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Old 01-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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Well, we're leaning towards diesel...and now one more question has popped up. Why have we ruled out Class C motor homes. Not sure if this is the correct forum, but wondered it anyone has a good reason why Class A is better?

Thanks for all of the help so far...you're pointing us in the right direction.

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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I read this to the wife and she said the biggest difference for her is Room and storage room and more room. She packs alot.
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Went from a 34 ft Gulfstream Endura class C to a 40 ft dp.
The differance in interior room is huge class a has 4 slides class c had 2,the ride in the dp is way better and a ton quieter.The milage on the c was a little better and the tires were way cheeper (both are diesel)but all in all I think the class a is the way to go IMHO.
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Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, budget, preferences, etc. I don't know if a Class A is "better" than anything else.

Some differences that come to mind regarding the Class A diesel include more power, longer lasting engine, different sleeping quarters (no cab-over), probably more storage, but some C's have a lot also.

Most A's have two air conditioners and have 50 amp electric service. Some C's have two AC's but I think most of them are 30 amp. I have a friend who has a large older C and he has two AC's. One runs on the 30 amp service and the other can only run when he runs the generator. The 50 amp power enables more "stuff" to be used at the same time, a big plus if you need air conditioning at the same time you are brewing coffee, warming up rolls in the microwave, and your wife is drying her hair. Those things cannot be done simultaneously with 30 amp service.

A's have a super big picture window windshield where C's don't. The big windshield is a big plus when you are driving in scenic areas. It is not a big plus when there are lots of bugs in those scenic areas.

Others can chime in with more authority that I but these are a few which come to mind.

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If you are leaning toward a DP then you answered your own question. Unless you are talking about the $500,000 class c then a DP is everything a class c is not. I'm not trying to be a smart !!! But your not comparing apples to apples.
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If you like the idea of a diesel and a class C style of motorhome, take a look at some made on the Kodiak chassis. A friend has a Bigfoot and it is really a nice rig. There are other manufacturers also.
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With any C you're on a van chassis. Driver and co-pilot are going to be sitting at regular car level for seeing the road and scenery. Ever wished you could see over those bridge rails? You can on an A. I haven't see a C yet with pass through storage bays. On an A you're sitting up at Semi level to see the road and scenery. Yes, there is a reason why Semis can and do go faster in the rain, they're sitting up where the road spray that hits a cars windshield goes underneather the Semi's windshield. My wife says it's like sitting in the penthouse watching the traffic go by and the scenery unfold. With the DP the engine noise in the back, no roaring motor up front to interfer with you radio or conversation. You want a king sized bed, try to find it in a C. My shower is 42 inches wide, find that in a C. You the comfort of air ride, look for A. You want to tow 10 - 15,000 pounds, look for an A. Both the C and the A have their advantages and disadvantages. If you want the more spacious, comfortable MH, then you're probably going to want an A. If more compact but still well equipped and comfortable suits your needs, look at the Cs.
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The view from the front seat is soooooo nice from an A.
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Another BIG advantage with a DP is the superior handling and ride. Last year on my way to Florida at the end of January, I fell in Ohio and 'may' have broken a bone in my right wrist. For two days I drove with excutiating (sp) pain and swelling. With my former class c, that would have been impossible as you had to drive with two hands all the time to keep it on the road.
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Well, we're leaning towards diesel...and now one more question has popped up. Why have we ruled out Class C motor homes. Not sure if this is the correct forum, but wondered it anyone has a good reason why Class A is better?

Thanks for all of the help so far...you're pointing us in the right direction.

Barbara
as mentioned... C chassis are usually overloaded from the get go. Add water, a full tank of propane, and gas... youre generally at max CCC.
Plus the mileage isnt better than an A chassis. There are some exceptions... like Super Cs that are built on truck chassis. Those will be more expensive for obvious reasons.
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We drove around the country in a c class and had a great time with the kids and the mother-in-law, but now we have a class a deisel pusher and its like a cadilac, everything is just better, rent a class c and then a class a and then make your decission! Big investment either way so take your time.
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The view from the front seat is soooooo nice from an A.
Right on!! Looking out the window of our class A is like standing on the top of a hill and having an unobstructed view from the sky to the ground and 90 to the right and left.

I believe my wife likes to set in the co-pilot seat, while going down the road, more than she likes camping!
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we have a super C diesel. We looked at alot of different coaches, and still look everytime we can. I really like the fact that each of us has a door were we can enter our seats. This may seem silly, but as the co-pilot 100% of the time, I like sitting side by side instead of the well of the stairs right under my seat.
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A major difference is the capacity of the fuel, fresh water and holding tanks that are substantially larger in a C.
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