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Old 04-06-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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Class A or Class C

I'm debating on whether to buy a Class A or Class C. I like the bigger class C, but I like the Class A for in general. I am debating on the Class C 2003 Holiday Rambler Atlantis with 2 slides and overhead entertainment thingy over the driver and passenger seat. Plus the amount of closet space in the bedroom.. I know I could redo a Class A. But I like that I'm not staring at the ceiling watching a bit of tv..so I guess I wanted to know your opinions on which u like and why. Which is easier to drive? Cuz I'm driving it by myself and have been driving on the wrong side of the road for 5 yrs so the easier the better... Thxs
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:26 AM   #2
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Hi,
It depends a lot on the use of the RV. If you are planning short trips with few activities, a small RV would be OK. If you are planning longer trips with many activities, you will need the storage capacity of a larger rig like a Class A. Outdoor activities really add to the list of items you will haul around. Don't underestimate how much storage it takes.

Driveability should be a small issue in the choice. A class C may seem easier because it's lower to the ground like a car or pickup, but a Class A will give you a higher seat to observe traffic from.
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I am sure you are considering dollars as well.The C are a little less costly to buy but are no cheaper in driving.
A's beat the comfort .Either one driving is no issue. I stick withe an A.Cheers Gerald
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Welcome to irv2.
If you have no family when traveling the large "C" would probably work out for you.
Most C's have small closet space the A's have more and a larger shower and toilet area.
The floor plan may decide for you because you will be living in it.
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We went back and forth with the same conundrum. I finally put the pros and cons on a sheet of paper. We ultimately decided on a class A because it worked best for our family. (Although ours is the Thor ACE - which is a class A with an overhead bunk like a C)

When it comes to storage and capacities, the Class A wins. They usually have bigger tanks, bigger outside storage, and often bigger inside storage.

The Class C is super easy to drive. The lower drivers area makes it seem more like driving a car than a bus. It took me a while to get comfortable driving our A. The overhang from the bunk keeps the sun off too. The Class C has 16" tires, which are considerably cheaper.

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I am sure you are considering dollars as well.The C are a little less costly to buy but are no cheaper in driving.
A's beat the comfort .Either one driving is no issue. I stick withe an A.Cheers Gerald
Gerald, hmm I thought it would be cheaper to drive a class C, but thank you for clearing me up on that pt. I'm just so nervous with the class A being so big, kinda scary when the DH won't be there to help.. And my kids are young but independent( kinda) they have gave away all there toys except a boot size shoe box... So storage for me not that big a deal, I have summer totes and winter totes prepared( stored at sisters so it gives me an excuse to travel to see her) hmmmm this is so hard deciding I think I'll keep looking then when it feels right buy it.. Maybe I should rent both and get a feel for them. Thank you for your advice..
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The problem with the larger C's on the Ford or Chevy chassis is cargo carrying capacity. Most have the chassis pretty well loaded before you start adding supplies and passengers. Also, the larger C's tend to exhibit poor road manners and typically need suspension upgrades to improve the handling.

A class A will generally have more cargo carrying capacity and provide better handling and require fewer suspension modifications. There are class A's now offering a bunk house design to accommodate more passengers.

We had a 31' Minnie Winnie and with me and the wife, supplies for a two week trip, empty waste tanks, 1/4 tank of fresh water, full fuel, our weight was 13,950#. The GVWR was 14050#....leaving us only 100# of additional capacity. If we had added supplies and one or two kids, it would have put us well over the GVWR.

We have found that in general, the A's driver better than most C's. As for fuel economy, a C may do a bit better than an A, but not much.

So with a C, shop carefully if you plan family travel. A lot of people forget to consider the added weight of the additional passengers. The GVWR is the maximum weight that sets on the RV axles. This includes everything in the RV, cargo, passengers, water, fuel, etc. You can't go by any of the manufacturers brochures. You need to weigh the coach and get a real weight.

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You didn't mention anything about a "super C", and I think that's good. Those huge class Cs are just as much of a problem turning, etc as a 35ft+ class A. Just like a class A, you'll need to tow a dingy if you want to see the sights in a city. . .you won't ever find a big enough parking spot in Chicago! I fail to see ANY advantages of a Super C over a real class A.

As long as you avoid those Super Cs, you'll likely be happy with whatever you choose!
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Drive a C. Then an A.

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Floor plan that works for you is very important. Class A's can be short on real sleeping space, so make sure you check that out. In my opinion, don't let anyone try to make you believe that the dinette is a viable sleeping area. It is very small and probably only works for kids. But the bigger issue is that it is a pain to have to put it up and down to use it as a bed. Nobody eats until the dinette sleeper(s) are awake and up.
We have a 34' class a now, and I would take my 31' class c back in a heartbeat.
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If you have no family when traveling the large "C" would probably work out for you.
Most C's have small closet space the A's have more and a larger shower and toilet area.
The floor plan may decide for you because you will be living in it.
Exactly. A's are generally made for 2 people, C's are generally made for families. Same size A or C won't be that different to drive. The new ACE by Thor tries to be both!
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hello, We have had both Class C and Class A . Now we own a big ole class a , wish I had my Class C back any day. As a woman I felt more comfortable driving it but I didn't like the floor plan. Seems there would be less to maintaine on the gasser than a diesel. JMOP the Class A is like taking the house for our short trips,but the Class C was like fun camping with the grans. Just check lots of floor plans and options on both. Good Luck shopping!!!
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Taking a large class A out just for a weekend could be less fun. In our younger days we had TC. We could go any where in remote areas etc. When we graduated to class A on the first trip we buried it up to the axles. As we get older very remote camping has not been as popular with us. Now we can make long trips to sight see so mainly RV parks NPs etc. That is certainly something to think about when buying an RV. No one RV fits all.
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I just looked at a 31' class 'C' and a 28' Class 'A' yesterday. The class 'C' was on a 14,500 lb chassis and the class 'A' on an 18,000lb chassis.

To me, I liked the small class 'A' much better because it was much more open. Higher ceiling, big front window which made it more pleasant to be in.
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