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Class A Vs Class C RV: Differences + Pros and Cons

Two of the most popular types of RVs are Class A and Class C. The best RV for you depends on a number of factors including where you plan to camp, for how long you plan to camp, the number of people you’re camping with, and your personal preference. In this guide, I’ll explain the differences and outline the pros and cons of camping in a class A vs class C RV. I’ll cover size, amenities, ease of driving, cost, fuel efficiency, maneuverability, sleeping space, and much more.

Class A RVs are larger, more spacious, and more luxurious. Class C RVs are easier to drive and park, cheaper, and easier to maintain. Generally, class A motorhomes are the better choice for full time RV living, large families or groups, those who want luxury, and those who need to tow a large trailer or boat. Class C RVs are better for first-time motorhome owners, those on a tighter budget, those who take shorter trips, small families, and off-grid campers.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve camped extensively in both class A and class C RVs. Generally, I prefer class C due to the smaller size. I also enjoy the lower cost of ownership. They’re more fuel efficient. In this guide, I’ll share my experience. Hopefully, this guide helps you choose the best motorhome class for your style of camping.

A class C RV in the mountains
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Pros of Class A RVs

  • Larger and more spacious
  • More amenities
  • More sleeping space
  • The kitchen is full-sized and fully equipped
  • The bathroom is larger. Some models have 1.5 baths
  • More storage space
  • Higher towing capacity
  • Larger holding tanks

Cons of Class A RVs

  • Harder to drive
  • It’s harder to find parking
  • More expensive to buy, insure, and maintain
  • Less safe to drive
  • Poor fuel economy
  • More difficult to maintain
  • Class As can’t fit in some campgrounds

Pros of Class C RVs

  • Easier to drive
  • Easier to find parking
  • Cheaper to buy, insure, and maintain
  • Safer. There are airbags, seat belts, and crumple zones
  • Better gas mileage
  • Easier to maintain
  • Class Cs can fit in most campgrounds

Cons of Class C RVs

  • Smaller living space
  • Fewer amenities
  • Fewer sleeping spaces
  • Accessing the primary sleeping space requires you to climb a ladder
  • Smaller kitchen with smaller appliances
  • The bathroom is smaller
  • Less storage space
  • Less towing capacity
  • Smaller holding tanks

What is a Class A RV?

A class A motorhome

Class A RVs are the largest and most luxurious types of motorhomes available. They are basically buses. Class As have a boxy shape with a flat vertical windshield. This design maximizes interior space and gives you a great view of the road.

Class A RVs are built on heavy-duty commercial chassis. They range in length from 25-45 feet long. They usually have one side door to enter and exit. The exterior is usually made from fiberglass or aluminum.

Class A motorhomes are available in both diesel and gas versions. Diesel-powered Class A RVs are often referred to as “diesel pushers” because the engine is in the rear. These have more towing capacity. Gas models have the motor in the front.

Class A RVs have the most amenities. They feature a full kitchen and bathroom, a dining area, and a living area. There are multiple slide-outs to expand the living space. Most class A motorhomes can comfortably accommodate 6-8 people.

Popular Class A RV brands include Winnebago, Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin Motorhomes, and Newmar, among others.

An Overview of Class C RVs

An older class C RV

A Class C RV is a mid-sized motorhome that is built on a cutaway truck or van chassis. The front of the RV looks like a van. The living quarters are built into a fiberglass or aluminum box that is mounted onto the chassis. Class C RVs are easily recognizable by their distinctive cab-over bed.

Class C RVs range in length from 20 to 35 feet. They have a towing capacity of 5,000-8,000 pounds. That’s enough to bring a tow vehicle or boat. Most models accommodate 4-6 people.

The smaller design and familiar van design makes class C RVs easier to drive and park. Most class Cs have a gas motor. Larger Super C RVs have a diesel motor.

This is the type of RV I grew up camping in and the first type of RV I owned.

Common chassis used to build class C motorhomes include the Ford E-Series, Chevrolet Express, or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Some popular Class C motorhome brands include Winnebago, Coachmen, Thor Motor Coach, and Jayco.

