2018-13 – Getting the Right Type of RV the First Time, and More, in this ROTV Show

Getting the Right RV the First Time

RV TV Show, type of rv, Travel Trailer, Pop-Ups, Motorhomes, Towable, MotorizedWith so many of our viewers calling themselves 'RV Newbies' and others looking at 'getting into' RVing, it’s very easy to get off on the wrong foot (so to speak) and purchase the wrong type of RV. By that, we mean getting the wrong trailer or motorhome for your needs. That is easier to do than you think.

Let’s face it, when first-time shopping for a new RV, there are lots of forces pulling you in various directions, such as that salesperson who wants to sell you....today. Or you like the way a certain unit looks, which is important, but only makes up about a third of what you should be seriously considering. Our emotions can also sway us in the wrong direction.

With so many categories of RVs on the market today we decided to have our expert, Mark Polk from RV Education 101, give us a lesson on what’s available and how to find out which model is right for you. Then, when you go to an RV show or local dealer, you go in prepared to look at what ‘you want and need’ it will help make your RV buying experience and ultimately RV lifestyle experience the fun thing you envisioned in the first place.

Towable and Motorized.

Towable Tent trailer, RV TV Show, type of rvStarting with towables, the smallest and least expensive is the folding or pop-up trailer.

Folding, Pop-up or Tent Trailers

Folding, pop-up trailers or tent trailers range from 15’ to 24’ when open and prices range from $8,000 to over $20,000.

Travel Trailers

The Travel Trailer is the most popular model trailer because there are so many models and floor plans that can accommodate 2 to 8 people comfortably.

RV TV Show, RV Television, Travel Trailers, type of rv

As with other towable trailers, a travel trailer allows you to unhook from the tow vehicle and use it to travel around the area. Travel trailers measure in size from 15’ to 37’ and offer all the comforts of home.

Prices range from $15,000 to over $80,000. As you’ll see in the show, Mark touches on other types of trailers including Hybrid models and Toy Haulers, Ultra-light models and even teardrops. Rollin' On TV recently reviewed several travel trailers like the Forest River R-Pod, Jayco Jay Feather and Jayco Hummingbird travel trailers.

5th wheel trailer

5th Wheel Travel Trailers, RV TV Show, type of rvThis model has a space that extends over the pickup bed and offers the most space of virtually any RV. 5th wheel trailers measure in size from 21’ to 40’ and require a special type of hitch installed in the bed of the truck.

Prices for 5th wheels can range from $20,000 to well over $150,000.

Park Model Trailer

Park Model RVs for seasonal camping, RV TV Show, type of rvThis next model is one people don’t often think about and that is the Recreational or Park Model trailer.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) defines park model RVs as “a unique trailer-type RV that is designed to provide temporary accommodation for recreation, camping or seasonal use.” According to the RVIA, nearly 70 percent of park model RV owners locate their unit within several hours’ drive time from their primary residences and use them for weekend camping trips.

Prices range from $25,000 to over $100,000 and there are numerous models and floor plans available.

The Truck Camper

The last unit in the towable category is the Truck Camper. Truck Campers are loaded and secured to the bed of a pickup truck and will give you the ability to get to places other towables can't get to. Truck campers come in various sizes and floor plans and range in 8’ to 12’ models.

type of rv, Truck Camper RVs are good for off-roading and getting into tight spots.Like trailers, some truck campers come with an over-the-cab sleeping area and many models today offer slide-outs.

Prices range from $15,000 to over $50,000. Rollin' On TV recently reviewed the Lance 1172 truck camper.

Motorized RVs

In the ‘motorized category” there are three types of models… Type A, B, and C. Type A’s are the largest and most luxurious type of motorhome and range in size from 25’ to 45’.

Class A Motorhomes, type of rvClass A Motorhomes

Class A's are built on specially designed or bus chassis with either gas or diesel power. One handy feature of a class A is that you have access to all the amenities including the kitchen and bathroom while traveling. Most motorhomes can sleep from two to six people comfortably and range in price from $70,000 to well over $500,000. Some high-end bus conversions can cost well over a million dollars.

Class B Motorhomes are versatile, type of rvClass B Motorhomes

Class B is the smallest of all the motorhomes but come equipped with many of the amenities of larger models but in a compact space. Type B’s are easier to maneuver and park, more fuel efficient and can be used as a second vehicle. Type B’s are well suited for two people but some models will accommodate four reasonably comfortable. Type B’s are built on an assortment of vehicle chassis and can be either gas or diesel powered. Class B’s range in price for $70,000 to well over $100,000. Here is Rollin' On TVs recent segment on buying a used Class B.

Class C Motorhome, type of rvType C motorhomes

Type C motorhomes (often referred to as “mini-motorhomes’) are built on a cut-away van chassis and can range in size from 20’ to 37’. Class C’s are the units you see that often have an area extended over the vehicle cab. This additional sleeping area makes the class C a good choice for families. Some models can sleep up to six or eight people. Prices can range fro $60,000 to over $100,000.

Now you know the basic categories of RV’s and remember you have a lot of choices out there so shop smartly. You can check out more of Mark and Dawn Polk’s insightful information and tips on RVing on their website www.rveducation101.com

Serro Scotty Retro Travel Trailer

Serro Scotty Travel Trailer, type of rvIn keeping with various model trailers, Jeff Johnston shows us a different type travel trailer called a ‘Retro Model’, and in particular he looks at the Serro Scotty.

With the popularity of vintage trailers growing and growing, there are only so many left, and like vintage cars, they have to be restored which means a lot of work on your part or, you have a restoration shop do the work for you. The other downside is amenities. Let's face it. 40 or 50-year old trailers didn’t have the features, both comfort and safety that today's modern trailers have. So if you love the vintage look and want the modern amenities, check out some new “retro trailers” and this way you have the best of both worlds.

Serro Scotty Retro Travel Trailer, type of rvThe Serro Scotty was a very popular trailer during it’s ‘hay days’ in the 50s and 60s and still remains a popular model for restoration.

The new model retro Scotty will get you just as many stares as an original one and you’ll also have that ‘vintage feel’ when your towing it or parked at a camp site but with a whole lot of modern day comfort. Watch Jeff’s story on this week’s episode and who knows, you may be shopping for a vintage tow vehicle to tow your new retro Serro Scotty. 

Apple Pie Salad.. Enjoy the Taste, Remove the Guilt!

Evanne with Apple Pie SaladEvanne Schmarter first introduced us to this recipe a few years ago and lots of people have commented on it and love surprising their RV friends with this simple to make and sinfully delicious “Apple Pie Salad”.

Watch how Evanne prepares this dish and when you get ready to try it, you’ll find the recipe and info in the Food and Beverage section of our website.

By the way, if you try this recipe, do let us know how you and your guests liked it.

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