Are you thinking hard about buying a camper but don't know the difference between an rv vs. camper? If so, you are not alone. There's a lot of confusion out there on this topic.
Let's start by dispelling some myths:
An RV is an old school bus converted into living quarters for camping while a camper is a trailer.
A camper can be towed by either an rv or a pickup truck with a four-wheel drive low range while an RV has to be pulled by an rv tow vehicle and then plugged into the house outlet for electricity, water and waste disposal whenever you stop at a campground.
Towing hauling capacity for a camper is much less than an rv, and most campers wouldn't be able to tow anything.
To make the terminology even more confusing there are modern RV's that have such lavish amenities they rival some of the nicest hotels and resorts out there which makes it difficult for both consumers and sales people to truly understand what's meant by an rv or camper.
An on-board water tank, kitchen area, bathroom and sleeping quarters are some of the features found in a traditional camper. A modern RV on the other hand has those same features but also a small furnace for heating and air conditioning unit which allows it to be self-contained...no hooking up to outside utilities.
Most rvs are equipped with a hitch system which allows for them to be towed by an RV tow vehicle or other towing vehicles.
So, in summary, what kind of camper you need depends entirely on what your purpose is and where you want to camp out. An rv will give you more comfort, but a camper will give you a more authentic camping experience.
It also depends on your financial situation and how much of a gamble you are willing to make...whether this is going to be an investment or something just for fun. And if it's the latter, then which one would offer that? Hint: most people use RVs as second homes or vacation getaways.
An rv offers convenience and comfort but a camper will give you all those things, plus the great outdoors...and for some that's worth the sacrifice. So take your time making up your mind because this decision is not one to be made lightly! And regardless of what type of vehicle you buy make sure it's in good shape before you hit the road.
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Pop-up campers are just what the name implies: a camper which can be set up and taken down easily. Pop-ups with full bunks, kitchen appliances and flush toilets are available for camping on any level of rough terrain without having to worry about setting up or taking down a tent each time you stop. Many pop-ups are portable and can be towed by an automobile. They are a great choice for the first-time camper who wants to try camping without having to worry about intimidating set up or take down tasks, but they may not be as comfortable sleeping in as a hard-shell camper. Pop-ups come from many different manufacturers with varying amenities and construction. Some pop-ups which have several bunks can sleep 6 to 8 people, and some models include a stove for cooking.
If you are looking for an economical way to camp but don't want the hassle of setting up and taking down a tent, then this is the best choice for you. Pop-up campers come in many different sizes but most of them are small compared to hard-sided campers. Many people find that pop-ups can get too hot in the summer months without air conditioning. Some models, however, do come with roof vents and screened windows for good ventilation.
A fifth wheel camper is an excellent choice for those who like the comfort and convenience of a hard-side camper, but want the experience of camping in a tent. These campers have all the amenities of an rv or a pop-up without having to set up or take down any part of it each time they camp. A fifth wheel is set up on the back of a pickup truck and has a 'tongue' which extends out. The fifth wheel camper can then be pulled behind the truck, allowing the camper to carry all its equipment in one convenient container.
Fifth wheels are generally more expensive than both pop-ups or rvs but they do offer more comfort and convenience. To tow a fifth wheel camper, you will need two trucks: the truck on which the camper is mounted and a second vehicle to pull it. Fifth wheels can sleep up to seven people and they provide comfortable accommodations with all amenities.
Fifth wheel campers are heavier than pop-up or rv campers, so they can be difficult to tow on some roads. The two trucks used to pull a fifth wheel camper increase the risk of accidents and may require an additional driver's license if you are towing another vehicle. For these reasons, many people choose either pop-up or rv campers instead of fifth wheels.
Fifth wheel campers often have slide-out rooms, which is a room that slides out from the camper. These can be used as extra sleeping space or as a kitchen and dining area.
Fifth wheel campers are towed by pickup trucks, so they don't provide much protection from bugs or cold weather; however, with a pop-up roof, the interior of the camper remains protected from these elements.<br>
Fifth wheel campers vary in size and strength, but they are generally very strong and can be used for long travels over rough terrain. They come with or without slide-outs, so you can choose a model that suits your needs best.
are also known as, 18' class A, or B+ motorhomes. This RV has a rudimentary kitchen and bathroom that can be used by the driver/passengers in an emergency such as getting stuck on a mountain pass for days (or longer), or towing it behind a truck. Class B motorhome owners are generally people who want the comforts of a Class A, but without the price. Also it may be preferred by people who want something sportier than a bus chassis, and more maneuverable than an A motorhome.
Class B Motorhomes are very popular with people in search of lower prices for new RV's, as well as buses that have been converted into Class B units. Other people would prefer to have a Class A motorhome, but are limited on space such as parallel parking in cities, and also streets with overhead branches.
The Odom Dusane is an example of the early models of Class B motorhomes, introduced in 1972 by K-Line Coach Manufacturing Company (Tucson, Arizona).
Class B motorhomes were developed in the early 1970s by many manufacturers to improve upon the Class A model. The first generation of these motorhomes generally had a living area and kitchen, with space for cooking and sleeping positioned at opposite ends of the vehicle. As these units became more popular, more features began being included such as central air conditioning and heating, roof-mounted TV antennae, and upgraded appliances.
Class B motorhomes can range from RV's based upon the chassis of a full-size van to those with large bus or truck-type styling. The interior layouts are also very diverse ranging from simple bench seats to plush recliners and multiple seating configurations.
Class B is also known as, Class C, Station Wagon or Mini Motorhome.
Private-label RV brands include: Thor Corp., Fleetwood Enterprises (Fleetwood), Forest River Inc., and Gulf Stream Coach Corporation (Gulf Stream). Many Class A motorhome manufacturers sell their buses in a stripped down basic model