An RV park next to a lake

Class A Vs Class C RV

Motorhome Size: Length, Width, Height, and Weight

Class A RVs are larger than class C RVs. Class A RVs range in length from 30 to 45 feet. They have a height of about 12-13 feet and a width of around 8.5 feet. Class A RVs weigh around 13,000-30,000 pounds depending on the size.

To compare, Class C RVs measure between 20 and 35 feet long with a height of around 10-12 feet and a width of around 8.5 feet. Class C motorhomes usually weigh around 10,000-14,000 pounds.

Size is an important factor to consider when choosing an RV. Some campgrounds have maximum lengths. In smaller campgrounds, the maximum RV size that can fit is 28 feet. You can’t camp everywhere with a large RV. You have more campsite options when you drive a smaller RV.

You’ll need to consider the height when planning routes. When driving a tall vehicle, you need to pay attention to height restrictions, such as bridges and tunnels.

Some roads also have weight limits. Most class A RVs are under the limit but it is something to be aware of. Check out this guide for more info on weight limits.

Class A motorhomes parked in a campground
Motorhomes longer than 28 feet can’t fit in some smaller campgrounds.

The larger size of Class A RVs has both benefits and drawbacks. Longer RVs have more living and storage space. They also have more space for luxury amenities and full-size appliances and larger bathrooms. This makes them better for long trips or full-time living. The larger size makes class A RVs harder to maneuver. They are also less fuel efficient.

The smaller size and lighter weight of Class C RVs makes them easier to drive and park. They also offer better fuel efficiency. Of course, the smaller size means less living space.

A class C RV parked under a tree

Living Space

Thanks to the boxy design, class A motorhomes have more usable space than class Cs. On a class C motorhome, the motor and cab take up 3-5 feet of space in the front. On a class A, the front end is flat. The motor is usually under the cab or in the back. Less space is wasted. Thanks to this design, a 30 foot class A will feel much roomier than a 30 foot class C. It will have at least 3 extra feet of usable length inside.

Class A RVs are known for their spacious interiors. Class As usually feature full-sized appliances with roomy bathrooms and kitchens. There is usually a separate living area and dining area. Most models have a couch and dining table and chairs. In addition, there is usually a separate private bedroom in the back. Class A RVs are basically apartments on wheels.

Class C motorhomes are more compact. There is less living space. Everything is smaller. The kitchen and bathroom are more compact. There is no separate bedroom. The main sleeping space is the cab over bed. There is less counter space. Class C motorhomes usually have a single living space that doubles as a dining area.

Most modern Class A RVs also feature multiple slide-outs. These can significantly increase the size of the living space. Some Class C motorhomes also feature slide-outs while others do not.

Winner: Class As offer more living space.

Inside of a class C motorhome

Ease of Driving and Maneuverability

Class C RVs are easier to drive than class A RVs. This is because they are built on a van chassis. They drive just like a large van or moving truck. The interior of the cab is also familiar. It has the same layout as a cargo van or pickup. The steering wheel, pedals, shifter, controls, etc. are all in the same place they usually are.

Class Cs are also more maneuverable. Because they have a shorter wheelbase, they have a smaller turning radius. This makes it easier to navigate tight parking lots, urban streets, campgrounds, and narrow forest roads. The smaller size of Class C motorhomes makes them all around easier to handle.

A class C motorhome pulled over on the side of the road in front of a mountain range

Driving a Class A RV is more difficult. There are a few reasons for this. First, they are long vehicles. This makes them a little more intimidating to drive. You have to pay attention to where the back of the RV is going. It would be easy to cut a corner and run over a curb or clip a car when turning. You have to know your turning radius and wheel cut so you can turn safely. This makes turning more difficult. These RVs are less maneuverable.

In addition, the controls and driving position are different. This is because class A RVs are built on commercial truck chassis. The pedals in a Class A RV may be slightly offset. This is done to make room for the steering column. The steering wheel position is often different as well. The steering wheel is more horizontal, like a bus. This can take some getting used to.

When you drive a class A RV, you’ll also need to bring a tow vehicle so you don’t have to drive the RV everywhere you want to go once you reach your destination. Towing a vehicle makes the RV longer and even harder to drive.

