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Things to Consider Before Choosing RV Floor Plans

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Recreational vehicles, otherwise known as RVs, offer travelers the chance to experience the world up close while still having a place to call their own. Now that you’ve made the decision to buy one for yourself, you’ll need to dive into the world of RV Floor Plans. You may be wondering how complicated this world of RV Floor Plans can be. Trust us, the choices abound.

Let’s look at the things that should be considered when deciding on RV Floorplans. The most important factor in determining which floor plan you will choose is the size of the vehicle itself. Take some time to think about your own level of comfort when it comes to the size of a vehicle and whether you will tow it or drive it.

Towed Options

• Starting with the smallest towed option, a pop-up camper offers basic varieties of RV Floorplans. These campers are small and can be stored in a garage when not in use. Their low profile makes navigating roads easier. Beds may range from slide-out platform double beds to a converted dining area. Depending on your preference, you can choose from models that offer a kitchenette or models that offer a simple toilet/shower combo. There are several disadvantages, though. Storage space in the camper is limited and it must be set up each time you wish to use it.

A truck camper is the next option in RV Floor Plans. By sitting in the bed of a truck, these vehicles allow owners to tow another vehicle or trailer. With a bed over the cab of the truck, the remaining floor space provides room for a dining area, a kitchenette, and a toilet/shower combo. Some newer options even provide slide-outs to give larger areas. The pros of this type of RV is that minimal setup is required when stopping for either meals or sleeping. The few disadvantages are that storage space in the bed of the truck is lost and the room in the bed above the cab is limited.

• Moving up in the RV Floor Plans, we find travel trailers. These offer increased space and ease of use. Floor plans can range from the basic amenities with a queen bed, bathroom, kitchenette and combination dining / living area. Those in need of more space will find the option of slide-outs the perfect way to add space for private master bedrooms, second bedrooms, bigger bathrooms as well as larger dining and living areas. A travel trailer is fairly easy to unhitch and as such can be left behind on-site. In addition, it offers much more storage space for gear. The disadvantages of this vehicle are the requirement of a vehicle capable of pulling it, the need to set up slide-outs and some level of skill on the part of the driver.

Fifth Wheels come next in towed vehicles. These trailers are locked onto the bed of the truck providing more stability. Similar to travel trailers, Fifth Wheels have increased space in floor plans. The smaller models have a bed located over the cab with a full bath, kitchen, dining area, entertainment center, living area and storage. Larger models with slide-outs can provide multiple bunk bed areas, sleeper sofas, a second bathroom, kitchen, entertainment centers and a large master bedroom. Being able to unhitch this vehicle is a definite plus. The few disadvantages are its weight and set up needs.

Driven Options

If towing an RV is not your style, then consider moving on to motor homes. These RVs range in size from the smallest (called Class B) to the largest (called Class A).

Class B motorhome offers all the amenities of home in a smaller space. Usually suitable for two to four people, this home on wheels is great for a weekend getaway or for visiting family.

• The next size up is the Class C motorhome. This style offers most the amenities of a Class A. However, due to its smaller size, it is easier to drive and park. Floor plans of Class C can include a bed over the cab, but may also use that space for other options.

• The largest motorhome size is the Class A. These RVs are the equivalent of putting a standard house on wheels. Every luxury you find in a traditional home can be found in a Class A. This can include full-size bathrooms, laundry facilities and even fireplaces. With slide-outs, motor homes can offer a very comfortable home away from home and sleep as many as eight people.

RV Floor Plans - RV parked at campgroundsOne distinct advantage of all motorhomes is the direct access from the driving cab to the rest of the vehicle. This allows guests to sit in places other than the passenger seat while traveling. Some models can even pull a trailer for a car if desired. There are a few disadvantages. The first one is that they cannot be unhitched and left behind for short trips to local spots. They are also more expensive to purchase and fix if broken down.

Final Questions

When choosing from among these options, ask questions about how the RV will be used. Determine how many people it will to sleep. Consider the gear you need to store. Estimate the amount of cooking you might do. Think about headroom space. Make sure there is enough room to stand up and walk past others. Consider whether the bathroom meets the needs of everyone on board.

By considering the many options out there and how you might use them, you will find it easy to narrow down the options and find the right RV floor plan for you.


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