Do I need a special license to drive a motorhome?
Driving the vast majority of RVs requires no special license
and is easier than many newcomers think. In some states, the
very largest motorhomes may require a special driving test
or written test for a different class of drivers license.
Regardless of size, personal use recreation vehicles do not
require a commercial drivers license. Experienced automobile
drivers already have the skills to drive a motorized RV.
With proper attention to the size, height and weight
differences, experienced drivers find it fun to take the
Do I need a special license to tow an RV?
some states, the very largest towable RVs may require a
special driving test or written test for a different class
of drivers license. Regardless of size, a commercial drivers
license is not required for towing a personal use RV. Towing
skills are readily acquired. With a little practice,
experienced drivers find it easy to learn to tow an RV.
What type of vehicle do I need to tow an RV?
Today's market features a large selection of tow vehicles --
conversion vehicles, SUVs, light trucks, most full-size and
many mid-size cars -- with sophisticated engineering
packages providing greater towing power,
superior maneuverability and braking.
What are the
Different Types of RVs?
There are eight generally accepted types of recreational
CLASS A MOTORHOMES - The type A motorhome, also
commonly referred to as the conventional motorhome, is the
largest, most luxurious of the motorized RVs -- a virtual
"home-away from-home" on wheels, fully loaded and equipped
for short trips, lengthy vacations and fulltiming. The
type A is entirely constructed on a bare, specially
designed motor vehicle chassis.
CLASS B MOTORHOMES (Van Campers) - Also commonly
referred to as the van camper, the Type B motorhome is a
cargo van that has been customized to include temporary
sleeping, eating and bathroom facilities.
The type C
motorhome, sometimes referred to as a mini-motorhome,
provides the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a
scaled-down version and at a lower price. The type C is
built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an
attached cab section.
Designed to be
affixed and towed by a pickup equipped with special hitch
in the truck bed, these two-level units can provide the
greatest living of all towable RVs. Fifth-wheel travel
trailers come equipped with all the comforts of home, and
are perfectly adaptable for weekend getaways, family
vacations and fulltiming.
A unit designed
to be towed by a car, van or pickup by means of a bumper
or frame hitch, the travel trailer provides all the
comforts of home and is perfectly adaptable for weekend
getaways, family vacations, and fulltiming.
For those RVers
and campers who like to spend the summer at their favorite
campground near the lake, or for those who prefer to head
South during the winter, park models (also referred to as
park trailers) are often an economical and convenient
alternative for long-term or seasonal camping. When set,
park trailers may be connected to utilities necessary for
operation of installed fixtures and appliances. It's built
on a single chassis which is mounted on wheels.
A unit loaded
onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup, the
truck camper is popular for backroad journeys, accessing
remote locales and family recreational camping.
unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage, the
folding camping trailer combines the experience of
open-air tent camping with sleeping comforts, basic
conveniences and weather protection found in other RVs.