4) Do you prefer a refined or rustic camping experience?
Finally, and perhaps the most important question is how rustic or refined do you want your camping experiences to be? This is a matter of personal choice, like all the other considerations. Do you want to get off the beaten path and into the back country? If so, you’ll need an RV small enough to be driven (or towed over) small back country roads. Do you want to camp in forest service campgrounds or are you more comfortable in designated RV parks and resorts? Do you want to boondock for long stretches of time? If so, you’ll need an RV equipped with solar panels and large holding tanks. Perhaps you only need your RV as a base camp because you’ll spend the bulk of your time lounging, cooking, and recreating outdoors, so a small RV with minimal features would be fine.
On the other hand, you may be more comfortable inside your RV and you appreciate all the creature comforts that come in a larger motorhome, or trailer. Perhaps, you want an RV with multiple bathrooms, a washer and dryer, fully equipped galley, residential style refrigerator, multiple entertainment centers, recliners, and a Bose sound system throughout the RV. Whether you’re boondocking in the back country in a small Class B van conversion or camping in an RV resort, in a 42 ft Class A motorhome, it doesn’t make any difference, as long as you’ve matched your own personal preferences to the type of RV that best meets your needs. If you have the right RV it will feel right, kind of like a glove that fits, but if you choose the wrong RV it will never feel like a good fit.
Therefore, when selecting your RV, take your time. Consider all the pros and cons of the different types of RVs, and all the camping variables, as described here. There is no right or wrong answer to the question of which RV is best for you. That is why there are so many different options, from soft sided pop-up trailers to half million dollar motorhomes. It’s all a matter of your personal choices, preferences, and taste. It boils down to deciding what feels right to you, how, and where you plan to camp, who all will be using the RV, how many creature comforts you need, and finally what can you afford.