Camping: fun and adventure

For most people, camping means a tent and sleeping on a mat on the ground. If that doesn’t really appeal to you, then RV camping is what you need. It is the ultimate camping adventure.

Recreational vehicles come in many shapes and sizes. They start with campers that fit in the back of a van. These can have full kitchens, beds, showers, and toilets.

Next are the truck conversions called Class B motorhomes which are basically a cargo van converted to a camping vehicle. These can have a raised ceiling to give you more head room. They also contain the same amenities as the truck trailer.

Next up is the Class C motorhome. The front end looks like a pickup, but the similarity ends there. There is a sleeping extension above the cab and the rear looks like any RV you are probably familiar with. Basically a cargo box with windows, but much prettier. The C-Class has all the comforts of home. Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. You could live in a Class C.

The next step for us is the Class A motorhome. This is the most spacious of all motorized recreational vehicles. These motorhomes are like a mini one bedroom apartment. They are completely autonomous. From the double bed to the dining room that seats four, you will find luxury. A refrigerator and stove are complemented by a microwave oven. You could even have an ice maker capable of producing more than 20 pounds of ice a day. Party ready!

If that weren’t enough options, there are still the trailers. First is the travel trailer that you can take behind a larger sedan or SUV. Then the fifth wheel trailer that hooks onto the back of a pickup. Both trailers are as lush as the best motorhome. One advantage is that they cost much less.

You can buy new or used. Whichever way you choose, you need to do a lot of research on the internet first. Learn all you can about RVs. There are VR forums that you can find by doing a search on your favorite search engine.

When you decide that an RV might be for you, attend an RV show or two. There are major RV shows at fairgrounds and stadiums where many dealers and vendors sell every type of RV out there. There are also local RV shows that are usually held by one or two dealers to display and sell some of their inventory.

If you’re really not sure you’d like to spend $ 40,000 or $ 250,000 on a hobby that you’re not sure you’d like, buy a used motorhome. You can get into an RV in a used 34-foot Class A motorhome for less than $ 10,000.

The older and larger the motorhome, the less fuel efficient it will be. You can get 5 to 7 miles per gallon on many older motorhomes. 7-9 mpg is realistic for mid-1990s motorhomes and up to 12 mpg on newer ones.

Camping in an RV is a fun adventure that awaits you and your family.

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