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Class B Vs Class C RV: Pros and Cons

When you decide to buy a motorhome, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is which class to go with. Motorhomes come in three different classes. They each have a different layout, design, and features. In this guide, we’ll explain the differences and list the pros and cons of camping in a Class B Vs Class C RV. We’ll cover size, amenities, cost, fuel efficiency, sleeping space, maneuverability, comfort, and more. In addition, we’ll talk about a few other types of RVs including class B+, and Super C RVs.

Class B RVs are easier to drive, maneuver, and park. They also get better gas mileage. In addition, they are better for boondocking and off-roading. Class C RVs are more comfortable and more spacious. They offer more amenities. They can also accommodate more people.

Generally, class B RVs are better for solo travelers and couples, those who aren’t comfortable driving a large vehicle, off-road campers, urban campers, minimalists, and those who want to build their own DIY RV. Class C RVs are better for families and groups, long term travelers, and those who need more space and amenities.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve camped extensively in both class B and C motorhomes. In this guide, I’ll share my experience. Hopefully, this guide helps you choose the best motorhome for your camping style.

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

  • Easier to drive/more maneuverable
  • Easier to park
  • More fuel efficient
  • More off-road capable
  • Can be stealthy for urban camping

Cons of Class B RVs

  • Less interior space
  • Fewer amenities
  • Fewer sleeping spaces
  • Can feel cramped
  • Some models don’t have a bathroom

Pros of Class C RVs

  • More spacious
  • More amenities
  • Can accommodate more people
  • More comfortable
  • There is a bathroom

Cons of Class C RVs

  • Harder to drive/less maneuverable
  • There are some places you can’t park
  • Less fuel efficient
  • Not off-road capable

An Overview of Class B RVs

A camper van
A class B Motorhome

A class B RV is a motorhome built into a van. Class B RVs come equipped only with essential amenities including a kitchenette, a bed, some seating, and some storage storage spaces. Some models have a small wet bath. Others have no bathroom. Usually, the bed converts into a dinette or sofa. Some models have a raised roof and dropped floor for additional headroom so you can stand up inside. Class B RVs are sometimes referred to as campervans or conversion vans.

Class Bs are the smallest class of motorhome. They measure between 18 and 24 feet in length. These motorhomes are small enough to fit in a standard parking spot. They are ideal for those who value maneuverability and ease of driving. They are also easier to store due to their small size. Because they are smaller, class B RVs are better suited for solo travelers and couples rather than families.

Class B RVs range in price from around $60,000-$150,000+. Common vans used to build class B RVs include the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit, or Ram ProMaster. Popular brands in the class B RV market include Airstream, Winnebago, Thor, Coachmen, and Pleasure-Way.

An Overview of Class C RVs

Class c motorhome
A class C motorhome

A class C is a motorhome that is built on a cutaway van chassis. This is a chassis with just the cab and a bare frame in back. A box that is mounted to the frame. The box is usually made from fiberglass or aluminum. The living quarters are then built inside. This makes the living space far larger than a standard van. Common vans used to build class C RVs include the Ford E-Series, Chevrolet Express, or Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Class C RVs come with all of the amenities you need for day to day living including a full kitchen, a full bathroom, a dinette, two separate sleeping areas, and some storage space. One distinctive feature of class C RVs is the cab over bed. Many class C RVs also come with slide-outs to expand the living space.

Class C RVs range in length from 20-35 feet. They are mid-sized RVs. They’re smaller and more maneuverable than class As but offer more space than class Bs. Most models are designed to accommodate 4-6 people. Class C motorhomes cost between $60,000-$200,000.

Some of the most well-known brands in the class C RV market include Winnebago, Thor Motor Coach, and Jayco. Class C RVs are available in both gas and diesel options. Most models have enough towing capacity to tow a boat or utility trailer with toys. Most are gas but diesel models are available.

