spaces
  • May not fit on your driveway requiring special storage

 

Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • You are a full time RVer
  • You plan to have extended stays at campgrounds or RV parks
  • You are a family of four or more
  • You need a lot of living space and storage

 

Not Great if:

 

  • On a tight budget
  • You don’t stay in one place for long and travel frequently
  • You plan to stay at small campgrounds and RV parks
  • You plan to boondock in remote locations with difficult access
  • Want to drive lots of windy scenic routes

 

 

  1. Folding Camping TrailerWhat Type of RV is Best for YOU? 4

Description:  Small trailer that folds for light weight towing, more open than other trailers giving you a closer to nature experience. More basic than other RVs.

Towed By:  A typical mid to full size car

Typical Amenities:  Propane system, a 120 volt electrical system, a fresh water and waste water tank, a small stove, furnace, sink, refrigerator or ice box, and with some models a portable potty

Length:  15 – 23 feet when opened

Sleeps:  Up to 8 people

Price:  $5,000 – $15,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Cheapest of all RVs
  • Can be pulled by most vehicles
  • Doesn’t reduce you normal fuel economy by much
  • Can be driven on most roads and easy to maneuver
  • Can be left at the campsite while you enjoy the local attractions in your tow vehicle
  • Can be parked on your driveway, no special storage required

 

Cons

 

  • No toilet or bathroom
  • Minimal storage and space
  • Need to set it up and take it down every time you stop overnight
  • Small water and holding tanks
  • Small battery capacity
  • No privacy

 

Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • You are on a tight budget
  • You plan to stay at small campgrounds and RV parks or boondock in remote locations with difficult access
  • You plan to have extended stays at campgrounds or RV parks
  • You are a couple or family of four
  • You mainly do weekend or short trips


Not Great if:

 

  • You plan to have an extended dry camping period with no hookups
  • You need a lot of living space and storage
  • Want all the modern amenities
  • You are a full time RVer
  • You are more than two adults

 

  1. Travel Trailer

Description:  Smaller and lighter than a fifth wheel trailer with a single level floor plan. There are several types travel trailer such as conventional travel trailer, travel trailer with expandable ends and sport utility RVs

Towed By:  Most full-size sedans, vans, SUVs and pick up trucks

Typical Amenities:  Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom (including shower, sink and toilet), dining facilities and some models come with slide outs. Comes with electricity, heating, A/C, water and propane gas, stove, oven, refrigerator, sink, sofa and television

Length:  15 – 35 feet

Sleeps:  Up to 8 people

Price:  $10,000 – $65,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Less expensive than a Fifth Wheel trailer
  • Better fuel economy than towing a Fifth Wheel trailer
  • Good amount of storage, space and amenities
  • Can be towed by a variety of vehicles
  • Can be left at the campsite while you enjoy the local attractions in your tow vehicle

 

Cons

 

  • Least stable on the road
  • Requires the most skill to tow and back up
  • May not fit on your driveway requiring special storage

 

Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • Don’t have big enough budget for a Fifth Wheel trailer but want the most space you can get
  • You are a full time RVer
  • You plan to have extended stays at campgrounds or RV parks
  • You are a family of four or more

 

Not Great if:

 

  • You don’t stay in one place for long and travel frequently
  • You plan to boondock in remote locations with difficult access
  • You need a lot of living space and storage

 

 

  1. Truck Camper

Description:  Mounted on pickup bed or chassis that allows you to go wherever your truck takes you. Modern truck campers offer most of the features of larger RVs including slide outs

Mounted On:  Standard pickup truck

Typical Amenities:  Comes with electricity, heating, A/C, water and propaneWhat Type of RV is Best for YOU? 5 gas, stove, oven, refrigerator, sink, dinette and some have a portable potty

Length:  18 – 21 feet

Sleeps:  Up to 6 people

Price:  $5,000 – $30,000 (new)

Pros

 

  • Low price
  • Can get into remote areas that other RVs can’t
  • Can tow a boat or trailer
  • Easy to drive and more maneuverable than other RVs
  • Can be parked on your driveway, no special storage required

 

Cons

 

  • No toilet or bathroom
  • Little storage space or room
  • No privacy
  • Small water and holding tanks
  • Small battery capacity
  • Cannot leave camper part at the camp site

 

Overall Recommendation

Great if:

 

  • You already have a pickup truck
  • You plan to boondock in remote locations with difficult access
  • You don’t stay in one place for long and do lots of weekend or short trips
  • You are a single person or couple

 

Not Great if:

 

  • You need a lot of living space and storage
  • You plan to have an extended dry camping period with no hookups
  • You want a self-contained RV
  • Want all the modern amenities
  • You are a full time RVer
  • You are more than two adults

 

So, what type RV is right for you?

The Reason You Need to RV to Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of the best National Parks the United States has to offer. It has some of the most magnificent views I’ve ever seen, has wildlife everywhere, and you can get an incredible experience without ever having to leave the main road!

There are a lot of great RV Parks in the surrounding area and many people stay mid-way between Bryce and Zion. Bauers RV Park is smack dab in the middle and has full hookups, and is large enough for all types of RVs so you can bring your 5th wheel Toy Haulers and still fit.

Although Zion is scenic enough to enjoy from the main road, for those who want to do some hiking they have one of the best hikes in the country, Angels Landing. It’s not for those who are afraid of heights. We recommend driving a vehicle you tow behind into Zion because parking an RV may be a challenge as they have limited parking.

Almost right away you’ll walk through some slot canyons that light up in the morning sun.

