If RV camping has eluded you up to this point, we’ve got a solution. A Class C RV is a “middle of the road” vehicle, not as large as a Class A and not as small as a Class B. It might offer a great way for you to get out there and camp in an RV. Let’s find out why so many RVers love Class Cs.
What Is a Class C RV?
Class C RVs can offer the best of both worlds, providing the space of Class A but the maneuverability of Class B. Immediately recognizable by its truck-like cab with a bed over it, this mid-range vehicle is a hit with families. It offers enough space for dad, mom, and the kids while fitting into most campsites.
These days you’ll find both gas and diesel engines in Class C RVs. They’re built on a truck chassis and usually sit lower to the ground than a big Class A. That means there’s no basement. However, manufacturers have found creative ways to provide storage.
For example, they’ve built beds that lift and interior water tanks. Some newer models hide closets under the sleeping quarters. Plus, because they’re smaller than a bus and handle like a truck, Class C is generally easier to drive and park.
How Big Are Class C RVs?
You won’t worry about being cramped during your camping trip when you travel in a Class C RV. Slides provide ample space for the whole family. Most Class C models fall between 21 and 41 feet and weigh around 10,000 to 12,000 pounds.
Because they rest on a truck chassis, they offer less cab space than a Class A. They tend to feel more like a Class B camper van. Class Cs have full baths, unlike the wet baths found in smaller vehicles. Many offer full-sized showers, large closets, and beds bigger than you might have at home.
5 Benefits of Class C RVs
Class Cs can be a great choice for first-time RVers, families, and those on a budget. Here are just a few of the reasons we love them.
Class Cs are known for providing lots of space at a reasonable price. They offer all the essential amenities needed to camp without going overboard. For example, a typical model will have a water heater, but it might not be the tankless version.
Even so, there are many luxuries you can add to a Class C for a price. This is what keeps the C affordable. Unlike Class As and many Class Bs, which can start around $100,000, you can find Class C campers starting at half that price.
2. Ease of Engine Maintenance
Because most Class C RVs sit on a truck chassis, Ford or Chevrolet usually make their engines. This means you can have them worked on by a Ford or Chevy truck mechanic. Today, you can also find Class C RVs with diesel engines, which are more complicated to service and maintain. You may need to go to the manufacturer for diesel engine maintenance.
3. Extra Sleeping Space
Class Cs include many slides for added space. These “room extenders” add floor space by sliding a dinette or sofa out of the room, or pushing the wardrobe or bed out of the way. This makes queen- and king-sized beds possible and opens up enough space to pull down a Murphy bed in the living room. There’s even a bed over the cab.
4. Can Tow an Extra Vehicle
The Class C RV can often tow up to 10,000 pounds, meaning you can pull a full-sized vehicle behind it. However, if your RV has a slide, that towing capacity might dip down to 3,500 pounds. That’s still plenty but may put some added strain on the engine.
5. Easy to Drive
Driving a C is as easy as driving a pickup truck. You’ll need to be aware of the extra length you’re hauling, though. And you’ll still want to avoid U-turns and have a spotter for parking.
The Perfect Entry Level RV
Class C RVs are terrific vehicles for getting into RV life, as well as for keeping a family comfortable while camping. They’re more affordable, drivable, and flexible than other RV classes, and there are so many different floor plans that you should be able to find the perfect one to fit your needs.