Ready to buy a used RV
? Or maybe you’re looking for a new one. Before you start looking, sit down and get to know yourself a little. Who are you? What are your goals? What do you love?
Okay, now that you’ve rummaged through all that personal baggage, it’s time to pick out a camper! With some many choices, your head is probably already spinning. But, now that you have a clear idea of who you are, you can pick the perfect camper.
Spontaneous, Flexible, Efficient
The Pop-up Camper
The name is pretty tell-tale. Pop-up campers are smaller, and are typically designed for warmer climates. Think Florida. The camper folds in so it can be towed behind a vehicle. You can unzip some windows for fresh air, just like in a tent. However, unlike a tent, some pop-up campers feature mini-kitchens, electric, water hookups and beds.
Fun, Easy Going, Practical
The Fifth Wheel
No, not that awkward single person on a double date, the camper! Like the pop-up, these are also designed to be pulled behind a vehicle. They feature many of the same options as a pop-up, but may also have a bathroom, and larger appliances. These will have windows and doors more similar to an RV. This is a good option for the occasional camper who might be facing more fluctuating climates.
Intense, Dedicated, Exciting
RV’s are for the serious camper. The road trip taker. The cross country explorer. The last-minute thrill-seeker. The retired full-time campers. Type C RV’s offer more features than some homes, with televisions, full kitchens, bathrooms, multiple beds and many other fantastic options. Today, RV’s are more like roving homes than campers. If you’re looking to be on the road a lot, an RV is the way to go. All the comforts of home with all the joys of the road.
What camper fits your lifestyle?
On the road for Thanksgiving? We know that RVs aren’t the most gas-friendly vehicles, so we came up with some great ideas to help you go green. It will save you money and the environment will be extra thankful you did your part. Here are our 5 ideas to go green while RV camping.
1. RECYCLE ALL THE THINGS!
Finish off an entire carton of butter? Recycle that container! Secretly made boxed mashed potatoes? Hide that box in the recycling bin. Soda lovers? Grab those cans! A few minutes of thought will go a long way to keeping you green this holiday season. Put a smaller trash bag in your RV or outside to collect cardboard, bottles, cans and other recyclables. Many RV communities have recycling centers, pick-up, or recycling drop-offs nearby.
2. BUY LOCAL, YA’LL!
Before you head to the local supermarket to get your Thanksgiving supplies, check out the farmer’s markets. It’s a great way to support local, plus you’ll be saving some money! Enjoy the nice weather and head out to a market to pick up a few pumpkins for your table display, some apples for your pie and lots of fresh fruit and veggies for all the turkey day fixins.
3. CAMPFIRE EVERYTHING!
One of the great parts about camping is cooking over an open fire. In fact, we encouraged some awesome campfire recipes
to help save you space in your kitchen while you prepare your Thanksgiving meal in an RV. Not only is cooking over the fire delicious and fun, it’s also green!
4. LEFTOVERS? YES, PLEASE!
Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers? But with a small RV fridge, keeping all those leftovers might not make sense! Have your guests bring some containers with them so they can enjoy the bounty for days to come! Or you can host an after Thanksgiving party where everyone made new creations with their leftovers, like casseroles and more! Yum!
5. ROCK, SCISSORS…PAPER?
Paper plates can seem like an awesome idea on a busy Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your RV, make it a BYOP party! Set out a washing station for after dinner and have everyone bring their own plate and wash it up when they are done. It will save one person the trouble of having a HUGE mess and it will save the landfill from a lot of paper plates. Plus you can make the argument that paper plates hold much less food than regular ones!
6. COOK IT. COOK IT REAL SLOW!
There are so many benefits here! All RV campers should have a slow cooker. It’s considered one of the most energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen. You can put a delicious side or even main dish in there ahead of time and leave it to cook. You’ll not only save time, but also energy. It’s a win, win. Check out Taste of Home for an awesome list of Thanksgiving slow cooker dishes
7. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Okay, so every year we want to create this picture-perfect Thanksgiving. It includes all the right foods and decorations. Even cranberry sauce.Here’s the deal though, lots of people don’t like cranberry sauce. So that’ perfectly prepared and served dish is wasted. Don’t waste, man. Replace dishes that people normally don’t eat with something new and unique. You’ll be the talk of the town!
