There's nothing quite like feeling the beginning of summer in the air. The promise of a warm breeze and sunny days tend to inspire a yearning for the open road. But it isn't only sports cars, SUVs and motorcycles that hear the call, more and more RVs are getting in on the action-- and it isn't just baby boomers! In fact, today’s typical owner is 48 years old, and more RVs are now owned by people ages 35 to 54 than any other group, so quite simply, there are RVs for every age, every lifestyle and every budget. All you need to do is find the model that best meets your needs. Here is what's out there:
Folding Camp Trailers
Folding camp trailers, also known as “pop up” campers are lightweight, easy-to-tow and easy maneuver; they're easy-to-use and are also quite affordable. They're a great option for camping enthusiasts who want to step it up a notch from the typical tent. Sizes range from 8 to 24 feet in length and a new one would cost from $6,000 to $22,000. If you're ready to take your camping to the next level, this is the way to go.
Travel trailers are the more conventional, tow-behind trailers that can be towed behind the family vehicle. Some models feature pop-out or slide-out sections to open up the living space. When purchasing a travel trailer, just be sure to match its loaded weight to the tow capacity of your vehicle. These campers range from 19 to 30 feet in length, and a new one will cost from $10,000 to $30,000.
Truck campers are meant to sit in the bed of a pickup truck and can sometimes even come with side outs. They're available in many sizes and in a variety of different colors and floor plans. They're a great option for when you want access to rougher areas where a tow trailer won't cut it. Truck campers range from 8 to 20 feet in length, and a new camper will cost from $6,000 to $55,000.
Sport Utility RV
Sport utility RV's offer all the live-on-board features you need, with additional room to carry motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs and any other toys you need to haul. Affectionately known as “toy haulers,” the RVs rear end drops down to form a ramp that provides access to the storage garage. These campers range from 19 to 39 feet, and a new one will cost from $10,300 to $170,000.
Motorhomes are the ultimate RV, but you don't tow them or carry them, you drive them. Fully equipped with living accommodations built on motorized chassis, a conventional motorhome will range from 21 to 40 feet and cost from $60,000 to more than $500,000. “Camper vans” will range from 16 to 22 feet and cost from $60,000 to $130,000. It's pretty important to remember that a motorhome is both your transportation as well as your home. Unless you want to move your home every time you need to go to the grocery store, you’ll want to consider towing a small car for tootling around town and sightseeing.