Small Motorhome or Big Motorhome: Which is Right For Me?

When it comes to loving RVs, everyone has different things they’re looking for: some people want the biggest bang for their buck and some have dreamed of owning a classic Class A motorhome their entire lives. Deciding what kind of RV is right for your depends on a lot of things, from your budget to your lifestyle. When hitting the open road, you don’t want to end up with too much of what you don’t want or not enough of what you do!

Here at Guaranty, we want to help you make the best decision for you possible! In this blog post, we’ll talk about the difference between Class A and Class C motorhomes, the pros and cons of both, and whether a small motorhome (a Class B or C) is right for you.

What’s the Difference?

This is a question we get often at Guaranty! What is the difference between a Class A, a Class B, and a Class C?

To simplify things, here’s the breakdown:

A Class A motorhome is the largest type of coach you can purchase. These are perfect for large families or those who plan to live a full-time RV lifestyle. They are built on a heavy duty frame and chassis. Many models also have a motor in the back (leading to them being known as Pushers). Newmar makes some of the most luxurious, high-quality Class A motorhome’s out there, such as the Bay Star and King Aire.

A Class B motorhome is a van-style motorized coach that offers just enough room for a single person or a couple. They are extremely fuel efficient. When it comes to Class B’s, it’s hard to beat Pleasure-Way and Roadtrek, especially the Roadtrek Agile.

A Class C motorhome is smaller than a Class A, but larger than a Class B. They are the perfect combination of both: plenty of comfort, but shorter in length and with better fuel efficiency. Winnebagos make some of the best Class C motorhomes out there, like the Navion. As well, the Fleetwood Jamboree is a great option.

Pros & Cons of Class B’s & C’s

When it comes to pros and cons, Class B’s and C’s have a lot in common, but they do have a few differences. Let’s talk about the pros of choosing a smaller motorhome.

Shorter length. Both Class B and Class C motorhomes are significantly smaller than Class A’s, which means they are easier to maneuver through difficult or cramped campsites, parking lots, and more.

Driveability. For that reason (shorter length), those who are new to RVs often find them easier to drive, mainly because they are less intimidating. There still might be a learning curve, but Class B’s specifically are more likely to feel like driving a large van.

Simple setup at the campsite. Class B’s specifically are very convenient at campsites because they are so much smaller, making them easier to maneuver. Class C’s, as well, have the advantage of smaller size, making them easier to maneuver and set up.

Fuel efficiency. Both Class B’s and C’s have better fuel efficiency, in comparison to Class A’s. If fuel costs are a major concern, this is something to consider! On average, Class B RVs range from 18-25 mpg (gas) and 22 to 25 mpg (diesel). As well, Class C’s get around 17-22 mpg.

Cost. The cost of a Class B or Class C is going to be considerably less than a Class A, simply because of the size. As well, you can find some amazing deals on used models that can be spruced up with unique and creative interior remodels.

As well, Class B’s specifically are great for running other errands while camping because, again, they are smaller and easier to maneuver. That makes them especially convenient for day trips. Class B’s can also be parked in most driveways and don’t fall under the same restrictions in communities that do not allow motorhomes to be parked outside of the home; if you’re dealing with restrictions by a Homeowners Association, they are a great option.

Class C’s have enough room for an entire family, with plenty of sleeping room and storage space for a short vacation.

When it comes to cons, there are only a few—but depending on what you’re looking for, these can make the difference between a Class B or C and a Class A! Let’s go through them.

Limited amenities & space: both Class B and Class C have smaller living spaces than Class A RVs. If you’re planning a longer trip, this may pose a problem, even if it’s just you and your partner. There is little privacy when traveling or if the weather doesn’t allow for spending time outdoors, especially in Class B’s.
Smaller storage and cargo areas: If you plan to travel with a lot of stuff, the Class B and C’s just aren’t going to have as much room for large supplies, like golf clubs or barbecues.
Suitable for 1-2 people: part of the fun of RVing is often taking others with you! Class B’s, especially, are only appropriate for 2 people tops, perhaps a small child. Class C’s offer more room for a small family.

Is a Small Motorhome Right for You?

When starting your journey and buying your first motorhome, it can be intimidating for so many types available. Do you want to go big? Do you want to go small? It’s hard to decide! Fortunately, here are a few points to consider when you’re trying to decide if a small motorhome is right for you.

Are you planning to take multiple short trips? Class B and C motorhomes are ideal for taking multiple short trips. Class B’s, especially, are perfect for those who like to travel short distances on the weekend, like up to the mountains or to the coast. Their maneuverability and driveability make them ideal for these kinds of day trips or single night trips. Class C’s are best for long weekends.
Are you planning to travel with just yourself or your partner? If you’re planning to travel light and only with one or two people, a Class B or C is absolutely ideal. You’ll avoid having empty space. But, you might find yourself wishing you had a little more space to yourself in a Class B! If you plan to take a long trip and work along the way, a Class C would be ideal thanks to the additional space; you have more room to spread out and have a little privacy.
How comfortable are you driving? Both Class B and Class C motorhomes are easier to drive than a Class A. If you’re new to the RV world, these can help you get accustomed to driving an RV. Class B’s, especially, can be most similar to driving a large truck and therefore, have a smaller learning curve!
What’s your budget? For those with smaller budgets, Class B’s and C’s might cost more upfront, but they are more fuel efficient and require less upkeep, making them more affordable over time. As well, used options will be even more affordable, making them ideal for if you are testing the waters of owning an RV.

If all these features sound like a dream, then you’re in luck: a Class B or C motorhome is your ideal RV.

Hit the Open Road

Are you ready to take the plunge? If you know what you’re looking for now, it’s time to start the fun: looking at RVs to fit all your needs, as well as your lifestyle and budget. Don’t forget to check Guaranty RV Super Center’s inventory to see what options are available. If you need help finding the perfect motorhome for you, click here and we can help you!

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