RV Types

Class A motor home                      
Constructed on either a commercial truck chassis, a specially designed motor vehicle chassis, or a commercial bus chassis. The addition of slide-outs, first appearing in 1989, dramatically changed the industry, as they allow a wider room than would fit on the road. 

Bus Conversion
rv types
A commercial passenger bus that has been converted into an RV. Highly customized with luxury components, bus conversions are typically the largest motor homes available.

Class B camper van
camper van
Built using a conventional van, to which either a raised roof has been added or had the back replaced by a low-profile body (aka coach-built).

Class C motor home
class c motor-home
Built on a truck chassis with an attached cab section, which is usually van based, but may also be pickup truck based or even large truck based. They are characterized by a distinctive cab-over profile, the "cab-over" containing a bed or an "entertainment" section. Also referred to as "mini-motor homes". In the UK, the cab-over is known as a Luton peak or Luton body.

Truck camper
camper rv
A unit that is temporarily let into the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. These are much favored by hunters and other backwoods travelers, particularly in North America.

Popup camper
pop-up camper
Also known as a folding trailer or tent camper, a light-weight unit with pull-out bunks and tent walls that collapses for towing and storage. Suitable for towing by many vehicles.

Travel trailer
travel trailer
A unit with rigid sides designed to be towed by some larger vehicle with a bumper or frame hitch. Known in British English as a caravan.

Teardrop trailer
Teardrop trailer

Light RV trailer built in the shape of a teardrop. 

Hybrid trailer
hybrid trailer

A blend between a travel trailer and a folding (tent) trailer. One type has rigid sides and pull-out tent sections (usually beds) while another type's top section of walls and its roof can be lowered over its bottom section to reduce its height for towing.

Luxury motor coach
luxury coach

Prevost or high end coach custom built to owner requirements.

Fifth-wheel trailer
5th wheel rv trailer

Designed to be towed by a pickup or medium duty truck equipped with a special hitch called a fifth wheel coupling. Part of the trailer body extends over the truck bed, shortening the total length of vehicle plus trailer combined. Some larger fifth-wheel trailers, usually over 40 feet (12.2 m) in length and 18,000 pounds (8,200 kg) in weight, are pulled by small semi-trucks, such as a small Freightliner.

Park model (Vacation/Resort Cottage)
park model
This is a larger travel trailer -- usually 35 - 45 feet long -- that is not self-contained. It is designed for park camping only, and while it is easily moved from site to site, as a normal trailer is, it is not capable of "dry camping" as it does not have any water storage tanks and must be used with hookups. Though designed to remain stationery for extended periods of time, park models differ from mobile homes, in that they are usually still sporadically moved.
Also, unlike mobile homes, park models are not intended for permanent residence.

Toter home
Toter home
An uncommon term indicating a motor home built around a semi truck chassis. This type of motor home allows the pulling of large and heavy trailers.

Toy hauler
toy hauler
A motor home, 5th-wheel, or travel trailer, it is designed to be part living space, and part garage for storing things such as motorcycles and ATVs.

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