Thursday, November 30, 2023


This is what your RV says about you

By Liz Wilcox
So you travel in an RV… but have you ever thought about what your RV says about you? Like, what’s the impression you give when you pull up to the campground?

Well, look no further, my friend. I’m here to tell you all about how people are judging you from their camping chairs.

Luxury motorhome

You want to go camping – you just want to do it in style. And who’s to say you can’t watch TV and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature at the same time? Just because you live in an RV doesn’t mean you have to be one of those tiny homes hippies!

Class B

Can we all just agree to call this a van? So you RV in a van, but yes, we’ll admit it’s a sweet van. It’s got a name and you’re never gonna sell it, no way. Would people stop asking?! (Man, that’s annoying!)

Class B+

You’re old and you want a simple life, but you’d also like some room for your Shih Tzu.

Moving on.

Class C

You’re either a family with small kids on vacation or a couple looking for your next great hiking adventure. This RV isn’t for everybody, and you’ll admit the storage sucks, but man is it easy to just pull over.

Truck camper

You’re a rugged mountain man with a sordid past just passing through town. At least that’s what people think when you pull up, until you step out and look like the shortstop for Average Joe’s.

Not much is known about your kind, and you like it that way. Adds a little comical mystery. The truth? You’re just easy to please.


You’re in a league all your own. You’re cute. You’re hip. You either had a lot of money to buy new or you had some money stashed away for a renovation. We’re all very happy for you.

Standard travel trailer

You’re logical. Practical. You ain’t spending a ton of money. This RV suits all your needs and nothing more. You got the one with just enough storage and space to fit you, your kids and your pets. You want to spend as much time outside as possible, and this trailer is gonna make that happen for you, dang it.

Like the rest of the RVing community, you’re just looking for your little slice of freedom. Respectable, really.


Does a bear relieve himself in the woods? So do you. Seriously though, you’re just really into the simple life.

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Fifth wheel

You want to RV with all the comforts of home but you can’t afford a luxury motorhome. BINGO! Fifth wheel! You brag about your RV kitchen every chance you get—and who can blame you? After all, you’ve got an island, a respectable fridge, and room for the Sam’s Club peanut butter in your pantry.

Toy hauler

You’re super into nature, and tearin’ it up. There’s nothing like taking the quad out in Moab and gettin’ it done, yanawimsayin? Then head on down to the motocross competition to watch your boy take those ruts like a champ. Or maybe you’re the motorcycle type and got the toy hauler to hold your pride and joy.

You head to campgrounds close to scenic highways. You love a good bonfire with some friends, good ol’ American beer, and nothing but the Classics blastin’ on the stereo in the background.


You’re tired of these money-hungry RV manufacturers with their shoddy craftsmanship—if you can even call it that. In fact, you’re pretty tired of a lot of things. No longer will you live by everyone’s standards except your own!

That’s why you decided to get the bus: the bus to freedom. It’s dependable, sturdy and full of possibility. Just like you. Maybe you’ll get plumbing for it, maybe you won’t. All you know is the open road is calling your name and you must go.

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Neal Davis (@guest_258261)
1 month ago

Hmm, …. Thank you, Liz! We opted for a “luxury” class A to get an escape door and lots of techie safety equipment in the hope of RVing longer, yet also safer. Guess we’ll see hpw it works out.

Gordon den Otter (@guest_258160)
1 month ago

My step-dad and mom snowbirded in a truck camper…because he pulled a trailer with his motorbike in it. I guess that fits the “truck camper” image…

Jim Johnson (@guest_258134)
1 month ago

A repeat from 2022. Still, Love it! Satire, sure. However, based on some of the comments Liz struck some nerves – – and isn’t that the point of satire?

I’d like to see Liz’s opinion about those of us that have two very different RVs – both of them at the same RV park! (one in storage, but ready to roll).

Lois (@guest_258126)
1 month ago

Living in a 5th wheel has nothing to do with “longing ” for a class A. We opted for a tow, because if there is a malfunction of engine, we unhook, rent a car and have our personal papers/ items with us. No way would we have our home locked in a garage somewhere without access. 39 ft, 4 slides of amazing “home” is our 1st choice. We had a chance after selling our home, but weighed every detail. We chose an easy tow home. Very happy and the only thing I envy on the road is a well done schoolie.

CeeCee (@guest_258094)
1 month ago

You left out those of us who have an older, well-loved class A. We either don’t have, or aren’t willing to spend the big bucks on a fancy new DP. Call us frugal, smart, and practical. We need the comfort of a walk around bed and love budget traveling to see this great country, often dry camping in BLM or FS areas. We keep our rig clean and well maintained, but don’t ooze $$$$.

nick (@guest_258096)
1 month ago
Reply to  CeeCee

100% Agreed!

robert (@guest_258105)
1 month ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Yes that’s us too.

Jeffery H. (@guest_200874)
1 year ago

The article says more about the author than the generalized description of who owns what type of RV.

Donn (@guest_200202)
1 year ago

Cute. But, it doesn’t cover what anyone thinks about when I show up with my Classic 1976 20′ Swinger tow-along. And, its in perfect shape, self-contained and always ready to go anywhere….that is, anywhere that’ll accept an almost fifty year old small independent camper parked along the newer stuff!?

