Finding the Right RV: Class C RVs

Class C RV

Are you on the hunt for the perfect RV and decided that a Class B is too small for your needs? That’s where a Class C RV comes in. Class C RVs are a good alternative between the compact Class B and the mammoth Class A. They offer quite a lot when it comes to features and amenities.

Class C RVs are built on truck frames and have a sleeping or storage area above the cab of the vehicle. They can sleep between four and nine people and vary in length from about 20 to over 30 feet.

Like the selections that are “just right” in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, many people find these RVs to be perfect in terms of size and amenities. They’re a good blend of what Class B and Class A RVs offer.

That said they’re not void of negatives. Like with any RV type, Class C RVs come with both positive and negative aspects. Let’s take a closer look.

Positives of Class C RVs

Class C RV parked

The positive aspects of the Class C RV pertain to the fact that it does a good job walking the line between the larger Class A and smaller Class B so well.

The RV category offers numerous floor plans, additional capabilities and space over a Class B, and superior affordability to basically any other motorhome option.

Family Friendly Living Space

One of the ways in which Class C RVs shine is their family-friendly layouts for the living space. Class C motorhomes come in a variety of floor plans and are great options for families who like to get away on the weekend but still have enough space to move around inside the RV.

There’s plenty of beds and seating space for the whole family. The bathrooms in Class C RVs are generally more accommodating than in smaller motorhomes or travel trailers that have wet baths. Some Class C RVs have slide-out sections which add even more living space to the vehicle.

Ability to Tow

Class Cs can tow heavy loads. This is a serious plus because it allows you to take your boat along or tow a small vehicle for transportation once you park your RV.

While not everyone will want to tow something behind their RV, it’s nice to have the option. Having a smaller vehicle once you arrive at your campsite allows you to more easily take short trips without having to pack up your whole rig.


One of the best things about Class C RVs is that they’re affordable. You will find towable RVs with lower prices, but if you want a motorhome and you’re on a budget, a Class C is usually the most economical choice.

Negatives of Class C RVs

Class C RV parked near the mountains

The negatives of the Class C RV really depend on the size of RV you want and the things you expect it to be able to do. If you want something large and spacious, the Class C’s middle of the road approach isn’t the way to go.

The inverse is true, too. If you want a small and easy to drive vehicle, you may be better off in a Class B. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the negatives associated with Class C RVs.

Limited Versatility

While Class C RVs offer a lot in terms of interior space and floor plan options, they come up short in terms of flexibility when compared to Class B motorhomes. Class C RVs are a little tougher to just pack up and go.

Also, Class C RVs won’t always fit in a standard parking spot, depending on their size. Many are too long or wide. They may also be too large for some tight roads, meaning you’ll have to adjust your route accordingly. Of course, a Class C RV is still more versatile than a larger Class A RV and should be able to go places that the larger class can’t.

Still Somewhat Limited on Space

A Class C RV will put a Class B to shame when it comes to storage and living space. The larger vehicle simply has more usable space for you and your family. That said, many Class C’s, depending on their size aren’t as large or spacious as Class A’s.

One way to combat space limitations is to get a Class C with slide outs. Having even one slide-out section can really open up a lot of space in a Class C motorhome and make it feel much larger.

Not Extremely Easy to Drive

If you’re looking for an RV that’s easy to drive, Class B is the way to go. Class C RVs are like driving a large truck, such as a big moving truck. If you’re not used to driving a large vehicle, it can take some getting used to.

With that said a Class C RV is manageable for most competent drivers. While it’s larger than a typical car, SUV, or half-ton pickup, and bigger still than a Class B motorhome, a Class C RV is still reasonably maneuverable, depending on its length.

Class C RVs can vary in length, and one measuring 30 feet long can be tough to maneuver. Of course, with some practice, you should be able to manage.

What are your thoughts on a Class C RV? Leave a comment below.

Finding the right RV - Class C RVs


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  1. I’m looking at a Class C Toyhauler. The only model available appears to be the Thor Outlaw 29J or 29S. The “J” model is more to my liking. I’m looking to haul two of my motorcycles to bike shows around the country and this model would fit the bill nicely. One of my bikes is a 1946 Indian Chief and I enter it in bike shows. Plus, I can take along one of my normal road bikes for putting around.

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