The 3 Classes of RV
We already went through the basics of recreational vehicles, but it’s time to go into detail about the types of RVs we can choose from and hopefully help you choose one that is more suitable to your needs.
There are 3 main classes, A, B and C and they are all different in sizes. Some models are suitable for short trips to the countryside, while others provide a more comfortable space for long trips. In general, smaller RVs are easier to drive and larger RVs contain more of the comforts you are accustomed to at home. The more services contained in the RV, the more expensive the price. When you’re buying an RV, think about how you’re going to use it to determine the services you’ll need. It’s also a good idea to take an RV for a test drive before committing to its purchase so you can get an idea of what the driving experience is like.
Class A Motorhome
Class A is a motorized RV built on a special chassis that is designed specifically for motorhomes. They are generally considered the best motorhomes of the three main classes. The large size of these RVs allows them to have most of the comforts of a home. They usually have a full kitchen and bathroom and water autonomy and hygiene systems. Many of them have a complete bedroom attached and a washing machine and dryer. Some models have an outward slide that provides additional space when parked. Class A RVs are rectangular in shape. The most common lengths are 30 to 40 feet long (9.14 m to 12.19 m). Some people use A-classes full time traveling around the country.
Class B Motorhome
Class B is a motorized RV built on a truck chassis. This type of RV is often referred to as a “conversion van”. These vans are much smaller than class A vans, averaging from 17 to 19 feet long (5.18 m to 5.79 m). The living space and amenities are limited in class B vehicles. These vans either have no restroom or have portable chemical toilets instead of onboard sanitation systems. Some will have pop-up roofs to provide additional permanent space when parked. The smaller size of class B makes it easy to handle. Some people use them as their regular vehicle, as well as for camping.
Class C Motorhome
Class C is a motorized recreational vehicle built on a truck chassis. It is a medium grade RV, larger than the B class and smaller than Class A. They have more amenities than Class B and less than Class A. Most class C motor homes have water autonomy and a sewer system. They have an overhang over the main cabin. This serves as an additional sleeping area, which is usually useful since these mobile homes do not have a separate bedroom. Some Class C RVs are designed with a slide-out for extra space when parked. The medium size range of the C class is 20 to 31 feet long (6.1 m to 9.45 m).