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Old 04-14-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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Serious ? for those who prefer Class C's

I have been considering buying a Class A most recently and have seen some nice ones. But now I'm wondering why not look at Class C's also. I like the idea of sitting up high in a Class A and enjoying the spectacular views when driving, but am wondering why others go with Class C's instead. The insides seem rather equal in floor plans and quality, so why are you a Class C person rather than a Class A one?

Now I understand the reason when you talk about short ones, but I am referring to the longer ones say 30' or so. What are the advantages of a larger Class C over a class A. It seems like the used Class Cs can actually be more expensive than the 10 yr old A's.

So why, how, when, etc of C's over A's. Does ease of use enter into it at all, especially for older less physical people are concerned? What is your take on it all?

Thanks, any and all input would be helpful to me now. Let's take 2 examples of what I like and what has raised these questions:
1. 29' Class C
2. 30' Class A
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:46 PM   #2
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They typically drive better. With an A you will be the 1st to an accident. I like the side entrance to a C rather than walking thru the passenger seat.
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I like that more parts are standard truck parts.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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Good question, makes you say hmmmm. In some cases, better crash protection for driver and passenger, steel all around and air bags. Sleeps more people than Class A for the most part, probably better for families. Cheaper to maintain, parts more readily available and standard, ie tires, wiper blades etc. Easier to drive and possibly less intimidating. Less initial cost when new and possibly less depreciation for the first couple five years. Better gas mileage, debateable. No prefect motor home, Class C no exception, but does many things pretty well.
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Lots of good reasons already stated. As for your examples, you posted a 6 year old C and an 11 year old A. Although the narrow body C you posted when new was probably more expensive than most "normal" wide body cab over Cs.
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I have a class C and have been looking at class A's. When I realized that most class A's have no driver or passenger doors I started having second thoughts about a class A.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:23 PM   #7
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Class C 16" tires are cheaper to replace than Class A's. You have 3 doors to exit.
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We have never owned an A, but currently have a newer C. Looked at a lot of Class A's but the ones we liked did not have a egress door for passenger/driver (tho some do…), that was a deal breaker for us. The view in the A's are better, but we like that we can take ours to the Ford dealer for regular maintenance on engine, transmission, etc (still under warranty tho). For us, well we are just more comfortable with ours. We don't have overhead bunk as we have a Winnebago Aspect. AND I never feel like ducking when going under a bridge…some of those huge A's…well I just hold my breath when I see them cruise under a bridge. Our C is 30' and we have a tow vehicle.
I looked at the two you linked, Jayco makes a great unit, as does Itasca. Have you driven both? I believe you will have more storage in the A if you take a lot of things.
Good luck in your search and let us know what you decide.
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Had a 29' class c for nine years. It had a great floor plan, which is the most important decision in my opinion. We thought we wanted a larger unit, so went with a 34 class a. For us - big mistake. We miss the convenience of the extra doors, the easier parking, better floor plan of the c. If I were choosing between the two you posted I would go with the Jayco. That being said, you are the one who knows if it will fit your family's needs. I do think the Jayco is priced at the upper end and you should be able to talk them down.
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If you look at the spec the jayco would be a Class B, personally I would definitely go with the Itaska, more room inside, nicer ride and lot more storage room.
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Lots of good reasons already stated. As for your examples, you posted a 6 year old C and an 11 year old A. Although the narrow body C you posted when new was probably more expensive than most "normal" wide body cab over Cs.
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I'll give you 3 good reasons why the DW and I prefer a C over an A.

She's more relaxed driving it.

It's easier to drive in city traffic and park in parking lots.

It has 2 full beds without rearranging either the sofa or dinette, just in case SHE starts snoring. ;-p
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We chose a C over an A for a couple reasons.

Easier to drive and park. My wife refuses drive an A.
C fits in the campsites we like. An A won't.
I can go to any Ford dealer for service on the engine and chassis.
No slides, no motorized awning, no motorized steps, way less problems.
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Good question, makes you say hmmmm. In some cases, better crash protection for driver and passenger, steel all around and air bags. Sleeps more people than Class A for the most part, probably better for families. Cheaper to maintain, parts more readily available and standard, ie tires, wiper blades etc. Easier to drive and possibly less intimidating. Less initial cost when new and possibly less depreciation for the first couple five years. Better gas mileage, debateable. No prefect motor home, Class C no exception, but does many things pretty well.

X2 Well put, that about covers it.
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