A Recreational Vehicle, also known as RV is the usual term for a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with living space and amnesties found in home. This term is usually used in North America. There are several definitions exist for RVs and vary by region, including “caravan”, “camper van” and “motorhome”, but are also used to designate different types of vehicles outside North America.
There are actually many different types of recreational vehicles. One of the examples of recreational vehicles are Snowmobile, All–terrain Vehicle, Golf Carts and Other Vehicles. It includes the motorhome (Class A, Class B, Class B+, and Class C), travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, toy hauler, popup trailer, and slide-in camper. Motorhomes are actually one of the recreational vehicles.
But what is a motorhome? Well, we do know about motorcycles as this site is dedicated for motorcycle enthusiasts. Recreational vehicles are not at all usually used and discussed. Most people have no idea about recreational vehicles. And if you are still new to the world of recreational vehicles, you probably will have no idea if motorhome enthusiasts are discussing the benefits of Class A, Class B and Class C motorhomes.
Here are the three different types of motorhome that you will be able to learn and their corresponding advantages and disadvantages:
Class A Motorhome
Hence, the name class A is absolutely the most luxurious classification of RV available. It is built on heavy-duty frames like a commercial truck or bus chassis. Some, like the King Aire, are built on a customized chassis built specifically for its design. They are equipped for vacations or short trips, but they are also commonly used by full-time RVers.
- Owning a Class A motorhome is like owning a very nice home, only you can take it on the road with you.
- It is actually large enough to accommodate a full family, and luxury motor coaches like the Mountain Aire, Essex, or King Aire have top-of-the-line electronics, entertainment options, master bedrooms, full bathrooms, and offer a variety of floor plans to match your lifestyle.
- It offers a feeling of openness and home.
- It is large, powerful, and expensive.
- Most of it are difficult to drive especially on long, cross-country trips.
- It gets poor fuel economy when compared to a Class B motorhome or your own family motor vehicle.
- Choosing a Class A motorhome takes commitment, because it is a purchase that should fit your lifestyle.
Class B Motorhome
It is usually a common misconception that Class B is the middle-of-the-road option because Class A is the largest and the most luxurious, and also that Class C motorhomes are the smallest. Well, it is not. Class B is the smallest out of all the three types of motorhome. In terms of its size and offerings of amnesties, Class B motorhome is actually the most limited.
Class B motorhome is built using a cargo or camper van as the base which is often called “conversion vans” or “camper vans”. Class B motorhome are much larger than typical van and it has raised roof which is high enough to allow its occupants to stand up inside.
- It has the advantage of specialization as many manufacturers of Class B motorhomes don’t manufacture other types of motorized RVs.
- Compared to other types of motorhomes, it get much better gas mileage.
- It can be used as a full-time family vehicle because it is small enough to park in most normal parking spaces or even garages.
- It typically have small kitchen, living room and bathroom.
- The sound system, television, and other entertainment options are extremely limited.
- Occupancy id usually limited to between 2-4 people. The inside will generally feel cramped.
- The bathrooms generally have the shower and toilet in the same place which is called a wet bath.
Class C Motorhome
Class C motorhome is usually distinguished because of its appearance of an attached cab. It provides many of the luxury amenities of the more extravagant Class A motorhomes, but are less expensive. It also proved a midpoint between the very stripped-down Class B motorhome family and Class A luxury motor coaches.
Class motorhomes are usually known by many people as a “cab-over” motorhome. Most have an overhang which is an area that hangs over the cabin with a bed and sometimes have an additional bedroom at the rear.
- Features small dining areas, stoves, refrigerators, storage tanks for waters and propane, and higher-end electronic and entertainment equipment.
- It has more storage and more room for families than a Class B.
- It offers better gas mileage but poorer fuel economy than the Class B.
- Its sheer size will not fit in garages and driveways because it is long.
- In terms of its interior amenities, Class A is truly more luxurious than Class C.