Pro/Cons RVs

Weoften get asked why we chose a Class B (a van) RV over the many otheroptions. We opted for beginning with asmall unit with the idea that we wanted to be able to get into tight spaces, toshare the driving and that with such a small unit we would be forced out of ourcomfort zone and into the world. Choosing an RV is truly like picking a homeand a car all in one. Anyone who has ever shopped for either can likely attestto the exhausting nature of shopping for such an important (and costly) item.So take your time. Make lists of your personal pros and cons of each style. Askpeople you know that own units, especially if you are lucky enough to meetsomeone who has owned many different types of RVs/trailers. Remember in yourresearch that you are looking for what works best for you and your travelpartner(s) not what others think. Don’t hesitate to go to local campgrounds andask strangers. We have toured many different homes on wheels and been told allthe good and bad stories we could handle. RVers are a special kind of personand many leaped at the chance to be a part of our research process.

Here is what our list sort of looked like:

*Again this was our personal reasons forchoosing the size we chose, we realize everyone is different and other sizes workbest for other people.

Class A

Pros

  • Plentyof storage
  • Cantow a vehicle
  • Separationof living spaces (bedroom/kitchen)
  • Fullsize fridge/an oven
  • Fullbathroom
  • A lotof power options
  • Ableto access living quarters while traveling
  • Largewindshield/high placement of driver seat helps with visibility
  • Access to living quartersis available while driving

Cons

  • SomeNational parks have length restrictions; many A’s would not meet thoserequirements
  • 50amp is not readily available at all campsites
  • Servicecan be hard to find
  • Wouldlikely have to tow a car to be able to venture into town
  • Notideal for stealth camping
  • HOAs prevent against them/ difficult to fit in friends drive ways
  • Typical RV door

5th Wheel/Towable

Pros

  • Canget a lot of bang for your buck
  • Separationof living spaces (bedroom/kitchen)
  • Plentyof storage
  • Wecould leave our “Home” at the campground and explore towns with the truck
  • Oftenbigger fridges than other models
  • Fullbathroom
  • They have so many bells andwhistles to choose from (fireplace, anyone?)

Cons

  • Weare not good a driving trailers... like seriously we are horrible
  • Haveto purchase a suitable truck to pull the weight
  • Unableto access living quarters while traveling
  • Mustbe leveled/balanced before using
  • Notideal for stealth camping
  • Mostof the models we liked required the slide outs to extend to be able to navigatethe space
  • Setup and break down of camp can be lengthy even for experienced campers
  • Difficultto navigate tight quarters while driving
  • Nationalpark restrictions on length include your vehicle and trailer, excluding themfrom many parks
  • TypicalRV door
  • Access to living quartersis not available while driving

Class C

Pros

  • Adequatestorage
  • Compactsize allows for exploration of National Parks
  • Easierto drive than some other models
  • FullBathroom
  • Separationof living space (bedroom/kitchen)
  • Canhave slide outs to increase sq footage
  • Access to living quartersis available while driving

Cons

  • Manyhad slides that needed to be extended to be able to navigate the interior
  • Verymuch an RV (excluding it from some HOAs/visiting some friends)
  • TypicalRV door
  • Bed placement is oftenhigher which could be difficult for our pirate (☺) in the middle of the night

Class B

Pros

  • Slidingand rear doors with screens allow us to really open up the space
  • Bothof us feel comfortable driving the van
  • Windowseverywhere, we love the natural light we get daily
  • Idealfor stealth camping, half the time people are shocked our van is actually an RV
  • Vehicle maintenance can bedone at normal automotive garages
  • Access to living quarters is available while driving

Cons

  • Not a ton of storage, enough for the necessities but absolutely noextra space
  • Wet bath (toilet in shower) For us that is actually a plussince the pirate requires a chair in theshower anyway
  • No separation of space (driving seats/kitchen/bath/bed all areconnected)
  • Everything is tucked away under the chassis so access to thegenerator for example can be problematic
  • Fresh water/black/gray tanks are very small
  • Galley is small so making meals can be tricky
  • Limited pantry storagerequires more frequent runs to the grocery store