Smaller RV = BIGGER COMFORTAre you planning to get a Recreational Vehicle (RV) for yourself? Well, you are not alone as there are a lot of people who have decided to buy RVs in recent years. By the end of 2016, the numbers of RVs that were shipped in the country was 430,000. Of these, towable RVs accounted for 376,000. As per the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association in the USA, the total number of RVs is highest in the country since 1977. In fact, it is estimated that 11% of households in the nation own an RV. But what kind of RV are you opting for? Are you opting for a large RV or a smaller one? This is not a question that you should avoid dealing with before you go into buying the vehicle. Both small and large RVs have their pros and cons. But before we dive into their different aspects, let’s understand which are the large RVs and small RVs.
There are three main types of RVs:
Class A RVs These are large and usually come in a boxy shape. These vehicles try to incorporate a lot of elements of a normal home to make people feel at home even when they are on the road. They are usually built in the style of trucks and buses, on a larger chassis. Sometimes, though, the design may even be custom. Class B RVs These are the smallest RVs in the market. Due to lack of space, the various components of the RV are much smaller in size than their counterparts in a Class B RV. So, the kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining area would be smaller compared to those in a Class A RV. It is not a bad option for an individual traveling alone or even a couple. Class C RVs These types of RVs lie in the middle of the size spectrum extending from the smallness of Class B RVs to Class A RVs. The chassis they are built upon are of trucks or vans built specifically for RVs. One of the distinguishing signs of some of these RVs is an overhang over the cab which provides extra space in the RV. This extra space can be utilized for various purposes including storing extra material. So, there we have it. Three different types of RVs for you to choose from. Since we are talking about the advantages of small RVs compared to those of large RVs, let us narrow down our analyses to the comparison of class A and class B varieties or, to put it differently, large and small ones. Most people would look at the choice and think that bigger the RV, the better it is. However, this is not always the case. Of course, if you are someone that considers space to be more important than all other considerations while buying an RV, then a class A would be the best. But if you are willing to take an overall view of the advantages and disadvantages of the two varieties, the advantages of the smaller variety are quite a lot.
Let us give you a list of benefits you will have by choosing a small RV instead of a large one. • Economically more viable Smaller RVs are cheaper compared to bigger rivals. This is not hard to understand. But they are also cheaper when it comes to insuring them. Bigger RVs require greater insurance costs and hence, if you are on a tight budget, you should definitely opt for a smaller one. • Less consumption of fuel Smaller RVs have much better mileage than large ones. This means you would have to spend less on fuel or gas. For those, who are also environmentally conscious, this is killing two birds with the same stone. Not only would they spend less on fuel but also cause less damage to the environment. • Easier to park What makes owning an RV that is not large even more convenient is the ease with which you can park it. Whether you are parking it in your house or somewhere in the market where you have to shop for some essentials, a smaller one can be easily fitted in while large vehicles would struggle to find a space good enough for them. In fact, parking is something you must pay a great deal of attention to because you will have to make frequent stops during your journeys, be it for buying food or other essential goods, be it for repair work or at RV resorts and campgrounds. If you are having a meal at a good restaurant, then to you need to have your RV parked safely so that you can enjoy the meal. • Easy to drive An RV has to be driven as well and not just parked and lived in. Keeping in mind this aspect, one must opt for a smaller RV if they intend to drive through cities and other places where the roads may not always be as wide and empty as the highways. Apart from negotiating traffic and narrow roads, a large RV would also be difficult to maneuver through turnings and curving roads. If you intend to take your RV into a hilly terrain, then also the lesser weight would make it easier to make it climb the heights. • Faster Pace This is not hard to understand. The lesser the load a vehicle has to carry, the faster it can move. If you intend to move at a leisurely pace and consider the journey as more important than the destination, then, this may not be a major inducement. Otherwise, it makes sense to have a smaller variety to fasten your progress. So, what do you think? Are you convinced by our arguments or believe that they are not persuasive enough? Well, we have given you a point of view and you are free to disagree with us. Do remember that, in the end, this is your money and you should spend it wisely and carefully. Good luck!