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Class A Diesel Motorhome

 Often referred to as a diesel pusher motorhome. The large diesel engine on this motorhome is located in the rear of the coach, which ads extra power to the RV when compared to its gas powered counterpart. Having the engine in the rear also adds to the quietness and smoothness of the ride. The diesel engine essentially pushes the motorhome down the road. Class A diesel motorhomes are great for long trips, and cross-country adventures. In many instances they are the perfect RV for the full-time RV’er. The diesel engine usually lasts longer and is more durable than the gas engine on other Class A’s. Diesel motorhomes are the epitome of luxury RVing.

Class A Gas Motorhome

Class A gas motorhomes are a popular option for full-time or long-term RV’ers. Class A’s offer many of the comforts of home including residential full-sized furniture, slide-outs for added space, often times a residential refrigerator, and even potentially a washer and dryer (depending on the RV). Class A motorhomes resemble a bus, with a vertical front windshield with large windows.

Class C Motorhome

These motorhomes are usually built on a truck chassis and attached to the cab portion.  Some manufacturers of Class C engines include Chevy, Ford, and Mercedes Benz. Class C RV’s have a distinctive “cab-over” profile that makes them easy to recognize. Many class C’s offer similar amenities to their class A counterparts, just on a smaller chassis. Class C Motorhomes are perfect for RVers of all types from families, to singles, to those that love remote exploring and camping.


 Fifth Wheel

Fifth wheels are the largest type of towable RV. They are pulled by large pick-up trucks with a special fifth wheel hitch. Fifth wheels have large living spaces, and are easy to tow given their size.

Travel Trailers

Travel trailers are quite possibly the most recognizable form of RV on the roads and in campgrounds today. The Travel Trailer is also known by many as the “camper.” It is designed to be towed by a bumper hitch or a frame hitch. Travel trailers were designed with all types of RVers in mind. Multiple floor plans and styles are available to suite your every need. Travel trailers are favorites amongst RVers who enjoy the freedom of having a vehicle to enjoy their destination and a complete home unit wherever they are.

Fold Downs

Fold Downs are also commonly known as a “camper trailer,” “pop-up,” or tent trailer. This form of RV is versatile, and perfect for the young family who is looking to enter the towable RV marketplace. Camper trailers have often been the constant fixture in family camping throughout the years. Many times “pop-ups” are the first trailer that an RV’er purchases. They are lightweight, which means they are towable by virtually every type of vehicle. These towable RV’s are available in a variety of lengths, and often are available with options such as refrigerators, hot water, air conditioning, and even bathrooms.

Truck Camper

Truck campers are in many ways the most versatile type of RV. These recreational vehicles are capable of going anywhere your pick-up truck would go. In fact they affix right to the back of a truck, over the truck bed. The truck camper has been around since the early 1950’s and innovations wheels usually have large ceiling heights and more slide-out rooms when throughout the years have made the interiors much larger and expansive than when they were first introduced.


Expandable RV’s are designed to be towed by mid-sized vehicles with a bumper or frame hitch. Expandables are in many ways a camper trailer with hard sides, as opposed to tent material sides. However, they do have expandable tent ends. Expandables are often the second RV in which entry-level buyers turn to after the “fold-down” camper. Expandable RV’s are often viewed as an upgrade to the camper trailer due to their durable side walls. Many expandables come with a kitchen, living space, bathroom, and even a slide out.


Toy Haulers

Toy Haulers are built to haul all and accommodate all of your toys. They are perfect for those RVers who want to hail snowmobiles, ATV’s, four wheelers, or even motorcycles. Toy hauler RV’s have a large cargo garage in the rear of the RV and are available in toy hauler, fifth wheel, or even motorhome styles.

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Grand Design Momentum Toy Hauler

Grand Design RV has done it again, and this time it’s not just a fifth wheel. We want to introduce you to the Momentum Toy Hauler. The Momentum is the latest in a line of state of the art RV’s produced by Grand Design RV. The newly launched RV company has also launched the Solitude and the Reflection fifth wheel this year. Not only does this RV have the look and luxury feel of a traditional fifth wheel, it also has the room for all of your ATVs, motorcycles, and other “toy” needs.

The master bath in the Grand Deisgn Momentum 355TH epitomizes the luxury that can be found in this toy hauler. It looks like something you might find in the upscale neighborhood home in your city, with linen storage, a residential toilet, skylight, and a sink and vanity that will certainly be the envy of the campground. The master bedroom features a walk-around queen bed, or an optional King bed and 6’6” ceiling height. 

The exterior storage on this RV is nearly unbeatable. There is a motorhome style slam latch storage compartment and even a built-in aluminum tool box.

The Grand Design Momentum truly is a revolutionary fifth wheel toy hauler, and it will be available at General RV very soon. For more information on this RV, please contact a member of our internet team at 888-436-7578


Grand Design:Reflection 5th Wheel

Grand Design RV is certainly making an impact on the RV industry in their first year of manufacturing towable RV’s. The first product that Grand Design rolled out during “show season” this past winter, was the Solitude fifth wheel. The Solitude is the epitomy of luxury, and competes with the best premium 5th wheels in the marketplace. However, Grand Design listened to the customer and understood the need for a more “Mid-Pro” moderately priced fifth wheel with added options that other manufacturers simply could not compete with. Hence, they are introducing the Reflection 5th Wheel!

