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Old 10-26-2016, 05:32 PM   #15
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Rather than focus on the downside, why not concentrate on the upside?

1. Most handle like a large van.
2. Can usually be worked on at most dealerships for the engine/chassis part.
3. Can get into older state and federal campgrounds that Class A's can't due to size limitations.
4. Easy to maintain yourself.
5. MUCH cheaper to maintain than a Class A Diesel Pusher.
6. Usually easy to sell if well maintained.
7. Easy setup at campsite.
8. The wife will probably drive it.
And I'm sure I could come up with more positive reasons without thinking too hard, but it's after 5.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:52 AM   #16
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Rather than focus on the downside, why not concentrate on the upside?

And I'm sure I could come up with more positive reasons without thinking too hard, but it's after 5.
You're almost always driving with your eyes shaded from the sun thanks to the overhang.
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:03 AM   #17
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The Class A folks turn their nose up at you. LOL.
Really? You guys are hanging around the wrong Class-A crowd then. I haven't met any RVers who've been snobby yet based on a person's rig. In my circles at least, we don't judge based on the type of RV a person shows up with. If they show up friendly and cordial, then we're happy to be neighbors with them! If they say a kind word, they automatically get a handshake and possibly a glass of wine!
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:57 AM   #18
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Really? You guys are hanging around the wrong Class-A crowd then. I haven't met any RVers who've been snobby yet based on a person's rig. In my circles at least, we don't judge based on the type of RV a person shows up with. If they show up friendly and cordial, then we're happy to be neighbors with them! If they say a kind word, they automatically get a handshake and possibly a glass of wine!
Agree 100%!! (except I'd hand them a beer instead). We camped with a Class C for 27 years; our group has C's, A's, & ToyHaulers, pop-ups...even tents. DW & I finally moved up this year to the A ranks (like the add'l room, capacities, etc), but certainly would never judge ANY camper by their "camper".
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My WGO View on a sprinter is great. The front cab seats turn and become part of a 4 person MH. The size is great as I can have my queen in the back, a good size galley and head. Cost is about the same as the Class A gas. I have HWH levelers and a Travler dish. The interior is modern.
As far as driving, it's great. It's small enough to go anywhere. You can park it on the street, or in most lots. With my setup, I don't need a towed. 15 to 16 MPG. Mercedes quality, with a Diesel engine that will go up our WA mt passes at 55 to 60. I pass class A. If you have the money go Class A DP.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:14 AM   #20
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Probably the biggest advantage to our class C is the wife will drive it.
X2 on this. I have owned a 32' class C, 32' class A and currently a 38' class A. Drivability is a personal thing. My wife didn't mind driving the class C at all. With a large family, she was used to driving a 15 pass van and took to the class C with no problem. She is not so fond of our current class A. Claims it just feels to big while going down the road. I on the other hand, love driving the Class A. So to each his (or her) own.

In my opinion, floor plan and livability are the trump cards. Find a layout that suits you and test drive it.
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here's the real disadvantage

small fuel tanks...35-55 vs 85 and up


less power


smaller brakes


more air drag


At 8 mpg 35 gallons is 280 miles, I for one need to get out and stretch my legs after 4 or 5 hours of driving.

Less power? I thought they put the same V10 in both A and C chassis.

Smaller brakes? Maybe weighing less means it doesn't need as much braking?

More air drag? Really? Please explain that one. As an engineer and pilot I would have thought drag was based on frontal area, and an A having larger frontal area would mean more drag, not less.
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At 8 mpg 35 gallons is 280 miles, I for one need to get out and stretch my legs after 4 or 5 hours of driving.

Less power? I thought they put the same V10 in both A and C chassis.

Smaller brakes? Maybe weighing less means it doesn't need as much braking?

More air drag? Really? Please explain that one. As an engineer and pilot I would have thought drag was based on frontal area, and an A having larger frontal area would mean more drag, not less.
My 30 ft C has a 60 gallon gas tank. Like you said, I need to stop and strech before I burn that much.

The class C, Ford uses the lower powered 2 valve, per cylinder head, engine. The higher powered, 3 valve, is a bit to wide.

I'm with you, on the rest.
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The Class A folks turn their nose up at you. LOL.
Why do you say that? Most of us started out small and worked our way up. I've been RV'ing since 1957 and had my first TT (16' used) in 1967. Didn't get a MH till 1988 (a 17' Okanagan/Ford Type B). And frankly I don't see that I have any more fun in the 45' one I now have than we had in the 1997 Type C MH or the first Type B.
The only time I've run into any "snobbery" was at an FMCA rally and a group of Prevost owners and it may just have been the day or even time of day.
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My 30 ft C has a 60 gallon gas tank. Like you said, I need to stop and strech before I burn that much.

The class C, Ford uses the lower powered 2 valve, per cylinder head, engine. The higher powered, 3 valve, is a bit to wide.

I'm with you, on the rest.
The average fuel milage is higher on class C because they weigh around 6,000 lbs less, and its power to weight ratio allows to use 305 HP V 10 engine versus 362 HP on class A.

Aerodynamics are not limited just to pure size of the coach. The shape of the nose is as important, and I don't know if the class A has a less drag but for sure irregular angles of class C don't help a lot.
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I really don't think you are that interested in what you're asking, since you started an identical thread back in Sept. and never made any additional posts on that thread. The axle breaking and other things happening is a new twist.
Upside of a Class C
Mich your probably correct. Me thinks the OP is MIA again....
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I kept drudging through this thread to see if the OP was going to tell us more about Axel and why he thought Axel was broke.

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The biggest thing that determines if a class C is o.k. or not is the volume of 'stuff' you plan to carry with you. The storage space in a class C is considerably smaller than the storage space in a full basement class A. Also the volume of your various tanks are smaller. Whether you want a traveling palace or a neat traveling camper type vehicle is a big determining factor.
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The biggest thing that determines if a class C is o.k. or not is the volume of 'stuff' you plan to carry with you. The storage space in a class C is considerably smaller than the storage space in a full basement class A. Also the volume of your various tanks are smaller. Whether you want a traveling palace or a neat traveling camper type vehicle is a big determining factor.
My 28'class C beats most of the class A's under 30' for exterior storage and a few 35 fters have only 20 cuft more,I'm a foot shorter opening up more hiway for me too travel on,you only carry 25 more gals of fuel and water than I do, I fit in more campsites,nicely wooded sites, if I have to dump my 28footer moves easily thru the campground,finally I prefer a cozy cottage to traveling in a Grand Hotel
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