5 Facts You Must Know Before Buying a Small RV

Small RV travel trailer with bicycle on rackThinking of buying an RV this summer? There is a wide variety available to choose from, but not every style fits everyone’s needs. For campers looking for the freedom and comfort of an RV but don’t want to haul around a large model, small RVs are the perfect fit. However, there are a few things you should know before investing in a small RV.

What Are Small RVs?

The small RV category can include a couple different styles of vehicles. From tear-drop mini-trailers and pop-ups to travel trailers up to 25 feet in length, small RVs usually have more limited living space and storage. But what they lack in space, they more than make up for in easy maneuvering and fuel efficiency. As long and your lifestyle doesn’t require housing a lot of people, you may want to consider a small RV with many models that are easier to drive and park, and less expensive to fill up.

Pros of Small RVs

If you’re new to the RV lifestyle or just have to keep your travel adventures within a budget, you can’t go wrong with a small RV. While not as luxurious as larger models, small RVs still have several positive facts to consider.

Fact #1: Better Gas Mileage Than Larger RVs

Less bulk means for less expensive gas costs. When you choose a small RV, you can also avoid purchasing a gas-guzzling tow vehicle, as most small RVs can be towed by a mid-size SUV. Remember to check your owner’s manual for the towing restrictions of your vehicle and consider the weight of your RV when fully loaded with supplies!

Rear view of a small RV being towed down a highway.

Fact #2: Fit into Standard Parking Spaces

Forget having to park your RV in the outer reaches of a parking lot to avoid taking up too much space. Small RVs are easily maneuverable and fit nicely in standard parking spaces.

Cons of Small RVs

It’s true that you will sacrifice some space if you choose to purchase a small RV. If you’re not toting around a large family or group of friends, maybe that is just fine. But consider these cons to traveling in a small RV before you buy.

Fact #3: Many Small RVs Are Still Too Big for a Standard Garage

One of the biggest issues with RVs is storing them when they’re not in use. That can still be a problem even for small Class C RVs if you want to store yours at home in a standard garage. Unfortunately, most are too tall once you consider roof top air conditioners that can take the height up to 10 feet or more.

Fact #4: No Master Bedroom

Most small RVs have sleeping quarters that are provided by dropping a table or a folding couch rather than a master bedroom. If you’ll need to sleep more than 2 or 3 people comfortably, small RV models are probably not the best choice for you.

Fact #5: Living and Storage Space is Limited

Most small RVs provide just the basics, assuming that you will do most of your activities and entertaining outside. Accordingly, they have limited interior space that makes moving around tricky, especially if there are more than a few people traveling in your group. You can expect smaller features such as bathrooms, storage options, and showers too.

Small RVs may not be the right choice for large families, but they are perfect for couples and retirees who are ready to hit the road and enjoy a leisurely summer without all of the high costs!

Learn More

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