Written by: Jocylfroot
09/09/2011 12:30 PM
We are first time RV buyers and a family of four. We have decided that we want a motorhome rather than a trailer. But we're not sure whether to go for a Class A or Class C. We'll be using it every year for family vacations. Do you have advice you can give?
A motorhome is a big investment and one should consider a lot of factors first before making the big decision. We’ve come up with the pros and consfor both so you can make an easy decision. We will also ask you a few self-assessing questions in order for you to get a clearer picture of what you need in a motorhome.
First up - what is your budget? Class A motorhomes are typically more expensive than Class C motorhomes. So this might make your decision an easy one if you’re budget does not allow for a Class A motorhome.
Here are the main pros and cons of Class A and Class C motorhome:
Models can also vary a lot within each class of motorhome. So we recommend that you before you buy anything speak to other owners, test drive them and even trying renting some for a weekend to really try them out. Also visit a local trade show, (a list of trade shows can be found at RVIA) and look at what is on offer. It's the best way to compare layouts and features side by side. Talk to dealers, other owners and other buyers. Get brochures, take photos of ones you see and study floor plans to give you ideas of what will suit you and your requirements. You should also visit your local RV dealers too. You can find your local dealer at RVDA. Finally consider joining a local RV club, subscribe to recreation vehicle magazines and newsletters and search various RV forums to hear peoples stories, tips and advice on RVs and buying.
Class A Motorhome
Class A motorhomes are the largest among all RVs and they typically have a bus-like appearance. These motorhomes are also the most luxurious among all RVs and are popularly used by celebrities and musicians as tour buses. A typical Class A provides all the necessary conveniences with amenities such as a full bathroom with shower, toilet and sink, master bedroom, a kitchen, dining facilities and basically all the comforts of home.
Class C Motorhome
Class C motorhomes have a very distinct appearance. This type of RV has a "truck cab" and an over-cab bed and looks very much like a camper. Class C RVs or sometimes called mini-motorhomes, have always been a popular choice for families ever since the 70s.
Class C models have the versatility of coming in economical models but it can also be customized to be very luxurious. It is smaller than Class A RVs with an average length of 20 to 32 feet. Like the Class A, a basic Class C motorhome also has all the necessary comforts of home albeit a little less spacious and elegant.
The entire front of a Class C RV (composed of the cockpit, doors, dash and engine) resemble a van or pickup truck in appearance as well as in construction because it is built on a cutaway chassis; that is why Class C motorhomes are also referred to as a van conversion.
Both types of motor homes have their advantages and disadvantages. But as you are a family of four looking for an affordable yet comfortable motorhome that you plan to take with you on family vacations, we highly recommend the Class C. If you do not require a lot of living space and storage, the Class C will be perfect.
It offers all the comforts of a Class A RV but is more modest in size, amenities and price. It is spacious enough to provide comfort but compact enough that it is welcome in most campgrounds and RV parks.
It is safer and easier to maneuver plus it has more access to small and even remote locations.
We hope this has helped you make a decision. Please check out our How to buy an RV article as this also includes tips on price negotiation and how to inspect the RV that you're going to buy. The key thing is do lots of homework and research before buying anything that it is a sizeable investment.
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