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Choosing the Right RV
When you are deciding what kind of RV is right for you, there are a variety of factors to consider including how many people adventure with you, where you go, and what amenities you are looking for. All of the amazing options can seem quite overwhelming, but we are here to help you find the right vehicle for you.
Motorhomes are recreational vehicles that are self-contained on a commercial bus or truck chassis. Motorhomes are large and offer a complete living space that is accessible while driving. There are some major benefits to motorhomes that include being a self-contained unit that is easy to park and drive. Additionally, they don’t require an additional vehicle to haul it. There are three main classifications of motorhomes.
Class A motorhomes are the biggest of all the recreational vehicles — the classic luxury home on the road. These heavy road-beasts feature home-like, full residential-sized furniture, amenities, and appliances and have plenty of space for storage and comfortable living. Class A motorhomes can feature slide-out and expanded living quarters that improve comfort and negate the need for having a house on the ground!
Class B motorhomes are known as camper vans. These motorhomes are oversized vans that feature living space. Class B motorhomes are the smallest of the three classifications of motorhomes and do not typically feature additional living amenities. The benefit to a Class B motor home is that they are much more functional, fuel efficient, and affordable. They are a great option for the single traveler or families who camp regularly but do not count on their motorhome as the sole source of living space.
Class C motorhomes are mid-sized RVs that use a truck or van chassis and extend to between 20 and 35 feet. These exploration vehicles are smaller and lighter than a Class A motorhome but offer more luxuries than a Class B motorhome. The main benefits to Class B motorhomes is that they have plenty of room to accommodate the entire family, but are easier to handle and more fuel efficient than the full-size Class A.
Towable recreational vehicles are those that can be hitched to a truck and hauled. Many casual travelers love the option to drop the trailer and use the tow vehicle freely. There are many styles and options when it comes to towable RVs.
Fifth-wheel campers are the largest towable RV options that mimic the luxury of Class A motorhomes. The raised “gooseneck” front end extends over the back of the truck bed, offering a bi-level, additional living space. For heavy-duty truck owners, fifth-wheel campers are an excellent option for adventuring with the entire family.
Travel trailers are what most people think of when they think about campers. Travel trailers come in almost every size and amenity imaginable. Travel trailers can range from nothing more than a small kitchenette and bed hauled behind a truck or as vast as a 35-foot luxury trailer that resembles a residential home. Travel trailers are hitched to the back of a truck, which can make it a little more difficult for the novice driver to tow.
Truck campers are not so much towable RVs because they are fully mounted on the bed of a standard pickup truck. Truck campers are great for the casual campers who need a place to sleep and storage for some home amenities but are not searching for the comforts of home. Truck campers do not require any special equipment, other than a truck.
Toy haulers are part motorhome, part garage, part living space. Many of the toy haulers available feature some living amenities that fold up to make space for toys — race car, motorcycle, dirt bike, ATV, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, rafts, bikes, etc. Toy haulers don’t offer the full range of living space or amenities offered by other options but do offer a place to sleep and space to bring your other recreational vehicles and safely store them.
Camp365 is in a class of its own — the portable cabin that brings an innovative new face to the recreational vehicle world. It is compact and light enough to pull behind any vehicle that has a tow hitch — including ATVs — and even features attachments for smaller recreational toys. Camp365 goes where no other recreational vehicle can!
At Mericle RV, we carry a full line of every one of these recreational vehicles. Whether you know which one suits you or not, our experienced sales staff can help. Connect with us online or stop by our Fort Lupton lot today!
Things to Consider When Purchasing Your Recreational Vehicle
Now that you are clear on your recreational vehicle options, you are ready to start debating which one is right for you and your family. Before you begin walking the rows and rows of available options at your Fort Lupton RV dealership, there are a few things you can consider to get the right rig for you and your family.
Before you begin searching, remember that purchasing a recreational vehicle is an investment, similar to your home or vehicle, that should be thought about as a long-term investment. Although you want to consider your current financial situation and traveling needs, it is not wise to purchase an RV that you will outgrow before you have a chance to fully enjoy your rig.
What kind of traveling will you be doing and with whom?
This is probably the most important question to ask yourself. If you and your spouse are spending the summers traveling from coast to coast, you want to ensure that you have a luxury home on wheels that you can climb into and hit the road with all the amenities of home. However, if you are a young family and spend summer vacation checking out local campgrounds close to home and you just need a place to store your food, change the baby, and rest your weary heads after a busy day of fishing and hiking, a truck camper may be a better, more affordable option. Ask yourself these questions:
- How often will we travel?
- How long will we be gone?
- What amenities do we need?
- How many travelers are there?
What is your truck capable of towing?
Tow ratings are also specific to each truck, as well as each year model. Violating the tow rating could also have insurance issues in case of an accident as well as wreak havoc on the transmission. There’s not usually a sticker for tow rating, though, which is why they make a new guide every year.
