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Friday, May 12, 2006

RV Camping, Trailers and Motorhomes For Fun and Adventure

Camping starts out for most people by using a tent and sleeping on a mat on the ground. If that doesn't really appeal to you, then camping in an RV is what you need. It is the ultimate camping adventure. And after the first time out in any type of weather you will come to love them.

RV's come in many sizes and shapes. They start with campers that fit in the back of a pickup truck. These can have full kitchens, beds, a shower and toilet in them. They also have small pull trailers that 2 people can almost fit into if they're really friendly and the kitchen consists of a cooler and a Colman stove that sit on the back bumper. The crossover trailers are the pull type, ranging from approximately 20 to 36 feet; the 2 options of pulling are by a trailer hitch or a fifth wheel on a truck, and they also determine the style of trailer. The hitch type trailers are more of the traditional box style, while the 5th wheel trailers have a much higher profile as well as more slide outs. Both of these trailer models are equally luxurious and among some of the best motorhomes.

Next there are van conversions called Class B motorhomes that are basically a cargo van converted into a full time camping vehicle. These can have a raised roof for more head room. They also contain the same amenities as the truck camper.

Next up is the Class C motorhome. The front end looks like a pickup truck, but the similarity ends there. There is a sleeper extension over the cab and the back end looks like any motorhome you are probably familiar with. Basically a cargo box with windows, but much prettier. The Class C has all the amenities of home. A kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. You could live in a Class C.

The next step us is the Class A motorhome. This is roomiest of all motorized RVs. These motorhomes are like a mini one bedroom apartment. They are fully self contained. From the queen sized bed to the dinette that seats four people you find luxury. A refrigerator and stove are complimented by a microwave oven. You might even have an ice maker and washer and dryer. These are the ones you start to dream about when you see them going down the road.

You can buy new or used. Whichever way you choose, you should do a lot of research on the Internet first. Learn all you can about RVing. There are RV forums that you can find by doing a search in your favorite search engine. EBay is also a great source to see the different types available and the going prices for them.When you decide that an RV might be for you, attend an RV show or two. There are major RV shows at fairgrounds and convention centers where many dealers and vendors are selling every type of RV there is. There are also local RV shows usually put on by one or two dealers to show and sell some of their inventory.

If you really are not sure you would like to spend $40,000 or $250,000 on a hobby you are not sure you would like, buy a used RV. You can get into RVing in a 34 foot used Class A motorhome for under $10,000. Also renting is a great option, try that on your next vacation, all the fun with out the major investment.The older and larger the motorhome the less fuel efficient it will be. You may get 5 to 7 miles per gallon on many older motorhomes. 7-9 mpg is realistic for mid 1990's motorhomes and up to 12 miles a gallon on new ones. Pulling a trailer with a large SUV you can expect between 8-10 mpg.

RV Camping is a fun adventure just waiting you and your family to join in.

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