Class B VS Class C RV

A class B RV on a snowy road


Class C RVs are larger. Class Cs measure between 20 and 35 feet in length. To compare, class B RVs range in length from 16 to 24 feet. A longer vehicle is more spacious inside but more difficult to maneuver and park.

When it comes to height, class B motorhomes measure 7-10 feet tall. Class C motorhomes are taller, with heights ranging from 10-12 feet.

You don’t have to worry as much about height restrictions with class B motorhomes. There may be some parking garages or drivethroughs that you can’t access. Some models are not tall enough to stand up inside. When driving a taller class C, you need to pay attention to height restrictions on underpasses and tunnels. You also need to look out for low-hanging tree branches.

When it comes to width, class C RVs are wider. They usually measure 8-8.5 feet wide. Class B motorhomes are narrower. They usually measure around 7 to 7.5 feet wide.

The extra width makes class Cs feel much more roomy inside. It does make them a bit harder to maneuver and park. The narrow profile of class B RVs makes them easier to drive.

A vintage class C motorhome
An older class C motorhome

As for weight, class B motorhomes are lighter. Most models weigh 6,000-8,000 pounds. Class C motorhomes weigh around 10,000-12,000 pounds.

The lighter weight of class B RVs makes them more fuel efficient and easier to handle. They can stop and turn faster. Heavier class C RVs don’t handle as well and they burn more fuel.

Features and Amenities

Class B RVs only come with essential amenities. Most class B motorhomes only have a bed, kitchenette, dining table, and storage space. The kitchen usually includes a two-burner stove, a small sink, and a small refrigerator. The bed usually converts into a couch or dinette when not in use. Some barebones camper vans only have a sleeping space and some storage.

Some larger class B RVs have a bathroom while others don’t. When there is a bathroom, it’s usually a wet bath. This is an all-in-one bathroom with the shower, sink, and toilet in the same space. If there isn’t a bathroom, many campers just bring a portapotty and outdoor camp shower.

Inside a class B RV

Class C RVs offer more amenities. There is a full kitchen, full bathroom, dining space, separate sleeping space, and storage.

Most models feature a queen-sized bed over the cab. This is the primary sleeping space. The beauty of this design is that it doesn’t take up floor space and it doesn’t need to be converted. It’s always ready to use. Class C RVs also have a second sleeping area. Usually, this is a dining table and chairs or a sofa that can be converted into a bed.

The full kitchen in a class C motorhomes comes with a refrigerator, a four-burner stove, a microwave, and an oven. Some larger models have a dishwasher. There is also more countertop space and cabinet space.

One major advantage of a class C RV is that they have a full bathroom with a separate toilet, shower, and sink. There is space for large freshwater and wastewater tanks.

Additional amenities include a dedicated dining area, closets, indoor and outdoor storage space, closets for clothing, and even entertainment systems. Some models include a slide-out awning.


Basic class B RVs cost around $60,000-$70,000. Mid-range models go for $80,000-$120,000. High-end models can cost $150,000-$200,000+.

To compare, class C RVs cost $80,000 to $100,000 on average. Higher-end models go for $100,000-$150,000.

You would think that class B RVs would be cheaper than class C models because they are smaller but this really isn’t the case. Prices are pretty similar. This is because it takes a lot of engineering to fit everything into such a small space. Construction is more difficult. This increases the cost. RV prices also vary widely depending on the brand, materials, features, and build quality.

If you’re on a tight budget, converting your own van into a class B RV is a great option. The cost of a DIY conversion depends on the choice of van and the level of customization. You can buy an older used van and convert it into a basic camper van for less than $10,000. If you want to do a more premium conversion with a newer van and higher-end materials, you might spend $30,000-50,000 or more. It’s almost always cheaper to build your own van rather than buying a pre-built.

Another great way to save money is to buy used. RVs depreciate pretty quickly. You can save a good amount of money by buying a motorhome that’s a few years old instead of buying new.

It’s also important to consider other expenses such as monthly payments if you finance the vehicle, gas, maintenance, insurance, storage, etc.

