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The 6 Types of RVs.

Last updated: 10 October 2023

So you’re thinking about getting yourself a recreational vehicle–that’s great! RVing is an amazing way to unwind and explore the natural beauty of the country.

But there are so many different types of RVs out there you’re probably wondering, “Which is the right one for me?”. We’ve got a list of the six types of RVs available here at Vernon Recreational Products to help you figure out which one is best for you.


Motorhomes are those big rigs you see on the road that bear a greater resemblance to a bus than anything else. It’s a single vehicle that can range from 26 to 45 feet long. 

Motorhomes are the most spacious recreational vehicle, often with slide out sections for even more room. They can sleep anywhere from four to ten people, and will have a kitchen and bathroom on board. 

Motorhomes are great for long-term trips as they provide the comforts you’d get from home while still being in the great outdoors. They have room to get extra fancy, like leather couches and full-sized beds. Motorhomes definitely veer more into the ‘glamping’ side of things, and if that’s your preference, check out the motorhomes available at VRP.

different types of motorhomes camping on a lake


Probably the most common type of RV, the travel trailer is towed behind a car or truck. They can come in all shapes and sizes, ranging anywhere from 13 to 40 feet long!

Many come with slide outs for more room once you set up, and once you are, you can unhook the trailer from your vehicle, therefore freeing it up so you can venture out of the campground for day trips.

5th Wheels

A 5th Wheel is so named due to the way it hooks up to the truck doing the towing. Because the tow hitch is located in the bed of the pickup over the rear wheels (as opposed to being hitched behind the wheels like with a regular trailer), fifth wheels are often considered easier to tow.

Fifth wheels can range anywhere from 25 to 40 feet long and can feature a split level living space. Like the previous entries, they also feature slide outs for more room.

5th wheel camping by an orchard

Tent Trailers

These are often the most go-to option for first-time RV buyers. Tent trailers are lighter weight and easier to tow than their larger counterparts. They’re generally more affordable as well.

Tent trailers are folded up into a compact box until you’re ready to set up. The top lifts up to make the roof and soft-sided walls protect you from the elements, with zippered mesh windows like a tent for airflow. 

They usually have slide outs at either end for sleeping areas, too. 


A camper sits in the bed of a pickup truck, which means you need a one-ton truck or a dually (ie. a truck with an extra set of wheels in the back) to carry it. It has a hard top and sides, and usually a small sleeping space that goes above the roof of the truck.

Campers are smaller than the other RVs on the list, but they’re great for those that like being in the great outdoors. They’re easy to take off-road—anywhere you’d take your truck, you can take the camper. And there’s no trailer to attempt to back up in a straight line.

camper rv in bed of pickup truck

Toy Haulers

Toy haulers are a hybrid of a cargo trailer and RV, in that they have all the comforts of a motorhome, 5th Wheel, or travel trailer, with space to store an ATV, motorcycle, or kayak inside to bring with you. The name comes from it being a way to haul your ‘toys’.

The ‘garage’ in the back can be used as an extra sleeping area, or a workspace when your toys are being used.

In Conclusion

No matter what type of RV you’re looking for, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Vernon Recreational Products can help you find the right one for you and your family’s needs. Give us a call at 1-888-293-3402 to find out more. 

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