Have you ever thought you’d like to see inside new motorhomes and travel trailers but not enough to brave a snowstorm and spend an entire day trudging through them? We’ve done it for you, and I’ll outline some RV basics!
Charlie and I attended the London, Ontario, RV show; and I’ve taken lots of pictures for you. Hang in there; my favourite vehicles and the Airstream interiors are at the end!
Recreational vehicles (RV’s) come in both motorized and towable versions. Large motorhomes are known as Class A motorhomes in the industry.
Many motorhomes have slide-outs which beautifully expand the living space inside.
Class B Motorhomes started out as large vans that were converted for travel. They’ve become a little larger and a lot nicer in recent years!
The middle size is Class C. I know, it’s confusing. Its seems like the middle-sized one should be B. However, this is the way it is. A Class C motorhome usually looks like an RV built over a pickup truck with a section that extends over the cab. They also have become much sleeker in recent years, and the line appears to be blurring a little between the classes.
Towable RV’s basically fall into two categories. There are conventional, or “bumper-pull” trailers and fifth-wheel trailers. Most of the bigger trailers are fifth-wheel trailers which are more easily towed by a big pickup truck with a special hitch installed in the back of the truck. Our trailer is a fifth-wheel.
One of the Airstream trailer’s features is that is can be towed easily by a car.
The towable category of trailers includes a variety of smaller trailers.
Finally, another type of RV is one that you won’t see on the road very often. This is the park model. The park model is typically towed to a somewhat permanent site in an RV park and used as a cottage.
Now, let’s take a look inside.
RV kitchens can be large or small. There is a wide variety of layouts.
The kitchen above has a countertop extender that can be flipped up for extra work surface. There is usually a removable cover over the sink and stove.
There are also many different bathroom options. Most have the shower with the sink and toilet. Some have a separate shower across the hall.
I saw more nice showers than there used to be. Most of them had nice doors. Years ago, when we shopped for our trailer, I remember seeing a lot of tiny little shower pans with shower curtains. I remember asking for the smallest fifth-wheel trailer that had a decent shower! One of the key selling features for us was that ours has a good-sized shower.
Notice the tiny little wet bath in the back of this Class B motorhome. In a wet bath, the whole bathroom-toilet, sink, and all-get wet when the shower is used.
Bedrooms run the gamut from king-sized beds…
…to twin beds in this Class B motorhome…
…to bunk beds for children.
Notice the bed above the driver’s and passenger’s seats in this Class C motorhome.
This one can be moved down for sleeping and then up out of the way when it’s not being used.
Some of the larger units have washers, dryers, dishwashers, and fireplaces.
Here’s a lovely dining area.
There are also lots of outdoor sound systems, televisions, and mini-kitchens in the RV world.
One of my favourite motorhomes was this Navion by Winnebago. I thought that the interior design was beautiful. However, we felt that it was a little too small and lacking in storage for our needs.
I just loved the interior of this Pleasure-Way Class B motorhome with a Mercedes diesel engine.
I feel like the large majority of the RV products available try to imitate traditional homes with lots of ornate wood trim on the interiors. They have carved wood trim and corner blocks around the slides. There is lots of fake tile in kitchens and showers. Gone with the Wynns address the RV design issue here. The thing that I appreciate most about Airstream is that they don’t do this. Whether they have a motor or not, RV’s are vehicles! I say, Why try to make them look like houses? Let’s celebrate them for what they are! Let me conclude with a few shots from inside some Airstream travel trailers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of the RV show. If you’d like to read about our fifth-wheel trailer and how we use it, check that out here.