Class B and class C motorhomes parked


Generally, class B RVs have lower maintenance costs. This is because you can take them to your regular mechanic. A class B can fit on a standard lift. You don’t have to go to a special RV mechanic. They also have fewer amenities to maintain. For example, many class B models don’t have a bathroom and plumbing to maintain. The electrical system is usually smaller and less complex. All of this reduces maintenance.

You may need to take a class C motorhome to a specialized RV repair shop or a truck repair due to the larger size of the vehicle. When it comes to non-motor-related issues, class C motorhomes are sometimes cheaper to repair because most of the interior parts are off-the-shelf. Class B RVs tend to have more custom parts.

Both class B and class C motorhomes also require standard vehicle maintenance. Some common maintenance tasks include oil and filter changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and transmission fluid changes.

Class B and class C motorhomes usually come with gas engines. Both are available in diesel options as well. Gas engines usually require more frequent maintenance but the maintenance costs are cheaper. Diesel engines have longer intervals between maintenance but have higher maintenance costs.

There are also electrical, plumbing, wastewater, solar, and propane systems that may need periodic maintenance. There are pumps, batteries, lights, switches, appliances, and other components that can wear out or break.

A class C motorhome parked on the beach

Sleeping Space

Class B and class C RVs, have different layouts and sleeping arrangements. Class C RVs offer multiple sleeping spaces. Most models have a bed over the cab. In addition, there is usually a dinette or sofa that converts into another bed. Sometimes, there are fold down or drop down beds.

The cab over bed is always ready for use. You don’t need to set it up each night. It is usually a queen-size bed that can accommodate two people. The drawback is that head room is limited. You may not be able to sit up in bed.

You also have to climb a ladder to get in and out of the cab over bed. This is a hassle. Particularly in the middle of the night when you have to use the bathroom. It can also be a challenge for older campers or those with mobility problems.

The second sleeping area usually needs to be converted before use. Having a second sleeping space makes class Cs better for families or groups. There is some privacy.

Class B RVs only have one sleeping space. In most models, the bed is convertible. Usually, a dining table or sofa converts into a bed. This means that you have to set up and take down the bed daily. This can be inconvenient. It’s a hassle to set up and take down the bed every day. The bed also takes up a significant portion of the living space.


Class C motorhomes are more comfortable than class Bs. There are several reasons for this. First, they have more interior space. There are separate sleeping and living/dining areas. Class C RVs also offer more headroom. They are tall enough to stand up and walk around inside. You never have to hunch over. This greatly improves comfort.

There is a permanent bed. You don’t have to set up the sleeping space every day. One person can take a nap while another person cooks or relaxes in the living area. Even when the convertible bed is set up, there is still space for other people to walk around and sit down.

Class C RVs also provide more privacy for everyone. There is a curtain you can close for some privacy when you’re in the cab over bed. The bathroom also has a door. Larger models may have a separate bedroom in the back with a closing door. It’s nice being able to get some privacy while you’re changing or bathing.

Class C RVs have more larger kitchens and full bathrooms. This makes travel more comfortable and convenient. It’s much easier to cook a nice meal with a full kitchen. It’s also more comfortable to bathe and get ready for the day with a full bathroom.

A dog in a motorhome

Class B RVs have a smaller living space. They can feel cramped. Particularly if you’re camping with another person or if you have lots of gear.

There is one bed. The bed takes up most of the interior space. You may have to convert it every day. It can be difficult to maneuver around in the RV when it’s set up.

Some class B RVs are also not tall enough to stand up inside. If you’re a taller person, you may have to hunch over while moving around. This is often the case with older conversion vans. Newer models usually have higher roofs. Hunching over all day is uncomfortable.

Privacy can also be an issue. The sleeping, living, dining areas as well as the kitchen are all in the same space. The only private space is the bathroom, if there even is a bathroom. If you’re traveling with someone, not having any privacy can get uncomfortable.

