This is a tough question. The answer really depends on your particular needs, and desires, and how far you are willing to venture outside your comfort zone. In the Class C vs. Class A Motorhome debate, there are some key elements that should be examined.
How Exactly Are They Different?
The Class A motorhome is the largest of the motorized RV classes. They are built on heavy-duty frames and constructed on either a commercial truck or bus chassis, which means the frame does support larger wheels and can carry a heavier load.
Class C motorhomes are considered more of a hybrid. They are built on a truck or van frame, hence the reason they look like a cross between a truck and a camper, and they are characterized by a sleeping compartment situated over the cab.
Now that we know the defining characteristics of each, let the debate begin.
Difference #1 — Space
The number one difference is the space, and with a Class A, space is king. This motorhome can be as long as 45 feet and sleep up to 10 people, making it a good option for those who are looking for a more luxurious travel experience. This style of motorhome has almost every amenity your home has, including a washer and dryer, queen or king-size walk-around bed, residential-size fridge, and storage space abound with pantries and more closet space.
Many Class A owners are full-time RVers, travelers with large families, or those who spend a large chunk of time out on the road. As it is more common for these RVers to spend months at a time in their Class A, having RV insurance is essential.
Difference #2 — Drivability
When it comes to drivability, the Class C Motorhome is considered the easier vehicle to drive as they are shorter in length. A Class C is easier to maneuver in urban environments as well as the highway. Parking can also be an issue with Class As. Class Cs have an easier time finding a parking spot at restaurants and shops than their Class A counterparts.
Many National Park Campgrounds and US Forest Service campgrounds have length restrictions that can be limiting for Class A owners. If you want to experience more of an “off-the-beaten-path” experience, a Class A could limit you.
If you plan on switching drivers throughout your travels, you will want to make sure that all are comfortable driving and parking whichever RV you choose. A Class C is similar to driving a truck or a moving van, whereas a Class A is more like driving a bus.
Difference #3 — Price Tag
The price tag for each class of motorhome is another area where you will see a big difference, as the Class A is the luxury option.
In terms of new vs. used motorhomes, there are some advantages to buying a used motorhome beside the price tag. Used motorhomes can have upgrades, extras, and pesky manufacturer kinks that have already been fixed.
There are also a few other price factors to bear in mind. One of those is the price of fuel. As the Class A motorhome is larger and heavier, it doesn’t get the best mileage. You will end up spending more money on fuel with a Class A.
Does My Motorhome Need Insurance?
Absolutely! Your auto insurance policy will not provide the comprehensive coverage RV insurance will. A few things you will want to consider is the need for Vacation Liability, Personal Items Replacement, and Emergency Expensive — all things that RV insurance can cover.
Insuring your RV is another necessary cost of ownership, the increased perception of luxury with Class As makes them a target.
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