Evan and I took our sweet time choosing an RV. To begin, neither of us grew up going on RV trips or anything of that nature so we were absolute newbies when it came to knowing what kind of RV to purchase.
We started out by straight up googling the types of RVs. I’ll break it down for you because I needed the least complicated terms I could get when I was starting out.
Class A RVs are the ones that look like tour busses.
Class B RVs are van-looking RVs (think Sprinter style).
Class C RVs are the ones where the front looks like the hood of a truck and the cabin swoops down over it like a wave.
Pull Behinds are trailers that attach to the hitch and are pulled behind a truck.
Fifth Wheels are typically giant RVs that attach to the inside of the truck bed that it’s pulled from.
After getting the basics from Google, we went to RV World of Georgia to see in person and get a better feel for which RV style was the best fit for our family.
Even though we didn’t end up purchasing from a dealership (because we found our dream RV for sale nearby on RV trader) this step of the process was hugely helpful because it allowed us to see what kind of space we could imagine living in for a year.
The other instrumental thing that allowed us to finalize what type of RV we wanted was our test trip. At a family member’s suggestion, we decided to rent an RV and take a test trip for a long weekend to ensure RV living was something we could see ourselves doing and learn some of the basics of operating a RV. For this we rented a 25 foot Class C from Cruise America (short review on our experience at the bottom of the post).
We had an absolute blast on our test trip. After this mini adventure we were certain of three things we wanted in an RV.
#1 Knowing that our dogs were coming with us meant we needed a little more space than a 25 ft Class C could provide.
#2 I knew I desired more breathing room than the Class C provided. The cab of Class C RVs in my opinion are somewhat limiting. They take off a few feet from your total length and require you to crawl down into the front seats. Knowing that in some Class A RVs you can swivel the front two seats to make a full living room was appealing and I wanted there to be enough room for the two dogs to be up in the front with us while driving if they so desired. (I know, thoughts of a #dogmom)
#3 This is the biggie… THE VIEW! The view that Class A RVs provide while driving across the country is priceless! We know this year we won’t be able to see everything we’d like to see so we might as well have a killer view as we drive through towns we wish we had more time to stop at.
Our Class A Winnebago Brave provides us with the best views, plenty of room for the pups to move around, breathing room for my soul, all the natural light, and it’s retro vibes make us smile daily.
Special Thanks to…
Cruise America - we had a wonderful experience on the test trip renting from them. The RV we rented was clean, the staff communicated clearly, and the pick up and drop off process was seamless.
RV Trader - We ended up purchasing “Charlie” our RV off of this site. It was easy to use and check in on regularly to see what was for sale in our area according to the type of RV we were looking for.