Driving a large RV can be stressful. There is a learning curve to driving a big motorhome.

Winner: Class C RVs are easier to drive.


Class C RVs are easier to park than class A RVs due to their smaller size. They can fit into smaller parking lots. They also take up fewer parking spaces. This makes it easier to find parking.

This allows you to be a little more spontaneous. If you want to stop to eat at a restaurant or grab a coffee, you can usually find a place to park. You don’t have to stress too much about not being able to find parking.

Class A RVs are harder to park due to their larger size. These big motorhomes take up more parking spaces. They are also difficult to maneuver in small parking lots. There are some parking lots you simply can’t enter. You won’t fit. In urban areas, finding parking can be a challenge. You may experience some anxiety about where you’re going to park. You can’t just stop anywhere. You need to consider where you’re going to park.

It’s important to note that neither Class A nor Class C motorhomes can fit into a standard parking space. They can’t fit in parking garages due to their height. As mentioned earlier, some campgrounds also limit RV length. Usually, the limit is around 28 feet.

Winner: Class Cs are easier to park.


Class A RVs offer more amenities than Class C RVs. Class As are designed to be a home away from home. They are built for luxury camping.

The amenities of a class A RV usually include a spacious full bathroom with a bathtub, a kitchen with full-size appliances, a large living area with a sofa and chairs, a separate dining area, and a private sleeping area. Many class A models also come with a laundry room with a washer and dryer as well as a dishwasher. Some large models have a half bath for guests.

The fixtures and fittings are also more luxurious. Class A RVs may feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, tile bathrooms, leather seating, and other premium materials. The fixtures are also higher-end. There may be premium light fixtures, faucets, etc. The appliances are usually high-end as well.

Entertainment systems are usually higher-end as well. They may feature built in surround sound and large-screen TVs. There may be outdoor amenities such as a built-in outdoor kitchen and an exterior entertainment centers. Many models also come with a built-in generator.

On the other hand, Class C RVs tend to be a bit less luxurious. They have fewer features because they are smaller. The fixtures are a bit lower end.

The bathrooms and kitchens in Class C motorhomes are smaller. There usually isn’t a bathtub or a dishwasher or a washer and dryer.

The fixtures and fittings may be more basic. Most models have linoleum flooring and laminate countertops. There usually isn’t a built-in generator. The entertainment systems are also more basic. There usually isn’t any outdoor entertainment.

Winner: Class As are more luxurious.

Sleeping Space

Both types of RVs offer a range of different sleeping configurations. Class C RVs can usually sleep 4-6 people comfortably. One of the most recognizable features of Class C RVs is the cab-over bed. This is a queen-sized bed that sits above the cab. This is the primary sleeping space.

There are benefits and drawbacks of cab over beds. The main benefit is that the bed is out of the way. It saves space. It’s also always set up and ready to use. The main drawback is that you have to climb a ladder to access the bed. This can be a challenge for older people and those with disabilities. It’s also hard to make the bed. Headroom is also limited. Usually, you can’t sit up in the cab over bed. The cab over bed also isn’t very private.

Class C motorhomes also usually include a couch or dinette that converts into another bed. Usually, the convertible sleeping area is a full-sized or queen-sized bed. These sleeping areas need to be converted every night. Some models also offer fold-down or drop-down bunk beds.

Class A RVs usually have a separate master bedroom with a queen or king-sized walk-around bed. The bedroom is spacious and private. The bed is just like the bed you would use at home. It’s easy to get in and out of and to make.

Class A RVs often include a second large bed for guests. This is usually a hide-a-bed. Sometimes this bed pulls down from the ceiling. There is usually a convertible dinette as well. Some models also have bunk beds. Most class A RVs can comfortably sleep 6 to 8 people. Some larger models can accommodate as many as 10.

Winner: Class As have a more comfortable sleeping space and can sleep more people.


Class A RVs have more spacious and well-equipped kitchens. They feature full-sized appliances including a fridge, a four-burner stove, an oven, a microwave, and a dishwasher. There is usually a large double sink and plenty of countertop space. These kitchens also offer plenty of cabinet storage. The large kitchen makes it easy and convenient to cook healthy and tasty meals.

