RV 101: What is RVing?

The Transwest Team
The Transwest Team
Jul 07, 2021
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From lines in well-known holiday songs melodizing about heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, to iconic movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation showcasing the American family road trip, it is deeply embedded in our culture to pack up the family and hit the open road.

Increasingly, many people are turning to RVs for their journeys across the US, resulting in a whole new world of RVing. Today, we’ll take a look at what RVing is, why some people are choosing it as a full-time experience, and the equipment and types of RVs available for your next adventure.

The Basics of RVing

RVs, or recreational vehicles, are vehicles that have been outfitted with space for sleeping and dining. They often include a variety of extra amenities as well, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.

Which amenities are included has a lot to do with the type of RV chosen, as RVs come in a vast array of styles and sizes. From Class A RVs, the largest option on the market, to campervans, there are RVs to match any person’s traveling style.

The following are common RV Classes:

  • Class A: Class A RVs are one of the largest RV styles. These motorhomes range from 29 to 45 feet in length and offer true luxury on the road. They are usually equipped with a full kitchen, multiple sleeping quarters, and a living room space.
  • Class B: For the adventurous, a smaller Class B RV is the way to go. These RVs are often built on a van chassis and allow for easier navigation on tight roads. With a smaller body size, these RVs usually feature one to two small sleeping areas and a kitchenette.
  • Class C: Falling between Class A and Class B RVs in size are Class Cs. Class C RVs are around the same size as a moving truck and often a blend of the luxury of a Class A with the maneuverability of a Class B.

Full-Time RVing

In many cases, RVing is simply the act of taking your RV out for the weekend or for a week-long summer trip. For some, however, RVing is actually a full-time way of life.

These RVers have turned their rig into their home, living a life on the road or camping for long periods of time in one location.

Full-time RVing is often associated with retirees who are taking advantage of their newly-found freedom. However, with the rise of technology has come a whole new wave of digital nomads. These folks work full-time on the road, taking advantage of mobile internet options.

Choosing the Right RV for You

Before joining the RV lifestyle, the first place to begin is with choosing an RV. With so many different sizes and styles on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is the perfect pick for your needs.

During the process of looking for an RV, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What size RV am I comfortable driving? It will be important to consider what your personal comfort level is when choosing your RV size. Some people are happy driving a 45-foot rig, while others feel better driving a campervan style.
  2. How much sleeping room do I need? For a solo traveler, a smaller Class B with a single sleeping area might suffice. For those traveling with the whole family, it might be better to upgrade to a Class A or C with extra places for sleeping. Make sure to think through the exact number of beds you’ll need prior to shopping.
  3. Do I plan to bring along other equipment? If you want to tow your ATV, bring along your boat, or haul any other heavy recreational equipment, make sure to factor this into your purchase. There are specific styles of RVs designed with extra towing capabilities.

Common Equipment for RVers

Beyond just owning an RV, the RV lifestyle usually involves the use of common equipment and accessories. The following are all helpful to have on hand when traveling by way of RV:

  • Outdoor tables and chairs: In many cases, RVs allow you to explore some of the most beautiful locations in the country. Upon arrival, odds are good that you’ll want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Having a set of outdoor chairs and a table allows you to eat meals, play games, and hang out comfortably in camp.
  • An awning: When you are spending multiple days in one spot, there are times you want to be outside but stay out of the elements. Whether it's a built-in awning on the side of your RV or a portable tent-style option, having a place to get out of the sun or the rain is a must.
  • An outdoor grill: Cooking inside your RV is convenient and easy. However, having a portable outdoor grill can allow you to enjoy an evening barbeque.
  • Collapsible dishes: When stocking your RV with dishes, it can be helpful to look for collapsible versions of mixing bowls, colanders, and other bulky items. These dishes can be kept on hand without taking up as much space.
  • A water filtration system: When traveling by RV, you’ll be filling up your water tank along the way. The reality is that not all water tastes the same or has the same quality depending on where you are. Having a water filtration system can help mitigate this problem, providing you with consistency in your hydration.

Visit Transwest and Start RVing

With a vast array of interstates and highways connecting the United States together, Americans have long been enamored with road trips across the country to take in the sights and visit distant family and friends.

If you are interested in RVing, come visit us at Transwest. We offer a quality selection of RVs ranging from the largest Class As to the smallest Class Bs. No matter what your plans are for spending time in your RV, we can help you find the perfect fit. Find a location and visit us today.



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