Class C motorhomes are sometimes referred to as "mini motorhomes" and are built on a van chassis, instead of a larger bus chassis as a Class A motorhome is. Class C motorhomes are typically more family oriented, with four to six beds, full kitchens and a small bathroom area. Class C motorhomes offer different features and accommodations based on the type of chassis they are built on and their overall box construction.
Traditional Class C Motorhome
A traditional Class C motorhome is built on a Ford E450 or Chevrolet Workhorse chassis and features an 8-foot, 5-inch wide box with an overhead bunk bed for additional sleeping capacity. Typical lengths of Class C motorhomes in this class range from 23 to 32 feet.
Hybrid Class C Motorhome
At first glance, a hybrid Class C motorhome looks much like its traditional Class C brethren, with a more streamlined and aerodynamic cap over the cab area. The hybrid Class C motorhome box is also narrower, at 7-feet, 11-inches. These features allow the hybrid Class C motorhome to achieve slightly better fuel economy, but at the expense of sleeping areas and interior space.
Sprinter-Based Class C Motorhomes
Sprinter-based Class C motorhomes are built upon the Dodge Sprinter van chassis, which is smaller than the Ford E450 and Chevrolet Workhorse chassis, and features an economical Mercedes-Benz 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The Sprinter chassis is 7-feet, 6-inches wide and 24-feet, 6-inches long, but some floor plans still offer sleeping capacity for five.
Super C Motorhomes
Super C motorhomes are built on medium-duty truck chassis, usually featuring large diesel engines, and are much larger than traditional Class C motorhomes. Super C motorhomes are typically 32 to 36 feet in length, feature sleeping for six and multiple slide-outs offering much more usable interior space than a traditional Class C motorhome.
Article Written By Roy Scribner
Roy Scribner is based in Silicon Valley, where he writes about outdoor recreation topics for various online media outlets, while moonlighting as the business development manager for a defense aerospace firm. Roy and family are avid RV'rs and campers, averaging 5,000 miles every year in the Western United States.