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Not Sure of What Type, Size Unit is for Your Family?

December 6, 2019

Generally speaking, the larger the unit, the more space, privacy and comfort it will afford its guests. Also, the larger the unit, the more costly it will be to rent and operate. So, its important to fit the unit to your needs and desires, especially for privacy when sleeping. Be careful of smaller units which claim to sleep 5, 6 or more. Check the size of the beds – adults need a full 6′ length for comfort. (Note to overseas guests: America is one of the few places in the world which hasn’t adopted the Metric System, so be prepared to convert feet, miles, gallons, quarts, acres etc. to units you can comprehend.)


A camping and travel vehicle, from 24 to 34 feet in length, built on a self-propelled vehicle chassis. Contains kitchen, sleeping, bathroom and dining facilities, accessible to driver’s area. Living systems include electricity, heating, air conditioning, water and propane gas. Sleeps 2 to 10 people. Living systems are self-contained, but when staying at campgrounds, most users hook up to electricity, water, sewer drain, even cable television.


A scaled down version of Motorhome, from 20 to 28 feet in length, built on truck chassis, usually with sleeping hunks atop cab. Living area accessible to driver’s area. Sleeps 2 to 6, if you include children. Has fewer features, less space and privacy than larger units, but is more economical to operate and is easier to drive and park.

Conversion Van

A regular. van with a raised roof, from 16 to 21 feet in length, customized to include side windows, carpeting, custom seats and accessories. Can sleep from 2 to 4 people, but has minimal kitchen or toilet facilities.

Travel Trailers

Not practical for overseas guests, or Americans who fly to a pick-up point, since they require a heavy-duty vehicle to pull them. Towable units, 13 to 33 feet in length, they have full living facilities, but it’s illegal to use them while underway Best when parked at campground for extended periods, while you use the towing vehicle for local transportation and sightseeing. Check your rental dealer to make sure your tow vehicle, hitch and wiring are adequate.

Truck Campers

Camping unit mounted on bed of a pickup truck, 18 to 21 feet in length, including the truck. May have kitchen and bathroom facilities, plus bunks to sleep 2 to 6 people. Especially popular as rental units in Canada, for wilderness use.

Folding Camping Trailer

A lightweight, towable unit with collapsible sides, 10 to 15 feet in length. When set up, they provide kitchen, dining and sleeping facilities for up to 8 people. Check your rental dealer to make sure your tow vehicle, hitch and wiring are adequate. This unit is an option if you want to spend part of a motoring trip camping out, using toilet facilities provided at campgrounds.