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What is an RV

An RV is a vehicle that combines transportation and temporary living quarters for travel, recreation and camping.

Two main categories of RVs are motorhomes (motorized) and towables (towed behind the family car, van or pickup).

Type A motorhomes are generally the largest; Type B motorhomes or van campers are the smallest; and Type C motorhomes generally fall in between.

Types of towable RVs are folding camping trailers, expandable trailers, truck campers, conventional travel trailers and fifth-wheel travel trailers. Sports utility RVs (also sometimes called "toy haulers"), which feature a built-in garage for hauling cycles, ATVs or sports equipment, are available in both motorhomes and towable RVs.

Prices for new RVs are typically $5,000-$13,000 for folding camping trailers; $4,000-$30,000 for truck campers; $8,000-$65,000 for conventional travel trailers; $13,000 - $100,000 for fifth wheels, $48,000-$140,000 for Type C motorhomes, $41,000 - $100,000 for Type B and $40,000-$500,000 for Type A motorhomes.

Type A

Generally the roomiest of all RVs. Luxurious amenities, sleeps up to six. Ranges from $50,000 - $500,000 new.

Type B

Commonly called van campers. Drive like a family van. Sleeps up to four. Ranges from $41,000 - $100,000 new.

Type C

Similar amenities to Type A. Optional sleeping space over cab, sleeps up to eight. Ranges from $48,000 to $140,000 new.


Folding Camping Trailer

A lightweight unit with collapsible sides that fold for aerodynamic towing by a motorized vehicle, even some small compact cars. When set up, they provide kitchen, dining and sleeping facilities for up to eight people. Models range from $5,000-$13,000 new.

Travel Trailer

A unit designed to be towed by a car, van or pickup. Travel trailers provide comforts such as a kitchen, commode, sleeping, dining and living facilities, electric and water systems and modern appliances. Like all towable units, they can be unhitched from the tow vehicle which is then free for convenient local travel to and from the campsite. Travel trailers sleeps up to 10. Travel trailers range from $8,000-$65,000

Truck Camper

A camping unit that is loaded unto or affixed to the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. Many have a kitchen and bathroom facilities. Truck campers sleep two to six people and sell from $4,000-$30,000 new.


Fifth-Wheel Trailer

A unit designed to be towed by a pickup truck. Fifth-Wheel Travel Trailers provide comforts such as a kitchen, commode, sleeping, dining and living facilities, electric and water systems and modern appliances. Some even feature spacious two-level floor plans. Like all towable units, they can be unhitched from the tow vehicle which is then free for convenient local travel to and from the campsite. Fifth-Wheel Travel Trailers generally sleep up to six people and typically range from $13,000 - $100,000

Van Conversion

A van, typically manufactured by an automaker, modified in appearance for transportation and recreation by a company specializing in customized vehicles. Changes may include side windows, carpeting, paneling, custom seats and sofas and assorted accessories. Most van conversions provide comfortable seating for seven, though some seat as many as 12 passengers. Models start at $15,000.

Pickup or Sport Utility Vehicle Conversion

A truck or multipurpose vehicle produced by an alterer or final stage manufacturer that contains modifications to which at least one Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard is applicable and is designed for the transportation of people for recreation or travel.


Toy Hauler

A– Available motorized or towable (as travel trailers or fifth wheels) with a built in garage for hauling cycles, ATVs or sports equipment. Sleeps up to eight. Ranges from $21,000 - $58,000 new.

Park Model RVs

A park model RV (also known as a recreational park trailer) is a trailer-type RV that is designed to provide temporary accommodation for recreation, camping or seasonal use. PMRVs are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and have a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set -up mode. PMRVs are most often used in recreational vehicle campgrounds. They may be owned by the campground and rented to guests, or they may be brought in and used exclusively by their owners on a site rented or leased from the campground. They can also be placed by their owners on private property. These RVs are used for recreational purposes only. They are not meant to be permanently affixed to the property, they do not improve property values in any way, and they are neither designed nor intended by their manufacturers to be used as permanent residences. Models range from $20,000 - $80,000.