Rv’s and Campers
Author: Tony Harries
Motorhomes, also referred to as RVs or recreational vehicles, have greatly increased in popularity in recent years and are an excellent way to experience comfortable road travel. Unlike a commercial vehicle, RVs have full power steering and automatic transmission. Motorhomes offer excellent performance for their size and weight with diesel power for the majority of vehicles today, offering excellent fuel efficiency.
RV’s and Motorhomes are the ideal form of travel for those who like to spend their vacation time going camping in the mountains, running on the beach, or sightseeing along the highways and byways.
Motorhomes are a popular way to follow sporting events around the world, they are also ideal for shows and events, where you can be on-site close to all the action yet with your luxurious home-from-home there with you.
A motorhome is the ideal family vehicle, the driver’s compartment is connected to the cabin so that, even on the road, your whole family is together. Fully-equipped with a toilet, hot shower, air-conditioning, water tank plus a small kitchen including fridge, stove and oven, giving you complete freedom and flexibility.
Motorhomes usually have a 240 volt power inlet which can be hooked up to power the larger appliances such as air conditioners and microwaves. The on-board fresh water tank holds approximately 120 litres and will last between two and four days before it needs refilling.
Motorhomes are easy to drive but different to a car, Take things at a steadier pace and try to anticipate braking and cornering to make the journey more comfortable and reduce the number of complaints from the navigators.
Motorhomes have limited through-vision and some none at all so you soon start to rely on the mirrors. Small coastal and country roads get congested during the holiday periods and you have to be more aware of narrow bridges and roadside hedges as the motorhome is wider than a normal car.
Motorhomes, or motorized recreational vehicles (RVs), come in different classes. Van campers, also known as Class B motorhomes, are basically small RVs created from a standard conversion or mini van and usually feature a raised roof. These motorhomes are the least expensive RVs to own and operate, and are generally also the easiest to drive around town as well as on the highway.
The size of a Class B RV usually varies from 16 feet to 21 feet, it gets you on the road to adventure in a compact size that’s fun and easy to drive, for a price ranging between $33,000 to $75,000.
Class A motor homes are generally thought of as top of the line among RVs. As the largest and most elaborate of the RVs, similar in stature to a bus, this class is, of course, the most expensive, with some sporting sticker prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Depending on the model and floor plan, Class A RVs will sleep up to 8 people. But a decent used Class A motorhome can usually be found for below the hundred thousand dollar mark or so. All RVs are incredibly well insulated, and because they’re only small compared to, say, a house, keeping them warm or cool is a cinch. The quality and appointments of RVs continue to improve, with owners realising they can travel with all of the luxuries of home.
There’s one way to check out motor homes before you choose one to buy, and that’s by renting several and taking them on trial runs.
It’s a good idea to rent different models from different manufacturers to see what features you like, what you don’t like, and how the models handle on the road and in the campground. Then you can make a more informed decision when you purchase a motor home. Check out your local area for the best deals on renting.
So, whatever model you choose just have fun and enjoy!
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