Motor Home 101: Class Types and Basic Facts

Are you thinking of buying your first motor home? Also known as coaches and recreational vehicles (RVs), these vehicles can be expensive, but motor homes are often considered a convenient and fun way to travel. Why travel in a big vehicle versus traveling in cars and staying in hotels? Well, you sleep in your own bed, use your own bathroom, and there’s no packing and unpacking. You may think the cost of fueling an RV will be too high, but without the cost of hotel rooms and eating out, your expenses will be greatly reduced. Let’s take a look at the different types of motor homes.

Class C

The class C, or mini motor home, is built on the chassis of a van or truck and includes a pickup truck cab. These vehicles are roughly the size of a moving van. One noticeable feature is the bedroom, which is mounted over the cab. The maximum length of a class C is 28 feet long, which means you’ll be able to back up and turn corners easily. These units combine a few of the luxuries of a recreational vehicle with much easier handling. Typically, these units will sleep up to five.

Class B

This RV is created from a standard passenger or work minivan. Some models include a raised roof for more head room. Since these vehicles are smaller, they are easier to drive around town and can be parked in your driveway. You can also access smaller camping sites that the big coaches can’t use. Class Bs can be used as a second car when you’re not traveling. These vehicles usually accommodate two people but not more than four.

Class A

These coaches can be as long as 45 feet. With so much space inside, these vehicles boast a rear master suite, including a full bathroom with an enclosed shower. Washer-dryer combos are included so you can do the laundry on the go. Many class As include slide-out rooms, which provide spacious room inside. Luxuries include flat screen TVs, surround sound stereo, ice machines, and dishwashers. The list of options and upgrades are practically endless. With enough storage to keep you on the road permanently, these vehicles allow you to travel all day and sleep comfortably at night, so you can get up the next day and start traveling all over again. One drawback to the large version is that when you park for the night, you’re stuck there unless you tow a car to use around the town.

Gas or Diesel Engine

This preference is up to you. Gasoline is less expensive than diesel, but a diesel engine has more torque and will climb hills much better than a gas-powered engine.

Costs can range from $6,000 for a used coach, and up to millions for a large, luxury-equipped motor home. The average price for a new one is between $95,000 to $250,000. Visit your local dealer today to see what they have to offer.

Source by Andrew Stratton