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.

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.