Owning an RV in a Rural Area
Most of the time we are in RVs, it is somewhere far flung from the buzz and hum of the city. These vehicles are perfect for rural settings because they have similar characteristics to the typical outdoor setting. They are typically found in living in a rural setting means you have easy access to both nature and cities whenever you have a need for either, all with the comforts of home on hand. RVs come in different sizes but there are three primary types or classes; Class A, B, and C that can be used in these settings. Each class has a vast array of sizes and prices to choose from. The class convention is a description of the vehicle structure after which the RV is made. Each class comes with design and accommodation tradeoffs that will inform one’s choice.
Class A RVs
RVs in this class follow the structure of buses and are shaped similarly. Herein lies the widest array of sizes and prices to choose from. These RVs do well in providing a lot of room in their size and length which can range from 25 to 45 feet. Also, many of them can be extended out to provide more room when they are in parking. Class A RVs perform well with regards to towing and make much less noise when driven. The safety of these RVs depends on a particular vehicle’s design and features. Most of the in-built safety features in these vehicles like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and electronic stability control are meant to offer protection while driving and not while stationary. As a result, motorhome owners have to purchase aftermarket security systems if they want to enhance their safety while parked. With that, this class is significantly safer because of its sheer size and quality of basic safety devices like locks and windows.
Class B RVs
RVs in this class are relatively homogenous and have similar sizes and shapes unlike the other two classes because they are built within a commercial van’s frame. This limits the amount of space as vans typically have a width of around 7.5 feet, which is shorter than most RVs. They are also shorter. As such, Class B RVs emphasize accommodations over luxury so don’t expect to find a fireplace in one. One advantage of being built into a van’s bodywork is that these RVs are high-quality and there is less risk of deterioration and leaks. These RVs are also the easiest and safest to drive as they come with front and side airbags and full seat belts but again these protect while driving and not while parked. These RVs don’t offer much in terms of camping space but they are excellent at touring as they fit in all parking spots and can fit up to four people.
Class C RVs
This is the cheapest class of RVs built on a cutaway chassis where the van’s front is kept intact and only the framework after the front doors is used. These RVs have a bed over the front seats, the “cab-over,” and that is the bulge on the rooftop although much newer makes come without it. Class C motorhomes usually follow the structure of a van but there are several variations like the “Super C” which follows that of medium-duty trucks. These RVs offer the least amount of security but they can also be custom fit with aftermarket systems.
Whichever option one goes with, they will have to think about how they would protect their RVs from elements in nature like wind, dust/pollen, bugs, extreme cold, extreme heat/UV Rays, and animals. These elements introduce wear and tear that shortens the comfort and longevity of RVs, especially in rural areas because, as mentioned before, they have conditions similar to those out in nature. There are also higher numbers of animals in rural areas and given how few boundaries there typically are, they can get close to your RV and damage the paint and finish by rubbing against or directly scratching it. Owners living in rural areas have to also protect their RVs against human threats. Unlike what one might think, thieves are more prevalent in rural areas because of the less security, easy getaway, and increased property exposure. Rural areas also come with small streets and parking there increases the vulnerability of RVs since there are almost people around most of the time. Security is therefore one of the main issues of concern for RV owners living in rural areas.
RV owners living in rural areas need to protect their vehicles against multiple elements so they must acquire RV covers. In rural areas, RVs need to be covered whenever parked in small streets, in densely vegetated areas, in dry or wet areas, in areas with strong winds, in areas with high populations of insects and animals, and areas with a lot of sun. It is also advisable to cover your RV whenever you are isolated, especially at night. RV covers are a must-have if you live in a rural area. These covers are essential for many reasons. The benefits associated with RV covers include:
- Protecting the paint, fabrics, components, and finish from UV damage.
- Preventing pollen, bird droppings, sap, dirt, or dust from damaging or accumulating on the vehicle.
- Offer water-resistant capabilities that repel snow and rain while providing breathability that allows moisture to escape.
- Reducing the need for frequent washing by minimizing black streaks.
- Prolonging your RV’s lifespan.
- Protecting the RV from scratching by animals and humans.
- Increase overall RV security by restricting access to the interior.
- Preserving the RV’s resale value.
Many of the problems associated with owning an RV in a rural area can be overcome by using public parkways. These are areas reserved for use by RV owners and offer more security and protection compared to parking in isolated areas. Public parkways are often located near big highways and conveniently close to nature so they offer the best of both worlds. Owners should plan their trips and align them with public parkways available in whatever areas they will be visiting. One way to go about this is looking up available parkways on official websites and reserving spots beforehand if possible. You should still carry your RV cover as elements like dust and UV light can be found everywhere and security is still a concern albeit at a slower clip.
A word of caution, campers are notorious for leaving their living quarters unsecured. This habit of trust is easy to pick up, especially from people that use tents heavily. You shouldn’t. Of course, the chances of someone breaking into your RV are low but you should always err on the safe side. Keep your RV locked at all times because such break-ins come at a high cost whenever they happen.
Rural areas are rife with a number of threats to the safety and longevity of RVs so it is imperative that owners acquire RV covers to minimize the risk. RV covers wrap the vehicle and keep out unwanted elements, animals, and people and so elongate the vehicle’s lifespan. In addition, these covers are usually made of breathable material that allows the vehicle to stay cool and moisture to escape. RV covers are a must-have for any committed RV owner.