An RV by any Other Name…
There are a few RV types. In fact, we’ve been asked, “And what do
you call your type of RV anyway?”. It’s a good question. RVs go
by many names. We have a type of RV called a motorhome, also known as a
diesel pusher. Or a class A. We might refer to our coach, our rig,
the bus. It’s a motorcoach. Or a camper. In fact, all of these terms
have been used at one time or another.
So it can seem confusing. But to keep it simple…..
One common way to differentiate is to bucket RV types into two categories:
those that are motorized
and those that are towed.
Motorized RV Types
Motorhomes often tow a car behind them. Mostly because the motorhome owner needs something smaller to get around town.
towed car is sometimes called a “toad” (“towed”, “toad”…get it?).
Sometimes it’s called a dinghy. The toad can be a car, pickup, SUV or
Van…it all depends on relative weights of motorhome and toad.
There are different classes of motorhome – Class A, Class B, Class C and diesel puller. Read more about Motorhome Types here
Towable RVs are pulled behind a vehicle. Generally the
vehicle doing the towing is a pickup truck or large car, SUV or Van. Trailers come in a variety of weights; the tow vehicle doing the towing needs to be matched according to towing capacities. Again
it’s all relative.
Towable RVs – sometimes lumped under the name of Trailers – range
in size from a simple tent camper to a large fifth wheel trailer.
There are pop-ups and teardrops and expandable units. Read more about Trailer Types here
The variety continues to grow and there are a variety of floor plans
within each category of RV. This all means more choices for your RV
lifestyle. So learn about the various possibilities and how to go about
the process of buying your RV.
The more you know, the better choices you will make in finding the right RV to suit YOUR needs.
Jill Miller is the founder of Your RV Lifestyle. Trading corporate America for the open road, Jill, along with her partner Jose, began their RV journey, making an unconventional start by wintering in New Jersey. A natural adventurer, she was motivated by a desire to explore the USA and beyond, embracing the varied landscapes, communities, and cultures across the country.
For Jill, the allure of RV living was not about material accumulation, but rather the pursuit of an adventurous, fulfilling lifestyle. A lover of golf, bicycling, hiking, and line dancing, she has carried her passions across the country, engaging with them in diverse settings. Jill’s commitment to the RV lifestyle came after years of careful research, numerous consultations with RV owners, and personal trials, including living in a rental RV.