If you have ever been tempted into owning one of the many recreational vehicles available on the market, you are not alone. They are a great way to go on holidays, travel the world and live in comfort.
There are literally hundreds of different types that range from complete luxury mobile homes to Ford Transit vans that have been remodelled into mobile homes.
Many people think that the history of recreational vehicles started with the gypsies but that’s not actually true. In fact, this type of vehicle was first used by travelling entertainers such as showmen and circus performers. The trend began in France around 1810. Gypsies didn’t start using wagons to live in until around 1850.
Modern recreational vehicles had their beginnings in the US around 1910 when small family owned businesses such as Airstream started to build them. Over the next forty years, the market continued to grow with several sizes being developed, both mobile and immobile.
Today, there are many manufacturers of recreational vehicles which are also known as motor homes. Some of the bigger manufacturers include Jayco, Gulfstream, Airstream and Keystone.
The many types include class A motor home, class B campervan, class C motor home, truck camper, pop up camper, travel trailer, teardrop trailer, fifth wheel trailer, park model, toterhome, toy trailer.
The class A motor home is the biggest of the family as they are typically include slide-outs which makes them wider than the breadth of the road. They are built on commercial truck chassis, a specially designed chassis or a commercial bus chassis
A class B campervan is probably the most common kinds of recreational vehicles. These are built on standard van chassis but equipped with sleeping areas and kitchenette. Popular models for this type of campervan include Ford Transit, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Fiat Ducato, and Iveco.
A class C motor home is typically built on a truck chassis with an attached cab section that is van based. It’s possible to tell these vans as they are the ones with an additional cab section over the driver cab. This extra space can be used as an extra sleeping area or entertainment suite.
Pop up campers make particularly cute recreational vehicles. They are made of lightweight materials and have pull out bunks and tent walls so they are very easy for storage and transport. A similar unit is the teardrop trailer which is so light that they can be pulled by motorbikes.
Another similar unit is the hybrid trailer which is a mix of a trailer home and a tent. Designed to be pulled by a van or a pick-up are 5th wheel trailers. With these units, part of the trailer sits over the rear of the truck and come with a special hitch that is called a fifth-wheel coupling.