Know the ABCs of RV Types: From RV Class A to Class C RVs

Know the ABCs of RV Types: From RV Class A to Class C RVs

Posted 08.02.2012 in Articles by Angela

Shopping for an RV isn't just about looking for a vehicle that can take you places. It's also about looking for a place you can potentially call home. Without a better understanding of the different classifications, shopping for an A, B, or C Class motorhome may not be as easy as 1, 2, 3. We spell out the differences of each category, and provide some of the best models available today. As if you're going house hunting, we'll be your realtor, with the common goal of finding you a motorhome where you can hang your hat for many years (and miles) down the road.

A Class A RV is the largest of the classifications. It's the type of RV that is associated with coast to coast touring and ranges from 24 to 40 feet in size. The RV rests on a custom bus chassis, or on a 3-10 ton truck chassis. A Class A RV, sometimes called a Class A motorhome, will have cooking facilities, a refrigerator, toilet, heating, water tanks, entertainment feature, an electrical supply, a gas tank, spacious living accommodations,  and perhaps an automatic slideout to expand the living space. Class A RVs can sleep up to 8 people. This type of RV is usually more luxurious than other classes; new lower end models start at $50,000, while high end models cost upwards of $300,000. A.C.E., produced by Thor Motorcoach, is a great pick for a Class A RV (http://acemotorhome.com). The Georgetown RV, made by Forest River Inc., is a bestselling RV that comes with a ton of amenities and comforts (http://www.forestriverinc.com/).  

The Class B motorhome is the smallest classification of  fully enclosed motorhomes. It is the RV that most resembles a van, and being the smallest, has better mobility and is easier to park. Though it is not meant for full-time living, it is great for travel. They are also known as van conversions or van campers. These motorhomes generally weigh 6000 to 8000 pounds and are 17 to 19 feet in length. The Class B motorhomes usually have cooking facilities, a fridge or ice box, heating, a toilet, a water tank, convertible/folding beds for 2-4 people, a propane supply, and certain electrical outlets. Because of their size, class B motorhomes can be used as vans or family vehicles as well. Prices range from $40,000 to over $100,000. Popular in the US is the Diesel Sprinter, offered by Dodge and Freightliner—a Mercedes RV that is long-lasting and with good mileage, and easy to drive. Road Trek (roadtrek.com) and Airstream (airstream.com) are two popular and reputable RV companies that make Class B Sprinter-based RV's which may be perfect for you.

A Class C motorhome is distinguished by the extended cutaway section over the driver cab, which is usually placed there for an extra bed. Class C's are structured with a bedroom in the back, and may also feature a slideout like a Class A RV. They measure from just under 20 feet to usually about 35 feet, though sometimes they are longer; they range in weight from 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. Like a Class B vehicle, Class C RV's also ride on a van chassis, and is structured like a truck. There are both luxurious and economical models available. One popular brand for Class C motorhomes, with comfort and well designed floor plans, are the Bigfoot 4000 Series Motorhomes (bigfootrv.com). Born Free (bornfreemotorcoach.com) produces a Mini for-two RV with high fuel economy and high comfort in their twin beds and oak cabinetry.

Depending on what you want to use your RV for, the different RV models between A, B, and C will all meet different needs. If you want maneuverability, a Class B or a small Class C would be best, but Class A motorhomes undoubtedly offer the most space and comfort, a true haven and home on wheels. Consider price range, mileage, and also what you will be using the RV for—frequent long drives, or as a family vehicle sometimes too? When choosing your RV, look at popular brands for starting guidelines on pricing and features as well to get the best idea of what you would like in your RV.

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