Class B RVs also don’t have as many amenities. There may not be a full kitchen or bathroom. There is also less storage space. The bed may be smaller. This can all reduce comfort. Cooking a meal in a tiny kitchen is annoying. It can also be difficult to get ready for your day without a full bathroom.

Ease of Driving

Class B RVs are easier to drive than class Cs because they are smaller. They are built into a standard cargo van. They are similar in size to a regular vehicle. The smaller size makes them much easier to maneuver. With a class B RV, you can easily navigate cities, small campgrounds, crowded parking lots, and narrow forest roads.

The ease of driving class B RVs makes them the better choice for those who aren’t comfortable driving a large vehicle. They are not intimidating to drive. If you can drive a regular car, you can drive a class B motorhome.

A class C motorhome on the side of the road in front of the mountains.
Class C motorhomes are harder to drive due to their larger size.

Class C motorhomes are much larger vehicles. They are longer, taller, and wider. The large size makes them harder to drive. Particularly for inexperienced drivers.

Their increased width and length can make navigating tight city streets and narrow roads more difficult. You have to learn how to corner so you don’t cut a corner and drive over the curb. Cornering is different with a long vehicle.

You also have to consider the height when driving under bridges and through tunnels. There may be some places you can’t drive due to height restrictions.

It can also be more difficult to back up or turn around with a class C RV. If you take a wrong turn down a narrow forest road, you may have to back out if there is no space to turn around. Backing a large vehicle can be a challenge.

Braking is another consideration. Class C motorhomes are heavier. They may require more braking distance. You can’t stop quite as quickly.

Wind can also be an issue. While driving a class C motorhome, you may feel a strong gust of wind when passing large trucks or other vehicles. This can be unnerving. A heavy gust of wind could blow you off the road if you’re not paying attention. If it gets too windy, you’ll have to pull over and wait it out.


Class B RVs are easier to park than class Cs because they are smaller. They are small enough to park in a normal-sized parking spot. You can parallel park on city streets. You’ll only take up one parking spot.

Due to the lower height, class B RVs can also fit in most parking garages. You can also go through most drive-throughs. This is useful if you plan to regularly drive in cities.

Being able to park anywhere allows you to be more spontaneous. If you want to pull over to grab a coffee or simply rest for a bit, you can. You don’t have to worry about not being able to find a place to park.

A class A and class C motorhome parked.
Class C motorhomes are harder to park due to their larger size.

It is more difficult to find parking for a class C motorhome. They won’t fit in standard parking spaces. They’re too long and wide. You will have to take up multiple spaces when you park.

It can be difficult to find space for such a large vehicle. Particularly when you’re driving in a crowded city. You have to park in the back of the parking lot where there is more space.

You may not be able to find parking in a crowded downtown area or in busy parking lots. This means you have to plan your stops more carefully. This can cause some anxiety. Sometimes, you’ll struggle to find a place to park. Due to the height, you can’t park in a parking garage or go through a drive-through. You can’t be quite as spontaneous.

Fuel Efficiency

Class B RVs get better gas mileage than class Cs due to their smaller size and lighter weight. On average, class B RVs get 15-22 miles per gallon. To compare, class C RVs usually get around 8-15 mpg.

Diesel engines generally provide better fuel efficiency than their gas counterparts. You can get better mileage if you choose an RV with a diesel engine instead of gas. A diesel class C RV can get up to 20 mpg. A diesel class B RV can get up to 25 mpg. Diesel fuel is often more expensive than gasoline. This will offset some of the fuel efficiency savings. Most class B and C RVs are gas but diesel options are available.

Over time, driving a more fuel-efficient RV will save you a lot of money. For example, assume you plan to drive 5,000 miles per year in your RV and gas costs $3.50 per gallon. if you drive a class B RV that gets 20 mpg, you’ll need 250 gallons of gas. This would cost $875. If you drive a class C RV that gets 12 mpg, you would need around 416 gallons of gas. This would cost $1548.

In this example, you would save $538 per year with a class B RV. Over the life of the RV, you can save thousands of dollars by choosing a more fuel efficient model. The more miles you drive, the more efficiency matters.

