RVs are a great way to spend time in nature with family and friends. Whether you have a favorite location for RV camping or want to travel from campground to national park, it's essential to choose the RV that's right for you.
Travers Automotive and RV Group is proud to offer Class A, Class B, Class C, destination, fifth wheel, Super C, toy hauler, and travel trailer RV models for sale. Whether you've dabbled with RV rental or you're an experienced RV camper, here's what you need to consider to find the perfect RV for your travel and camping style.
Generally speaking, there are two categories of RVs: motorized and towable. Motorized RVs, also known as motorhomes, have engines. A motorized RV offers all living and driving capabilities in one without the hassle of hitching and unhitching at your
Motorized RVs (a.k.a motorhomes) have engines. A motorized RV offers all living and driving functions under one roof, without the hassle of hitching and unhitching a vehicle when you arrive at your adventure destination.
Drivers who are not accustomed to driving a vehicle while towing may find that a motorhome offers a more comfortable driving experience because of the maneuverability when turning.The most popular types of motorized recreational vehicles include Class A which tend to look like a flat - face tour bus, Class B which are more of a camper van style, Class C motorhomes which look like a non - motorized camper combined with the cabin of a van or truck, and Super C motor homes which have the appearance of a semi-tractor cabin with a Class A motorhome body.
Towable RVs, also known as campers or trailers, require a vehicle tow to get from place to place. The type of vehicle required to move a towable RV will depend on the size and weight of the camper you choose.
A towable RV will often be cheaper than a motorhome and will require less maintenance because there's no engine. The other benefit of a towable RV is that once you've reached your destination, you can unhitch your trailer at your camping spot and use your tow vehicle to resume your adventure.
Towable recreational vehicles ome in a variety of styles from small travel trailers and toy haulers to destination and travel trailers.
Here's what you need to know when it comes to finding the perfect RV for your next road tripor camping adventure.
The most common type of motorized recreational vehicle is the Class A. Built on a heavy-duty frame, these are some of the largest and heaviest motorhomes available.
Class A RVs offer impressive spaciousness and privacy. A Class A motorhome can sleep up to 10 people and many have a separate master bedroom suite and slide-out sections to increase the overall living space and add privacy. These luxurious models often have kitchens comparable to a traditional house, amenities such as a washing machine and ice maker, and full bath facilities. When you're picturing a luxury RV or tour bus, it's likely you're imagining a Class A and Thor Motor Coach is one of the more popular brands.
The downsides of choosing a Class A RV is that they are too large to fit at every national park or campground and they can be difficult to maneuver through narrow or winding roads. Additionally, these models tend to be expensive to purchase, use, insure, repair, and maintain. Shoppers looking for a budget-friendly RV may want to consider another model.
If you've ever been tempted by a #vanlife post, a Class B or "camper van" may be the perfect RV for you! These smaller RVs look and drive like a van but are built with a raised roof to allow occupants to stand and walk comfortably. People looking to explore the cities and communities near their camping destination often enjoy how Class B recreational vehicles are easy to drive and don't require renting or towing an additional vehicle for day trips.
The trade-off with a Class B RV is that these models typically offer a queen-sized bed, small kitchen or convertible dinette, some storage space, and a "wet bath" where the shower, sink, and toilet are combined in one area. While these can technically fit up to four people, this model is often ideal for no more than two adults at a time
A Class C motorhome is a bit of a Goldilocks in the RV world. They combine the best features of both the Class A and Class B vehicles into a (comparatively) affordable mid-sized motorhome.
Class C motorhomes are manufactured many leading RV brands including Thor Motor Coach Four Winds, and Coachman. These RVs typically range from 20 to 33 feet in length while offering ample storage and sleeping quarters. Because these vehicles are not always easy to drive through narrow streets and cities, many people opt to tow their daily driving vehicle behind their Class C motorhome to allow for easier exploration. Class C RVs are excellent choices for families and travelers on a budget thanks to their full suite of amenities and lower (compared to a Class A motorhome) costs of operation and ownership.
Travers Automotive and RV Group is proud to offer an additional, unique option for recreational vehicle with the Super C motorhome. These extra-large models, like the Jayco Seneca ZX offer an expansive floor plan with all the comforts of home. One of the biggest differences between a Class A motorhome and a Super C is that the Super C is designed to be more like a truck giving it additional horsepower and towing capabilities.
Fifth-wheel trailers like those made by Highland Ridge, K-Z, Keystone Ridge, and others are the largest, most luxurious, and most expensive of the towable RV models.
These recreational vehicles require a large truck or conversion vehicle because these models range from 20 to 40 feet in length and weigh several thousand pounds. Unlike smaller trailers, a fifth wheel must be connected to the tow vehicle using a "gooseneck" extension which connects in the back of the towing truck's bed vs a traditional ball-hitch method.
A fifth wheel trailer will often be similar in overall size to a Class A motorhome, but since it is lacking a cockpit, this area is dedicated to living space. Typically, a fifth wheel will have a full-sized kitchen and bathroom, ample store, and sleeping room for up to eight people. As with all tow-behind RV models, one of the benefits of a fifth wheel is the ability to unhitch the RV at your destination and explore the area using your tow vehicle.
Travel trailers are the most popular option for tow-behind recreational vehicles. These can range from small 4-foot teardrop models to models that stretch to near 40 feet in length! Because of this wide variety, travel trailers also have a huge range of included amenities. Some of the most popular travel trailer manufactures include Dutchman, Heartland Ridge, and Winnebago.
Large travel trailer models with spacious kitchens, full bathrooms, and multiple bedrooms require a large towing vehicle (same as a fifth wheel), but small options can be towed with nearly any vehicle that has a ball hitch.
Toy haulers, also known as sport utility trailers, are relatively new to the recreational vehicle marketplace. These RVs make it easy for people to bring along their ATV, UTV, motorcycle, golf cart, or other motorized "toys" with a floor plan that divides the RV into living quarters and a garage area. Like other tow-behind trailer options, toy haulers allow for the RV to be unhitched and the tow vehicle to be used independently. While toy hauler RV models are large, typically around 40 feet in length, they tend to have less sleeping room than a fifth wheel or Class A model because part of that space is dedicated to storage.
Travers Automotive and RV Group has been serving St. Louis and the surrounding communities for more than 26 years. Come check out the best selection of recreational vehicles for every need, learn more about the RV lifestyle, get pre-approved for your RV, and let the experts at our RV dealership help you find the perfect RV for your next adventure.