What Is a Class A RV?

What Is a Class A RV?
A recreational vehicle (RV) is the ideal solution for people who want to enjoy the comforts of home while traveling the great outdoors. A motorhome RV is a vehicle that provides both transportation and living quarters, under the same roof, for travel, camping and recreation. There are RVs for every taste and budget, but the ultimate is the Class A RV.
 

Considerations

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, there are two main categories of RVs. Motorized RVs are called motorhomes, and RVs towed behind another vehicle are called towables. Motorhomes are typically larger than towables and provide accommodations that are more luxurious. They also provide the convenience of being able to access the living area from the driving area. There are three classes of motorhomes: Class A, Class B and Class C.

 
 

Features

Class A motorhomes, also called Class A RVs, are top-of-the-line RVs. They are completely self-contained and are equipped with complete kitchens and baths. Many feature a slide-out extension, and some even have a washer and dryer. Most will sleep up to six people. The Class A RV is the most luxurious, provides the most room and offers the most amenities of all RVs.

Construction

A Class A RV is built on a specially designed rolling chassis. It is available with a front-mounted engine powered by gas or diesel or with a rear-mounted diesel engine. Motorhomes equipped with the powerful rear-mounted engines are often referred to as Diesel Pushers. Class A RVs range in size from 20 to 45 feet.

Price

Class A motorhomes are the most expensive of all RVs, according to GoRVing.com. They range in price from $50,000 to $600,000, depending on size and number of amenities.

Drawbacks

Negative aspects of Class A RVs include the initial cost, excessive fuel use, storage of the vehicle when not in use and maneuverability.

 

Resources

Article Written By Linda Hinkle

Linda Hinkle has been a writer since 2004. She spent 29 years teaching mathematics in public high schools and now maintains a private tutoring practice. In addition to writing about education and parenting issues, she writes mathematics assessment and test prep items. Hinkle is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.