What’s the best R V for me?

What’s the best R V for me?

There are many types of Recreational Vehicles to choose from so how do you know what is the best for you.

I looked at several R V websites, R V forums, R V group sites, dealers and from personal experience, I combined some information and suggestions to help you make a decision on the R V you want to buy.  Don’t forget there’s also tent camping for those who like a little more nature.

Remember, whatever you buy you have to learn how to drive  it or tow it. So make sure you’re going to be comfortable with it or are sure you’re going to be able to get comfortable with it. You’ll be backing it in sometimes, too, so you’ll need to learn how to do that.

Here’s some questions to ask yourself.  We’ll review a little more about  these later.

  • Why do you want an R V?
  • Do you plan on going on short trips or longer trips?
  • Do you plan on staying in R V parks or go boondocking?
  • Do you want to haul motorcycles, bicycles, ormaybe ATVs?
  • How many will be traveling with you?
  • Taking any pets with you?
  • Will you fit in it?

This questions are important to help you choose the right one.  First, why do you want an R V?  Do you want it just to park it at a lakeside park you are very fond of that has utility hookups and you’re planning on leaving it there?  That helps you decide if you need to be concerned about getting a gas or diesel model, how much power you need, how much storage, and maybe even how large a model you want.

If you’re planning on taking it on longer trips you may want a model with a lot of storage.   Basement storage (the compartments under the motorhome carriage) would be important in this case.  We have several storage compartments. The doors on ours open up from the top. I would much rather have the doors that open to the side. Some of them hit me in the head when I’m trying to get stuff out.

If you’re boondocking, camping in remote locations with no utilities, your motorhome size is a concern. The larger motorhomes require more space and more level ground which may not be available if you’re camping in remote areas.  And, you have to carry everything with you. You will need to have the largest water tank, gray water, and black water tank you can get.  Your water tank holds your water coming into the motorhome and is your drinking, toilet flushing and washing water. Gray water is the waste water from that and Black water is the sewage water.  To find how long you can go on full tanks, it’s a good idea to do a couple practice runs.  You’ll know when you run out of water and many of the campers have warning signals when the waste tanks get full. That will tell you how many days you can go before you have to find a dump station. The fuller your tanks are, the heavier your camper and the more possibility of additional swaying.

Are you planning on taking motorcycles or an ATV with you? Or do you want a party deck?  If so, then you may want to consider a toy hauler. These have a storage area, with ramps, and can convert to a little  outside deck.

How many passengers will go with you and how tall are they? Will you fit in the shower?  How about on the bed?  Most RVs come with what is called a “short queen”.  It’s the width of a queen bed but shorter. Most of the 5th Wheels have a king size bed. I’m not sure if it’s short or not.  Do you have enough beds for all your passengers?  If you go with a small camper or Class B RV it may be one where you have to assemble the bed each night. Such as pulling out the couch or lowering the table to make the bed.  Are you ok with that or would you rather have a permanent bed or bedroom?

If you’re going to be traveling cross-country or long distance, you may want a larger unit. If you want to pull it, you’d be looking at a 5th wheel, travel trailer or 5th wheel toy hauler. If you want to drive it, then you’d probably want to look at a Class C or Class A.  Class As come with either a diesel or gas engine.  Class A diesel pushers have the engine in the back.  They have better mileage and last a little longer than gas engines, but they require more oil and repairs are more expensive. And it’s harder to find someone to work on them, especially, if you break down somewhere on a trip.  Class A gas engines are less expensive, don’t last as long, and get slightly less mileage than the diesel.  Since diesel engines are in the back, the cab is a little quieter when you drive and there is no “hump” between the driver and passenger seats.  Gas engines, since they’re in the front, have that hump between the two seats and the cab is a little noisier.  

Another consideration in the choice of a vehicle is A/C when driving. In most of the units, the A/C doesn’t cool the cab area well enough when you’re driving.  Sometimes you’ll need the “house” A/C running.   With most units this is possible. But, usually, a small fan works fine. 

If you like to cook and like a big kitchen most of the 5thwheels have a big kitchen area with bigger refrigerators and pantries.

There are so many things to consider, right along with the price. I hope this has helped you get started. I would suggest going to R V / Camper shows, possibly even renting one to try it out before you buy.  Rentals are usually  Class C motorhomes.  Don’t rule out a used one either. Just check it out really well and ask for maintenance records. Many times people are just looking to move up to a larger motorhome and there isn’t anything wrong with the one they have or they discovered they’re not using enough to keep it.

Whatever you buy, remember you have to learn to drive it or tow it, fill and empty the tanks and hook up the utilities.

I’ll talk about towing a vehicle in another blog.

I’ve added some pictures below.  I hope you found this information helpful.  You can subscribe to future blogs below. 

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