There are many RVs on the market. How do you choose the right one? It’s important to research before you buy an RV. To help you choose the right RV for you, we’ve compiled a list of Class A RVs.
What is a Class A?
A Class A RV can be described as a type to buy my motorhome. The living and driving areas can be found in the same area. This is in contrast to a travel trailer, or fifth-wheel where the living space is separated from the primary vehicle.
There are many types of motorhomes. The easiest way to identify a Class A motorhome is to look for the large windshield and flat front. Although it looks like a bus, the interior of these motorhomes is very spacious and classy.
The majority of Class A RVs have a truck or commercial bus chassis. You can choose from either a diesel or gas engine option. Keep reading for even more details about Class A motorhomes.
Class A RV Details
The length of a Class A RV can vary from 20 to 45 feet. You can sleep up to eight people in one bed or as little as two people in a Class A RV. Many Class A beds have hidden beds, dinette to-bed conversions, flip-out bunks and sometimes even more than one bed. These are great options for families because they offer so many different options.
These bad boys average between 13,000 to 40,000 pounds. Most Class A RVs will have at least 1-2 slides outs. Some may have four or more. The larger the interior, the more slides you have. You may find them with an outdoor patio area that can be folded out to provide additional seating when you park the vehicle.
Because of all the features that Class A motorhomes provide, they are more expensive than other RVs . A Class A “entry-level” class will usually cost between $50,000 and $200,000 new. Even though some options are more expensive than others, they can be worth a lot.
There are no limits to the price ranges for Class A RVs. You can save money by looking for an older Class A RV if the price is prohibitive. If you’re considering this route, we recommend that you check out our blog How to Buy a Used RV.
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Gas mileage for Class A
The Class A RVs excel at many things. Unfortunately, getting good gas mileage is not one of them. Depending on the size of the vehicle, Class A vehicles typically get between 8-13 MPG depending on how big they are. This can drop to as low as 5 mpg if you’re towing a trailer or car with your motorhome. That’s a lot! It is also important to know that if you are a Class A RV owner, it is almost certain that strangers at the gas station will ask you questions such as “how much gas mileage did that thing get?”
Diesel RVs will have a different fuel economy. Even in heavier applications, diesel engines have a better fuel economy than gasoline.
What is a Diesel Pusher?
A diesel pusher RV is a type. The engine of most vehicles is located in the front. Diesel pushers, on the contrary, have the engine at the back (hence their name “pusher”). Unsurprisingly, they run on diesel fuel, rather than regular unleaded gasoline.
Diesel pushers have a stronger engine, so they can tow more. Diesel pushers are used in many Class A motorhomes. They can also run FOREVER! Ok, maybe not forever. However, most vehicles last around 20 years, or 400,000 miles. That is a very long time.
Bus chassis are often used to build diesel-powered motorhomes. They also use big rig systems such as air brakes and ride. This allows for a smoother ride and provides the necessary stopping power.
Diesel pusher motorhomes offer the most comfort due to their quiet ride and air suspension. Engine noise is reduced when the engine is far away.
The Class A RV offers many features and amenities
The Class A RVs offer a lot of amenities and features. Many RVs offer a residential-style interior and quality. These include fully-sized kitchen appliances, dry baths, king-size beds and bunkhouses for the children, as well as top-of-the line entertainment systems both inside and outside. These include the slide-outs that we have already mentioned.
These homes will include a kitchen table or dinette, a pantry and an interior design that is high-end. This is all while being able to be used off-grid. The Class A motorhomes have large freshwater and waste tanks, a refrigerator that can run on propane and either a generator for off-grid power or solar panels. In a Class A motorhome, you won’t feel uncomfortable. You will find 1-2 air conditioners and heating systems. A water heater is also available for hot showers after a long day.
The majority of Class A motorhomes were built for comfort. These motorhomes are the largest and most popular type of RVer.
Advantages of Class-A
The benefits of a Class A RV are unmatched by other RV types. They are huge. They have lots of storage and interior space. They also have larger holding tanks so that you don’t need to empty your black water tank as often. You can also camp off the grid for longer periods of time without running into water problems.
Although their size can be intimidating, the Class As are among the most easy-to-drive large RVs. They offer excellent views of the road and good visibility. You can back up much faster than a trailer because there is no pivot point. Also, you don’t lose mirror visibility when you turn.
A lot of Class A RVs can tow an enclosed trailer or vehicle. It is essential to have a toad vehicle with you on your road trips so that you can explore the area without driving your huge RV.
There are many floor plans with Class A, as well as choices for how many slide outs you want. You’re sure to find the layout that you love with so many options. With your large windshield and high vantage point, you can easily see all the roads when driving a Class-A RV. Class A motorhomes are very smooth, making them great for long cross-country travel.
The best thing about Class As is that there is no need to hitch or unhitch when setting up camp. You can park it, press the leveling button and pull out the slides. You don’t even need to get out of your RV.
Advantages of Class A
However, there are always flaws and Class A RVs do not have them all. There are some drawbacks. They are more difficult to transport to remote areas. They are large enough to live in, but they can be difficult to drive on narrow dirt roads.
Another problem is that both the home and engine can be connected. This is a disadvantage. You will need to bring your RV to a shop if your engine goes down. It will also take all your stuff with it, including your bed, kitchen, and everything else. Maintenance issues can leave you without a place to call home.
Also, Class A RVs have large components that are too heavy to do a DIY repair. Because the tires on Class A RVs are so large, most people don’t have spares. This is because it’s impossible to change them all by yourself. If you have one of these rigs, RV roadside assistance will be essential.
These rigs have the advantage that you don’t need to leave your RV in order to set up camp. You can consider this a disadvantage because you have a permanent steering wheel in your living area. The Class As have a lower leveling capability than trailers or smaller Class C and motorhomes . They have long wheelbases which can make it difficult to level them. This is because they require flatter terrain.
You may also feel intimidated driving an RV because of its size. There is nothing worse than purchasing an RV and not being able to transport it. It is very different to be in the driver’s chair of a Class A than it is to drive a Class B or Class C truck or haul a trailer.
Are Class A Classes Right for You?
The first question to ask yourself when you’re looking at RVs is Do I want a towable RV or a drivable one? This may sound odd, but a large, drivable rig such as a Class A might be the best fit for you. You can tow a smaller vehicle and only have to drive the large rig between locations. To tow a trailer you’ll need a large vehicle. You may not like driving around in a big truck or SUV.
For those who plan to primarily travel on paved roads and prefer the ease of setting up camp at the touch of a button, Class A is a great choice. These RVs are great for those who love to drive, as they provide the best view and travel experience of any RV model.
We recommend that you look at several types of RVs at an RV dealer or show if you are still unsure. You can then see inside the rig to determine which one will be best for you.
You can learn more about Class A RVs by visiting John & Peter at the RV Geeks Website .
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Enjoy the Comforts of Home with You
For adventurers who want to bring the comforts of home along with them while on the road, a Class A RV is the best option. These luxury RVs are available in many sizes and floor plans. There are many options available to you if you’re looking for a Class-A motorhome.
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