Pros and Cons

Class C

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  • They require less adjustment from people who are accustomed to driving passenger vehicles.

  • All the benefits of a motorhome but without the high cost of a Class A.

  • Less intimidating to drive than a Class A.

  • Fits in places where 5th wheels and Class As won't.


Motorhome Benefits:

  • There is some controversy surrounding how much of the living space should be utilized during travel, but it is a fact that many people use the bathroom, prepare food, take naps, play games, and even take showers while driving down the road in a motorhome. But even if you wait until you pull over and stop, at least you don't have to go outside, unlock the RV door, and pull out the steps to access your living space like in a towed RV.

  • Long driving days can be more comfortable in a motorhome than in a trailer. All your passengers aren't stuck in a truck cab for the entire drive. You can get up and walk around to break up a long drive without having to leave the interior space. You have more options for how to transport your pets too.

  • The dash (chassis) and living space (coach) heat and a/c are shared before and after traveling.

  • With a motorhome, you don’t have to transfer anything from your rig to your truck and vice-versa on travel days.

  • Setup can be easier for quick overnights. You don't have to go out of the vehicle to be ready to sleep for the night if you don't want to. You can level it and put the slides out without ever stepping outside the RV. Your on-board generator can take care of your electrical needs and your water tanks can keep your plumbing self-sustained.

  • Safety in questionable locations. If you arrive late at night and are unsure of your surroundings (or in the event of bad weather), you don't have to get out of the RV to set up for the night. If you get the creeps and need to leave an overnight spot for safety, you can do it all without having to leave the safety of the inside of your RV.

  • The entry stairs into motorhomes tend to be safer and easier to climb than a 5th wheel or travel trailer.

  • The windshield in a motorhome can allow better views of the surrounding scenery.

  • Motorhomes give you the option of pulling in or backing in to your space in more situations than towed RVs do. This lets you adapt to your campsite being on one side or the other or to combine campsites with another RV that you're traveling with. Some RV spaces are designed specifically for motorhomes to take advantage of a forward view.

  • You have more options for your “get around” vehicle than with a towable trailer. In addition to the option to tow a small car or truck, you can opt for scooters, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, etc. Or you can choose to not take along a separate vehicle at all if you don't want to.



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  • They can't carry much cargo because of weight restrictions.

  • Their on-board generator and other equipment tend to not be as accommodating as a Class A.

  • Socially, there are some people out there who will treat you like you're not quite as prestigious as the Class A and 5th wheel people. Who cares! But it is an attitude you might run into.


Motorhome Issues:

  • The driving area prevents the manufacturers' designers from using the front interior space freely for living space. Seeing the driving area in your living area is completely fine with some people and a total deal breaker for others.

  • Having a towed vehicle either means taking along some kind of car dolly or trailer, or severely limits which car models you can tow without harming their drive train. You might research cars that are “flat towable.”

  • It's nearly impossible to back up once a towed vehicle is attached to the back.

  • It's a lot of money to have wrapped up in an engine and transmission that you don't use for anything else.

  • It can be hard to drive it as often as the drive train needs to keep it in good working order.

  • A motor home and toad (towed vehicle) require two automotive insurance policies, two motors, and two transmissions. Insurance on a trailer is cheaper than a vehicle with a drive train.

  • In the event of mechanical repairs, your selection of repair shops is much more limited than for a regular pickup truck.

  • If your living space needs to go to the shop, your engine and transmission are out of commission too. If your drive train needs to go in the shop, your living space has to go with it.

  • If you run out of propane, the tanks are attached, not portable, so you can't take your propane tanks to the cheapest place to fill them while leaving your RV in place. You have to either break camp to drive to fill the tanks or rely on a propane truck to come to you.

  • Finding places to strap in car seats for children can be a challenge.

  • There are not as many family-friendly floor plans as 5th wheels and travel trailers.

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