By Kelsi Nuss
When it comes to RVing, there’s a lot to know. In past issues we’ve talked warranties, how to take advantage of RV show season, and the process of de-winterization. But what if you’re just beginning your RVing journey? Where do you start? In that case, an important question to ask yourself is simply, “What’s my type?”
First, we have the towables.
Versatile in size, some models towable by even small to mid-size SUVS, and packed with features, travel trailers are perfect for new and seasoned RVers alike. You will find the average length to be 20-35ft and cost ranging $23-$33K, some equipped with multiple slides and some with none. Some models of travel trailers can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably, while others are perfectly designed for 1 or 2 people. There’s something for everyone.
Travel Trailers We Love: Cherokee Grey Wolf and Rockwood Geo Pro
Fifth wheels are larger, more spacious campers that depend on trucks for hauling due to their weight and hitch style. A fifth wheel’s hitch is a solid, horseshoe-shaped plate that attaches directly to a truck’s frame through the bed of the truck. Some models are lightweight enough to be towed by a half-ton towable truck, while many others require something more heavy duty. Fifth wheels often boast more amenities, more space, and average 21-40 feet in length and $40K-$70K in cost.
Fifth Wheels We Love: Sandpiper, Cherokee Arctic Wolf, and Impression
You’ll find toy haulers of all sizes in both travel trailer and fifth wheel options. These campers are equipped with garages and other features that make hauling items like ATVs, motorcycles, extra camping gear, and golf carts possible. Some include onboard generators and fuel stations. Even RVers without “toys” enjoy toy haulers because the garage space doubles as a second bedroom or workstation.
Toy Haulers We Love: Rogue, Cherokee Wolf Pack, and XLR
Next come the motorized: Class A, Class B, and Class C motorhomes.
As the name suggests, you don’t need a truck to haul these campers. Class A motorhomes are large buses that often have full-sized amenities and a higher price tag. Class Bs are likened to family vans, small enough to be used as daily drivers if need be, but equipped with bathrooms, kitchenettes, and sleeping areas for comfort on the road. Then we have the Class Cs, an option that meets somewhere in the middle in terms of size. A Class C motorhome is built on an automotive chassis and is recognizable by the loft area that extends over the cab.
Motorhomes We Love: Sunseeker and Coachmen Cross Trail
If you want to compare the different types of campers in person, come on by and browse! Ask us your questions, enjoy our RV show specials, and let us help you find what you’re looking for at the lowest price (plus our lifetime warranty—hey, you know we have to mention it!).
Decatur RV Show
Friday, February 17th: 9am – 6pm
Saturday, February 18th: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, February 19th: 1-5pm
Johnston RV Center Decatur
3504 Deere Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603
I-65 Exit 334 Behind Pilot
Cullman RV Show
Friday, February 24th: 9am – 6pm
Saturday, February 25th: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, February 26th: 1-5pm
Johnston RV Center Cullman
273 Schwaiger Rd.
Cullman, AL 35055
I-65 Exit 304 Good Hope
No admission fee