Understanding the Differences between Class A, Class B and Class C Motorhomes
If you are just delving into the recreational vehicle world, the different classes of motorhomes can be confusing. There are three classes of motorhomes, Class A, Class B, and Class C. There are many features that are shared among all three classes, but each class also has distinctive differences. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages so knowing what you need and what each class offers will help you make a better decision on which to buy.
You can tell Class A RV’s by their large size and boxy shape. This is the motorhome that is more like home. They are built on a larger chassis, often a bus or truck, but sometimes custom. At just 8 to 10 miles per gallon they aren’t the most economical vehicles on the road – and did we mention that they are very large? Some are as long as 45 feet, but that means lots of space. Class A motorhomes are a favorite with RV full timers.
Class A Motorhomes
The Pros These RVs are chock full of luxurious amenities. They can sleep 6, 8, even 10 people. Many have separate master bedrooms with sofas and dining sets that convert to beds. Some models have bunk beds in addition to the master bedroom. The kitchens are larger and fully equipped along with larger bathrooms.
The large size can make them difficult to drive. To purchase and to operate can be expensive – the fuel economy is very poor. They can also be difficult to fit into certain spots especially at campgrounds.
A Class A motorhome is like a house on wheels. It may be super nice, but many RV owners just starting out opt for a Class C or Class B to get their feet wet.
The Class B motorhome is the smallest of the classes. They tend to be better on fuel, but are short on space. While they do usually have a tiny kitchen, living room, and bathroom, they are rarely practical for full timing. Two people would fit well, but they might find it to be rather tight quarters.
Class B Motorhomes
The size of these motorhomes gives them an advantage over larger models. Their smaller size makes them affordable, gives them better fuel economy, and allows them to be parked just about anywhere.
Class B RVs usually don’t have many amenities. The small space leave little room for moving about or for storage. They usually have what is called a wet bath meaning the toilet and shower share the same space. These motorhomes can leave you feeling cramped.
While these motorhomes may not be the best for full timing, they are pretty good for trips, granted there are only one or two occupants. The good news is you can usually get into one of these for a pretty good price.
Class C MotorhomesClass C RVs are somewhere between Class A and Class B. They are often built on a truck or van chassis that is specifically designed for a motorhome. They have an attached cab and most have an overhang that extends over the cab. This area is usually used as sleeping quarters but may also be used for storage.
These motorhomes have similar amenities to Class A, but sport a much more budget friendly price tag. They aren’t as great on fuel as Class B motorhomes, but are better than Class A. You can also fit more people and more stuff in these RVs than you can in the Class B.
The Cons The fuel economy isn’t great for the Class C motorhome and while they are smaller than the Class A, they are still too large to fit in a garage – some won’t even fit in a driveway. They are also limited when it comes to space. If you want a family vacation vehicle, this could be the one. If you are looking for something to full time in, though, you may want to look at something a little larger.
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Remember, there are more motorhomes than the three classes listed above. A great resource for recreational vehicles of all types comes from Roaming Times. They offer a snippet on a variety of motorhomes, from Luxury motorcoaches to truck campers.
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