Two people standing on top of a class B motorhome.
Class B motorhomes get better gas mileage because they are smaller and lighter vehicles.


Class C RVs have fully-equipped bathrooms. The bathroom of a class C RV includes a separate toilet, sink, and shower. There is a large freshwater tank and a gray water tank (waste water tank) as well as a black water tank (sewage tank.)

Having a full bathroom gives you a more home-like experience. It’s also easier to travel long-term when you have a full bathroom to use. After a long day of hiking, you can take a hot shower and feel clean and comfortable. A bathroom also gives you a comfortable and private place to shave, do your hair, do makeup, change, etc.

Larger class B RVs have a wet bath. This combines the toilet, shower, and sink in a single space. When you shower, the entire bathroom gets wet.

Most class B RVs do not have a bathroom at all. If you want to use the bathroom, you’ll have to find one at the campground, a store, or a restaurant.

Some class B campers carry a portable toilet and an outdoor shower setup. You can pack a composting toilet or a portapotty and use it when necessary. You can also mount an outdoor shower to the top of your RV.


Class C RVs have a full kitchen with a 4 burner stove, a fridge, an oven, and a sink. In addition, there is usually a good amount of counter space and cabinets for storage. Some class Cs even come a microwave and even a dishwasher. You’ll also have space to carry small appliances like a toaster, blender, food processor, etc. There is also enough headroom to stand up while cooking.

The kitchen in a class C RV makes it easier to cook more extensive meals. You can cook pretty much whatever you want. This is great for long-term travel and those who like to cook.

Class B RVs have a much more limited kitchen due to their smaller size. In most class Bs, the kitchen just has a two-burner stove, a mini fridge, and maybe a small sink. Countertop space and storage space and cabinet space is more limited.

This makes it a bit more of a hassle to cook. Some class B RVs also aren’t tall enough to stand up inside. This also makes cooking more difficult.

Some class B RVs have an outdoor kitchen. This is common in DIY van conversions. The kitchen may be built into the back of the van. You open the rear hatch and stand under it to cook. Some people build a slide-out countertop. Others simply carry a folding table and set up their camp stove and cutting board on top of it.

Off-Road Capability

Class B RVs are more off-road capable than class C RVs. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, class Bs are available in 4-wheel drive options. These give you enough traction to navigate sand, mud, loose rocks, and even snowy or icy conditions without getting stuck. The smaller size of class Bs also makes them more off-road capable. You can drive down narrower forest trails.

This off-road capability allows you to explore more remote and challenging destinations. This opens up your camping options. With a 4×4, you can reach places that you couldn’t get to in a standard 2 wheel drive vehicle.

One drawback to class B RVs for off-roading and boondocking is that they have smaller fresh and grey water tanks. You can’t stay out as long without having to refill and dump your tanks.

4x4 class B RV
A 4×4 class B RV

Class C RVs are less off-road capable due to their larger size and the fact that most are 2 wheel drive. The larger size of class C motorhomes limits where you can go. You can’t drive down tight trails. It’s also easier to get stuck in deep mud, sand, or snow with a heavy 2 wheel drive vehicle. You can’t get as much traction. If you get stuck, it’s a lot harder to dig a large vehicle out. There are custom-built 4×4 class C RVs available but they are not common and they are expensive.

Environmental Friendliness

Class B RVs are more environmentally friendly than class C RVs. Because they get better gas mileage, they don’t emit as much CO2. This reduces your carbon footprint. The smaller size of class B RVs makes them less likely to damage trails, animal and insect habitats, trees, and plant life if you drive off-road.

Towing Capacity

Class C RVs usually have a higher towing capacity than class B RVs. Most class Cs have a towing capacity of around 5000-8000 pounds. To compare, most class B RVs only have a towing capacity of 3000-5000 pounds.

The higher towing capacity allows you to tow a larger boat or trailer with a class C RV. This is useful if you like to bring toys with you when you go camping.

