*This one is obvious, but unless you tow a second vehicle, you never get that nice free feeling that you have after parking the trailer and then just being able to use the tow vehicle for a "normal" car to go exploring.
*Somewhat related to the above, I guess if I were going to be on the road a lot (vs. long stays), and the motorhome were going to be of a smallish size, I would rather have a motorhome for the "not towing a trailer" feel. On the other hand, if I were going to be parked more, I would rather have a trailer that I can "ditch" and not have to drive it around all the time (and take it out of my campsite every time I wanted milk and bread). This assumes no towed car behind your motorhome.
*Also, as mentioned above, you are now purchasing and maintaining two engines (motorhome and regular vehicle that you either leave at home or tow along).
*This one is probably infrequent, but if you have vehicle problems out on the road, your whole "house" has to go to the shop, vs. parking the trailer somewhere and just letting the tow vehicle go into the shop.
*When the time comes to change "campers," you now have to buy a new (different) engine and drivetrain, as opposed to just getting a new trailer (this one would depend on how often you like to change rigs, of course).
*On the upside, you can now tow a boat or other trailer without having to tow doubles (which isn't even legal in many places).
*If you keep it small (Sprinter or Coachhouse type), then I think they feel more nimble and less "always on your mind" when driving than a TW/trailer combo.
*This is another one that depends on your travel style, but I often pull into a rest area all "ready for bed." With my car (I can sleep in the back) I can just subtly slip into the back and head off into dreamland, whereas with the trailer I feel more like I am "announcing" my intentions and that I'm solo. So I often still sleep in the back of the car when I'm in transit. But in any case, there is the ability to just slip into the back without going outside.
*In a smaller rig, it's nice that you gain the space and comfort of the driver and passenger seats -- they often swivel and become living room furniture. A good captain-type car seat is way more comfortable and better-made than your typical bench in a trailer.
*The RV can be a shorter rig (depending on how long your TV/trailer combo was), so could be handier for parking (of course with a car and a 13-er, one can already fit into a normal nose-to-tail parking spot, but I don't suppose than continues to work with longer trailers and longer TVs).
Well, those are a few that come to mind immediately. To my mind there is a vast difference between a "small" motorhome (Sprinter, Coachhouse) and a huge behemoth. Having driven an 8'6"wide Class A motorhome for work, often on narrower secondary roads, I know that at the end of the day I was exhausted, even when I was used to driving it all the time. Getting into my car at the end of the day was like a present!
All good points, Raya and others. Must say ditto on Raya's for sure.
In the late '90s until 2005, our RV was a C-Class MH and we had ran the generator
at times. Not for all out electronics use, which we did not have, but to run the A/C. I remember the longest trip running the generator
was between Las Cruces and the LA area of Southern California. Temps were in the triple digits, we needed the A/C on the roof to keep the inside of the coach cool. We got a late start and had to spend a night sleeping at a rest area in Arizona, the one before getting to Quartzite. It ran all night and most of the time getting there and on the next day. We would turn the A/C off a few minutes before stopping to re-fuel to keep the generator
from over heating. We would turn generator off while re-fueling.
We did not have to use it on many trips, but on a few. There were 5 of us on the trip I mentioned. The salesman had told us about running the generator to run the A/C on very hot days.
We would often turn it on & off using the microwave
while driving. Of course one can have too many electronic running at once, depends on size of the generator, how much power is need to run each object. We could not run the A/C and the Microwave
at the same time for an example.
We felt more secure in using rest area, etc in the MH . We had often used Rest Areas and the like in it but not in the trailers, but the key is to be Vigilant, some are better than others, if spooky-don't, if not-stay. Welcome centers had been nice to stay in as well.
More secure, if something or someone made us feel spooked or uneasy, all we had to do was climb down out of bed, get behind the wheel and drive off. No going outside to get into a tow vehicle.
We normally towed a small Geo Metro behind the MH (which was not a huge one, 20 or 22 foot one). But we have towed a Ford Ranger at times and a Jeep CJ-7 which would be towing a boat. Often the Metro had a 16' canoe on top of it and two bicycles (one a tandem) on the back of the Metro and two on the back of the MH.
The one we had, had all the power in the world, could tow about anything but it took a lot of fuel, was very tall without all that much added storage.
Like someone said, how you plan to use it, and what you like and what you don't want to do, they will make a lot of difference. I believe it was Mike Sanders who wrote it.
It is fun for me to be closer to really camping and to have to do things in the trailer. To be able to travel a little lighter, in a small space. Makes me
What size, what class (A, B or C) how many bells and whistles are factors. Basically, I believe some mentioned this already: a motor home will be much like a TT except it is attached to a motor vehicle, therefore you have same problems of both all in one unit and you can not drive off without the RV part, unless you are in a second vehicle. They have some neat ones out there for sure. I might take one if someone offered it to me as a gift, but I would not want to buy one again. It would make it a lot easier to take my Yamaha with me and the canoe, etc.
My son's father-in-law, rented a small or at least short C-Class (what we had) in Billings, MT and drove it to Glacier and back. He hated it, didn't like the rocking back and forth was one thing, not sure of any others. He likes a trailer instead, his son got a toy hauler and he has used it a few times. My son would not want anything but a 5th wheel.
It is why they make so many different types and models. Good idea is to check on renting what you like first, check out cost for insurance, to park it if any, etc.