Vickie L McClellan Benson (@guest_200104)
1 year ago

Dang, not sure what people think of my “camper”. And, really & truly, I don’t care. I’ve had 4 bumper pull “real” camp trailers, a toy hauler & 3 cargo trailer conversions. I started small, went bigger & bigger & didn’t care for the towing experience. I am now back to a very small & old “real camp trailer”, but still prefer my 7X14 cargo trailer conversion as I can haul my electric tricycle in it. At 72, I need transportation that doesn’t involve my arthritic feet.

Martin (@guest_199648)
1 year ago

Yes 5th Wheels are cheaper, but they have a lot of advantages over a RV, in my opinion. But again, it’s all about lifestyle. I don’t judge anybody’s decision to buy/own a class c, class b, diesel pusher RV or just want to tent camp. I get a little tired about people who own 17 to 30+ sized units who complain about those who have larger units. What’s the problem here? We don’t know anything about our neighbors And/or why they’ve made certain life choices.. I don’t think it matters how we drive up to our particular campsite and how each of us manages our camping experience. I have a large trailer, but have tent camped for over 30 years of my life. I enjoy my trailer and enjoyed my previous experiences without.

James (@guest_258099)
1 month ago
Reply to  Martin

Aren’t 5 Wheels RVs too?

Phil Arizola (@guest_199639)
1 year ago

What does my Class A “RUV” say about me? Hmmmm? Retired from Cannabis industry, Bought new (2018),totally renovated at factory and haven’t had a lick of trouble with the coach that is, life, the road and we all have that relative ” Murphy ” who shows up at the most difficult times,and he has certainly reared his ugly head, F150 toad fire, but still on the road with 2021 Jeep toad enjoying my 11 mpg avg. especially through Northern California! Enjoy the road!

Susan (@guest_199632)
1 year ago

Good luck finding camping spots with someone’s brilliant idea of reservations for spots. If you do find a spot you’re surrounded by empty spots that the website says is taken. HORRIBLE IDEA!!

drc (@guest_199618)
1 year ago

I guess we’ll always be a mystery. Our little class A is very basic and far from “luxury”. Class A has quite a bit of variety.

TIM MCRAE (@guest_199612)
1 year ago

I’m with Spike! Yawn!

I would like to say more but I’m trying to be nicer… lately.

Jeff Craig (@guest_199604)
1 year ago

You forgot ‘Class A Gasser’.

You want the luxury of a 40+ft diesel pusher, but with kids, pets and that job waiting for you on Monday morning, it’s not practical. Models from Forest River, Thor and Winnebago all have different levels of amenities, but they all have the power, durability and flexibility to match almost every families needs.

drc (@guest_199619)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

My feelings exactly!

Turtlewax (@guest_199601)
1 year ago

Camper psyc profile assessments? Giggle…Time will tell if I get the camper I want for retirement or just a bottle of Geritol, box of depends, case of icy hot, and a bottle of pepto. Of course I don’t need any of those things at this time but the camper would be nice to have.

Last edited 1 year ago by Turtlewax
Gene Bjerke (@guest_199598)
1 year ago

I got a Class B because it looks like the cabin of the sailboats I spent most of my adult life in. Too old to sail anymore, I still get the same vibe cruising down the highway (and don’t have to wear foul-weather gear when it rains).

Dennis G. (@guest_199594)
1 year ago

Rollin’ in a vintage class-a, that we keep as shiny as possible. We like camping, but want a bathroom seconds away from pulling over. That and we are cheap. 🙂

Steve H (@guest_199590)
1 year ago

Tongue-in-cheek, sure. But also a lot of truth about “first impressions.” Like many RVers, we have gone through half the RV types discussed in the article before settling on a Class C Sprinter very similar to the Class C photo in the article. We have always considered ourselves travelers, not campers, and the small, completely self-contained Class C allows us to spend a night anywhere with no setup or takedown required (in our mid-70s, we especially appreciate that feature). It also allows us to fit into every national-state-provincial park or forest campground in the US and Canada, unlike our fifth wheel. We are short enough to drive through, and park in, most cities without needing a toad. But, despite almost daily travel and current high fuel prices, the 12-15 mpg we get reduces our travel costs.

Could we spend an entire summer in it traveling to Canada and Alaska? Most certainly. Could we spend an entire winter snowbirding in it while parked in an RV resort? Nah!

D Wayne (@guest_199588)
1 year ago

I agree with outlaw, there’s more out there than just skoolies. Living full time in a 33 travel trailer has taught us a lot. It’s 33 feet, not something I am comfortable pulling at different times because of weather etc. So we are adapting to a smaller unit. A 6 ft x 12 ft cargo conversion trailer.. Some may say it’s not a travel trailer. Well, it can be pulled anywhere. Doing the conversion myself, so will have everything we need and nothing we don’t. Something needs fixed, not a problem. I built it.. I can fix it..
What do people think when they see it pull in to a camp ground? Not sure yet. But if the last couple months is any indication. They won’t mind, they’ll be as curious as the people that stop by to see it now while it’s being built. And walk away saying “WE can do that” or “Why didn’t we think about that?”
RVtravel, let’s see what others create, make, build to camp in..
Camping and RV’ing doesn’t have to be about how much we spend..

Spike (@guest_199575)
1 year ago

Yaaaaaaaawn. Whatever.

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