Urban Camping and Stealth

If you plan to camp in urban areas, you want to blend in the best you can. Class B RVs can be more stealthy. The smaller vehicles don’t stick out as much. It’s also easier to find parking on city streets and in parking lots for a smaller RV. You can parallel park in the city.

The most stealthy RVs are plain white cargo vans that have been converted into campers. These look just like any other cargo van on the outside. Cargo vans are incredibly common in cities. You will blend right in.

A white cargo van that has been converted into a camper.
This white cargo van would blend in well in the city. It would make a good stealth camper.

Class C RVs are less stealthy. They are big. They stick out. Everyone knows you’re camping. It’s also harder to find a suitable place to park

Being able to stealth camp in cities is useful for long road trips. You can stay in your RV rather than having to stay in hotels while traveling through cities. Stealth is also useful if you’re a van lifer who plans to live in your RV.


Class C motorhomes are less accessible than class B. There are a couple of reasons for this. Most important is the location of the bed. In a class C motorhome, you have to climb a ladder to access the bed in the cab over. This can be a problem for those with mobility issues or certain disabilities. To get into a class C motorhome, you often have to climb a few stairs.

With a class B, you can just step up into the vehicle. You can climb in and out of bed like normal. It would also be possible to install a wheelchair lift. This makes class B motorhomes more accessible.

A dog in an RV

Full-Time RV Living

Both class B and class C RVs can work well for full-time living.

Class C RVs offer more living space and more amenities including a full kitchen and bathroom. This makes them a bit more comfortable for full-time living. Finding a place to camp can be more challenging. You can’t urban camp or off-road camp as easily. You’ll have to stay in RV parks more often. You may not want to move around as often when driving a class C because they are harder to drive.

Class B RVs are popular among van lifers. They are perfect for those who are looking to spend most of their time outdoors. They are also great for those who like to boondock. You have more camping options with a class B. These RVs can feel cramped. They’re best for those living alone. Not having a full-sized bathroom or kitchen can also make life difficult.

If you plan to drive to an RV park and stay for weeks at a time, a class C is the better option. If you plan to move around every couple of days and travel the country, a class B is better.

A class C RV parked in front of a tree

The Number of Travelers

Class B motorhomes are ideal for solo travelers, couples, or small families. Most class Bs are designed to accommodate 2 to 4 people. They are most comfortable with just one or two people.

Class C RVs are better suited for larger families or groups of friends. Most class C motorhomes can comfortably sleep 4 to 6 people.

You can still camp with more people, even if space in the RV is limited. not everyone has to sleep inside the RV. You can also use tents. Some people can sleep in the RV while others sleep in tents outside.

This is what we used to do when I was a kid. My grandparents had a class C motorhome that could seat 7 people. There was only space for 4 to sleep comfortably inside. We would all drive to the campground in the RV and then set up a couple of tents outside. A few people would sleep in tents while the rest stayed in the RV.

A camper van being driven in the mountains.
Class B motorhomes are more off-road capable.

My Choice

For my style of travel, I prefer class B RVs. For me, the biggest benefits of class B motorhomes are the ease of driving and parking. I spend a decent amount of time in cities. It’s nice to be able to comfortably drive down narrow city streets and park on the street or in small parking lots. I never really have to worry about finding parking. Recently, I have been getting more into off-road camping. I can go to more remote places with a camper van.

With a class C, driving in the city would be a bit more nerve-wracking. I’m not the most confident driver. I feel comfortable driving a large van. but I don’t think I would feel as comfortable driving a large motorhome. Maybe I would get used to it or maybe not. I also usually travel solo. I don’t need the extra space of a class C.

Another major benefit of class B motorhomes is the fuel efficiency. I’m more of a traveler than a camper. Travel is the reason that I drive an RV. Driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle allows me to travel more often and travel further. I can save over $1000 per year on gas by driving a more fuel-efficient RV.