The kitchens in Class C motorhomes are more compact. They often come with smaller appliances. The kitchen may be equipped with a mini-fridge, a two-burner stove, and a small sink. Counter space is limited. Most models have a microwave but no dishwasher. Storage space is also more limited. You can still cook all of your favorite meals in a class C motorhome but it’s a bit more difficult.

Winner: Class A


In Class A RVs, the bathroom is more spacious. There is a full bathroom with a separate toilet, sink, and shower area. Some luxury models even have a bathtub. Many larger Class A RVs, have two bathrooms. There may be one in the master bedroom and another half bath next to the main living area for guests. The bathrooms in Class A motorhomes are also more luxurious with premium fittings.

The bathrooms in Class C motorhomes are smaller and more compact. They are still full baths with a shower, sink, and toilet. Most are regular baths. Not wet baths. There is also only one bathroom. These bathrooms may also be more basic in design, with simpler fixtures and fittings.

Winner: Class A

Slide Outs

A slide out is a section of the side of an RV that extends outward. This increases the interior space when you’re parked. When the slide outs are extended, the inside of the RV looks and feels like a large room in a home. Slide outs can be used to increase the size of the living area, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Most slide outs are operated electronically with a switch on the wall.

Class A motorhomes with slide outs extended

In Class A RVs, slide outs are more common. They are also larger. Almost all modern Class A motorhomes have at least one slide out. Some models have 3-4. Slide outs class As more comfortable for full time living or larger groups. They make the interior feel way more spacious when they’re deployed.

Class C RVs have fewer slide outs. There may only be one. The side outs are also smaller. Many class Cs don’t have slide outs at all. This means the interior space is much smaller.

There are a few drawbacks to consider. Slide outs can add weight to the RV. Slide outs also increase the risk of mechanical issues. Each slide out contains moving parts and a motor. Slide outs can also leak as they age.

Winner: Class As have more slide outs.

Storage Space

Class A RVs offer much more storage space than class C RVs. There is a large basement storage area under the living space. This space can be accessed from exterior hatches on the sides of the RV. These compartments are ideal for storing bulky items such as camping gear, bicycles, firewood, emergency equipment, outdoor furniture, etc.

Inside Class A RVs, there is plenty of cabinet and closet space for storing clothing, personal items, cleaning supplies, camping gear, and kitchen essentials. The larger fridge and kitchen cabinets also offer more food storage space.

Class C motorhomes have less storage space. Most models have a few small exterior storage compartments. You may only be able to fit a few camp chairs or some firewood inside.

Inside Class C motorhomes, closet and cabinet space is also more limited. The fridge and kitchen storage may also be smaller. You need to be more careful about what you pack and how you organize your gear. You may need to leave some stuff at home.

If you need space for storing large items like motorcycles, ATVs, a golf cart, jet skis, snowmobiles, etc. you might consider a toy hauler motorhome.

Winner: Class As have more storage space.


Class A RVs are more expensive than Class Cs. On average, a class A motor home costs around $150,000-$250,000. Base models start at around $65,000. Luxury models can go for $1,000,000 or more.

A class C motorhome parked in front of a tree
Class C motorhomes are more affordable than class A models.

Class C motorhomes are more affordable. On average, a class C motorhome costs around $60,000-$100,000. Prices start at around $50,000 for entry-level models. Premium models sell for $200,000+.

On average, a class A motorhome costs around $15,000-$30,000 more than a comparable class C motorhome.

Class A motorhomes are more expensive for several reasons. They are built with more premium materials. They have higher-end fittings and fixtures. They are also so they use more materials. The commercial chassis is more expensive as well.

If you’re on a tight budget, one great way to save money is to buy used. Motorhomes depreciate pretty quickly. You can save tens of thousands of dollars by buying a model that is a few years old.

Of course, the initial purchase isn’t the only cost. When buying a motorhome, you should also consider the cost of fuel, maintenance, storage, and insurance. This also adds to the cost of ownership.

Winner: Class Cs are cheaper.

