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Old 05-01-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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Why Choose a Class C over a Class A

We will be retiring in approx. a year and it is our intention to become full timers. We have not owned or operated any RV before.

I would like to hear from experience why you would choose a Class C over a Class A. Our search has just begun and we've been reading about both classes online and visiting a couple of local RV dealers. We are having a hard time deciding and we hope this forum will help us.


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Old 05-01-2015, 05:21 PM   #2
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I can't comment on a C over an A. But vice-versa, I can think of a lot.

Access from the drivers compartment into the coach.
Use of the drivers/passenger seat when parked.
Availability of power levelers.
Overall size and floor plan options.
If you really can't decide; rent one of each for a couple of weeks, particularly if you have never RVed, that would be a must, there are some wonderful people out there who do RV; BUT, it's not for everyone.

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Old 05-01-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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If you are going full time, you are probably going to need storage. Two seasons of clothes will be a must. Not much storage room in a C. Weigh limit is another big issue if you are going to be living in it full time..A "C" will not have as much carrying capacity as an A. The difference is like an efficiency apartment versus a 2 bedroom condo..
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:48 PM   #4
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The only reasons I can think of for choosing a C is that it may be less expensive, may be easier to get used to driving (kind of like a pickup truck) and some are set up to sleep more people. If you don't plan to tow a vehicle, some C's are more parking lot friendly.

The storage in an A is much better inside and out. Great view driving down the road. Towing capacity may be more. Usually a better bath and in general better livability.

You will see after you look at a few and and drive them.
Enjoy your search.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:56 PM   #5
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Some like a C because of more sleeping room with the space over the cab . That's about the only thing I can see . I've driven both . I prefer driving an A.
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:34 PM   #6
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I can't think of any unless someone wants to sleep over the cab or you're getting a beefed up C that can off road and get to some remote places. For living space, storage, comfort and ease of driving, I don't think a C would have any advantages over an A.

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Old 05-01-2015, 06:51 PM   #7
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Thank you all very much for your responses.

I have been reading about safety issues with the A & C. The C has the steel structure of a truck and airbags. Also, because it is lower to the ground, the roll over probability is much less. Apparently, there is very little, if any, safety considerations in an A for the driver and passenger. I also read that the mounting of TV's above the driver and passenger could potentially be very dangerous in the event of an accident and the TV comes loose.

However, it is hard to ignore the interior room and livability of an A. I'm a big fellow and my wife is not tinker bell, so having a good size shower, king bed and a feeling of openness in the living area matters.

These are hard decisions to make. I'll keep researching and relying on the comments posted here.

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We love our Class C, however, we would never consider full timing in it...too small, not enough storage and bathroom is too small. I would prefer a larger kitchen too. We've travelled for 3 months at a time and its fine. If you have pets, a C can become very small very soon...we travel with 3 Labs and a 42 footer may be too small
Like others have suggested, rent one of each for at least two weeks and you will figure it out. RV shows are great source of info, but beware, impulse buying can get ya!!!
Keep us posted on your journey and ask questions!!
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:26 PM   #9
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I started with a C class (2006 Seneca). It was a great coach - had it for almost 5 years and sold it for about 18K less than what I paid for. While a C class could be adequate for full-timing especially if you don't plan on traveling long distances. The overall handing, interior layout options, and living and storage space for similar sizes would far outweigh having an A class.
Take your time, do your research on both and then decide.
Good luck and have fun with your search!
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:16 PM   #10
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If on the road safety is a big factor, there is the super "C". A class body build on a semi truck chassis.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:58 AM   #11
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Rent both for a week.

I had a TT, class A and now a class C.
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Old 05-02-2015, 12:45 PM   #12
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Because the Class C is the Swiss Army Knife of RV's. They can do everything well, just not some things great. Parts, tires and repairs generally easier, more available and cheaper.
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:28 PM   #13
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Agree that if you are full timing you will probably like a A better. That being said some advantages of the C are; Easier to get maintenance work done and often less expensive to get worked on, easier cab access, tires easier to find and cheaper
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:30 PM   #14
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A lot of generalizations here with Class As and Class C's. There are big differences from one C to another, as there are from one A to another. My 31K class C at 32 1/2' long has just over 100 cubic feet of storage space which is more than enough for my wife and I. We don't full time but other than more clothes, I have no idea what else we would need for longer trips, or full timing. We have storage compartments now that are almost empty. As for the OCCC it's 3,275#, which I know is more than a lot of gas class A's I've seen. As for GCWR if loaded to GVWR (which we're about 2,500# below) there is more towing capacity than a lot of class As. As an example there are a lot of class As with a GVWR of 26,000# and a GCWR of 30,000#, which doesn't leave much for towing.
Now I also have an older Itasca 31C, which has an identical floor plan to the 31K, although it's actually about a foot shorter. That MH only has a little more than 1,000# of OCCC, which is less than most, if not all class As.

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