Class C motorhomes have been popular choices for RV-travelers of every sort since the early 1970’s. This traditional type of RV is roughly the size and shape of a rental moving truck. These types of RV can be every bit as luxurious as the well-known and admired Class A, and in many cases can be much better suited for families with multiple children, thanks to their substantial sleeping areas.
The Class C motorhome, also called a mini-motorhome, is a consistently popular RV choice. Second only to Class A in luxury and size, the Class C can be tailored to fit large families, a retired couple, or anything in between. They have available the widest range of slide-outs and many additional features can be added to new models.
Some of the many benefits of a Class C motorhome are:
- Easy to maneuver. People with experience driving large trucks, such as moving trucks, will easily be able to handle it.
- The living compartments are connected to the driving area, allowing for accessibility to the entire RV even while moving.
- The cockpit construction of the RV is considered one of the safest RV designs.
- Able to tow a vehicle behind or support a carrying platform on a hitch receiver.
- The smaller driving compartment with separating curtain allow for the unit to more easily be heated or cooled than a Class A motorhome.
- Spacious living areas with many slide-outs available.
- The cab-over bunk allows for additional sleeping space—the Class C sleeps the most of any other motorhome, with room for 8 adults.
Naturally, there are some downsides to the Class C motorhomes that potential buyers should consider. The same qualities that are considered by some to be beneficial may be considered by others to be a nuisance. Here are some of the qualities of the Class C motorhome that can create potential problems:
- The size of the models, while providing a spacious living area, can make them difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.
- Most models are too large to drive on side streets or in city traffic, making alternative transportation necessary.
- When not in use, requires a large amount of storage area to protect it from the elements.
- Generally not spacious enough for full-time occupancy, unless a particularly large model is chosen.
- Slide-outs can malfunction and require repairs.
The Cost of Class C Motorhomes:
When deciding whether a Class C motorhome is the best choice for your RV budget, there are a couple things to contemplate. Firstly, is the cost of the motorhome itself. A new model Class C RV will range in price from about approximately $30,000 to $100,000.
Naturally, used Class C motorhomes cost significantly less. These prices will range from as low as $8,000 to upwards of $30,000. The prices will vary according to the number of slide-outs and additional features of each RV.
The second consideration is the fuel-economy of the Class C RV. They generally achieve between 8-12 miles per gallon, which is significantly less than the Class A RV, which costs an average of $.50 to $1 per mile.
Purchasing a Class C Motorhome:
Convinced that a Class C motorhome is the best fit for your growing family? Our RV dealership has many Class C motorhomes available, with prices that range to fit even the tightest budget. View our listings by clicking the image below, or contact our office in Everett, WA to schedule an appointment to see these beauties up close!