A Class A motorhome is a larger, bus-like RV. These rigs are spacious and can range from converted buses to luxurious vehicles equipped with upscale, modern amenities and features. Unlike fifth wheels and travel trailers, these are drivable rigs with either gas or diesel fuel systems. While navigating narrow roadways can be tricky in a Class A, many owners opt for this type of rig due to the large living and sleeping spaces often found in these residential-like RVs.
Here are a few things to know about Class A motorhomes.
Living space: Most modern Class As offer one to four slide-outs, large bathrooms and kitchens, and even multiple bedrooms. While each floor plan is different, these rigs can typically fit more people and amenities than other RV types on the market.
Gas-powered: These Class A RVs are usually 22 to 38 feet long with a chassis rated between 19,000 and 26,000 pounds. Gas-powered rigs are usually lighter and have less cargo capacity than diesel-powered RVs. They can also be less expensive and easier to maintain than diesel rigs.
Diesel-powered: Most diesel Class A motorhomes (or diesel pushers) are 32 to 45 feet long with chassis rated between 26,000 and 55,000 pounds. These RVs are typically less noisy to drive since the engines are rear-mounted. They’re often equipped with air suspension and air brakes, and are better at climbing and descending hills. Most diesel pushers are more fuel efficient than gas-powered RVs.
Price: You can expect to pay anywhere from $125,000 to more than $2 million for a high-end Class A motorhome.
Class A pros: The size and cargo capacity of Class A motorhomes are huge benefits, especially for those looking for larger living and sleeping spaces. You can also tow a vehicle behind a Class A to explore outside of the campground without tearing down your site. And when you’re driving, you can often keep your heating or cooling systems running, making it easy to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, no matter where you are.
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Class A cons: Not only can these large rigs be expensive to buy and maintain, but finding routes, campgrounds, and parking areas suitable for motorhomes can be challenging in some areas. You might even need a special driver’s license to operate a Class A, depending on your state laws. If you don’t have a towed vehicle to bring with you, exploring away from the campground can be inconvenient in a Class A.