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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 side-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 a 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 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 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.