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Old 02-12-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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Help.... Class A or Class C

Help me……I keep waffeling….Class A…..Class C ????
I have a Class C, 1993, 20 foot (no bed in back of course), Damond, RV which my wife and I traveled all over the East Coast for past 17 years.

We now want to go RVing full time AND I can’t make up my mind to buy a 30 foot Class A OR a 30 foot Class C.

When I sit in a Class A, I feel sort of disconnected from the home.
When I sit in a Class C, I feel AT home.

Of course I feel good in a Class C cause that is what I have been driving.
If I buy a Class C for full-timing, will I later regret my decision?
Does my problem ring any bells with you folks who have all the experience.

Thanks for any/all help or advise in advance.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Don't have experience with a class C other than grandparents having one. We went from tent to trailer to Class A and wouldn't consider going to a C simply because of the space and feel of home. I love seeing above the crowd in our A. I always worried I was going to hit someone in the C felt like there were blind spots even with the mirrors. In the A, I can see everything, look out any of the windows and I know what's there. Now we don't have a slide out so not sure how visibility is with those.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:32 PM   #3
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I don't know how much "stuff" you need but from my experiences and I have had TT's, Class A's, a fift wheel and a Class B+ similar to a C and now back to an A, I had the most storage in my 5th wheel but almost as much in my new Class A. My new Class A has enough room in the shower I can actuall turn around in it and pick up the soap when I drop it, Ny Class B+ had a small shower that I cursed every time I got in it (started using Campground showers when available) and the storage was really lacking. I guess you just have to evaluate your needs and desires and then make a decision. If I was going to go fulltiming I would have nothing less than a fifth wheel or Class A in the 36+ range. Good luck on that decision.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:31 PM   #4
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weaksignal, I have a C and it is great for us as we use about once a month. I have had it about 15 months and I have learned that it is true what the old timers say, " If you think you need 30' get 36. I would never think of ful timing in a C. Storage, openess, weight factor, power all are not lending to full timing. I agree with Cowgirl. Every time I shower, I knock over shampoo or whatever. Also tank capacities are so superior in a A. The bunk over driver is a nice catdhall tho. You need to go with someone in an A and C and feel the difference. Good luck in whatever you do. Also as stated, the vision factor is big.
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:50 PM   #5
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Over the last 32 years we have had just about everything and each time it fit our needs until we grew tired and move on to another. The bottom line is the best coach for anybody is the one that makes them happy. With that said if I were looking to go to a unit in the 30 foot category I would seriously consider the new Tiffin Breeze. Although it is a 28 footer it's their newest diesel pusher on a Power Glide chassis that appears roomy and loaded with class.

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Old 02-12-2011, 04:36 PM   #6
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We have had 2 class A's and one 31' class C. If you are going full time, the C will be very severly weight limited. A large class C, has a GVWR of 14,050# and not a lot of cargo capacity. The class A will have a lot more storage space and carrying capacity. Of course you could go to a Super C with the Duramax engine.

If I was going back to a motorhome, I'd definitely go to an A over a C.

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I do not full time but I would think the first and the largest consideration would be how much stuff can I carry with me (weight). Will the mh allow me to take the things I want and need. Then I would consider will I be doing much dry camping?? if so how much water do I need?? Then what temps willo I be in?? how many a/c units, heating?....man I can go on and on..think you get the point.
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:48 PM   #8
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Hi WeakSignal,
Welcome to iRV2. Consider a class A coach. All the reasons have already been stated. Gas/Diesel, length, new or used and brand is your choice. However, there is just too much going for a class A coach, for a full timer. Newmar has a very nice selection/variety of class A coaches. Go to Browse Our Class A Motorhomes | Newmar Corporation and take a look.
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Here is another vote for class A. You mentioned having traveled all over the east, when you get out west having an onboard genset is a thing of beauty. Lots of places where you can boondock cheap. Some of which you won't want to leave. So the bigger holding tanks are another big plus there. I would also go with the 'add a couple of feet' comment.

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Old 02-13-2011, 07:16 AM   #10
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We went from a 31' class C to a 40 A. The C was fine for up to a month. It had a good size slide out, not too bad of a shower and for 2 of us the over cab bunk was a good place to hide stuff when parked. No so good on gas compared to the diesel at almost twice the GVW.

Storage will be the biggest difference. The C's basement compartments were not even tall enough to fit a regular size cooler. Holding tanks can not compare either. Black, gray or fresh water.

Keep in mind that is you go from a C to an A DP all of the expenses increase. Try a 26 qt oil change compared to 6.

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Old 02-13-2011, 07:36 AM   #11
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The thing that I think about regarding a Class C vs a Class A is this. A Class C is lighter weight overall. That means that the Class A will have a heavier frame and larger brakes. It will probably have a larger radiator too. It's gross vehicle weight is probably heavier as well. This means to me that the Class A will handle a fulltiming life better than a Class C will.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:54 PM   #12
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Go with the class A. More storage capacity and more carrying capacity.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:10 PM   #13
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To chime in with Doug Sage's remark the Class C will be more substantial and if you choose diesel you will have air brakes which are very effective.

When traveling long distances having the engine noise in the rear makes for a much quieter cockpit area and allows normal conversations.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:49 PM   #14
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Hey All,

This is the best RV site I have ever found.

You guys/girls are just great!! Boy, was I wrong about Class C.

You all opened my eyes to the benefits/needs of a Class A (Pusher).

I discovered the needs for full-timing with regard to “quiet traveling”, “more storage capacity”, “easier living w more space” and “benefits of being able to pick up SOAP in the shower.” All points I simply didn’t think of AND I expected to wait a few weeks for any replies. Thanks!!!

Now I just gotta find a nice Pusher—but I got a year to do it.

Thanks again all.


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