Fuel Economy

Class C motorhomes get better gas mileage than Class As.

The average gas mileage for Class A RVs depends on whether it’s a diesel pusher or gas model. Class A diesel pushers usually average between 8 and 12 miles per gallon (MPG). Gas-powered Class A RVs usually average between 6 and 10 MPG.

Class C motorhomes offer better gas mileage than class A models

Class C motorhomes generally average between 10 and 15 MPG. Class C motorhomes are more fuel-efficient because they are smaller and lighter. It takes less energy to move less mass around.

For an idea of the potential savings from driving a more fuel-efficient Class C RV, imagine you’re taking a 2,000 mile road trip. If a Class A gas RV averages 7 MPG, it would burn around 286 gallons of fuel during the trip. To compare, a Class C RV averaging 12 MPG would only burn about 167 gallons of fuel during the same trip. Assuming gas costs $3.50 per gallon, you would save around $417 while driving the Class C RV on this trip alone.

How much fuel efficiency matters depends on how many miles you drive. The fuel savings can add up over time. Particularly if you take long road trips. With the lower fuel cost of a class C, you could travel further or camp more often. Driving a more fuel-efficient RV is also more environmentally friendly.

Winner: Class Cs are more fuel efficient.


Class C motorhomes are easier and cheaper to maintain than class A motorhomes. The main reason is that they are built on a standard van chassis. Pretty much every mechanic has the knowledge and tools to work on these vehicles. If you encounter any issues or need repairs during a trip, you can almost always find a mechanic to help you, even in smaller towns. Labor is also cheaper because you don’t need a specialized RV mechanic.

Parts availability for Class C motorhomes is also better. Parts are cheaper as well. This is because there are millions of these vehicles on the road. The cargo van chassis that are used to build class C motorhomes are common commercial vehicles.

RVs in a parking lot

Class A RVs can be more expensive and difficult to maintain. These motorhomes often require specialized RV or truck mechanics who have experience working with larger vehicles. Not every mechanic knows how to work on large diesel engines. Finding a mechanic might be more difficult. Particularly in remote or rural areas. Parts will also be more expensive. Labor costs will be higher as well.

Finding parts for Class A motorhomes can also be more difficult. Class As are built with heavy-duty commercial truck chassis. There are fewer of these vehicles on the road. Parts are also more expensive because fewer are produced. This increases maintenance costs.

Generally, diesel engines have longer maintenance intervals. The maintenance is usually more expensive. Gas engines require more frequent maintenance but the maintenance is cheaper. There are trade-offs.

Winner: Class Cs are easier and cheaper to maintain.


Insurance is another cost to consider. It’s usually more expensive to insure a class A motorhome than a class C. This is because class A motorhomes are more expensive for the insurance company to replace if there is damage. Repairs are more expensive as well. The cost difference isn’t huge but this is an expense worth considering.

Winner: Class Cs are cheaper to insure.

Campsite Options

You’ll have more campsite options to choose from when you camp in a class C RV. This is because class Cs are smaller. They can fit in more campsites.

Class A RVs are too large for some campgrounds. Many state parks, national parks, and national forests, can’t accommodate a 45 foot motorhome. Sometimes the roads are too narrow and curvy for a large RV. Sometimes the camping spaces themselves aren’t big enough. This limits your options. There are some places you simply won’t be able to camp when you drive a large class A RV.

A class C RV driving into the mountains

Before you buy a motorhome, it’s a good idea to check for size limitations of your favorite campgrounds. In general, motorhomes that are less than 28 feet long will fit in most campsites. Motorhomes that are longer than 28 feet may not fit in some spaces.

Winner: Class Cs give you more campsite options.

Towing Capacity

Towing capacity is an important factor to consider if you want to bring a tow vehicle, a boat, a horse trailer, or a cargo trailer. Generally, a Class A RVs have a higher towing capacity than a Class C model.

Class A diesel pusher motorhomes offer the highest towing capacity. Most class A diesel models can tow 10,000-15,000 pounds. This makes it possible to tow larger vehicles, boats, and horse trailers. You can tackle mountain passes with ease.

