PROS and CONS...

Is your preference going for motor homes or camping trailers ?

Both options are viable!

This is the first major decision you have to make when selecting a Recreational Vehicle: a choice between these two main categories.

Let's have a look at:

MOTOR HOMES are motorized RVs.

PROS: (advantages)

  • passengers and pets can move around while the motorhomes are being driven, allowing someone to sleep (obviously not the driver) or work on a computer while on the move.
  • However, security is important and it is highly recommended while moving to be seated with a seatbelt at all times.
  • without stepping out of the motorcoach, you can easily make a stop and have direct and quick access to food and beverages, toilet facilities, or any other item inside the motor home.
  • another vehicle can be towed behind the motor homes. This is called the 'toad' and consists generally of a small car or SUV which can be used while the motorhome stays at camp. (also labeled dinghy)
  • Having a dinghy for touring around gives better gas mileage and more convenience. However, it is more costly having two vehicles to insure and maintain, and not all models can be towed.
  • it is possible to carry a light motorcycle or scooter on a platform behind the motorhomes if the frame of your unit is strong enough to support the extra weight.
  • A conventional or electric bicycle may be just perfect. Another option is to rent a car at destination. Personally, loving motorcycles, I bring one for touring around.
  • a motorhome can pull a boat, a utility trailer with ATVs, motorcycles, a horse trailer etc., as long as it stays within the length limitations stipulated in the various State and Provincial transportation laws.
  • easier to set up and break camp unless you have a toad which requires slightly more time to hitch.
  • greater safety and more convenience in inclement weather with no need to step outside the RV before leaving. The ignition is readily available in case of threat or emergency (a trailer or dinghy may stay behind).

CONS: (disadvantages)

  • not easy to break camp when a simple tour is desired. Everything needs to be stored and taken with you, unless you have a a car, scooter or motorcycle for this purpose.
  • not easy to back up if you have a 'toad'. Most of the time, it requires you to unhitch it before backing up.
  • a motorcoach does not really have any use at home. It sits in the driveway waiting for the next trip. It requires its engine being started on a regular basis for its proper maintenance.
  • This obviously does not apply if you are a full-timer. The exception is the small camper van (Class B, see link below) which can be used at home as a regular vehicle.
  • purchasing and operating costs of motorhomes may be higher than the camping trailers for the same living space, depending on the units involved.


Always keep in mind your main goal for RVing in order to make the right decision. Most of your needs and preferences will be fulfilled. However, as with most things, compromise is to be expected.

To be honest, there is no such thing as the best RV that will satisfy you 100 percent and meet all your criteria.

Remember! The size of your RV is very important.

f your intention is to stay in a public campground operated by the Forest Service, a State or National Park, the size of the recreational vehicle matters even more. There is a good chance that anything over 30 feet will not be accommodated.

Do not expect a monster rig to fit the more secluded and less accessible spots, with overhanging branches and trees too close. You risk damaging your RV, and the very environment you want to enjoy.

The cost and the maneuverability will differ according to its size as well.

And this applies to both main categories of RVs:

camping trailers and motor homes.

You may decide to limit the length and instead select a RV with one or more slide out sections to add to the living space on the width side when at camp.

The cost is also affected with the decision of buying a new or used RV.


1) the Class A

2) the Class B (or camper van)

3) the Class C


Check the PROS and CONS of the CAMPING TRAILERS Types available:

1) the tent trailers (pop-up RVs)

2) the travel trailers (conventional)

3) the fifth wheel trailers and

4) the truck campers

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