Class A, B or C – Which is right for you?

If you are considering the purchase of an RV and you have decided that a motorized unit is more to your liking than a towable, you still have many options to evaluate before taking the plunge.

The choices are broadly categorized as Class A, Class B and Class C motorhomes. These classes are described in more detail in other articles; our purpose here is to point out advantages and drawbacks of each to help you make your selection.

Class A – Class A motorhomes, in general, are the largest and most comfortable, but also the most expensive to purchase and operate. Here are some other points to consider:
• Class A’s have large storage tanks, a lot of storage space, and large carrying capacity.
• They have the best ride but are harder to handle and maneuver in traffic as compared to the smaller units.
• Campgrounds limited to smaller RVs may be inaccessible, as well as some back roads.
• Some residential areas restrict RV parking and some homes don’t have enough driveway area for storing a large motorhome.
• Class A’s typically must be serviced at specialized shops and, as a result, quick repairs may be a problem.

Class B – Nimble and compact, Class B’s are converted vans. Their space limitations are obvious, but the smaller overall size has its advantages.
• It can be used as a second vehicle, possibly eliminating the costs of buying, insuring and maintaining another automobile.
• They can park anywhere a full-sized sedan can, in front of your house or in all but the smallest campsites.
• They are easy to handle in urban traffic or on mountain roads.
• Class B’s can usually be serviced at any auto repair shop.
• They are the least expensive to operate, though their purchase cost may be in the same range as a Class C.
• Their limited storage capacity, including holding tanks, means they are not well-suited for full-time RVing.
• Typically, they have no separate bedroom – beds fold out, and they often have very cramped bath facilities.

Class C – All-around flexibility, the Class C category offers a wide variety of motorhomes, overlapping low-end Class A’s at one end of the scale and competing with high-end Class B’s at the other. In general, they fit between the A and B motorhomes in terms of purchase and operating expense, storage and carrying capacity, handling and parking, comfort and space.
• Since they are built on truck or van chassis, they can be serviced at many car and most truck repair shops.
• A Class C is probably safer as compared to a Class A; the front of the vehicle is crash tested and they must meet truck or auto safety standards such as airbags.

If you haven’t done so already, visit a couple of RV dealers and tour various classes and sizes of coaches. There’s no substitute for personal experience.