Class A gas motorhomes have a lower towing capacity. Most models are rated for 5,000-8,000 pounds. This is enough to tow a vehicle or a medium sized boat.

A class C RV towing a cargo trailer

The average towing capacity for a Class C RV ranges from 3,500 to 7,500 pounds. This is enough to tow a vehicle, small boats, and lightweight cargo trailers.

If you need to tow a heavy load, you may consider a super C RV. These are class C models that are built on a diesel commercial truck chassis.

Super C RVs have the highest towing capacity of any motorhome. Super Cs can tow 10,000-20,000 pounds. Some specialty models can tow up to 40,000 pounds.

They are extremely heavy-duty RVs. They’re basically semi-trucks with campers on the back. This might be useful if you need to tow a large cargo trailer or a large boat.

If you plan to tow, it’s also important to consider the total length of your RV and trailer. In most jurisdictions, the maximum length of your RV plus trailer is 70 or 75 feet. If you drive a 45 foot class A motorhome, your trailer can be a maximum of 25-30 feet in length to remain legal.

Winner: Class As have more towing capacity and more payload capacity.

Holding Tanks

Class A RVs come with larger holding tanks than Class C models. The fresh water, gray water, and black water tanks are all larger. The gas tank is usually larger as well.

Having larger holding tanks is convenient during longer trips. The larger capacity allows you to camp for longer without having to refill your water supply or empty the waste tanks. This makes them ideal for boondocking or longer stays in remote locations.

The larger gas tanks can improve the vehicle’s range. This is nice because it can be a hassle to pull into a gas station with a large RV. Particularly when it’s crowded. Some gas stations aren’t set up for large vehicles.

Class C motorhomes have less space for holding tanks due to their smaller size. The fresh water, gray water, and black water tanks as well as the gas tank are all smaller. When you drive a class C motorhome, you may have to stop more frequently to refill water or empty waste tanks. The smaller gas tanks limit your range. You’ll have to stop for gas more frequently.

Another important difference between Class A and Class C motorhome holding tanks is the level of protection. Class A tanks are often better protected from the elements. Class C tanks can be more exposed to the weather.

This exposure can make Class C tanks more susceptible to freezing. This isn’t an issue on all class Cs but it is something to consider. If you plan to camp regularly during the winter, you’ll want to make sure the tanks are designed for winter camping.

Winner: Class As have larger holding tanks and fuel tanks.


Class A motorhomes have larger windows. The front window is a massive panel of vertical glass. This gives you a spectacular panoramic view of the road ahead while you’re driving. Oftentimes, the side windows in the cab are larger as well.

Having larger windows lets in more light while you’re parked. This makes it feel a bit more roomy inside. Of course, it’s also nice for enjoying the views around camp.

On a class C RV, the windshield is a standard size. The cab over section can also block your view on some models. It can make it difficult to see traffic lights in some cases. One benefit of the cab over is that it can create some shade to reduce glare when you’re driving into the sun in the evening.

Winner: Class As have larger windows.

A dog looking out the window of an RV


Class C motorhomes are safer than class A models. Class A RVs are actually the least safe type of RV during an accident.

Class C RVs have more safety features. Class C RVs are built on van chassis that already come with lots of safety features built-in. For example, Class C motorhomes have crumple zones. The van chassis that Class C motorhomes are built on are also crash-tested by the manufacturer. There are also airbags built in. The crumple zones and airbags absorb impacts during a collision.

Another safety feature of Class C motorhomes is that most models come with seatbelts in the living area. While you’re driving, passengers can buckle themselves in. This reduces the risk of injury during sudden stops or in the event of an accident.

Class A RVs have fewer safety features. There are usually no airbags because they are not legally required for RVs in most jurisdictions. Class A RVs also do not have the same structural design. They don’t have crumple zones engineered into the design. They are just large fiberglass shells. These vehicles are also not crash-tested. They don’t hold up well during an accident. They rely on being big and heavy for safety.

Class A RVs often do not have seatbelts in the living space. This could increase the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

There are exceptions. Some class A RVs do come with both airbags and seatbelts in the living area.

Winner: Class C RVs are safer.

