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Old 09-12-2016, 05:49 PM   #15
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Lots of good posts here. Recap... Adv of CL C over A

1). Easier to drive and park. (overhang in rear allows you to back in to curb side spaces).
2). Easier to service. Most mechanics will perform routine maintenance.
3). Bed over cab is a separate sleeping area. (Doubles for soft storage.)
4). Lower clearance. Typical is 11' vs 12 1/2'
5). Better handling due to lower profile.
6). Lower up front cost. (Prices due vary quite a bit esp with new entry level A.'s now on market.
7). Less basement storage. (You'll haul less junk that you will never use).
8). 3 doors!
9). Shaded while driving.
10). Cab is safer than being tossed around in an A.

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Old 09-12-2016, 05:55 PM   #16
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The OP will probably not really get the full, up
close picture unless OP rents an Class for a test. Just my feedback.

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Old 09-12-2016, 10:08 PM   #17
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We recently upgraded from a 30' Class C to a 36' 400 HP Class A DP. While we where very happy with the C, we needed more towing capacity. I've put over 5000 miles on the DP and I'll have to say there is really no comparison. With 8 airbags on the DP, it's like riding on a cloud. Also there is no pushing around by semis and wind is barely noticeable. Tank size is almost triple that of the C, which is really nice not having to constantly be worrying about. DP has 18,000lb towing capacity, which allows us great flexibility in what we can bring with us. CCC is almost 6000lbs. I know every one has different priorities and needs, but we're really happy with the DP.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:39 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jim22 View Post
Can someone tell be what the upside and downside of a Class C motorhome would be........... what is the advantage and disadvantage would be
We recently sold our 2014 Class A and purchased a 25 ft Class C. After several trips to Midwest we discovered we just could not get used to not having driver and passenger doors. Our Class C drives much like my Ford F150. The Class A felt like a bus. Even at 28 ft it felt HUGE! We DO miss the extra space in the Class A but we are happy with our choice.

Don't jump into this without giving it a lot of thought!
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:07 PM   #19
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Big, big plus for a modern class C is----air bags!
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:07 PM   #20
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Depends on what you want, we had a pusher with all the bells and whistles, got tired of the maintenance, took this little one on a 3000 mile trip, no toad, could find parking almost anywhere, I'm comfortable driving it. The only thing I really missed was my sat dish. For 2 the tanks will hold 3-4 days.We can take someone along w/o making up the couch and we have 6 seat belts. Now that we are no longer living in a MH 5-6 months a year, don't mind leaving the cheaper class C sit over the winter.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:18 PM   #21
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FWIW I think you will find the tow rating on the Ford based A and C chassis is about the same. The small C competitors are often not as good.

For two people the overhead front bunk makes an excellent attic for high bulk, low weight items.
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Old 09-14-2016, 07:31 AM   #22
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Just our experience- We just went from a 33ft 2011 Monaco Monarch Class A to a 2017 Winnebago Cambria 27ft Class C. We have had a couple of Class A's (both gas) and a couple of Class C's (this current one makes our 3rd Class C) as well as having a pull trailer, as cab over and a 5th wheel along the way. Going back to the Class C this time was a downsize in storage, tank capacities and overall living space but... I now have help driving again (DW was not comfortable driving A's), the smaller size is great in parking/driving as well as gas station choices open up immensely. The Cambria (E450 chassis w/new 6spd Trans and w/rear air bags) handles better than the Monarch (F53 Chassis) ever did. I was always 2 handing it w/the Monarch. The new 6sp Ford trans is a dream on hilly/mountain roads. We have all the bells/whistles (Plus) we had with the Monarch (MCD shades, satellite, swivel front captain chairs, 12cft Refrigerator, ac/heat pump etc). When we dumped the Monarch of its contents, we had a large pile of stuff we hadn't touched in 2+ years that we were hauling around. So far, we are getting slightly better gas mileage- 6.5 to 7 with the Monarch and 8 to 8.5 on the Cambria both towing 4 door Wrangler.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:01 AM   #23
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We've had both C's and A's. Currently in a Winnie Class A which we love. The 2 C's were great too. I particularly loved our Jamboree 31-M. We had the front entertainment center option instead of the bunk...we liked that a lot. My best gas mileage came from that rig also at 11mpg with the Ford V-10. We very much liked the side aisle "hallway" to the rear bedroom. It made it very private feeling and had 2 huge windows in the hall. Also the enclosed bath was bigger than what we have now in our class A. Besides all the other advantages already mentioned by other posters, I loved the simplicity of the Jamboree. We never utilize the front cab area seats so that space doesn't add any advantage for us. Does this begin to sound like we miss the class C? Well, I do from many aspects.

Hope these posts help you out....enjoy your new rig.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:06 AM   #24
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My experience is close to that of...nmmarkb. Started out with a 31ft Class A. Traded it for a 34ft Class A. Then later a travel trailer towed with a Ford Expedition. And now we are loving our 2017 Winnebago Spirit 25ft Class C.

The Class C is certainly hands down the winner in my book. Unlike the Class A, or towing the trailer, I'm as comfortable driving it as I am driving our Lincoln. It rides and handles great. The v10 and 6 speed transmission are an awesome combination. It is the perfect size. We take every thing we need with us. No compromise at all.

As stated by someone else I also like driving in the 'shade' of the cab over. We can both drive it, if need be. I like the safety factor of the cab doors and air bags. Getting in and out of gas stations, RV spaces, etc...is so much easier and absolutely no stress now.

The Class C totally fits our needs, and easily meets our expectations. After all, we are out there....to just have fun.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:52 PM   #25
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The big thing for us was safety...

The class C has the engine in front of you... in a head on collision all the class A has up there is glass and fiberglass.

The C has 3 doors in case of fire, and the drivers door is near the gas pump. On that dark and stormy night in the class A, you have to get out on the far side, and walk around the rig.

We love all of the permanent storage on the C cab-over bunk.

The class C cab is a lot cooler, and we like the "cozy" feel with the bunk in place overhead.

If you should have to get up and move around while the rig is moving, in the C you can always hold on to something. In the class A, you become a ping pong ball.

And then there is the mileage... with the new 6 speed transmission, we get over 10 MPG.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:55 PM   #26
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Upside of a C is if it has the floor plan and amenities you want and is of sufficient size to fit your needs.

Downside is opposite of the above.

IMO more people change coaches because they did not purchase the floor plan that met their needs than any other reason.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:58 PM   #27
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The big thing for us was safety...

The class C has the engine in front of you... in a head on collision all the class A has up there is glass and fiberglass.
With deference I disagree and would like to see safety statistics to prove the point.

In a class A you are going to go over anything but a semi trailer. Hit a semi trailer with either rig and all bets are off.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:06 PM   #28
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Agree with you, all 3 of our class A's had a steel cage and we were above everyone but the semis.

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