Finding the Right RV: Class A RVs

A Class A RV driving on the open road.

Do you have a large family, plan to travel with friends, or just like the idea of having a little more living space inside an RV? If so, you may find a Class A RV is right for you.

People love Class A RVs for their superior size, space, and lovely living quarters. A Class A RV is built on a commercial bus or truck chassis and is the largest motorhome you can buy. Class A’s can sleep anywhere from four to eight people and vary in length from 20 to more than 40 feet.

If there’s no way you could ever see yourself in a diminutive Class B RV and find a Class C motorhome unappealing, a Class A might be just what you need to travel in comfort and style.

That said, Class A RVs aren’t perfect and even if it’s the right RV for your lifestyle, you need to know the negatives as well as the positives. Let’s take a closer look.

Benefits of a Class A RV

A Class A RV parked with slide outs extended.

The benefits of Class A RVs stem from their overall design. These RVs put Class C and Class B RVs to shame in terms of living and storage space as well as features and amenities. If you want to go adventuring but not give up any of the comforts of home, a Class A motorhome is the way to go.

Plenty of Space

With a commercial bus or truck chassis, designers have a lot of room to work with. This means you get the most living and storage space from a Class A RV.

You’re more likely to have a floor plan that allows for multiple rooms and some privacy. This can go a long way towards your comfort and happiness, especially if you spend long periods of time in your rig.

More Features and Amenities

A Class A RV is going to have most of the features and amenities that you enjoy in a regular apartment or home. The refrigerator, HVAC unit, microwave, stove, and other appliances will be closer in size and operation to that of typical units in a home.

This is a major plus for many people who don’t want to go without certain things while enjoying a trip.

Better View out of the RV

Class A and Class C RVs can have some visibility issues when compared to Class A motorhomes. In a Class A RV, you sit up high and have large windows on the front and usually on the sides of the vehicle.

This makes it easy to enjoy scenic vistas while parked at a campground. It also makes surveying the road as you travel much easier.

More Luxurious Interiors

Class A RVs take the idea of a motorhome to a whole new level. Many high-end Class A’s are on par with a luxury hotel or apartment. This makes it easy to live in your RV for long periods of time or full-time.

Many full-timers love their Class A RVs precisely because of the level of comfort. There are plenty of part-timers that find a Class A RV is perfect for theirweekendd getaways, too.

Ability to Tow

Class A RVs have plenty of power to tow a vehicle or boat behind them. This is a major boon for anyone who wants to get to their location and then continue to explore in a smaller vehicle.

Class A’s are large motorhomes, and you probably won’t always want to drive it into town for groceries or supplies. Thats where a smaller tow vehicle comes in handy. With a tow vehicle you can take a quick trip to the store without having to clean and pack up everything in your motorhome.

Downsides of a Class A RV

Class A RV driving on a road with mountains in the background

While the largest RV type definitely comes with some serious positives to consider, the motorhome isn’t without its downsides. These stem from the RV type’s overall size. Bigger isn’t always better, and Class A motorhomes prove it.

Poor Fuel Economy

With all that size and weight comes one of the biggest downsides for the Class A RV, horrible fuel economy. Class A RVs guzzle fuel faster than any other type of RV. While many manufacturers try their best to make their vehicles aerodynamic and lightweight, there’s no getting around the sheer size of the vehicle or the large engine required to move it. If you want a Class A RV, make sure you budget plenty of money for fuel.

Difficult to Drive

RVs are designed to be as easy as possible to drive, but Class A motorhomes can be a handful. Also, Class A RVs might be too large for some roadways or to travel under some bridges. If you get a Class A, you’ll need to memorize your rig’s dimensions so you can keep an eye out for roadways or bridges where you won’t fit.

Also, depending on the state you live in, you may need a special driver’s license for Class A motorhomes due to weight restrictions.

In most states, you do not need a Commercial Driver’s License, but some states require a special non-commercial license for large RVs. Moral of the story, check the laws in your state and the requirements of the states you’ll be traveling in to be sure you’re not accidentally breaking the law.

High Price Point

As you might expect, the fact that Class A RVs are so large and have so many features impacts price. While you can find reasonably affordable Class A RVs, you will notice that Class C and Class B RVs are less expensive. If you’re trying to RV on a budget, a Class A may not be the way to go.

Higher Maintenance Costs

Because Class A RVs have more features and are generally more complicated, they can also be more expensive to maintain. There is usually a lot more to a Class A RV, which means there’s more that can potentially go wrong.

You will have maintenance costs with any RV you buy, but Class A RVs will likely require service by a specialist and that can drive the price up.

Camping Site Size Restrictions

The last big downside to a Class A RV is that sometimes they’re too large for certain campgrounds.

Many campgrounds have size restrictions, and if you have a very large RV you may not be allowed to camp there. This usually isn’t too big of a problem due to the volume of RV parks in the country, but it’s important to note so you can plan ahead.

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