What are the logistics?
When you purchase an RV, there is so much more to it than the living space and the amenities it offers — although, these are the reasons you want a motorhome or trailer to begin with. Before purchasing an RV, you’ll need to consider some of the more logistical details. For instance:
- What does the new haul require and what is your current towing capacity? Keep in mind that you’ll have to add upward of 2,500 pounds for a fully stocked RV and truck.
- What is the fuel requirement?
- Insurance. You want to protect your investment — not to mention its a requirement to making it road-legal! Ask your insurance company if they will cover it and how much it will be.
- Purchase price. You’ll only want to purchase what you can comfortably afford. At Mericle RV, we offer a variety of financing options, in addition to selling used RVs and offer special discounts.
- Maintenance and repair. Maintenance requires similar things to your regular vehicle including oil changes, in addition to RV-specific maintenance including roof maintenance and winterization. At Mericle RV, we offer a full menu of services and maintenance, including mobile RV repair, collision repair, and routine maintenance.
What amenities are most important?
It is wise to make a list of the things that are important to you and your co-travelers. We recommend making two columns — your “must-haves” and then the things that would be nice, but are not a deal-breaker. At Mericle RV, we will scour the RVs available to meet all of your expectations, but having a list will help you better find the best fit with as little compromise as possible. Some amenities to consider include:
- Sleeping space — how many do you need to sleep and how far apart do you need to be? Will you be sleeping in a tent outside and only need emergency sleep space? Is this your full-time home and you need luxury, full-size sleeping areas?
- Food storage and preparation — do you need a single-burner hotplate for frying up the fish you catch or do you need a full four-burner stove to prepare full meals for your entire family? For storage, do you require a simple cooler for condiments and beverages, or do you need a full refrigerator to house groceries for a summer on the road?
- Entertainment and connectivity — Do you need a trailer that hauls your toys and doesn’t need any electrical connectivity, or do you need all the technology of modern conveniences including a large flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi capability, and GPS?
The options for outfitting your RV are limitless. From super basic to the most luxurious and everything in between, you can have whatever suits your family the best!
If you are not sure what you are looking for, but itching to begin your adventure with a new recreational vehicle, contact us at Mericle RV and let Motorhome Mike and his staff find the right rig for you. For your new travel vehicle, visit us online or stop by our Fort Lupton RV dealership.
Mericle RV Has the Right Rig For Every Traveler
No two explorers are the same, and such is true of their recreational vehicles as well. At Mericle RV, we have been helping Colorado adventurers find the right vehicle to meet their travel needs. Our expert RV brokers don’t simply ask which of our hundreds of options you’d like to see, but ask the questions to find a better understanding of what you are looking for and which of our rigs can optimize your travel experience. Above, we discussed the various models and types of RVs to provide more insight on what to expect and get you thinking about the accommodations that might make your adventures more enjoyable. Now, let’s take a deeper dive into what kind of traveler you are to discover a realistic solution for you and your family.
The Casual Family Campers
Did you enjoy camping as a kid and bought your own pup-tent as a young adult, but now you have a family too?
Do you enjoy the great outdoors but have young children and dogs you’d like to bring along?
Do your extended family gatherings involve camping, rafting, hiking, and sightseeing of national parks?
Is your primary vehicle a truck?
Do you find tent camping to be discouraging with your current family setup, but your vacations don’t warrant a motorhome?
If any (or all) of these descriptions sound like you and your family, a fifth-wheel camper might be your best bet. Fifth-wheel trailers offer the convenience of hitch-and-go exploration without the commitment of an additional vehicle. Families with children love that it provides “indoor” space for sleeping and meal preparation without providing the amenities that distract from exploring the great outdoors. With the ability to temperature control and the space to sleep the entire family, you can find reprieve from cool desert nights, rain, and intense summer sun to allow the entire family to get a good night’s rest. You can easily unhitch the fifth wheel to run into town for forgotten supplies or tourist experience. Fifth wheel campers offer plenty of storage for all of your fishing, hiking, biking, and family s’more and game night needs. Fifth-wheel trailers provide peace of mind with locking doors and windows to ensure your family’s safety.
The Grand Explorers
Does your outdoor exploration consist mostly of hiking, dirt biking, rock climbing, photography, hunting, and rafting — essentially leaving you at camp less than half the day?
Is your recreational vehicle little more than a place to store a change of clothes and a place to sleep?
Do you often explore the road less traveled and go way out?
If you are the type of explorer who travels light and has a specific purpose of travel in mind, compact trailers are likely the best option for you. Campers like the Camp365 or the Braxton Creek Bushwhacker offer you the ability to sleep in a shelter, store all of your toys, and travel to more remote locations than other traditional recreational vehicles and campers. These lightweight campers can be hitched to just about any vehicle and travel nearly anywhere a jeep can. They feature plenty of storage room, a comfortable place to sleep, and all the amenities an explorer needs without the luxuries they don’t.
