Recreational vehicle

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A recreational vehicle (RV) is an enclosed piece of equipment that can be used as a vehicle, a temporary travel home or a full time home. RV's are intended for everything from camping vacations or outings to full time living.

There are different classes RV's:

Truck Camper - a camper shell unit that is affixed to the bed or chassis of a pickup truck.

Folding Camping Trailer (pop-up) - a light-weight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage. These are suitable for towing by many vehicles.

Travel Trailer - a unit with rigid sides designed to be towed by some larger vehicles with a bumper or frame hitch.

Hybrid Trailer - a blend between a travel trailer and a folding camping trailer. One type has rigid sides and pull-out tent sections (usually beds). The other has a top section (walls and roof) that can be lowered over its bottom section to reduce its height for towing.

Fifth Wheel Travel Trailer - designed to be towed by a pickup or medium duty truck equipped with a special hitch in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler - a motor home, 5th wheel or travel trailer that is designed to be part living space and part garage for storing things such as motorcycles and ATV's.

Park Model - designed for occasional relocation and will require a special tow vehicle and a highway movement permit.

Motorhome - a self-propelled camping unit:

A minimal RV typically contains; beds, a table, food preparation and storage areas, a bathroom and toilet. Larger models have full bathrooms, refrigerators, living areas, master bedrooms, et cetera. Some RV's are very elaborate with satellite TV and internet access, slide-out sections and awnings.

Many RVers stay at RV parks featuring 30/50 amp electrical hookups with water and sewer service (full hookups). Some even offer cable television and wireless Internet access. Amenties often include swimming pools, gamerooms and playgrounds. Other Rvers prefer camping at locations in remote rural areas (boondocking), and still others at public campgrounds with minimal facilities. Also, many RVers stay at city parks, county parks, state parks and national parks. The United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also offer camping, often at no cost to the camper.

The Advantages of RVs include not having to move ones things in and out of motel rooms, not having to rent multiple motel rooms, sleeping in a familiar bed and preparing food thereby saving money compared to eating in restaurants. At the same time, RVs provide more organized living space and better protection from the weather than a tent. Children also tend to like RVs.

Some believe that people who live in RVs do so because they lack funds for more conventional housing. However, an increasing number of people are opting to sell their homes and live full time in their RVs. Some return to home ownership after several years while some bounce back and forth between owning a home and going RVing full time. For these, mostly retirees, RVing is a life style choice not a financial decision.