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You've been craving an open road adventure. You've even mapped out all the places you want to see, marking all the various "must-sees" along the way. So, you finally make the wise decision to head out on an RV vacation.

But that's just the first step. Now you have the most crucial choice to make: what type of RV to rent. Similar to choosing a hotel or rental home, finding the right RV to suit your needs takes some research. Because there are many options of Recreation Vehicles, it's important to know what's available to you. There are basically two types RVs: motorized and towable. Motorized RVs are self-contained units—you drive them and also can live in them; towable RVs are pulled behind a vehicle. But within each of those basic categories, you also have several choices.

So, to set you on your way, let's look at a more detailed description of the choices.

Motorized RVs

Class A Motor Home:

These are the largest of the bunch (ranging in size from 21 feet to 45 feet), and often the most luxurious. They usually come fully loaded with all the amenities of home, and can sleep up to eight people. Of course, it's also the most expensive choice. The good news is that these motor homes are relatively easy to drive and don't require a special license. They also have usable living space while driving, making them a great choice for extended stays at one location.

Class B Camper Van:

Sometimes called a conversion van, these vehicles are the smallest fully enclosed motor home, ranging from 17 to 19 feet in size. Class B vehicles usually have cooking facilities, a small refrigerator, heating unit, self contained toilet, a fresh water tank, and folding beds. They can sleep 2 to 4 people. Living space is limited, but these RVs are a great choice due to the price, versatility, and ease of operating.

Class C Motor Home:

This one is a smaller version of the Class A motor home, ranging from 20 to 31 feet in length. The sleeping quarters will most likely be located above the cab and in the back. Many Class C vehicles have a slide-out feature that will increase the living space when parked. They are equipped with many of the same features as their bigger counterparts such as a refrigerator, cooking facilities, self-contained toilet, heating and air conditioning, and an array of appliances and entertainment equipment. Depending on the model and floor plan, a Class C can sleep up to eight people.

Towable RVs

Travel Trailers:

These units come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 10 feet (a small bedroom) to 35 feet long. They require a vehicle such as an SUV, pickup truck, or van and a special hitch that controls the sway of the trailer when in motion. They usually provide all the living amenities that the motorized RVs do, and can sleep up to eight people depending on the model and floor plan.

Folding Trailers:

Also called pop-up campers, these are smaller in size and can be easily towed by an average size car or SUV. The sides fold down for easy storage and towing. They're usually inexpensive in comparison to other RVs, but provide a nice enhancement to the camping experience. They come with a couple of double beds, screened-in sleeping place, sink, faucet, cook top, and small dining area. Bigger units may have a toilet or shower.

Fifth-Wheel Trailers:

These RVs get their name because they have an extension on the front that extends over the tow vehicle and end with a plate that looks like another wheel. The "wheel" attaches to the cab of a full sized pickup truck for towing. There is plenty of room on the inside, and some often include slide outs for a larger living space. The trailer usually includes a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Because these trailers provide the best comforts of home, these are great choices if you're staying in one spot for an extended period of time.

After considering the various types of RVs out there, it's easy to see that each have their unique qualities that offer the traveler the tools for an incredible vacation. So, choosing the right one for you means deciding on a few key factors:

  • How many travelers?

  • Your travel itinerary—touring many locations or staying in one location for an extended period of time?

  • Vacation budget—consider insurance and mileage expenses as well.

The good news is that most rental companies will guide you in choosing the right RV for your vacation. If you're in California or interested in exploring the state's breathtaking mountains and coastline, choose Expedition Motor Homes, Inc. In Colorado, Colorado Camper Rental can offer you the best deals on rentals and advice on the best RV travel destinations in the state. On the East Coast, choose Road Trip Rentals, Inc in Virginia for your RV rental needs and explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to see the rich history of the lands. Whatever your destination, you have chosen wisely with an RV vacation. The memories you create will last a lifetime.