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Old 09-05-2018, 12:35 PM   #1
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Class A versus Class C 30 feet or less

Considering a larger coach-have a class c 25ft-looking at going to 30 for these reasons: larger bathroom and walk around bed. Do want a slide for added space. Class C is noisy on the road - are Class A better for noise and ride? Share all your pros and cons please!
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Considering a larger coach-have a class c 25ft-looking at going to 30 for these reasons: larger bathroom and walk around bed. Do want a slide for added space. Class C is noisy on the road - are Class A better for noise and ride? Share all your pros and cons please!
The Class C & the Class A's (that are not a diesel pusher) normally will have the same gas engine (Ford v-10 ) in front.. The engine placement & associated noise generated in either case is in front of, or between the front seats..The differences of noise level depends on the amount of sound deadening material the coach builder uses around the engine compartment and "dog house" engine cover .
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The Class C & the Class A's (that are not a diesel pusher) normally will have the same gas engine (Ford v-10 ) in front.. The engine placement & associated noise generated in either case is in front of, or between the front seats..The differences of noise level depends on the amount of sound deadening material the coach builder uses around the engine compartment and "dog house" engine cover .


So regardless of Class type -time spent adding deadening material will improve things. We experience a lot of noise from the coach doorway also-and have been looking at improving that.
Any other pros or cons with a move to a class A versus just picking up length in a longer Class C!
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I don't think the noise is going to change much between a Ford powered C and Ford powered A.

As far as the ride, check how many posts from F53 Class A MHs owners, trying to smooth it out. Its a truck chassis and will ride like one.

Compare that to the E450 Class C complaints. Very few.

They will ride better but will not have the carrying capacity of the heavier chassis.

Thor is offering a Class A on a E450 chassis. Its called a Axis and comes up to 28.6 feet long.
With the level floor plan incorporating the swivel front seats, it seems much bigger then a Class C.
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I shopped a class c or A, 30 feet or less and was amazed by how much more living areas plus storage the A provided.
The ride of a ford class A is very rough on bad roads. Itís decently smooth on good roads. But, definitely rough on bad roads.
I wish my rig didnít have slides... they are more trouble than they are worth.
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We went from a 2006 Thor Class C 26' to a 2005 Holiday Rambler Class A 30'.
The main reason we switched was to get rid of the corner bed. Totally worth it.
Each drives equally bad, and the noise is about the same. Both stock, no sound deadening, or handling modifications.
Both had slides, but the class A has 2. Never had a problem with them.....yet.
Can't believe it's only 4' longer. It seems like 10' longer due to all the usable space right up to the windshield. There is also way more storage space.
We are very glad we made the switch.
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I have a 31 ft Class A from Newmar, and the ride on rough roads can be troublesome but it is pretty good on good roads. I’ve swapped out the Ford spec’d Bilsteins for Bilstein spec’d ones and it rides better. Lowered tire air pressure to what Goodyear tire chart says. Still as mentioned above it is a truck. As far as noise, it’s not ad at all in normal driving, even at highway speeds. It can get really loud when it has to downshift to get up a hill. I have not added any soundproofing to the cover.

Mine is a triple slide with one being a FWS and so far the only problems have been self inflicted. When they are all extended, makes the place feel like a small apartment. Close up for travel more like a closet.

Take a look at the Newmar line of small Class A units. They go as short as 27-28 ft.
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One advantage you will find with most of the class A's in this size range is a higher cargo carrying capacity since they are typically built on 17,000 - 20,000 GVWR chassis vs the 12,500-14,500 GVWR of class C's
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We shopped for both for two years. Went with class A for more storage and bigger tanks. Also front seats are useable. Like sitting up higher and the big window without the over hang from the bunk.
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Have had multiple class a in socal and so texas, even with the dash air at 100% efficiency, you roast driving in 100 degree heat, yes generator was running either 2 roof sits, still roasted, went to a 31ft class c with one air (15k) and factory a/c on the e450. Will freeze you out in 100 degree heat, front overhang makes a world of difference, just my take on class a vs class c
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Check with wife!

We currently have a 33ft A class and my wife says she would like to have a C because the grandchildren could sleep up over the front. We left the class C because we could not climb up to the bed over the front and hated crawling over her to go the bathroom in the middle of the night. The bed in the back is great. It is BIG and we can walk around it and I will NEVER give it up unless the wife says I have to! The pull out coach bed and folding down the kitchen table does work ok for the grandchildren, but with the front bed, they would have a place to store their junk on the bed 24/7
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We went from a 24' class C to a 32' class A. The engine noise is about the same and the handling is similar. The main reason was the bedroom in the rear with a walk around bed. There is way more storage in the A and the tanks are way larger, 100 gal fresh water vs 30 gal in the C. Both were older coaches with no slides.
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