Motorhome Classes Explained

There is nothing more enjoyable than the excitement of RV camping, but not every enthusiast has the same needs or goals. It’s important to select a vehicle that fits your expectations and your budget. Motorhomes have several advantages over the travel trailer styles of RVs. They are usually completely self-contained, easier to set up at the campsites and have room for your passengers to move about while on the road.

Let’s take a closer look at the three basics classes of motorhomes available to consumers:

Class A

Class A motorhomes are the largest and most expensive RVs on the road. These spacious RV’s are built on a specially designed motorhome chassis and can have either gas or diesel engines. Some class A’s are equipped with anywhere from 1-4 slide out sections for extra room and comfort. The list of features, options and amenities are almost unlimited, but generally they have kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment centers and centrally controlled heating and air conditioning.

Features of the Class A Motorhome

Spacious and well-equipped, even the smaller, basic models are roomy and home-like.
The larger, more luxurious models have many of the bells and whistles of a custom home.
Designed with extensive storage capacity and often include basement storage areas.
At a touch of a button, slideouts in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet to create larger living areas. Many motorhome models include multiple slideouts.
Many owners choose to tow a small vehicle for short side trips once the motorhome is parked.

Class B

Class B Motorhomes have kitchens, washrooms with showers and can sleep up to four people depending on the model. These van campers are self contained and have a slightly stretched full-size van appearance with the addition of a raised roof. Class B’s are easy to drive, typically fit in a normal parking space, are easy on fuel, and are often used as a second vehicle.

Features of the Class B Motorhome

Nimble and easy to drive, Type B Motorhomes are easy to park and maneuver, even in downtown settings.
Home-like conveniences are standard, including bathroom, sleeping, dining and kitchen facilities as well as storage.
Full stand-up room is achieved by raising the roof and sometimes by the use of dropped floors, for extra interior headroom.

Class C

The Class C Motorhome has a distinctive cab-over bunk that makes this RV easy to recognize. Built on a commercial cut-away van chassis Class C’s have evolved tremendously over the years. With all the amenities of any motorhome, they are available in various lengths, many with slide-out rooms and packed with extras.

Features of the Class C Motorhome

Ample living space includes sleeping, kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities, as well as entertainment systems and storage.
Slideouts in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button to create larger living areas.
Owners can tow a small vehicle for short side trips once the motorhome is parked.
The ability to easily move from the driving area or belted passenger seats to the living space when stopped along the way is the main reason owners say they chose a motorhome over a towable model.

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