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Matthew Rogers |


Bigger isn’t always better.

While the Class A motorhomes that are nicer than many homes are surely impressive, they’re not for everyone. And they’re not in everyone’s price range. But not just motorhomes. Even fifth wheels are bigger and pricier than many people need.

People are turning to smaller RVs for the many benefits they pack in a small but powerful punch. Smaller RVs aren’t just for people dipping a toe in the RVing lifestyle anymore. Some experienced RVers are even downsizing for the benefits a smaller RV offers.

First off are the cost benefits that purchasing a smaller RV offers. Many motorhomes can run north of a quarter million dollars, even nearing $500,000 and up. For the majority of people, especially younger families, this simply isn’t in the budget.


Smaller RVs are typically considered travel trailers and can range in price from $10,000 to $50,000 and up. But smaller RVs typically fall within the $10,000 – $30,000 range. There are also Class B motorhomes, campervans, but they typically fall in the pricier range.

Another cost saver and convenience factor with a smaller RV is the issue of storage. For the majority of people that aren’t full-timers, RVing will be a fun summer activity, with maybe a few longer trips interspersed. But when you’re not using your RV it has to sit somewhere. Smaller RVs cost less to store, and may even be able to sit on your property without becoming a hulking presence that causes your neighbor to curse you under their breath.

The next benefit to purchasing a smaller RV is the towing power it requires. Many travel trailers are being built lighter and lighter so they can be towed by smaller SUVs and lightweight trucks. No longer do you have to own a mega-ton truck or V8 engine to tow your camper.

Although they’re lighter and smaller, smaller RVs still offer amenities and room for plenty of people. With bunk options and slideouts available even on smaller units, an average sized family can still comfortably camp in a smaller RV. A smaller RV doesn’t have to mean giving up a bathroom either. Full baths are available in smaller travel trailers. Manufacturers are becoming more and more adept at designing functional small spaces that don’t skimp on comfort.


For those uncomfortable maneuvering a large RV, a small RV can be easier to drive through cities and gas stations. Also, there are usually more shorter RV spaces on a campground, increasing the likelihood of pulling up to a campground and finding a space. and National Park campgrounds tend to be on the smaller side and you’ll find there are more accommodations available for you by having a small RV.

When it comes to maintenance, smaller RVs can also incur less costs. With less to go wrong, it makes sense that fixes should be less. Not to say that major maintenance costs can’t occur, just that they’re less likely. Also, yearly maintenance like winterizing and de-winterizing will take less supplies and time.

If you want your kids to get out in nature, a smaller RV is your best bet. While motorhomes with their couches, big screen TVs and recliners are super comfy, smaller RVs provide the necessary means for sleeping, cooking and bathing, all in comfort, but without the extra space that entices kids to park it on the couch with their phone.

If you’re considering a smaller RV, rest assured that smaller doesn’t mean lesser. Evaluate your space needs and be confident that when it comes to benefits, smaller RVs aren’t lacking.

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