The Retired Bucketlisters
Is your idea of adventure traveling the great United States and discovering all the things to see along the way?
Do you spend a great deal of time traveling to see family and friends, while stopping at the national parks along the way?
Do you seek comfort and more of a house on wheels than just a place to rest your head?
If you are a retiree looking to adopt a travel-heavy or snowbird-type lifestyle, a coach motorhome is a great option for you! When it comes to Motorhomes, just like your primary home, the options are limitless. If you just want a small coach to efficiently travel the interstates or you want luxury accommodations for life on the road, or something in between, we’ve got the perfect rig for you. From full kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms, to built-in top-of-the-line entertainment technology and mobility aid safety devices, your rig has the potential to be more comfortable than your Florida vacation timeshare. To add to the amenities, the custom fabrication team at Mericle RV can create just about any space or alteration you require.
Browse all of our amazing inventory online, stop by our Fort Lupton lot, or contact us if you don’t see what you are looking for and Mericle Mike and his team can likely find it for you!
Planning Your RV Travel
Heading out on the open road? If you are thinking about packing up your RV and exploring the great outdoors, there are a few things you should consider before you hit the trails. At Mericle RV, we are exploration experts and can help you with anything and everything to do with your recreational vehicle trips to include finding the perfect rig for you.
Preparing for Your Trip
Before you head out, your trip should be carefully considered. At Mericle RV, we are wholly supportive of those who have no point B in mind and just want to explore what the great wide open has to offer. However, this in no way means that you should simply get up and go. Your RV is like any other machine and needs some special care and attention before being put to the test. If you have had your rig stored, you’ll need a tune-up and if it was winterized, it should be un-winterized prior to hitting the road. An oil change is likely considerable, especially if you have no intention of making your trip short and sweet. Schedule your RV service and repair at Mericle RV before setting out on your grand adventure.
Some other considerations for preparing for your trip include:
- Performing tuneups on vehicles and sports equipment you’ll be taking
- Stock the fridge
- Pack plenty of linens
- Print point-to-point maps or purchase road maps
- Search for points of interest and potential stops along the way
- Plan for the unexpected
Responding to the Road
We highly recommend getting to know your trailer or camper before heading out. Test the relationship between your truck and the trailer and practice driving your fully-loaded rig on various road surfaces. This may sound a little silly, but even if you are used to driving a bus each day, RVs behave differently depending on how it is hitched and loaded and what weather is present.
If you’ve got an idea of where you are headed, you can check out road conditions in advance, checking for weather concerns and major construction on your route.
Some Popular RV Spots We Recommend
As Colorado natives and biased toward our beautiful state, our RV experts are more than happy to recommend plenty of local Colorado sites that are popular for campers and RV travelers.
Settle in the shadow of the enchanting views of Pikes Peak and Gardens of the Gods while you enjoy the healing effects of the Seven Minute Springs. With plenty to do or see, you won’t be disappointed.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump — or a short motorhome cruise — away from our Fort Lupton RV lot, Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park’s alpine wonderland. Kayak, canoe, indulge in wine tasting, or simply enjoy the fresh air and picturesque views.
Roosevelt National Park
Snaking through the Poudre Canyon, the Cache La Poudre River is perfect for fishing, rafting, or simply taking in the sounds of nature.
This Colorado mountain town is popular for biking and rodeo in the summer months and known for the ski mountain in the winter months. With a hot springs and charming shops, not to mention the scenic drive in and out makes the trip everything an explorer loves.
If you aren’t looking for a place to stop and stay, we have a few scenic drives that every Colorado RV should make.
- Santa Fe Trail — Trinidad to Lamar (188 miles)
- Guanella Pass — Georgetown (22 miles)
- Dinosaur Diamond Historic Byway — Grand Junction (512 miles)
If you care to leave Colorado and explore what the United States has to offer, the list is nearly bottomless. However, there are a few drives that rank among seasoned RV veterans and should be on every explorer’s to-drive list.
stretches all the way from Illinois to California and has been heavily popularized over the years. It is one of the longest trips on our list, but there is no shortage of things to see and do along the way.
Blue Ridge Parkway
is a span of highway that snakes for nearly 500 miles through the Appalachia. While not many windy mountain roads rank in RV lists, Blue Ridge Parkway has amenities and accommodations that cater to recreational vehicles and the views make it worth it. 10 out of 10, we would highly recommend making the drive.
Big Sur Coastal Highway
allows you to experience coastal California from north to south (or vice-versa if you please). Take in everything the Pacific Coast has to offer.
tops any explorer’s must-travel list because it is incredibly scenic and takes drivers through some of the most beautiful National Parks including the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.
There are so many things to see and do and your RV affords you the opportunity to get out there and do it! Stop by Mericle RV to find the rig that’s right for you!