The Grand Design Reflection was best described by the company in a recent newsletter; “After months of research and listening to customer reviews, we have taken the WOW features from the Solitude and incorporated them into the Reflection just on a much smaller scale.” “We wanted to build around the needs of the customer, not the needs of the company.”

The Reflection is almost 7 feet shorter than the 39′ Solitude, but offers many ofther similar standards and options. To view the standards and options on the Grand Design Reflection, click here. 

Visit GeneralRV.com for more information on this specific fifth wheel. You may also view the product page here. Additionally, you can call 888-436-7578 if you have any further questions regarding this specific RV or floorplan. More details and photos will become available as these start to “roll onto” our lots. Have a great day!

General RV Presents: The Grand Design RV Solitude 305RE


Grand Design has done it again! They have now released the Solitude 305RE fifth wheel to go a long with the Solitude 369RL and the Solitude 368RD. Their innitial offering of the 369RL proved hugely successful, as it blended comfort, with useability and luxury. Grand Design RV was founded on the premise that they would always listen to the customer and their desires and needs. They have certainly lived up to this obligation in the early stages, as a key piece of feedback received was the customer’s desire for a rear entertainment model. Not even a full six months into their existance, they have released a rear entertainment model in the 305RE. Now that’s listening to the customer!


This RV is perfect for those RVers that seek an uninterrupted living space with clean sight lines to the T.V. You don’t have to worry about cooking in the kitchen and being in the way of those watching T.V. Additionally, the open concept floorplan on this fifth wheel reminds many RVers of their residential home, as a conversation can be easily had with those in the living space, or even sitting at the dining table. Grand Deisign has once again hit a “home run” with this floorplan, as it almost feels like you are in suburbia and not a towable fifth wheel. However, rest assured as nature is right out your doorstep. For more information visit GeneralRV.com give us a call at 888-436-7578

The Grand Design RV Solitude 368RD Fifth Wheel: Now Available at General RV



Grand Design RV recently rolled out their 100th Solitude Fifth Wheel. The emphasis has been on producing the 369RL floorplan to this point, but there is now a new model in town…the Grand Design Solitude 368RD Fifth Wheel. The floorplan has not even been updated on the Grand Design Flooplans page, but it is available for order here at General RV


Some of the Features of the 368RD include:

  • 101″ Wide body construction
  • 2″ Aluminum framed side walls
  • Painted front cap with matching skirt metal. 
  • Aluminum entry step
  • 60LB. LP bottle with slideout tray.
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Keyless entry door
  • 7000 pouind axles
  • Lippert self adjusting break system
  • High gloss fiberglass walls
  • 50 Amp detachable power cord
  • 6’6” ceiling height in bedroom
  • King bed
  • Washer Dryer Prep 
  • 82″ recliner sofa
  • 7′ Tall slide room
  • Hardwood Dinette table
  • Electric Fireplace
  • Residential stainless sink


There are many more features available on this 5th wheel, including a Weather-Tek package, which features many innovations  that will allow you to camp in very cold temperatures. 


Call General RV at 888-436-7578 to learn more about this particular Grand Design product.

Grand Design RV: Solitude 369RL 5th Wheel

The Solitude Fifth Wheel made by Grand Design RV features a spacious rear living floorplan. In the living space you will find a sofa with overhead storage, two lounge chars,and a freestanding dinette. The focal point of this space is the luxurious feeling that is created with a fireplace and flat screen T.V. There is also a slideout desk in the entertainment center area. The kitchen features a double sink, curio cabinets, a pantry, 3 burner range with microwave & a side-by-side refrigerator. There is also a hutch with plenty of overhead storage in this space. The best part about the Solitude Fifth Wheel By Grand Design RV though might just be the bedroom slide that features a KING BED! This luxurious unit will be available at General RV very shortly at a very affordable price!


General RV Center: Exclusive Dealer of Grand Design RV

We are proud to announce a partnership with a brand new RV Company! Grand Design RV is just about 3 months old and will launch their first product towards the end of January. The business model for Grand Design will be to create products for six segments of the RV marketplace. The first product, which as noted above is set to launch towards the end of January, will be the Solitude 369RL Fifth Wheel. The focus of the company is to keep it relatively small and customer focused. Each of the six segments will have just one product name under the Grand Design RV brand. It will be simple, and efficient, yet geared towards what customers desire. The company also hopes to launch a mid-sized travel trailer and a second fifth wheel towards the end of 2013, with an additional toy hauler being a possibility. The new fifth wheel will have a 101 inch wide body, a 7,000 pound capacity axle, 40 inch slideouts, and THREE 20 pound LP tanks that can be changed out for full ones at gas stations. The company is being launched by Don Clark and Bill and Ron Fenech who are RV industry veterans. They were the original founders of Keystone RV, a company that reached the top of the industry very quickly. We are proud to be chosen as an exclusive Grand Design Dealer, and we look forward to doing business for many years with a company that will undeniably excel in this industry and conduct themselves in an integrity filled manner.

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