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There are many recreational vehicles on the market to choose from.  Whether you plan to use your RV for one or two local trips a year, or whether you intend to hit the road and use it all year round, there is probably an RV that suits your needs and budget.

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trailer camper RVs can be divided into two basic categories — motorized RVs and towable RVs.  Motorized vehicles travel under their own power; they include motor homes and van campers.  Towable vehicles can stand alone at camp but must be towed by another vehicle.  Versions include folding camping trailers, travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, and truck campers.

Folding camping trailers are ideal for families on a budget who want an upgrade from tent camping.  Folding camping trailers can be pulled by a family car, and are easy to hook up and store.  Some come with air conditioning, heating, toilets, refrigerators, awnings, and roof racks.

truck camper If you have a pickup truck, truck campers are a unit that slide on to the bed of a pickup.  They sleep between two and six people, and allow you to tow other vehicles.  Most truck campers have toilet and kitchen facilities.

If you need to accommodate more people, travel trailers range from 10 to 40 feet long and usually have full bathroom and kitchen facilities.  Models come in different shapes and can be pulled by most vehicles.

Fifth-wheel travel trailers are the most luxurious of the towables.  If you are planning to spend a lot of time in your RV, this is a good choice due to its home-like atmosphere, large living space, and ample storage space.  Fifth-wheels are easy to tow and can be unhitched and left at the campsite.

Van campers are motorized and have either raised roofs or lowered floor sections that allow people to stand up in the center of the vehicle.  Galleys, fresh water hookups, sleeping and dining areas, and sometimes even toilets and showers are available in these campers.  This arrangement is best for couples or very small families, as space is tight.

motor home If you need more space, mini-motor homes pack a lot of amenities in a compact space.  A cabover bed is usually above the driver's seat, while a couch converts into a second bed.  Mini-motor homes usually include a dinette, kitchen, and bathroom.

If you are planning to travel long distances or use your RV year-round, a motor home might be a good choice.  A motor home is basically a living unit on wheels, and comes fully equipped.  Some motor homes even have luxuries like marble bathrooms and icemakers, as well as washers and dryers.

When choosing your RV, it's important to consider where you are going and what your comfort needs are.  Ask yourself how many people will be traveling with you, as well as how you will be using the vehicle.  Finally, rate things like handling, ease of use, privacy, storage, and budget in order of preference.

RV Makers

  • Coachmen RV
    This Indiana-based RV manufacturer offers a full line of recreational vehicles.  Their Viking division offers a selection of easy-to-tow camper trailers.
  • Fleetwood RV
    Decatur, Indiana-based manufacturer of Class A and Class C recreational vehicles.
  • Gulf Stream Coach
    Offers a quality line-up of affordable recreational vehicles from luxury motor homes to fifth wheels and travel trailers.
  • Holiday Rambler
    Designs and manufactures a full range of RVs, ranging from luxury diesel coaches and motorhomes to towable campers.
  • Jayco
    Indiana-based developer and manufacturer of recreational vehicles and trailers.
  • Monaco Coach Corporation
    This Navistar division manufactures luxury recreational vehicles.
  • Roadtrek
    The Roadtrek motor home handles like a van or SUV with the comforts of a larger RV or motor home.
  • Skyline Recreational Vehicles
    This travel trailer manufacturer features state-of-the-art design, craftsmanship and superior materials.
  • Winnebago Industries
    Iowa-based manufacturer of motor homes, towables, and related products.

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