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These switchbacks are a good workout. Straight up! They are called Walters Wiggles.

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Once you get to the bottom of the chains there are bathrooms and areas to rest. This is a great spot for people to hike up to enjoy the view who aren’t going to go all the way up. They can wait for the more daring in their party to go all the way to the top.

It was really neat looking down into the Canyon. I was relaxing at one point and watched a truck with a Travel Trailer go the entire length of the main road in Zion. The Travel Trailer is in this picture.

This part of the hike was hair raising. Very exposed with just chains to grab onto to avoid a fall.

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On my way down I stopped to take in the view and a few pictures of people heading up. If you zoom in on this picture you will see multiple people halfway up this ridge. It’s crazy to look at it from this view and realize there are people climbing up it.

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Would you look down?

Hiking “Off the Beaten Path”

One of the great benefits of Zion is everything seems really scenic. You can pull off the road with your family and go hiking at a random spot and really enjoy yourself.

 

One time I was hiking through the wilderness, making my own trail and something caught my eye. When I became still and focused I realized there was a family of Big Horn Sheep just a little ways away from me. I was able to get really close without them getting spooked, I sat down and hung out for around 15 minutes and then took off for more exploring. Cool experience!

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This couple was traveling across the USA in this Class B. They were enjoying breakfast after hiking for sunrise.

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The Emerald Pools

Looking for a short, easy hike that takes you through beautiful scenery? The Emerald Pools in Zion are just that.

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With this hike, you choose how long you want to go based on which pools you want to see. The lower pools are the first ones. You are actually able to walk behind the waterfall.

Springdale

Springdale is the town closest to Zion. It’s lined with beautiful Red Rocks. There are some wonderful RV parks located here and would be great to bunker down and take day trips into Zion. Springdale itself is a beautiful area to hang out in.

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The 3 Top Questions for Full Time RVers

With all the joys and adventure of hitting the open road in an RV there are usually A LOT of questions for soon to be Full Time RVers. Many of the questions are technical that should be answered with an owners manual or from the service department, however there seems to be some that consistently come up that are about the RV Lifestyle.

1.    How do you get along in such a tight space?

Most Full Time RVers actually increase their intimacy and the overall satisfaction of their relationship while living in an RV.  Although, it helps to have set rules that you both agree to live by. Everyone gets crabby and tired at some point; when that happens to you OR your spouse make sure you ditch the pride and apply the agreed upon rules. Here’s a great article from a young RV couple that explains how they have come closer together through RVing.

2.    How can you fit all your stuff in the RV?

Most RVers tend to over pack. When trying to imagine fitting your full size home into an RV you need to realize that this question has a lot of variables. AreThe 3 Top Questions for Full Time RVers 1 you in a large Class A, a Travel Trailer, a small Class C? Do you consider yourself a minimalist? How much stuff you can fit in your RV usually comes down to a combination of three basic things:

  1. How big is your RV?
    • The bigger the RV, the more storage space you have to bring stuff.
  2. How much stuff do you have?
    • Many people either have a home base for most of their stuff or a storage unit. It doesn’t make sense to travel around with a bunch of stuff you aren’t going to use very often.
  3. How creative are you at organization?
    • The more you can organize yourself with bins, hanging hooks, shelves, etc. the more you’ll be able to maximize the space without clutter.

3.    How do I pick the right RV for Full Timing?

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before picking the “Perfect” RV for you.

  • What will it be used for?
    • Are we going to be snowbirds and settling down in the south during the winter?
      • If you are going to be parked for significant amounts of time you may want to consider a 5th wheel or a Class A to get the most luxuries of home.
    • Do we want to fit into small camping spots or go Boondocking out in remote areas?
      • If so, you may want to consider getting a small Class B or C to be more mobile and fit into back road boondocking spots.
    • Will we bring toys?
      • Toy Haulers are perfect to bring Golf Carts, 4 Wheelers, etc. If your goal is to play with these toys a 5th wheel Toy Hauler might be perfect for you!

We hope these answered some of your questions. If not, feel free to leave them in the comment section or contact us at the Dealership.

RV Activity: Kayaking

Kayaking began thousands of years ago from the Eskimos. They used them for their stealth in sneaking up on animals on the shoreline. In the early 1900’s it became a sport. The sport boomed in popularity in the 80’s with new advances in plastic kayaks. Today they come in all different sizes, some as small as a briefcase. Kayaking has become very popular among RVers; many transport them in their tow vehicle or in their toy hauler.

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Some RV Resorts are fantastic because you get all the resort amenities such as a heated pool, community activities, etc. These same resorts are often in scenic locations that make it perfect to go kayaking.

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Many of these resorts offer rental or free kayaks for their guests so you don’t have to worry about having or hauling them. Just pick the Kayak that is best for you and head to the water.

The most traditional kayak is one where you sit inside. Quickly becoming popular are sit on top kayaks. One type that space saving RVers love is an inflatable kayak. Once you’re loaded up and are in the water it’s time to start paddling.RV Activity- Kayaking 3

If you’re going to be fishing while kayaking it’s always good to ask someone who fishes that lake often for some tips on where to go.
A great way to connect with your significant other is out on a kayak. If they don’t think it sounds like fun offer to do all the paddling. It becomes easy to say yes when they know they are going to get a paddle-free boat ride.

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Now get out and explore the lake, river or whatever body of water you’re at! If you’ve never kayaked get out and try it, you might fall in love with this amazing RV Activity.