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Everything You Need to Know About Designing and Building Your Own RV

When shopping for an RV, the purchaser will typically end up taking what is available. But what if there was a way to design a dream RV and not settle for what is on the lot?

If you have a larger family and need more bedrooms, or you will need more than the standard one bathroom, it is nice to know you can add these options if they are required.

Here is everything you need to know about building and designing your own RV.

Choose an RV Type

You will first need to choose which type of RV you want to build. The choices include:

  • Class A Motorhomes
  • Class B Motorhomes
  • Class C Motorhomes
  • Park Trailers
  • Hybrid Trailers
  • Toy Hauler Trailers
  • Toy Hauler 5thΒ Wheels
  • Fifth Wheels
  • Travel Trailers

Each of these different types of trailers can be larger or smaller depending on the needs of the families using them. Some are easier to maneuver than others, so a decision on where you will take your RV needs to be made at the same time. You do not want to haul a large trailer type RV up a tight curving mountain road because it would be dangerous.

The vehicle you are using to tow the RV, if it is not a Motorhome, is also a contributing factor in design. The two Motorhome designs are drivable, and all the rest listed are to be towed.

Class A Motorhomes

This style of RV is created with an extremely heavy frame. They are similar to a bus, truck or automobile chassis. One of the drawbacks of this style is the gas mileage. At between 8 and 10 miles per hour, you will spend a lot on fuel costs each trip.

Although they sound bigger, they can only fit two to four people comfortably. They can accommodate two queen size beds and one king in several different configurations.

Class B Motorhomes

This is more of a van style vehicle, although slightly oversized. The inside is limited in space so there is not much for designing this type of RV. Many companies do not allow anyone who wants to purchase a Class B to design their own and only sell what the manufacturer offers.

Class C Motorhomes

This Motorhome is a marriage between Class A and Class B and has an over the cabin sleeping area. This means this type of Motorhome is also drivable with room for up to 8 people.

The interior design is somewhat limited but not as much as the smaller Class B Motorhomes. The bathroom and kitchen area are the places that suffer the most from the need for more space.

Besides better gas mileage, this type of RV is able to tow a separate vehicle to allow its occupants to leave it at a campground and still go exploring.

Park Trailers

Park Trailers are more like mobile homes. They feature, sliding glass doors, are great for long-term parking and are generally wider than the other models. The windows and doors are larger, and the floor plan is open. The appliances and other amenities make this model ideal for parking and using as a second home near a lake or as a hunting cabin.

You can custom build this type of RV to look like a traditional mobile home on the inside, which gives you room to spread out and live long-term and with more comfort.

Hybrid Trailers

This is a combination of a popup camper and larger trailer in one. These are easier to tow as they are lightweight and many of the sleeping areas are collapsible when not in use.

There is enough room in this type of RV for several family members to sleep comfortably and enjoy the space without running into each other.

Designing this type of recreational vehicle is easier as there are so many options to choose from with the ability to accommodate every style and configuration of space needed.

Toy Hauler Trailers

These types of trailers can be haulers only or a combination of a living space and toy hauler. The toys are considered motorcycles, ATV’s, dirt bikes, boats and such. These can be hauled behind the entire RV or put inside the trailer and the space for sleeping and such would be in the front portion.

This model of RV is popular with professional and amateur car drivers as well as other motor sports enthusiasts. They are a popular DIY type of designing what a driver wants for their sleeping and hauling needs.

Fifth Wheels

This type of RV is more luxurious with higher ceilings and many more amenities. They have been compared to a hotel, only on wheels.

You will need a larger, stronger truck for hauling. They are constructed with more cargo and tank room. Cargo for people and camping gear and the water tank for showers, more than one toilet and possibly laundry.

Again, there are many different floor plans to configure for the family that wants to design their own home away from home.  

Travel Trailers

These are somewhat smaller and can be hauled by larger cars or SUV’s. They are economical for families that enjoy camping, but want to do so with more of the comforts of their home.

This RV can be designed with a number of smaller bedrooms, a kitchen, more than one bathroom and an open living room. The amenities are also limited.  

This may also be a “starter” type RV for families that are just beginning their lives together and will eventually trade it in for a larger model.

Choosing Extras

There are a number of extras available depending on which style of RV you are building.

  • Washer and dryer combo
  • Stove and oven combo size
  • Pull out an extra room
  • Extra storage space
  • Ceiling fans
  • Moon or sun roofs
  • Solar Panels
  • Television and Internet options
  • Multiple interior choices of fabrics and colors

No matter how big or small your family is, or where you are planning on traveling, being able to design the living space is helpful. The more you like your recreational vehicle, the more you will get enjoyment out of it.

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