Are you in the market for an RV? If so, you aren’t alone. A record number of RVers are planning to hit the road again this year. The biggest question most of them will face is what type of RV to get. After all, there are so many choices, including Class-C motorhomes.
The different types of RVs
RVs range from simple and inexpensive fold-out tent campers to luxurious and pricey mega-buses. You’ll find two basic types: towable and motorized. According to Camper Report, towables include pop-ups and lightweight hybrid campers that feature canvas pop-outs instead of solid-walled slide-outs, slide-in truck campers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, and travel trailers.
Motorized RVs include Class B, Class C, and Class A motorhomes. The smallest are the 20-to-26-foot Class B models, which are also known as camper vans. They’re basically a van that is tall enough to stand up in and large enough to have a few amenities such as a bed, kitchenette, and wet bath. Compare this to the largest motorhome, the Class A motorhomes.
These Class A behemoths range from about 25 to 45 feet long and are generally built on a bus chassis. They’re often large enough to features all the bells and whistles of a home. In-floor heating, leather sectionals, granite countertops, dishwashers, large pantries, tiled showers, double vanities, half baths, walk-in closets, stacking washer-dryer units, and more are just some possible amenities. Of course, all those amenities come at a cost, both at the dealer and at the fuel station!
The final motorhome category belongs to Class C. Despite the name, these are middle-sized motorhomes between 22 and 35 feet long. That makes them more spacious than most Class Bs and easier to handle than many Class As. For many motorhome buyers, this makes a Class C motorhome an ideal choice. In fact, Camper Report says, “. . . Class C might just be the best overall!”
The advantages of a Class C motorhome
Let’s start with the driving. Since Class C motorhomes are built on a van or truck chassis, they handle much like a large SUV or pickup truck rather than a bus. For many people, this makes them more relaxing to drive than a Class A. This is an important consideration if you plan on touring the country in your RV.
These popular motorhomes are as easy to service as a pickup truck. Just pop the hood, and it’s easy to access the engine. Parts are fairly easy to come by too. Their popularity means there are plenty of models from which to choose.
Since a Class C is usually not as long or as tall as a Class A, it’s easier to maneuver in busy city traffic or on twisty mountain roads. It’s also usually easier to find a great parking spot. That smaller size also means better gas mileage than a gas-guzzling Class A. It won’t be great mileage, but every mile per gallon counts.
It’s perfect for casual outings. Where taking a Class A out can seem like an event, a Class C is small enough to serve a multitude of purposes. Take it to a family gathering in the park, and it can serve as a mobile rain shelter. Use it to sleep guests, as a playhouse for the kids, or for a quick trip to your favorite fishing spot.
Class C motorhomes usually feel fairly spacious inside. Slide-outs offer additional roominess. Most Class C motorhomes offer additional sleeping space in the overhang above the cab. This allows them to sleep more people than even much bigger Class As. Depending on the size and layout, a Class C can sleep up to eight people comfortably.
Choose your new RV wisely
Class C motorhomes are very popular, but are they the right choice for you? The perfect motorhome will be different for everyone. The key to finding the perfect one for you lies in figuring out what you need. You’ll have to consider who will be using the RV, how you’ll use it, safety, amenities, aesthetics, your budget, and more before making your choice. Although, if this is your first RV, it’s really hard to go wrong with a Class C motorhome.