Have you been wondering about the differences in classes of motorhomes? Do you get confused when looking at all the different options to choose from? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn more about the differences among Class A, B, and C motorhomes.
Class A Motorhome
Class A motorhomes are built using a very strong, heavy-duty frame. These frames are built on either a commercial bus chassis, a commercial truck chassis, or a motor vehicle chassis. The 18-wheeler trucks use a similar build. The big, 22.5 inch wheels support the heavy load of the Class A motorhome. With 8-10 MPG, the Class A motorhome has the worst fuel economy. There are usually a minimum of two slide-outs. For quality and luxury, the Class A motorhome is the way to go. Plenty of storage space and a roomy interior are what defines the Class A motorhome. 2-4 people can sleep in the motorhome as there is a bedroom located in the back and couches that fold down into beds in the living room area. If luxury, plenty of space, and an interior that resembles home is your concern, then choose the Class A motorhome.
Class A’s are powered by either diesel or gas engines and the engine may be either in the front or the back. Often, Class A RVs are referred to by the location and type of engine they have, most commonly if it’s a diesel engine in the rear, in which case, it is referred to as a diesel pusher.
Like all motorhomes, the Class A serves as both a home and a vehicle, with easy access to the living area from the driver’s and passenger’s seats. They often include spacious, open interiors, especially when equipped with slides. With basement storage – storage areas below the living area – along with interior cabinets and closets, these large motor homes have the most storage space of all RV types. The size and shape of the Class A allows the manufacturers to develop a variety of floor plans.
Just as with other RV types, weight added by slides, cabinetry and other amenities reduces the cargo carrying capacity.
According to the RV Consumer Group, Class A motorhomes, especially those with slides, have more structural and safety issues in crashes compared to the two other classes.
While easy to drive on the open road, their size can make navigation around on town and city streets difficult. They can also be more difficult to park than their smaller cousins, especially in campgrounds. A large number of state and federal campgrounds have a limited number of sites able to accommodate Class A’s.
With the elevated driver location and additional width of the most Class A’s, judging clearance on the right side of the vehicle may be difficult. As well, clearance under trees and structures – canopies at filling stations, for example – can be an issue due to the height of the vehicle plus top mounted equipment.
We carry Thor Class A Motorhomes in the Windsport line. We have a few in stock at Summer Sizzler Sale prices: CLASS A MOTORHOMES
Class B Motorhome
From the outside, the Class B motorhome looks very much like an oversized van. They are also commonly known as camper vans or conversion vans. Inside, the van is tall enough for standing room. Even though there is a kitchen, living room, and a bathroom, it is very small. The toilet and shower are combined into one space.
Most Class B motorhomes do not have slide outs. In terms of cost, these motorhomes are the least expensive out of the three types. Since these motorhomes are the smallest, they are the easiest to drive and have the best fuel economy. Parking the vehicle also isn’t a problem because of its size. However, there is very little room for storage as the interior doesn’t afford much space. If you value how economical the Class B motorhome is, then this is the one for you.
Most Class B RVs include kitchen, bathroom, dining and sleeping facilities, with the bed doubling as a dinette during the day. Bathrooms are tiny, with the shower and toilet in the same cubicle. Extra height is accomplished for many Class B’s by either raising the roof or dropping the floors, enabling most people to stand up fully inside, but otherwise the original vehicle dimensions usually limits the living space. In some instances, though, the wheelbase is lengthened and some Class B’s even have slides to provide more interior room.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis is the dominant platform for today’s Class B motorhomes. Other platforms are starting to be used include the Chrysler Ram ProMaster van, Chevy Express van and the Ford Transit, debuting in 2014. More chassis mean more choices for RV consumers in prices, floor plans and engines.
Easiest of all RVs to park and maneuver, even in town or city settings, Class B RVs are also the least expensive motorhomes to own and operate. With their size, they are easier to use for local transportation than the other two classes of motorhomes, when traveling, and fits in a standard driveway, with no need for special storage space when not in use. Parking is easier for Class B’s than for any other type of RV, motorized or towed.
Most Class B’s should be able to tow a small trailer or support a carrying platform on the hitch receiver.
Class B+ motor homes blur the differences between the Class B and Class C categories. Class B+ RVs have a wide body section behind the cab, similar to the wide body of Class C’s without the cab-over feature. If it’s built on a cutaway van chassis, then it’s really a Class C.
Class C Motorhome
The Class C motorhome is the compromise between the Class A and the Class B. They are built with a cabin chassis. They are easy to pick out by their overcab sleeping area. The location of the sleeping area allows for more room in the living area. 4-8 people can live in one Class C motorhome. The Class C motorhome is able to tow a separate car so you can leave the motorhome parked while exploring the city in the car. The Class C motorhome has gas mileage somewhere between the Class A and the Class B motorhome. For bigger families that might want to tow a car, take a look at the Class C motorhome.
Class C motor homes are built on van or truck cutaway chassis – incomplete truck or van bodies that comes with the vehicle cab, including engine, doors, dash and cockpit area. Some may be equipped with heavier components than the comparable complete product. Since the Class C is constructed using the entire front of of a standard road vehicle, with all-steel cage and frontal crush area, it is a safer motor home than Class A RVs built on top of a bare-bones chassis. Also, while Class A RVs have a single entrance, the Class C normally has a door behind the cab while retaining the driver and passenger side doors.
The cab-over that often distinguishes Class C RVs usually contains a bed or a built-in storage area that may include an entertainment center. However, some Class C motor homes don’t include an pronounced cab-over.
Driving and living areas are connected, which allows access without exiting the vehicle. Most Class C motor homes can tow a small vehicle for running errands and sightseeing without having to move the camper from the campsite.
Some manufacturers are building very large Class C motor homes on semi-truck cut-away chassis. While most Class C models top out at around 28 feet or so, the larger Super C models and semi-truck models rival Class A motor homes in length and amenities.
Many Class C motorhomes are available with one or more slide-outs, which increase the available living space, when parked. The weight added by slideouts, though, reduces the payload of the vehicle – the cargo that can be carried inside or in exterior compartments without exceeding design weight limits.
Class C motor homes are fairly easy to drive compared to bus size Class A motorhomes and trailers. Most are also easier to park, especially at campsites and where backing is required.
We currently have several Thor Motorhomes in stock: CLASS C MOTORHOMES
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