RVs come in an amazing assortment of styles and configurations. If you don’t like the factory configurations, you can custom order one configured the way you want. Basically an RV is just a box on wheels. Like with a house, there are certain places the plumbing fixtures have to go, usually dictated by the location of the tanks. Other than that, how you layout the inside of the box is highly customizable.
The reason that’s significant is that RVs, both the kind you drive and the kind you tow, come in different styles. There are bunkhouse, four seasons and toy haulers that come in every type of RV you can imagine from Class As and Class Bs, to 5th wheels and travel trailers.
Bunkhouse models are made for families with kids or when you’re taking a lot of people camping. They have two or sometimes three single bunks for the kids and usually another half-bath near the bunks. The most extreme example of a bunkhouse RV I ever saw was a Class A specially designed for a family that was a traveling music group. They had nine people in that coach every night. Beats me how they did that, I’d be homicidal. If there are just two of you, then you want to avoid bunkhouse models.
Toy haulers are my favorite because I love that big garage in back. Along with the garage is a door that folds down to form a ramp for cars, motorcycles, 4 wheelers or anything else you can fit in there and still be under your weight limit. I’ve seen Class A, Class B, 5th wheel and travel trailer toy haulers. There are kits you can get to add a screen porch to the back when the ramp is down. All toy haulers have to pack the rest of the living amenities into the front to make room for the garage, which leads to some fairly dreadful floor plans in 5th wheels. I like travel trailer toy haulers the best because it’s basically an open interior with a kitchen and bathroom in the front. The rest is just a big space you can arrange and use as you like. Toy Hauler travel trailers feel more roomy because they’re open.
4 Season Campers
Four season campers are supposed to be able to camp almost any time of year. The four season model we owned had a very thin layer of insulation along the bottom that separated it from similar models. That paltry bit of insulation would not provide adequate protection from winter temperatures. Some models are more winterized than others, with double pane windows, insulated hatch covers and other cold weather amenities but, any way you cut it, winter is hard on campers. Be skeptical of any RV or camper displaying that logo. It’s probably just barely a three season camper, provided none of the temps are below freezing.
One big thing you should have learned from My House Has Wheels is that you don’t have to accept the factory floor plans or furniture. If you don’t mind waiting, you can customize an RV to your own specs. Every RV repairman I ever met, if they also owned or lived in a camper or RV, ordered a custom model.
My RV and camper preferences have changed over the years. Today I don’t want a lot of factory installed anything. I just want a box with a stove, refrigerator, bathroom and small pantry. I don’t want furniture, I’ll add that myself. RV furniture is cheap and uncomfortable and I can’t figure for the life of me why manufacturers almost insist on including that junk. That gives you the opportunity to customize your RV living space with fold-down beds and unique furniture choices.
I once installed a hammock in a house we owned (yes, my wife is very tolerant). That was awesome and would be a great option for inside an RV, though I ultimately abandoned hammocks as indoor furniture because they’re not practical for company. I’ve tried almost every type of collapsible and inflatable furniture made. Futons are the most versatile, if you can get them up off the floor a bit.
The bottom line is you have a lot of options for both your camper type and how you customize the interior. If you’re handy, you can even do the work yourself. Furniture designers are constantly coming up with new designs, some of which would be perfect for RV living.