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Old 03-21-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Family of 10 should I buy class c or a?

Ok so I thought I wanted a class a. In fact I am paying for a mechanic to look over a 97 pace arrow as I write. But... Getting cold feet about the gas cost. I can buy a newer class c for the.same price as am older.class a. About 2 years. We have 10 in our family. We need to live in it.for.two months then just have fun with out on weekends. Tight budget makes class cs look nice and the class c fleetwood.we are looking.at tomorrow. Sleeps 10. Anyone.have advice? What works best for large.families? How much mpg for class a vs clads c?
Thanks.a ton.
P.s. Class c had slide and is 31 ft and sleeps 8-10

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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We had a 2009 Fleetwood 31' Class C. It was just us and the dog and cat. We full time and felt really crowded. There was not enough storage room, even tho we had downsized considerably. We traded for a 37' Class A. I know they have Class C's with bunks which would be great for you. In the end you have to just look at it, imagine where you are going to put dishes, cookware and cloths for 10 people. Good luck on your search.

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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With a family of 10 you need to be concerned with the net cargo carrying capacity of the RV. With that many people, the weight will add up fast and then all of the clothes, food and the other supplied need for the crew. A large class C will be limited on CCC, especially with a slide out. You might want to check on what is called a super C like the Jayco Senaca.

Class A's will have a similar weight issue.

And I have never seen an RV that would sleep 10. Some of the big tour buses used by the entertainers bands have lots of bunks, but they cost over $1,000,000.00


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Old 03-21-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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A class C with a very big engine and heavy duty frame.. And a portable "Bunkhouse" trailer to pull behind it!!! (kidding somewhat)

I do not know all the bed plans in Class C's but I'd pull a semi-converted van behind it. Say a Dodge B-250 Maxi (About 3500 pounds) with a bed and porta-pottie.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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Thats a large family for sure. There is much you want ti investigate prior to purchasing any configuration of either a C or an A. The weight issue will be top priority and storage for 10 certaily will need to be plentiful. You can always take along a Tent, some are very nice.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'm sure you're aware that 10 people living in any kind of RV will be very tight... even for a couple of months. But, we all have to do what we have to do so I wish you all the best.

Although it's counter intuitive, Class C rigs are generally designed to sleep more people than the much larger Class A coaches. Class A rigs are very often made with only two people in mind. There's an old adage used by Class A owners that goes something like.... "It seats 8, can feed 4, and sleeps TWO".

Ken raised a great point about the cargo carrying capacity. Be sure to do your homework so you don't end up with a coach that is already near its CCC as soon as the fuel and water tanks are filled. It happens more often than you might think.

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Another thought.. and a short explanation.. I once owned a semi-converted Dodge Tradsman B-250 van which is why I mentioned it above, You could have any make full size...

Rather than CCC you need to pay attention to the MAX CGVW (Maximum weight of the RV, + Towed + Cargo fuel and people)

If you have a big towed, and with a family of 10 you will need the passanger carrying capacity of such a van (I once had 13 passangers in that B-250, admittely one very happy young lady was sitting on the movie star's lap but hey.. Can't all get lucky).
(I have some strange friends by the way, Said star was in my ride because the one he was supposed to ride in... Left him behind). (NO you have not seen the movie he starred in, but you may have read a book or two he wrote, I have).

The van came in very handy on a number of trips,.
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In your case, I'd seriously consider a Class A with enough towing capacity to bumper pull a lightweight TT. That way, you woldn't all be falling over each other in the MH when you're not actually on the road.

Storage capacity for all the stuff 10 people will need would be a monster problem in s "C", even just for 2 months. You really need a basement-type Class A.
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A C towing a storage trailer for the luggage or a toy hauler.
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How big r these 10 people?

If 6 of them r 20 pounders, you'll be ok.

Really, if you all are gonna have to live in it, i'd look for a 25 - 30 ft Travel trailer, and a suburban, excursion, of big van to pull it.
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Originally Posted by JimM68 View Post
How big r these 10 people?

If 6 of them r 20 pounders, you'll be ok.

Really, if you all are gonna have to live in it, i'd look for a 25 - 30 ft Travel trailer, and a suburban, excursion, of big van to pull it.
^^ This. Your weight restrictions for 10 people and their "stuff" will be an issue for most Class Cs and many Class As. Typically, the Cs have more sleeping area and A's have more living area. The travel trailer solution with a big tow vehicle is probably your best bet. Good luck.
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We are now in a Class A, previously owned a 31' Class C. It had a slide, and the so called beds consisted of the following. A short queen in the bedroom, the dinette converted into a bed for two, the couch folded out as a bed for two, and there was a (short?) queen or full size over the cab. All told it was advertised as sleeping eight. However, I could not have fit into the dinette by myself, two smaller infants might fit. The fold out couch was too short for me to lay down in (5'11"). The area over the cab was OK for at least one adult, might work for two but headroom would be dicey for the person nearest the front.
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Boy that's a tough to call. Class C will be plenty tight and the Class A would give you more room but not as many sleeping accomodations choices. The C would be very limited for storage, the A obviously would have more. As far as mpg I thinkg you'll find both actually will get about the same. I think I would lean personally lean toward the A. JMHO Good Luck in your choice and hope all works out for the best.

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