How to Choose an RV that is Right for You

Sign coming into the Hamilton RV Show
At the entrance to Hamilton RV Show.

Choosing a large investment like an RV is daunting. It is also very personal. There are many shapes and sizes to choose from. How do you choose an RV that is right for you? Do you want to pull it or drive it? Is it for RV Living or weekend or week-long travel fun? Where do you think you want to go with it? How much do you want to spend? How many people and how big of space will you feel comfortable in? There are so many questions! All you can really do is gather information and make an informed choice.

One of the best places to do that is an RV Show. It is the season when different dealers get together and show off their wares. It gives you a great opportunity to see a good variety of RVs, with representatives handy to ask any of those important questions. I had the pleasure of going to the Hamilton RV Show at the Heritage Warplane Museum. I love walking around and looking at the different ways you can RV travel. Come along and let’s explore some RVs.

Class B RV

My Roadtrek at Conception Bay Newfoundland
My Roadtrek at Conception Bay, Newfoundland

I chose a Class B RV for living my RV Life for several reasons. I like the size and maneuverability of the Class B or a Campervan as some also call it. I am only 1 person so the interior size is perfect. I have also changed my interior design of mine a few times since I bought it. Mine is an older style and was built on a van body, the newer ones are built on sprinter chassis. The sprinter chassis gives you more room inside than the older-style van chassis. As I walked around looking at the new Class B RVs, I loved the pop up top on this one.

Class B RV at the Hamilton RV Show
  • Size:
    • 17- 23 feet in length
    • 9 -11 feet high
    • 8 feet wide
  • 1-4 people can fit comfortably in a Class B RV
  • Cost: Cost can vary with year and model. You can find a good used Class B RV starting at $30,000 and up. To buy new you can pay up to and over $200,000. The new Roadtrek I saw at the RV show was $165,000. Interestingly a Class B is known to be more expensive than a Class C which is a bigger RV.

Class C RV

Picture of a Class C RV
Class C RV

A Class C Motorhome is slightly larger than a Class B. This type of motor home is also built on a truck or van chassis but has a few more comforts of home with accessories such as a built-in shower, larger capacity water tanks as well as a larger interior living space. A great choice for families to explore the world of camping. With the extra space of a cab over sleeping or storage area, there is lots of room for the whole family to spread out and enjoy the ride.

  • Size:
    • 21 – 41 feet long
    • 10 -12 feet high
    • 8 feet 4 inches wide
  • 4 – 8 people can sleep and lounge comfortably in a Class C.
  • Cost: Cost will vary depending on the year and model. You can buy a good used Class C RV for $30,000 or purchase a new one on average for $100,000.

Class A RV

Picture of a Class A RV
Class A RV

The largest of the drivable motorhomes are the beasts of the RV world. Filled with luxury, with full entertainment systems and luxurious seating to full kitchen and bathroom areas. These homes on wheels will give you the true experience of glamping with style. Pull into a spot, slide out the slides and make a beautiful dinner and relax with a good movie. No matter where you are, you will have all the comforts of home.

  • Size:
    • 26 – 45 feet long
    • 11 – 13 feet high
    • 8.5 feet wide
  • 4 – 8 people can fit comfortably in a Class A Motorhome.
  • Cost: Costs can vary with the year and model. For a good used Class A you can expect to pay anywhere from $50,000 to $300,000. A new Class A can range in price from $125,000 to up to $500,000.

Travel Trailers

Travel Trailer at the Hamilton RV Show
Travel trailer at the Hamilton RV Show

Travel trailers have come a long way since those fold-up canvas tent trailers that your Mom and Dad or even Grandma and Grampa used to camp in. From being able to tow a teardrop travel trailer with your car to hooking up a fifth wheel onto your pickup, there is a size for everyone and every budget.

  • Size:
    • This can vary from a small travel trailer of 9 feet to a large 41 foot trailer
  • You can pick a travel trailer that only sleeps one up to a large trailer that will fit 4 – 8 people comfortably
  • Cost: Cost can vary from as little as $10,000 to as much as $200,000 depending on your needs.

Find an RV Show near you!

Whether you are choosing an RV for RV Living or RV playing make sure to take your time, gather the information you need to make an informed decision to create your perfect RV experience.

Thanks for coming along on my Chipmunk Adventure. See you next week!


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