Types of Campers


A camper or recreational vehicle (RV), is ideal for those going by road on a vacation, especially to remote countrysides where hotel facilities are scarce. This motor home saves motel and hotel costs both during transit and at the holiday destination. Conversion vehicles and similar off-road vehicles are not considered campers. Registration laws for RVs with the US Department of Motor Vehicles vary between states; the registration fees depend on camper size and weight, fuel type or model year.

Camper Trailers

  • Camper trailer are generally listed as costing between $8,000 to $25,000, as of 2011. They are hitched behind 4-Wheel drive vehicles and generally provide more amenities--including bed space, greater protection from stormy winds through tough waterproof awnings and more privacy--than low budget campers. Camper trailers can be made to order. They accommodate add-on facilities like rooftop tents, boat or bike racks, electric brakes, water tanks and toolboxes.

Pop-up Campers

  • Pop-up campers, tent or folding campers generally cost much less than camper trailers. These trailers have secure hard canvas roofs and sides, which you can expand at will by pressing a single switch, which creates a living space during sojourns. You can tow the air-conditioned lightweight trailer easily with any SUV or truck. Such campers lodge a family of four. Their living facilities include a compact kitchenette, a dining area, a small refrigerator, a curtain enclosed outside shower and a grilling area.

Fifth Wheels

  • Fifth wheel campers consist of a trailer vehicle with a box-shaped living quarter and a bedroom extension that runs toward the front over the box and over a horizontal plate that resembles a "fifth" wheel. You can tow them behind full-size pickup trucks equipped with special fifth wheel hitch equipment. Fifth wheels can accommodate six people and have necessary home amenities.

Pick Up Campers

  • These are less expensive than camper trailers but are costlier than pop up campers. Classified as a small- to medium-size truck in the USA, this camper features an open-air cargo tray at the back and a comfortable front seating cabin. Owners of pick up campers have to buy a fiberglass roof, roll up or slant side vinyl treated roof covers, which you mount on frames over the cargo tray, to create a secure living space.

Motorcycle Campers

  • Motorcycle campers are very small and lightweight trailers that you can tow when going on vacation by road on motorbikes or ATVs. You can generally set them up in 5 minutes or less, but the set-up requires light manual effort. The campers provide facilities such as queen size bed, double burner stove, ice chest, a dining table and a luggage rack. These campers generally house two people.

Motorized Campers

  • Class A Motor truck homes consist of a high tech, automatic set up enabling luxury campers an 8-person accommodating capacity. They have a price range of $100,000 to $500,000. Their facilities include air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, toilet, water tanks, refrigerator, electrical appliances, entertainment gadgets and a 100 to 125V electrical system.

    Class B motor homes feature van chassis with convenient raised roofs. Priced at $40,000 to $100,000 they feature all necessary lifestyle amenities and 120VDC and 110VAC electrical outlets. They can generally house 2 to 4 people.

    Class C Motor homes are scaled down versions of Class A motorized campers with identical living amenities. Priced at $50,000 to $150,000 they have a large van body style. They can accommodate up to 10 people.

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