Recreational Vehicles

Although there are times when cars, pickup trucks and vans can come in handy, many consumers throughout the United States prefer the freedom that only recreational vehicles can provide. These are ideal options when taking the family on a camping trip, when considering a cross-country trek or simply during times when you need to get away from the stresses or normal life and still desire to relax in the lap of luxury. Some of the most common types of recreational vehicles are motorhomes, campers, detached trailers and pontoon boats. Let us take a look at each one in more detail. You can then make the most appropriate choice based upon your needs and your budget.


Motorhomes are arguably the most popular type of recreational vehicle on the market today. As the name suggests, a motorhome is truly a “home away from home”. Most offer dedicated power supplies, furniture, air conditioning and sanitation systems. A motorhome can even be used as a permanent dwelling in many states. There are countless new and used dealers to be found both online and at physical showrooms. Of course, you can choose to add upgrades such as flat-screen television, wireless access, wall-to-wall carpeting and specific types of insurance.

The price of a motorhome will depend upon its condition, size and the number of add-ons that you require. New motorhomes (as of 2016) will cost between $50,000 and $150,000 dollars. There are some speciality conversions which can run much higher. However, it is possible to purchase a used model for as little as $30,000 dollars.


You might be wondering what the difference is between a camper and a motorhome. While both provide ample living space, campers are generally towed behind a separate vehicle such as a car or a truck. So, they are a bit smaller in terms of interior dimensions. As you may already imagine, campers tend to be cheaper alternatives due to the fact that there is no engine or drive train. These can also sometimes be referred to as “camper vans”.

Campers can once again be found by perusing websites such as Both new and used models are available. If you desire a new unit, there can also be times when you wish to visit local dealers. The price will once again be a concern. This is determined by the make, model and year of the camper. Typical prices for a new model range between $30,000 dollars and $50,000 dollars. This will once again depend upon the type of camper desired as well as any internal “extras” that might b included.

Detached Trailers

You can think of a detached trailer as a shorter version of a camper. These will often appear as camper “pancakes”. The main point with a detached trailer unit is that it is extremely compact in terms of size. It is therefore much easier to store (within a garage or on the side of your house, for instance) when compared to the rather bulky dimensions associated with a full-sized camper. Due to this size, detached trailers are normally able to handle the needs of up to two people comfortably. However, they are not intended to suit large groups.

New detached trailers can cost between $15,000 and $40,000 dollars; depending upon the make and the model. Used models may be purchased for much less with the help of online trading sites or by visiting local retailers.

Pontoon Boats

Pontoon boats can sometimes be referred to as deck boats (depending upon what part of the United States you live in). Most are known for their open-air design; ideal for catching a few rays while out on the water. Some will nonetheless offer convertible-type roofs that can be installed if the weather turns inclement. The term “pontoon” refers to how the hull is stabilized and nothing more. While these may not be considered “homes” in the traditional sense, they are certainly excellent recreational vehicles.

One great aspect of the typical pontoon boat is its relatively cheap price tag. For example, a 2017 party barge manufactured by Sun Tracker is valued at just under $17,000 dollars. This is notably less expensive in relation to other vehicles such as camper vans. Used models can be purchased (normally) for between $7,000 and $10,000 dollars.

Please note that this is only a rough guide in relation to recreational vehicles. The prices listed here are approximations and will naturally vary from state to state. If you are in the mood for a bit of fun, modern recreational vehicles will not disappoint.