Camping is a great way to get back to nature and spend time outdoors with friends. But not all campers are the same, so you need to know what kind of camper you are before you pack up your gear for the weekend.
Here are some of the different types of campers:
Pop-up campers are for when you want to go overnight, but don’t want to carry all that extra weight. Pop-ups are also good if you have kids, as there’s lots of room and they can sleep inside with the air conditioning on!
The camper permanently attaches to a motor vehicle (SUV or truck) to become a recreational vehicle. This type of camping involves driving in to the camp site, and then setting up as you would with any other RV or tent camper.
Campers who use this type of RV can be divided into two categories: Those who only use it during hunting season, when they want to sleep in their vehicle (called “truck campers”), and those who use it year-round (called “car campers”).
Some people love the look and feel of vintage campers. These are usually camper vans that don’t have any modern conveniences such as electricity, air conditioning or even heat! But, these campers can still provide you with comfort if you bring along generators and extra blankets!
These campers are perfect for backpackers, because they’re small and light. Most of these campers don’t have an air conditioner or a heater, so you will need to be prepared with extra blankets in the colder months.
Fifth-wheelers or Travel Trailers
Fifth-wheel campers are heavier and bigger than pop-up campers, but also hold more people. They attach to a motor vehicle in the same way as pop-ups.
Fourth-wheel campers are considered more of a luxury camping option, as they have a lot of space. They work in a similar way to the fifth-wheelers, but attach to a motor vehicle differently.
Camper trailers are for those who want to camp, but also have time and energy left over to enjoy other activities! For example, instead of camping in one spot for three days, they can drive around the area and sightsee.
Large Campers and Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
Larger campers or RVs offer more amenities, but are also heavier and require a larger motor vehicle to pull. They can be divided into two categories: those who only use it during hunting season (truck campers), and those who want comfort while they camp in one spot (car campers).
The truck camper is used by those who want the luxury of camping without owning a motor home. These campers are not meant to be pulled by smaller trucks or SUVs, but trucks around 6500 lbs. or more. The weight of these campers gives them an advantage over car campers in that they are built stronger and give you more amenities.
Many truck campers have a wet bath (a bathroom that is not inside the camper, but in an outside building/area of the camper), and the option for a shower inside the camper or at a separate outdoor building. Most truck campers come with cooking equipment, either propane stoves or ones that hook up to a vehicle battery. Some truck campers have a refrigerator, but most do not. The more expensive models have water heaters and air conditioning units.
A Truck Camper is a vehicle that is mounted onto the back of a standard truck to create a camper. These campers are small, but heavy because they are constructed from materials that can withstand the pressure and force created by wind resistance at high speeds. There are two types: pop ups, which have two separate parts, and hard shells that are considered semi-permanent because they do not pop up.
Some truck campers only have the shell and an insulated mattress. Others come with a wet bath or shower, propane stoves, refrigerators and air conditioning units. Some models also contain electrical outlets designed to run appliances inside them such as microwaves, DVD players and televisions!
Teardrop trailers are lighter than other types of campers. They can be towed by almost any vehicle, and some people choose to tow them behind their motorcycles! Most teardrop trailers do not have water heaters or air conditioning units. Some models come with two-burner propane stoves but no refrigerators or sinks.
Some teardrop trailers have a simple pop-up top, while others have painted canvas tops that are not waterproof.
Teardrop campers compare the most to tents because they can be rolled up and carried on your back when you want to hike or bike. They also often resemble old army vehicles from the 40s as well as early 20th century motorhomes.
Hybrid trailers are lighter than truck campers, but they also have less comfort. They do not have water heaters or air conditioning units. Some models come with propane stoves and refrigerators, while others only have a small cooler for food storage.
These hybrid trailers resemble travel trailers in that they can be towed by any vehicle and are not as heavy. They come with the option of a wet bath or shower, propane stoves and refrigerators. Most have electrical outlets for medical devices or personal entertainment systems such as DVD players.
The key differences between hybrid trailers and fifth-wheelers is that some hybrid campers do not have any outdoor space, but rather are enclosed by the frame of the trailer. They are also lighter than fifth-wheel campers.
Toy haulers are hybrid trailers that have been modified by adding extra space used to store toys such as motorcycles, dirt bikes, four wheelers and jet skis. They usually come with a sink, stove, refrigerator and couch or bed.
They can be towed by any vehicle and are not limited to only one type or size. There is no limit to the amount of toys that can be stored, as long as the weight stays under 10,000 lbs.
Toy haulers are often smaller than fifth-wheel campers because of their use as toys. Some people choose to store both toy and personal items in these trailers.
Tear Drop Trailers
A tear drop trailer resembles a teardrop, but has a firmer feel due to its construction. The tear drop is made from a special type of fabric that can be folded, but feels more like a mattress than the typical teardrop material.
It comes with all the equipment and features found on other models such as water heaters, air conditioning units and refrigerators. The tear drop trailer can also be towed by any vehicle, and is not limited to a specific size.
