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What’s the difference between Class A, B, and C RVs?

Van Life

If you’re thinking about buying an RV for your next road trip, you might be wondering what are the differences between Class A, B, and C RVs. These are the three main types of motorhomes that you can choose from, and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs and preferences. 

In this article, we’ll explain what each class of RV means, how they compare in terms of size, amenities, comfort, and price, and why Class B RVs might be the best option for you.

Class A RVs: The Largest, But Most Expensive

Class A RVs are the biggest and most expensive type of motorhome. They are usually built on a bus or large commercial truck chassis, which means they can be up to 45 feet long and weigh up to 30,000 pounds. Class A RVs offer the most space and amenities of any RV type, such as full kitchens with full-sized appliances, full bathrooms with showers and bathtubs, multiple bedrooms with closets and doors, living rooms with sofas and entertainment centers, dining areas with tables and chairs, slide-out decks with electric awnings, exterior storage compartments with built-in grills and tables, and more.

Class A RVs are ideal for people who want to travel in luxury and comfort without sacrificing any of the conveniences of home. They are also great for large families or groups who need plenty of sleeping space and privacy. 

However, Class A RVs also have some drawbacks that you should consider before buying or renting one. For example:

  • Class A RVs are very expensive to buy. According to Outdoorsy, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100K to over $1 million depending on the brand , model , features , etc.
  • Class A RVs are very hard to drive, park, maneuver, etc . Because of their large size and weight, Class A RVs require a lot of skill, experience, and confidence to operate safely. You also need a special driver’s license (CDL) in some states to drive them legally . 
  • Because they are so big, you might have trouble finding parking spots that can accommodate them whenever you make a pit stop.
  • Class A RVs have high maintenance costs . Because they have so many components that can break down or malfunction over time, Class A RVs require frequent repairs that can add up quickly . You also need to pay more for gas, insurance,  and registration taxes because of their large size .

Class C RVs: The Middle of the Pack

At the other end of the spectrum is Class C RVs, which are smaller and more affordable than Class A. Class C RVs are often built on truck frames and offer many of the same features as Class A, but in a smaller package. These RVs usually range in price from $80,000 to $175,000. They’re also easier to drive and can be a good choice if you’re looking for something that’s easier on your wallet. However, Class C RVs tend to be more top-heavy and can be difficult to drive in windy or hilly conditions.

Class B RVs: Versatile & Great for Travel

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Class B RVs are the smallest type of motorhome. But if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, then Class B is the way to go. Class B RVs offer the perfect balance of affordability, space and convenience. They’re easy to drive, require less maintenance than larger models, and offer all the amenities you need for a comfortable journey. They’re also great for both family travel and solo adventurers alike, providing plenty of space for all your gear and supplies.

We build our Class B RVs on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or RAM ProMaster van chassis, which means they can be anywhere from 18 to 24 feet long and weigh up to 10,000 pounds. Class B RVs offer less space than other classes, but that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in amenities. Our RVs feature:

  • Compact kitchen with sink, stove, refrigerator, and microwave
  • Large rear bathroom with toilet, shower, and sink
  • Convertible bed / sofa, and optional dinette table
  • Overhead storage cabinets
  • Premium A/V system, including two Smart TVs
  • Retractable power awning 

Class Bs are built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or RAM ProMaster chassis, making them smaller and more maneuverable than Class A or C. They feature all the amenities of a full-sized RV, but in a more compact package. Plus, they’re typically much more affordable than Class A motorhomes, with prices ranging from $90,000 to $190,000. They’re also easy to drive, with plenty of power to get up hills and around tight corners. 

And when it comes to maintenance, Class Bs are often more affordable than Class A or C, with total cost of ownership usually ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 per year. We offer a rental program which could help you offset the total cost of ownership, as well as qualify you for tax incentives

If you’re looking for a smaller, more affordable RV that still offers the amenities of a larger model, then Class B is the way to go. With their smaller size and lower price tag, Class B RVs are the perfect way to hit the road in style without breaking the bank.