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Is there another way to remember RV class?

RV Class

Here's another way to determine what RV class is right for you – by the size and the number they sleep.

  • Class A motorhomes can be up to 40 feet long and sleep up to 8 people comfortably. They can cost anywhere from $100,000 up to $1 million or more.
  • Class B motorhomes can cost between $35,000 and $75,000, and can usually only sleep two or three people comfortably. Sometimes they say they can sleep more people in comfort than they actually can.
  • Class C motorhomes can sleep up to 10 or more people because of the cab-over feature. They are usually 20 to 40 feet long, and cost anywhere from $50,000 to $170,000.

Use these rules of thumb when you shop for motorhomes, because it is important to be on top of RV class knowledge when it comes to price, features and ease of use.

Are there any other motorhome classes?

Motorhome Classes

Motorhomes are divided into classes to make it easier to determine their size, function and cost. However, besides motorhome classes, there are travel trailers, 5th wheel trailers, toy haulers, tent trailers and cab-over truck campers. All of these campers have some pros and cons. First, they all require a tow vehicle (usually a large tow vehicle, like a truck). The lightest weight travel and tent trailers can sometimes be towed by a car or small truck, but it depends on the weight of the trailer.

All of these choices are cheaper than a motorhome or RV, so that can be a great cost reduction if you already have a tow vehicle. If you don't, you'll have to factor that into the cost of your purchase as well, and the totals can add up quickly. If you don't do much camping, and have a small family, a tent trailer may be all you'll ever need to enjoy the great outdoors. However, if you camp out a lot, have a large family, and enjoy your creature comforts, a larger travel trailer or 5th wheel is a better choice for your family.

What's a Class A motorhome?

Class A Motorhome

The Class A motorhome may be the one you're most familiar seeing on highways across the country. Large, boxy, and bus-like, this is the largest and most luxurious class of motorhomes, usually costing upwards of $100,000. They can be either gas or diesel powered and they often come with long lists of accessories and features that make them seem more like a home than a home on wheels.

Class A motorhomes are the choice for most people who want to enjoy the RV lifestyle full-time. They offer more comfort features such as full-sized refrigerators, closets, and beds, bigger bathrooms and even full-time benefits like a washer and dryer and such. If you haven't looked at motorhomes in a while, the new Class A motorhomes may blow you away with their designs and features.

What's a Class B motorhome?

The Class B Motorhome

The Class B motorhome isn't as popular as some other motorhomes, but it is gaining popularity in some RV circles. The Class B motorhome is often called a camper van, because it is a van body on a van chassis, but usually with an oversize body. They are smaller than Class A and B motorhomes, and aren't suitable for large groups or families. They usually don't have as many features and accessories as other models, either.

However, these smaller units are perfect for a small family or couple, and some of them even come in 4-wheel drive models so you can access off-road areas that other motorhomes couldn't touch. These models are becoming more luxurious, too, so if you haven't looked at them in a while, you should check them out at your local RV dealer.

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