An Easy Guide to Motorhome Types
Different motorhome types offer huge variety and price ranges. Classes of motorhomes labeled A, B and C. Diesel and gas. Let's break it down.
Class A: Largest Motorhomes
Class A's are built on a specially-constructed chassis designed for motorhomes. Lengths range from 26 - 45 feet. Slideouts are common.
Accommodations include all the essentials - kitchen with microwave/oven, fridge, cooktop, dining area, living area, bedroom and bathroom. Washer/dryer may be standard or an option (or you can use the space otherwise - based on your lifestyle). It's pretty standard to have a VCR and two TVs (living and bedroom). Flat screen LCD TVs are becoming common at the high end of the spectrum.
The further you go up in price, the more bells and whistles - hydraulic leveling systems, electric awnings, heated ceramic tile floors, dishwashers, trash compactors, automatic sunscreens, GPS, and so on.
Class A motorhome types include gas or diesel-powered. The diesel varieties are generally more expensive than gas, and are called diesel pushers - meaning the diesel engine is in the back of the motorhome (diesel pullers described below).
At the most luxurious end of the range, Class A motorcoaches are called highliners. And at the top of the heap, and some would argue in a class by themselves, are totally custom coaches like the Prevost. Suffice it to say that there is a wide array of choices, floor plans, and interiors ranging from practical to luxurious - with corresponding price tags from $60,000 to over $600,000 to the millions of dollars.
Bottom line: The Class A motorhome type offers the motorhome convenience of being able to access your living space while on the road. Lots of choices for features and interiors, and good basement storage. A favorite with fulltimers who move around a lot (with fifth-wheels being another fulltimer favorite). More about Class A motorhome types...
Class B: Camper Vans or Van Conversions
Class B's are built on a van chassis with an elevated roof, so you can stand up inside. Lengths range from 17- 19 feet.
Accommodations are tucked inside - usually cooking facilities, sink, small fridge, convertible bed/dinette, toilet, fresh water and waste water tanks, and electric outlets. Interior space can be limited, so these are not for large groups or extended living. But they are workable for a couple, and for overnight stays or camping trips.
One of our readers (a couple who spends 3-6 months at a time in their class B), has observed that when they pull into a campground, they have many people interested in their Class B, and hear comments like "with less space, you have everything one needs and great gas milage (22-25mpg diesel)".
There is growing variety in designs and models of this motorhome type. Prices range from $40,000 - $100,000.
Bottom line: The Class B motorhome type offers versatility and fuel economy. They can easily maneuver around town and tight rural spaces, serve as a second family vehicle, and can be used for light towing.
Class C: Mini-Motorhomes
The home has its own heating, air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems. And typical accommodations include kitchen with microwave/oven, fridge, cooktop, dining area, living area, bedroom, bathroom, washer/dryer, VCR, TVs, etc. Optional features vary by manufacturer and model. Prices for a Class C range from $50,000 to $150,000.
Bottom line: The Class C motorhome type offers smaller sizes and price tags often attractive to new and/or budget-minded RVers. Its cab-over bed extends sleeping quarters for families. And it has the motorhome convenience of being able to access your living space while on the road. More about Class C Motorhomes...
These motorhome types have a diesel engine up front, in a truck-like cab with driver and passenger side doors. The diesel puller looks more like a truck, while the diesel pusher looks more like a bus.
There is a lot of variation in this new form of RV. Numerous manufacturers offer an assortment of choices ranging from a 16-foot Class B van-type to a huge 45-foot Class C motorcoach.
Bottom line: Another example of the constantly changing RV world, from which you can create your RV lifestyle.
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