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Old 08-23-2016, 08:08 AM   #1
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Used A vs C ?

Recently became interested in buying a motorhome for short vacations and out of town events. We have $20k to spend on purchase. Size wise we are looking for under 28' (2 adults).
During my online searches I'm seeing Class A motor homes of similar years and features and weights that are selling for less than Class C. That big ole picture window for a windshield is very enticing. Other than body panels that may no longer be available if I were to damage it, what I am missing in the comparison?

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Old 08-23-2016, 08:21 AM   #2
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We started our RV life with a 26' Class A. After about a season and a half with that rig, and travelling with friends in their 32' Class A, we made the switch to one like theirs (ours was an '02 Georgetown, Ford V-10, 5 speed).

No comparison in the comfort, visibility and general quality of life. We gave up on the lifestyle after 4 years for a variety of reasons and are no longer RVers.

The Georgetown was a fairly comfortable rig. We bought it from the original owners who had done 12K miles in 8 years. We did 6K in the three active years. It got used as additional sleeping accommodation on our driveway a few times in the fourth year, but only went on the road to go dump the tanks.

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Old 08-23-2016, 09:17 AM   #3
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I think the "A" has more interior room than a same size "C". "A" is built on a larger chassis than a "C" so potentially greater towing capacity.

Our first MH was a 21 ft Toyota Dolphin, micro class C, small but perfect for our trip to Alaska. And it got 15 mpg. One thing I liked about it, I could park it just about anywhere that you could park a full size car. I can't do that with our Mirada.

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Our 30 ft Mirada is similar to the toyhouse in the basic layout, i.e. kitchen, bench seat with table, and jackknife sofa.

But the Mirada has a full sized bedroom, a generator, shower, bath, and we can tow a car. And it gets about 8 mpg.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:17 PM   #4
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You don't even have to drive one to see the difference. Just go to a dealer and sit in the driver's seat of an A and a C. I bet you'll go with the A.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:02 PM   #5
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Test drive both. The C will drive like a heavy loaded van.

The A will drive like an empty bread truck.
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:49 PM   #6
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One thing that i've noticed is that class Cs usually offer up more beds to sleep in. Also, since they are on van chassis's, repairs are often more straightforward because parts are usually easier to find.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies so far. I'm finding that a short class A such as the Winnebago Warrior (23 & 25) or the newer Brave 26 is what we are both liking at this point. At the same time though a similar size class C with the over-cab bunk offers more sleeping options ( as Mudfrog mentioned).

We are not in a hurry to buy so I have time to look around and do more research. We have traveled in a Class A before, It was a 1980-something Southwind that was pretty worn. We took it from NY to FL and back. I had the hood up in every state except for Delaware.

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