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Differences between Class A, B & C Motorhomes

Posted On: March 05, 2012

Do you love the great outdoors but not sure what type of RV to purchase? Well, if you don’t have a vehicle that is able to pull a trailer or a fifth wheel, then a motorhome would be a great option for you.

There are 3 types of Motorhomes. Class A, B, & C. Some of the features are similar between all three classes, but the differences between the three are what makes each class stand out. Having these similarities and differences divided out, will educate you into knowing the three different types and will help you make a more informed decision on which one would be the best fit for you and your family.


Class A Motorhome: Class A Motorhomes are built on heavy duty frames. The frames are constructedon either a commercial truck chassis, a specially designed motor vehicle chassis or a commercial bus chassis. These frames use similar construction to the big 18 wheelers you see on the highways. They have 22.5 inch wheels which are designed for carrying a heavier load. These vehicles can either run by gas or diesel and usually get 8-10 miles per gallon. Class A Motorhomes usually have a minimum of two slide-outs. Class A Motorhomes are known for high luxury and quality. They are very roomy with large living spaces and tons of storage. Class A Motorhomes sleep 2-4 people with a bedroom in the back of the coach and the couches in the living area folding down into beds. If you’re looking for a motorhome with high luxury, residential features from home, and tons of space, a Class A Motorhome is for you.



Class B  Motorhome: Class B Motorhomes look very much like a van. In fact they can be called van conversions or camper vans. Even though they have similarities to a van these vehicles are tall enough for the passengers to stand upright. Located inside of a Class B Motorhome you’ll find a kitchen, living area, and bathroom. Although these amenities are provided, they are very small. To save on space, the entire bathroom is basically the shower, called a wet bath. To put it simply, it is like having the toilet and sink inside of a large shower.

They can have slides to provide more space but these are usually only located on the more extravagant Class B Motorhomes. Because these vehicles are the smallest of the 3 types, they are the least expensive. Class B gets the best gas mileage out of the three and are easiest to drive. With their compact body there is no need to tow a car behind you. You’ll find that a Class B Motorhome will have no problem parking within an average size spot or driveway. Even though they have no problem maneuvering around during errands, the inside is very cramped so their isn’t much room for storage. If having to unhook the hookups from your motorhome each time you leave your campsite is an annoyance to you then that is a factor you will have to consider. If you like the thought of convenience and you don’t mind how much space you have to move around, then a Class B Motorhome just might be the right RV for you.

Class C Motorhome: Class C Motorhomes are the medium-sized motorhome. They are supported by a cabin chassis. They are usually recognized quickly by their over-cab sleeping area. With this overhead sleeping area it creates more room for the living area, storage, kitchen, and a bigger bathroom than a Class B.  Sometimes, depending on the length, Class C Motorhomes even have a back bedroom. With all of this space, Class C Motorhomes can sleep 4 to 8 people. Class C Motorhomes are typically able to tow a separate car for running errands and sight-seeing. If you don’t bring along a separate vehicle for sight-seeing, maneuvering around town in a Class C Motorhome can be challenging and difficult. It’s usually harder to find a bigger parking area, and if you go into a downtown area, parking is virtually impossible.  Class C’s tend to get poorer gas mileage compared to a Class B Motorhome. If you have a bigger family and would like to tow a vehicle behind your rig, a Class C Motorhome might be the right RV for you.

Whatever motorhome you decide to purchase, make sure you have the right information to make the best choice for you and your family. If you have any questions about any type of motorhome, don’t hesitate to contact Bish’s RV Supercenter.

**This information came from the”Differences Between Class B & Class C RVs“by Jennifer Collins and from “Class A vs. Class C Motorhomes” by Don Bolen. Both articles are from

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