Driving in Windy Conditions

Class C motorhomes perform better in windy conditions. This is because they have a lower center of gravity. They can handle a stronger crosswind without tipping over.

Class A motorhomes are much more top-heavy. This makes them more likely to tip in strong winds. This is important to consider if you live in a particularly windy area.

If it gets too windy, it’s best to pull over. RVs are known to tip in the wind.

Winner: Class Cs perform better in windy conditions.

Full-Time RV Living

When it comes to full-time living, Class A RVs are usually the better choice because they are more spacious. These motorhomes offer plenty of living space. They are similar in size to a small apartment. A 40 foot class A RV has around 320 square feet of living space inside.

The full bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, and private bedroom in Class A RVs make them excellent for daily living. It won’t feel too cramped. Everyone can have their own space. You can spread out and move around a bit. It’s really nice having a private bedroom that is separate from the living space.

Class A RVs also offer much more storage space than class C models, both inside and outside. This is important for those without a permanent residence. You can keep most of your stuff with you. You can store both your summer and winter gear and some luxury items. Class As usually have a greater payload capacity as well. This allows you to carry more stuff without going overweight.

RVs in a campground

While Class C motorhomes can also be used for full-time living, their smaller size makes them a little less comfortable. The living space can feel cramped. The bathroom is smaller and more basic. The RV may also lack some modern conveniences like a dishwasher and washer and dryer.

The location of the bed also makes living in a class C a challenge. Having to climb up and down a ladder into the cab over bed may become tiresome after a while. You can’t sit up in bed. You may have to climb over your partner to get in and out of bed.

Winner: Class A RVs are better for full time living.

Getting Around Your Destination

Many RVers bring a tow vehicle or “toad.” A tow vehicle is a smaller vehicle that you tow behind the RV. You can leave your big motorhome parked at a campground or RV park and use the tow vehicle to explore the area or run errands.

Popular tow vehicles include compact cars like the Honda CR-V and the Jeep Wrangler as well as pickups like the Ford F-150. It’s important to note that not all cars can be used as tow vehicles. Some vehicles’ transmissions can’t handle it. You need to choose a vehicle that is designed to be towed.

When you use a Class A RV, a tow vehicle is essential. Large motorhomes are too difficult to drive around for everyday activities. Their size makes navigating narrow roads, tight parking lots, and urban areas extremely challenging. This is why most Class A RV owners choose to tow a smaller vehicle.

Class C RVs are smaller and more manageable. A tow vehicle is nice but not required. You can just drive the RV everywhere you want to go. Some Class C motorhome owners still choose to use a tow vehicle because it makes sightseeing a little more convenient.

There are a few drawbacks to bringing a tow vehicle. You’ll burn more fuel due to the extra weight you’re carrying. You’ll have to maintain the tow vehicle. You’ll also need to learn proper towing technique. Towing also puts additional wear and tear on the vehicle. Flat towing will put miles on it.

For those who prefer not to tow a vehicle, there are alternatives. You could carry a motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle on a rack on the back of the RV.

Winner: You don’t need a tow vehicle with a class C RV.

A class A RV in a showroom


Class C motorhomes are more versatile than class A models due to their smaller size. Their smaller size allow these RVs to fit into more campgrounds. Class C motorhomes are better suited for boondocking or free camping.

When traveling with a Class C RV, it’s easier to stop at restaurants, stores, gas stations, or cafes. Parking is easier with a smaller vehicle.

In addition, urban exploration is possible with Class C motorhomes. Navigating tight city streets and parking in urban areas is less challenging. You don’t have to worry as much about height or weight restrictions. Being able to drive in the city increases versatility.

Class A RVs can be less versatile due to their larger size. Some campgrounds have length restrictions. In addition, the size can make parking in urban areas nearly impossible. This limits the places you can visit. Class As can also be too tall to drive certain routes. If there is a low overpass, you might have to find an alternative route. They can be too heavy for certain roads or bridges. This is rare but the weight can limit where you can drive.

One area where class A RVs are more versatile is towing. They generally have a higher towing capacity. Class As can also be used to live in full-time. They can double as a vacation home.