The tear drop is known as an affordable camper because it is mobile and easy to tow, yet comfortable. It also offers many features considered luxury items for other types of campers!
Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are the smallest type of camper. However, size does not matter when it comes to comfort! Many models have a full bathroom including a shower and toilet, as well as air conditioning units and wet baths.
Other features you might find in Class C motorhomes include a kitchen section with three-burner ranges and refrigerators, a family area with couches that convert into beds, as well as an entertainment center. Some models also have outdoor space complete with picnic tables and grills!
Class C motorhomes are heavier than most other types of campers because they are built on the chassis of a small van or pickup truck. They get their name because they are classed as “C” vehicles based on their interior dimensions and weight. They typically range in size from 20 feet to 40 feet depending on which model you choose, but they can be as small as 13 feet long!
Super C Motorhomes
Super C motorhomes are the biggest and best type of camper you can buy. They resemble other motorhomes which are recreational vehicles, but they have an extra large bathtub in front with a shower that has its own room!
The Super C craze started in the 1980s when many parents wanted to be able to take their children to camp and enjoy the outdoors. These days, many Super C motorhomes include game rooms, theater rooms and even bars. They are built on top of a commercial truck with a diesel engine that can be classed as a bus!
Super C motorhomes have space galore! Many models have sleeping bunks for up to 10 people and have outside spaces for grilling as well as lounging. Some even come with garages for storage, but these are not very common.
They also include an engine or generator that can generate its own power in case of a blackout! The only disadvantage to a Super C motorhome is that it is too big to tow if you are driving a regular car or SUV. You must have a truck with a powerful engine to tow one of these babies!
The biggest advantage of owning a Super C motorhome is that you can literally take your home anywhere. Because it resembles an RV and unlike other types of campers, the Super C will gain access to places where other big vehicles might not be allowed.
Class B Motorhomes
Class B motorhomes are the oldest type of camper on the market! They look a lot like recreational vehicles, and are built on an RV chassis. Class B motorhomes have space for three to four people along with a bathroom and shower that includes two toilets.
Most models also feature some form of kitchen equipment, couch beds and tables and chairs. Some models have a generator that can be used in case of power outages.
The biggest advantage of Class B motorhomes is that they are built on an RV chassis which means you do not need to pull a trailer! The disadvantages are that they do not include any type of generator and usually have less space inside than other campers.
Class B motorhomes range in size from 20 feet to 40 feet, but they are usually smaller than other types of campers.
Class A Motorhomes
Class A motorhomes are built on a truck chassis and can be classed as buses. They have all the creature comforts of a house, including kitchen areas with refrigerators, stoves and sinks; living rooms complete with couches and tables; wet baths with showers; lounge areas complete with TV sets; dining rooms that also double as sleeping areas; and a generator that can create power in case of an outage. Some even have stoves, refrigerators and sinks outside!
Class A motorhomes are expensive to buy but allow you to do most of the things you would do at home. They are heavy because they include all types of fuel, including gasoline for their engines as well as fuel for their generators. They are also very big and it might be difficult to park one in your driveway when you return home from a trip!
Some Class A motorhomes come equipped with satellite dishes so that campers can create their own TV shows while they travel to different campsites or on vacations. Some even include full bars with stoves to warm up food and coolers to keep beer cold! On the down side, Class A motorhomes are very expensive at around $100,000 for a basic model. The biggest disadvantage is that they can be very expensive if they break down because parts need to be ordered from other countries!
What is the difference between a trailer and motorhome?
A motorhome is attached and driven by a car or SUV. A trailer must be pulled by another vehicle, such as a truck.
However, a motorhome can have a trailer hitch. Also, the vehicle is called “motorhomes” only when they are built on top of a regular car or truck chassis.
A motorhome resembles a recreational vehicle (RV) in many ways. They both include kitchens and bathrooms, but an RV can be pulled by another vehicle.
Can I park a motorhome at a campsite?
Of course! People rent out regular campsites for as little as $20/night, but you can also camp in a designated area which allows you to park your camper. This is different from state to state. Some states are easier on this than others. For example, Florida has strict parking rules for motorhomes.
You might have to leave the campground for a day if you stay more than one night or your vehicle is too big. They will usually tell you this in advance when you book a campsite.
How much space do I need for a camper?
The size of each model depends on what make and year you have. Most campers need an area of 12 to 25 feet in length and 8 to 10 feet width. You can park them at campsites or in a driveway as long as it is not blocked by trees, fences etc.
Generally speaking, if you wish to use your camper more often, then the bigger size models are for you. They are better equipped than smaller campers and will cost more.
A motorhome is a recreational vehicle or camper that can be attached to another vehicle such as an SUV, truck, bus etc. for easier transportation. A motorhome is bigger than a trailer but they are both types of campers .
I hope that this article has been useful to you. I have included a lot of information about motorhomes in general but also more specifically about the quality, price and size range of motorhomes for sale .
If you are interested in a camper or motorhome then please make sure that you read my other articles about campers as well as other types of vehicles.