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Old 07-25-2012, 10:00 AM   #1
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Class A or Class B

My wife and I are new to RVing and trying to determine which way to go: Class A or Class B. We would appreciate any comments from experienced RVers! Thanks!

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Old 07-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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Those are kind of the opposite ends of the motorhome spectrum, with class C being the middle ground. And of course, within each of those there is a tremendous range. So my suggestion is to look at them all, and see how the different characteristics fit your needs. Go to some RV shows and/or some big dealers, tour a lot of units, and ask a million questions.

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Old 07-25-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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Wow! You've got both ends of the motor home spectrum included there.

Class A motor homes are suitable for extended living and carrying a fairly large cargo of personal gear. Practically, you need a tow vehicle for local travel when exploring an area. Class B motor homes are suitable for traveling and sleeping and light cooking while also using the motor home as primary transportation while exploring. Two very different ways to travel and only you can decide which is for you.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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Think about money as well. Maintenance on a Class C is easier because the chassis front ends are vans. Many quick lube places will service these on the go and the fee is nothing more than bringing in a van. Get what I mean? Class A's are generally wider than 99 inches and taller than service station garages. That means your options are limited and have to go to a specialized service centers. TIres on a Class A can run up to 2500 for new tires (for 6 tires, maybe less). Class C tires require LT truck tires and run around $170 - $250 each. If you get a flat where can you go to get it service while on the road? Class A's are much much more heavier. Engine works harder and uses more gas. If you plan to RV local then you are ok, but distance Rving will require a lot of gas. You need to identify what type of RV'er you will/want to be. Just some things to think about.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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Class A tire example

MICHELIN XRV 235/80R22.5/G | Big O Tires carries the XRV by MICHELIN in 235/80R22.5/G

Class C tire example, should also fit a Class B


That's just tire, not including mounting and balancing.
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Do your self a huge favor. Go to rv.org. Pay whatever they are asking then read over all their information. It covers all the different rv's out there, what to look for when buying, how to buy, and ratings for different rv's. This will be the best place to start your education on the world of rv's. Then when you figured out what you want to to oodle.com and run a search for what ever you're looking for. It will search all over the net, except craigslist, and keep sending you notices of what's new out there every day. Good luck.

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