How to Find the Right Size RV

How to Find the Right Size RV
There are several factors to consider when picking the best size RV for your needs. Buy an RV that is too small and you will quickly feel cramped in your living space. On the other hand, if you buy an RV that is too large, you might be uncomfortable driving or towing the vehicle or find you are spending too much money on gas. RVs are a big investment; learn what to look for before you buy, so that you end up with the perfect size RV for your adventures.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Rent different size RVs before you make a purchase so you can get a feel for how each one drives. Take the RVs on camping trips and evaluate how the living spaces suit your needs.
Step 2
Check out RV size limits at the campgrounds you intend to visit. Many campgrounds' campsites have RV size restrictions in place. While campgrounds usually are a little lenient regarding RV sizes, allowing the RV to stick a little bit out of the site, some RVs still will not fit.
Step 3
Consider gas mileage when looking at RVs. Smaller RVs typically consume less gas than their larger counterparts. If you intend to travel long distances and do not want to spend a lot of money on gas, pop up trailers, small travel trailers, Class B camper vans or smaller Class C RVs all could be good choices.
Step 4
Calculate how many sleeping areas you need. Larger RVs typically, but not always, have more sleeping areas than smaller RVs do. Most types of RVs have dinettes and/or couches that fold out into beds. Fifth-wheel trailers and Class C RVs have a separate sleeping area in the front overhang of the vehicle.
Step 5
Think about how much privacy you and your traveling mates will want in the RV. There are always some compromises with privacy that have to be made when staying in an RV, but some RVs offer much more privacy than others. Some larger tow trailers, Class A RVs and bus conversions have separate bedrooms in the back that can be shut off from the rest of the living space.
Step 6
Estimate how long your RV trips will be. If you are only going on short weekend trips, you can get away with a smaller RV. Larger RVs are better for extended trips. Full-timers usually do best with the biggest RV they can afford. Large Class A RVs, large tow trailers and bus conversions have washing machines, large bathroom facilities, spacious kitchens and living rooms. Some have multiple bathrooms, separate bedrooms and automatic dishwashers. Consider a long (34 ft. and longer) Class A RV with slide-outs if you really want to maximize your living space.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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