If you’re debating between a Class A and Class C RV, there are some factors to consider besides size. Here will discuss some of the differences and similarities to help guide you to the right choice.
The Outdoorsy Guide to RV Classes is a good primer that will show you the specs on all the classes, but it can be hard deciding between the A and the C. Be sure to consider the following before making your decision:
A Matter of Size
One of the most obvious differences between a Class A and Class C RV is the size. You don’t get much bigger than an A, and a C is noticeably smaller in size, but the C is no slouch in the size department, either.
A Class A is the biggest RV and you’ve likely remarked at one as it cruises down the expressway. Class C is more of a classic-sized RV, definitely capable of housing a family, but not nearly as big as an A.
Get a good grasp on how much space you need on a regular basis, and opt accordingly.
The features between the two will be pretty similar, just on a smaller scale in regards to the Class C. You’ll still get comfy, home-sized mattresses, a kitchen, bathroom with shower, and more no matter which RV you go with.
Some of the features on the latest Class A RVs are pretty mind blowing, making use of their large size and outfitting them with big screen TVs, surround sound systems, and other electronic goodies. Only choose features you know your family will get the most use out of.
The Class C is going to be the winner here as far as drivability goes. If you are comfortable with the feeling that you are driving a bus, then a Class A RV will be right up your alley. However, if the thought of trying to make 90 degree turns, or worrying about clearing an overpass in something as big as a Class A, you might want to opt for a C.
A Class A can get around 9 miles per gallon, while a Class C might average 11 miles per gallon, depending on the model. It’s often not enough to have it be a large factor in your decision-making process.
If you are taking a 1,000 mile trip the Class A would use 111 gallons of gas. At today’s national average for a gallon of gas at $2.42 it would cost you $268. A Class C would use about 91 gallons and cost $220.
So you’d spend an extra $48 but you’d get a lot more room along the way. When factoring in more space for people and storage for things, it may be worth the extra cost in gas, especially on a long trip where comfort counts most.
At the end of the day it is all up to you. What does your gut tell you? Which way are you leaning after seeing the differences between the two? It is likely that you picture yourself in one RV over the other at this point.
Trust your instincts and give it a go! You can always try renting before you buy, just to make sure you get it right.