Choosing an Motorhome

There are some things you need to know before buying motor homes. Motor homes or motorized recreational vehicles (RVs) come in different classes. Two of those classes are usually confused with each other, those being class A and class C motor homes. It’s essential to look at the physical appearance of the motor home to determine whether it is class A or class C. Class A motor homes resemble a bus design with a flat or vertical front end and large windows. In contrast, hand class C motor homes have a truck cab with an over-cab bed, in some ways resembling a camper.

Considered top of the line, Class A motor homes measure at about 24 feet and can be as long as 40 feet. Their weight can range between 15,000 to 30,000 pounds; the undercarriage may be custom or a 3 to 10-ton truck chassis. Class A motor homes come with each of the luxury amenities you can fathom, like a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and a tub, and sometimes a separate bedroom at the back depending o the floor plan of the truck. They also have heating and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, 100-125 volt electrical system, a dinette or living room area complete with couch and recliners, closets, and an entertainment center. This is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, some of these motor homes can be more elaborate than homes themselves.

A Class A motor home is perfect for those who can afford its high cost. Most Class A motor homes have all leather interior, a wet bar, big-screen TVs, an advanced sound system, and other high technology.

Depending on the model and the floor plan, a class A RV can accommodate up to 8 people. But all of this luxury comes at a price. New, lower-end models are sold at up to $90,000 US dollars, while larger and much nicer class A RVs can even cost more than any house in many states coming in at about $500,000+. Class A RVs are really expensive; in fact, even used class A RV can still be sold for $30,000-$100,000. If you prefer luxury lines, you may start saving about $325,000 up to over $1 million if you prefer the creme de la creme of all RVs.

Last but not least are Class C motor homes. Class C motor homes can also come in very luxurious models or more economical ones, depending on your budget. They are much lighter in weight, ranging only from 10,000 to 15,000 pounds, and generally run from just under 20 to 44 feet in length. They are constructed on cutaway chassis, depending on the model. The cab is usually similar to that of the truck with a bunk above plus a rear bedroom. Like the class A, Class C motor homes have all the amenities of home, including kitchen, bathroom, dinette, heating, and air conditioning system, and an entertainment center for an additional cost.

Dinettes are not always present in class C motor homes, and if ever there is one included, it usually converts into a double bed. If a dinette is not present, two captain chairs are available instead. Sometimes, the motor homes contain a couch and chairs instead of captain chairs. The couch may also be turned into a sleeper couch.

Because of the overcab bed, a Class C motor home can sleep more than a comparable Class A motor home, accommodating up to 10 people are accommodated. The cost of class C motor homes ranges from $50,000 to $170,000.

The common features of Class A and Class C motor homes are their slide-out wherein, with a simple touch of a button, the wall of the living room expands outwards to extend the living space by several inches.

Another type of motor home is Class B which is usually referred to as van conversion. Class B motor homes look like pop-top camper vans and are self-contained but cramped compared to their big motor home counterparts. The advantage of purchasing a Class B motor home is handling and size, that is, if you don’t want a spacious motor home. They are usually promoted as a place to sleep more than what is deemed comfortable by most people. The class B motor home can also be used as a second car. Its price ranges from $38,000 to $100,000.

Motor homes are great for camping, road trips, or just simply living in style. If you are interested in purchasing a motor home, it is wise to do some comparison shopping, and research as these motor homes can prove very expensive.

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