Of course, there are some annoyances of class B motorhomes. For me, having to set up and take down the bed every day is a hassle. I oftentimes just leave it set up. A cab over bed would be nice. My RV also doesn’t have enough headroom for me to stand up in. This is annoying at times. My next RV will definitely be tall enough for me to stand in.

When I start a family, I may consider upgrading to a class C. I can’t imagine camping with more than two people in a class B. It would be too cramped. My grandparents owned a nice class C that I used to camp in often. It was perfect for 3-5 people.

Other Types of RVs to Consider

A couple standing on top of a small camper van.

Class A RV

A Class A RV is the largest and most luxurious type of motorhome available. Class A motorhomes range in length from 25 to 45 feet. They have a boxy shape with a vertical flat windshield. They are basically buses.

Class As offers the most amenities of any motorhome including full-size kitchen with full-sized appliances, a separate living area and dining area, a full bathroom with a tub, and a private bedroom. They are made with high end materials including hardwood flooring, granite countertops, leather seating, etc. There are multiple slide-outs to increase the living area. There are usually many outside features as well including awnings, a grill, and an entertainment center. They also have a ‘basement’ storage area under the living space.

Class A RVs

Class A RVs are built on a heavy-duty truck or bus chassis. They are available with either gas or diesel engines. Diesel-powered Class A RVs are often referred to as “diesel pushers” because the engine is in the rear. Class A motorhomes have a heavy towing capacity. You can tow a large boat, a tow vehicle, or a cargo trailer full of toys.

These are expensive RVs. New Class A motorhomes start at around $100,000. Luxury models can cost well over $1,000,000.

For more in-depth info, check out my guide to class A vs. class C motorhomes.

Super C RVs

A super C RV is a larger, more powerful, and more luxurious version of a class C RV. Super C RVs are built on a heavy-duty commercial truck chassis. They have the same general design as a class C but the front end looks like a semi truck.

Super C RVs are designed to offer more power and towing capacity than standard class Cs. They have a powerful diesel engine. This allows you to bring a large boat or a heavy trailer full of toys. Most super C RVs can tow around 20,000 pounds. A super C RV built on a class 8 semi chassis can pull up to 40,000 pounds.

Super Cs are also larger and more luxurious than standard class Cs. Most models are 35-40 feet long. They come with premium fittings and fixtures, like class As.

Class B+ RV

A Class B+ is kind of a cross between a Class B and a Class C RV in terms of size, design, and features. Class B+ RVs are built on a van chassis, just like Class B RVs. The difference is that they come with a wider body. These RVs start as a bare cutaway chassis with a cab. The living quarters are built into a box on the back, just like a class C. The difference is that the box is smaller. It doesn’t stick out as far to the sides. There is no cab over bed. Just some storage space.

For this reason, class B+ RVs aren’t considered to be their own category. They are basically just smaller versions of class C motorhomes. The term “Class B+” is just a marketing term.

A class B+ RV
A class B+ RV

A class B+ RV is around a foot wider and a couple of feet longer than a standard class B RV. There is a little extra room for a larger kitchen and a bathroom. These RVs are tall enough to stand up and move around in.

A VW van driving through the desert.

Which is Better?

Neither is really better than the other. Class B motorhomes are smaller, more maneuverable, and more fuel-efficient than Class C motorhomes. They feature a compact living space with just the essentials. They are easy to drive and park. This makes them better for solo travelers or couples. Class B motorhomes are also ideal for those who plan to go off-roading.

Class C motorhomes are larger and more spacious. They come with additional amenities such as a full kitchen, bathroom, and multiple sleeping areas. They are great for families or larger groups.

A man sitting on a hill looking down on his RV

Final Thoughts

The decision between a Class B and Class C RV comes down to where you camp, how many people you camp with, for how long you camp, and your personal preferences.

Class B RVs are great for those who value fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and the ability to access more remote campsites. Class C RVs offer more living space, more amenities, and more storage.

Whether you choose a class B or class C RV, I hope this guide has helped you in making your decision.

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

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