Winner: Class C RVs are more versatile.

What is Better a Class A or Class C Motorhome?

Neither one is really better than the other. The best choice depends on your intended usage, preferences, and budget. Some of the most important factors to consider include the amenities, living space, ease of driving, where you can and can’t fit, and price.

Class A motorhomes offer more luxurious amenities and more living space. They are better for full-time living. They are better for those who stay in big campgrounds.

Class C motorhomes are more compact and easier to drive. They are also more budget friendly. Class Cs are great for families who take shorter trips to national parks

A class C motorhome next to a windmill

Who Should Choose a Class A Motorhome?

  • Full-time RVers
  • Large families or groups
  • Those who value luxury
  • Long-term travelers
  • Those who need to tow heavy trailers, vehicles, or boats

Who Should Choose a Class C Motorhome?

  • Those on a tight budget
  • First-time RV owners
  • Weekend campers or part-time RVers
  • Solo travelers, small families, or couples
  • Boondockers or off-grid campers
  • Those who plan to move around often

My Experience

For my style of travel, a class C motorhome is the better choice. I enjoy traveling long distances and boondocking in free campsites. I also enjoy staying in cities once in a while. It’s much easier to find a place to camp with a smaller class C motorhome.

I also appreciate the lower cost of ownership. I can afford to travel more often thanks to the better gas mileage and lower maintenance cost. Also, I often camp alone. I don’t need the extra space of a class A.

There are a few things I don’t like about class Cs. First is the sleeping space. The cab over bed is a nice space saver but it is a hassle having to climb a ladder to get in and out of bed. Particularly if I have to get up in the night to use the bathroom. The headspace in the cab over is also pretty low. I can’t really sit up straight in bed. The bathrooms are also a little cramped in these RVs.

If I were to travel with my family often or live full-time in an RV, I would definitely upgrade to a class A. The extra space would be nice to have. Not having to climb a ladder to get into bed would also be nice. I would also appreciate having full-sized appliances and a larger bathroom. One day, I will probably upgrade to a class A model.

Another Option: Super C RVs

A Super C RV is a larger and more powerful version of a Class C motorhome. They have the same general design with the distinctive bed over cab. They are more luxurious and come with more amenities and living space than standard class Cs. Super C RVs also offer more power and greater towing capacity.

The main difference between a Super C RV and a regular Class C RV is the type of chassis used. Super C RVs use a heavy-duty truck chassis instead of a van chassis. They are often based on a commercial truck platform, such as a Freightliner or Ford. The front looks like a semi truck. On smaller models, a heavy-duty pickup truck chassis may be used instead.

Smaller Super C RVs can tow 10,000-15,000 pounds. That’s about the same as a class A diesel pusher. Larger Super C RVs that are built on a class 8 semi chassis are capable of towing loads of up to 40,000 pounds. These RVs can pull large boats, horse trailers, and heavy equipment with ease.

Super C RVs are larger than traditional Class C motorhomes. Lengths range from 35 to 40 feet. This larger size offers more living space and amenities.

Super C RVs are also usually powered by diesel engines rather than the gas engines that standard class Cs use. The diesel engines in Super C RVs provide more power and torque.

Super C RVs also tend to be a bit more luxurious than standard class Cs. They may come with premium fittings and fixtures. There may also be some additional amenities such as a dishwasher and washer and dryer. You’ll also find a more spacious bathroom and kitchen. Some models have a private sleeping space on the main floor. Most models come with automatic leveling and a built-in generator. These are premium RVs.

There are some drawbacks. First, Super Cs are very expensive. The large size may limit your campground options. Maneuverability can also be a challenge. These are big RVs. They’re harder to drive. These RVs also sit up high. You might have to climb some stairs to get in and out.

Final Thoughts

The decision between a Class A and Class C RV depends on where you camp, for how long, which amenities you need, your budget, how many people you cap with, and your personal preference. When comparing Class A and Class C RVs, consider the size, amenities, maneuverability, layout, maintenance, and cost. Whichever type of RV you choose, I hope this guide has helped you in making your decision.

Do you drive a class A or class C RV? Share your experience in the comments below!

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