Trailer Taxonomy

Understanding the Different Types of RVs

Size isn’t everything. Recreational vehicles are classified by shape, not length.

By Allison Williams Illustrations by Seattle Met Published in the Spring 2021 issue of Seattle Met

Class A 

Shaped like a bus with a flat front; often the biggest on the block.



Class B

Van-shaped but built for overnights—the compact option. 



Class C 

A motorhome on a truck or van chassis, usually with a sleeping lip above the cab. 



Conversion Vans

Born for transportation but rebuilt for adventure use.



Truck Campers

Slide-in structures meant to perch atop a pickup.




Travel Trailers

Towable accommodations that don’t move on their own.



Fifth Wheels

Trailers so big they require a special hitch and a strong vehicle to pull them.



Toy Haulers

RVs and trailers with a storage compartment for another vehicle, like an ATV.

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