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What is the difference between an RV and a Motorhome?

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An RV (or recreational vehicle) covers many types of units. A motorhome is one of those types. There are several types of RVís, some of which fall into the category of motorhome:

Class A


Size: 21 to 40 feet.
The Class A motorhome, also commonly referred to as the conventional motorhome, is the largest, most luxurious of the motorized RVs -- a virtual "home-away from-home" on wheels, fully loaded and equipped for short trips, lengthy vacations and fulltiming. The Class A is entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis.

Class B


Size: 16 to 21 feet
Also commonly referred to as the van camper, the Class B motorhome is a panel-truck that has been customized to include temporary sleeping, eating and bathroom facilities.

Class C


Size: 20 to 28 feet
The Class C motorhome, sometimes referred to as a mini-motorhome, provides the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a scaled-down version and at a lower price. The Class C is built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section.

Fifth Wheel


Size: 21 - 40 feet
Designed to be affixed and towed by a pickup equipped with special hitch in the truck bed, these two-level units can provide the greatest living of all towable RVs. Fifth-wheel travel trailers come equipped with all the comforts of home, and are perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations and fulltiming.

Folding Camper


Size:15 to 23 feet (when opened) A lightweight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage, the folding camping trailer combines the experience of open-air tent camping with sleeping comforts, basic conveniences and weather protection found in other RVs.

Travel Trailer


Size: 12 - 35 feet
A unit designed to be towed by a car, van or pickup by means of a bumper or frame hitch, the travel trailer provides all the comforts of home and is perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations, and fulltiming.

Truck Camper


Size: 18 to 21 feet
A unit loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup, the truck camper is popular for backroad journeys, accessing remote locales and family recreational camping.

Bus Conversion


Size: 30 to 45 feet
Generally an overland intercity coach (Greyhound type) which has had all the seats removed and converted to a motorhome. Luggage bays are usually transformed into storage for generators, septic tanks, HVAC and electrical components. City transit and school buses also fall into this category, although under bay storage is generally not available as in their overland cousins.


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