Campers, Trailers, and Recreational Vehicles: Know the Difference Before Visiting RV Dealers
Have you recently made the decision to purchase a mobile home? These are a great way to add another layer of mobility to your life. But, before you visit the RV Dealers, you should know more about the types of mobile homes available today. The most popular options are the Recreational Vehicle, the pop-up, the trailer, and the truck camper. All of these options have their strengths. Find out which one is best for you.
The Recreational Vehicle
Recreational vehicles, also known as motor homes, are usually the largest of the options available from RV dealers, and they come with the most amenities. Depending on what brand and model you choose, recreational vehicles can be as short as a truck or as long as 45 feet. This means that they are also challenging to drive; some states require special licensing in order to operate motor homes. Unlike the other options on this list, they are completely self-powered.
When it comes to add ons, recreational vehicles have the most versatility. Most motor homes come with a bed, a bathroom, a cooking area, and a small living area. Larger upgraded models can also come with extra beds or bedrooms, full kitchen, living space with sofa and armchairs, and bathrooms with bathtubs and showers. Features like extended cabinets, flatscreen TVs, kitchen islands, and hot tubs can also be added.
If you’re looking for all of the creature comforts of home while on the road, the recreational motorhome might be the best choice for you.
The Pop-up Camper
A pop-up is a specialized mobile home that can be folded into a small space and unfolded when parked as part of the pop-up’s set up. It is much smaller and more maneuverable than a motorhome without sacrificing much on space or amenities. Modern pop-ups consist of a frame, a box, a hard roof, pull out bunk beds, and soft walls, which are made of vinyl or canvas.
Even though unfolded pop-ups share size with motorhomes, they don’t have some of the same amenities. New, high-wall models come with space for cabinets and beds, but there are very few models that come with showers. Special attachments can be purchased to give provide bathrooms. What it lacks in amenities, though, it makes up for in maneuverability and price. Pop-ups are much less expensive than their larger counterparts and can be towed behind a truck or SUV.
The Travel Trailer
A travel trailer, also called a caravan or a teardrop, is a small, hard-bodied living space that can be attached to a vehicle. Like campers and recreational vehicles, travel trailers can have many of the comforts of home – a bed, a kitchen, a living space, and a bathroom. Travel trailers tend to be smaller, much smaller than motorhomes. They are generally less than 18 feet long, and they can weigh less than 700 pounds. The smallest teardrop or ultralight models can even be pulled behind cars or motorcycles.
The Truck Camper
The truck camper is the smallest mobile home that you’ll find on the RV dealers’ lot. These are made to fit in the bed of a truck. Ultra-small and ultra-light, they are manufactured to provide the necessities – sleeping space, stove or hotplate, sink, and, sometimes, a bathroom, are stacked on top of each other, in order to fit the most in the space. Truck campers allow their inhabitants to go anywhere that a normal automobile would be able to go. They’re popular with individuals on long-term job sites.
When you visit RV Dealers, your sales associate can help you navigate which of these mobile homes best fits your needs, style, and budget.