Any RV guide will recommend you test drive, maneuver and park several RVs before you decide on the one to take on the road. Take the test drive to the next level and rent an RV for a short trip before buying it. With firsthand experience, you'll have more confidence in choosing your new RV.
RVs come in three classes: Class A, similar to a 24- to 40-foot bus; Class B, which looks and handles like a large van; or Class C, which looks and handles like a pickup truck. If you plan to drive long distances with your RV you may appreciate the convenience of the Class A. Its large gas tank means fewer stops to fill 'er up. The driver also sits higher and seems to have a better view of the road. The larger the RV, the more space and comfort for you and your travel companions.
But of course, the bigger the RV, the more expensive it is to rent or buy and operate. Parking larger RVs can be difficult, and some campgrounds have limits on RV size or charge higher fees for larger vehicles. But the good news: Regardless of your vehicle, you can use your regular driver's license to drive it.
If your plans include staying at RV parks with water, sewer and electricity hookups, then most RVs will fit the bill. But if you don't have hookups, then a Class A vehicle, with its large freshwater tank, large gray-water holding tank and higher battery capacity, may make your trip more pleasant. If you want to move from campsite to campsite, consider a Class A or C vehicle.
No RV guide is complete without discussing travel trailers, which you tow behind a truck or large car. These may be a better option if you want to stay at one campsite but explore around it in your vehicle alone.
Travel trailers vary from basic models, which are little more than a tent on wheels, to larger, luxury models with several furnished rooms. Travel trailers are also good for RVers on a very tight budget.
Also of interest: Living and traveling in an RV.