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Old 05-19-2016, 07:03 PM   #1
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Driving Class A vs Class C

Are there any main differences in difficulty ... Is driving with the overhang on the sides harder to keep it in lane .. Are turns any wider?.... And to be apples and apples... Lets say a small DP ... And one of the super c's on the ram or ford chassis (diesel) .. Ty
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:25 PM   #2
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I suppose the big diference is the C puts you in the more normal driving position of a car.

A class A puts you a bit further foward over the front wheels. Its just a different perspective that takes a bit of getting used too.

The ride between the wheels is always better then over them. Try it on a bus.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:40 PM   #3
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We went from a Class C to a Class A. The increased visibility from the huge front window made driving much easier. Judging where the sides are is easier also without the overhang. And cleaning the front of a Class A is MUCH easier.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:41 PM   #4
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I've driven both . I personally find the A easier.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:46 PM   #5
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We haven't had a Type C MH since 1998 so it's been a while. Wasn't hard to figure out the differences and get used to the Type A differences.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:47 PM   #6
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The average modern class C is just as wide as a class A. Both are a little under 102" (not counting mirrors, awnings, etc.)

For a given length (say 32" class A vs 32" class C), the class A will generally have a smaller turning radius because of a greater front wheel cut. The wider axle of the class A allows more turning compared to the narrower van front.
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I guess it depends on if the class A is a gas coach or diesel pusher. The diesel pusher puts you ahead of the steer axle - not necessarily harder, just a different mind set as you have drive deeper into turns before turning in.
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Also keep in mind that the air ride of most class A's is superior to the ride in most class C's that I've been in. And if it's a diesel pusher, the engine in back makes for a quieter ride. But if you run the generator going down the highway, you will have some of that noise up front.
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We had a 31' Class C, put ~70K miles on it and it served us well.

We now have a 38 PKD Monaco Windsor, which is almost 40' long.

Both me and my wife prefer driving the Class A. It drives better, no side winds from passing trucks. You sit up higher and have better forward visibility. The side mirrors give you a better view and we have a rear view camera. In general it is easier to drive and less tiring.
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Comparing a 40' DP and a 40' Super C on a M2 chassis. I will take the Super C any day if you are asking solely about drive ability and maneuverability. Driving the Super C just seems more of a natural driving experience. You either hear engine noise or wind whistles and every rattle.
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Owned/ driven Class C/ now driving Class A/ 37', love the A feel n ease, down the road, along with user space in the coach.
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I've driven a Class C. and the "A" is much easier to drive once you understand it.
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Ty for all of your input.. Its greatly appreciated
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T-K....... I don't think one is any easier than the other, they're just different. The adjustment is easy enough if you pay attention.

Maneuvering is slightly different. In the C the steer wheels are 3 ft in front of you. In the A they're 2 ft behind you. The turning geometry is different but not outrageous.

The vehicle widths are the same, but the relative position of the driver is different. This actually works to your advantage in the Class A. Your seat is close to the left side of the vehicle, so it's easier to use the centerline as an alignment reference.


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