You want to see everything. Places on a map aren’t geographical locations, but adventures waiting to happen. You want to fall asleep in one city, and wake up in another. You have wanderlust: a very strong impulse or desire to travel the world.
When your home is on wheels, this dream becomes a reality. Soon you’re making plans and drawing maps, or just starting the engine and driving until you’re “home”. One of the greatest benefits of an RV is submersion in local culture.
Staying in a hotel may offer modern comforts and amenities, but it doesn’t offer community. RV resorts offer many of the same amenities, and a community that is willing and excited to share their town and culture with you. RV resorts have a laid back atmosphere that fosters friendship, excitement and passion for the local area.
While you’ll be handed a brochure on the community at a hotel, you’ll meet a local at an RV resort who’ll share good deals and local hot spots with you. There are some RV communities that also have full-time residents, so they are often proud of their town and excited to welcome visitors.
Besides planned monthly activities, many RV resorts have a schedule of events that happen weekly, so you can join right in on the fun. Whether you stay for a few days or a few weeks, you can settle in a find your routine for a little while.
One day, when the open road starts calling again, you can take your new friends in your heart, and move on to your next home across the world. If you really love the place, you’ll find it again in your travels. Until then, enjoy your wanderlust, and may your next destination be home.
Are you ready to buy an RV? If you are, you probably know there are different classes of recreational vehicles, each with their own merits and goodies. If you didn’t know that, we’re here to help. We’re going to talk about Class A and Class C motor homes. But we’ll make it fun, don’t worry.
CLASS A Motor Homes
The Look: These RV campers look like a bus (only way better). They have flat, large front windows and have a sleek design. Class A RVs are considered to be top-of-the-line, coming in at about 24 feet, but they can be as large as 40 feet. These bad boys are pretty heavy, ranging anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 pounds. That’s tons of fun (we didn’t say the jokes would be good).
The Amenities: Class A motor homes are what you would call fully-loaded. They come with all the luxury amenities you could ever want, from a full kitchen to a bathroom with a shower and a tub. Depending on the layout you could have everything from an open floor plan to a private master suite and a living area complete with a couch, recliner and entertainment system. They also include heating and AC, hot and cold running water, and 100-125 volt electrical systems. These homes can be as luxurious and elaborate as your price point will allow.
The Cost: New lower-end Class A RVs are sold around $50,000, while larger Class A RVs can cost up to $300,000. It’s possible to spend over $1 million if you really want all the bells and whistles. It’s a hefty cost, but one that will last you a long time and give you plenty of opportunities for fun and adventures in comfort.
CLASS C Motor Homes
The Look: These motor homes look more like a truck cab with an over-cab bed. In some ways, they resemble a camper. They are smaller than Class A motor homes, usually ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 pounds on average and come in anywhere from 20 to 44 feet in length. They are constructed on cutaway chassis depending on the models. AKA they are smaller, but still huge for a home on wheels.
The Amenities: Fret not, these still come with plenty of amenities for your glamping needs. There isn’t as much space, but a good Class C motor home knows how to make use of the available space so you have everything you need. Usually the couch turns into a sleeper couch or a dinette converts into a double bed so you’ll have plenty of space. Because of the over-cab bed, Class C motor homes can actually sleep more people than comparable Class A motor homes, even though they are a bit smaller.
The Cost: Prices for Class C motor homes can range anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000.
CLASS B Motor Homes
The Look: You might be wondering why Class B is down here. Well, these are usually referred to as a van conversion, looking more like pop-top camper vans. These are definitely more self-contained and cramped compared to their big motor home counter parts. Still, Class B motor homes make great places to sleep on the road. They can also be used as a second car!
The Amenities: If you’re looking for lots of comfort and amenities, the Class B motor home might not be for you. They usually have kitchens, living areas and bathrooms, but they are very small. The shower and toilet are often in one space called a wet-bath and the kitchen doesn’t feature much more than a cook top. Still, you’ll have everything you need for 2-4 people!
The Cost: Here’s the great part, these are much less expensive than options A and C. They are great for people who travel a lot but don’t need lots of space or tons of amenities. Class B motor homes usually range from $38,000 to $75,000.
Which motor home is your favorite? Why?
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