When did you get your first RV? Five years ago? Twenty? Maybe you just made the leap last season and looking forward to all the memories and adventures RV ownership promises – and it will follow through on that promise. Over the years and through life’s transitions, sometimes we need to move on or try something new when it comes to which type of RV we are the proud owners of. This little guide can help you get started in the right direction.

If you’re getting up there in years…but you’re still a child at heart, consider going with a conventional travel trailer that’s not too long but that gives you everything you need to be comfortable, such as air conditioning and an easy chair to relax in after a day on the trails. One of the best parts is being able to unhook your RV from your tow vehicle so that you can easily go on outings. A Type C motorhome is another solid option that will give you space and maneuverability for even the trickiest parking lots.  

If you made the decision to go full-time… then a Type A motorhome with all the bells and whistles will give you all the comforts of home. You’ll have plenty of beds. That being said, many couples find Type B vans the ideal RV type for their full-time needs. Type B’s have a smaller “footprint,” are easier to maneuver while driving, and you never need to leave your belongings behind. Families may find an expandable travel trailer ideal to give them the extra space they need with more bodies around.

If you have a young brood…. You’ll need to think about what kind of environment you want your kids to grow up with. Luxury or roughing it? A simple pop-up trailer gets kids closer to the outdoors and the feeling of going camping. This can be ideal for family vacations or weekend trips – and you can use it in the backyard in the summer for sleepovers. But if you’ll be RVing seasonally, a more robust RV type such as traditional travel trailer will help give everyone space and more consistent lodging in spite of the weather.

If you love a good thrill…then a sports utility trailer is undoubtedly the best option when it comes to carrying gear. One part consists of living quarters while the other holds all your outdoor toys so that you can park, unload, and enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Love to go ATVing? There’s an RV for that. Love to fish? There’s an RV for that. Love to go mountain biking? You’ll have more than enough space.

If you enjoy gourmet cooking… you’ll need to do your research. Type A motorhomes and travel trailers, both conventional and expandable, and fifth-wheels have a plethora of options when it comes to the kitchen. Manufacturers are bringing in more luxurious materials that add some class and design to the interior of these RVs. When you check out an RV you may want to own, “try out” the kitchen to see how well it flows as you go about your cooking tasks. Counter space and cabinet space are also high on the list of must-haves.

If you want to get off the grid… a teardrop trailer or pop-up camper will give you the path to serenity that you seek. They are easy to tow, well-designed for optimal space savings, and often provide home comforts without going overboard. With their size, you’ll also tend to spend more time outdoors as well – and everyone is happier when they spend time with Mother Nature.