Class A Vs. Class C Motorhomes

Class A Vs. Class C Motorhomes
A motor home is an excellent option for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors but don't want to give up the comforts of home. Categorized into three classes--Class A, Class B and Class C--motor homes provide a combination of transportation and living quarters, all under the same roof.


Class A motor homes are available with engines powered by gas or diesel. Class A diesel motor homes with the engine located in the rear, commonly called diesel pushers, are the largest and most luxuriously equipped of all motorized RVs. Class C motor homes are smaller, less expensive versions of Class A models.


According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the cost of a new Class A motor home ranges from $58,000 to $400,000 as of September 2009. A new Class C motor home costs from $48,000 to $140,000.


The size of a Class A motor home ranges from 21 to 45 feet in length, according to the Family Motor Coach Association, and sleeps up to six people. A Class C motor home ranges from 20 to 35 feet in length and sleeps up to eight people.


A Class A motor home is constructed on a bare specially made motor vehicle chassis. Most Class C motor homes feature a manufactured van frame with an attached over-the-cab section. Some Class Cs are built on a pickup truck chassis.


Class A motor homes, because of their size, wheel base and lower clearance, are typically more difficult to maneuver than Class C motor homes.

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.

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