Whether you’re a weekend-warrior or a full-time traveler, an RV is the perfect option to transport you and your family to your next adventure! You’ve chosen your destination, downloaded the essential RVing apps, and asked your boss for time off. But how do you make the decision on which RV classification to choose for your maiden voyage? There are a few important things you need to know and a few key differences between the classes that you will need to consider before signing that rental agreement. Campanda is here to help you choose!
There are three classes of RV’s. Class A, B, & C as well as the van and the travel trailer. Some of the features are similar between all three classes, but the differences between the three are important to note as they make each class unique. Using our infographic and this guide will educate you on the three different types of recreational vehicles, in addition to the van and travel trailer, and will help you make a more informed decision on which one would be the best fit for you and your family. Let’s get started!
Class A Motorhome:
Class A RVs are built on heavy duty frames. The frames are constructed on either a commercial truck chassis, a commercial bus chassis or a specially designed motor vehicle chassis. These frames use a similar construction to 18 wheelers that you pass by on the freeway. This RV class is commonly referred to as the conventional motorhome and is the largest of the RV classes. In addition to being the largest of the RV classes, they are also typically the most luxurious. They are exceptionally spacious (and can be as long as 45 feet!) with roomy living spaces and plenty of storage. They are capable of sleeping 2-10 people with a bedroom in the back of the coach and the couches in the living area fold down for additional sleeping spaces.
Why Choose a Class A?
Class A RVs are what someone will picture in their head when you tell them you’re renting an RV. They’re ideal for all kinds of travel and adventures due to their exceptional features and sizeable living areas. Many Class A RVs come complete with captain’s chairs in the cockpit for world-class comfort while driving, a full-size living room sofa, full-size kitchen appliances and sometimes, even a dishwasher! Storage is immense in Class A’s as well, with many sporting a “basement” of compartments below the RV to store luggage, extra supplies and anything else you might need on a lengthy road trip!
This Class of RV comes equipped with a complete bedroom (that can often fit a Queen size bed!) with a shower and a flushing toilet. These full-size bedrooms are possible due to slide-outs. Slide-outs are extra rooms that electrically extend from the RV for extra space. Class A RVs usually have a minimum of two slide-outs. These slide-out room extensions provide a feeling of openness and allow users the ability to move around the vehicle more freely. Bedroom slide-outs are the most popular as these are typically the most cramped spaces in an RV. Beware, once you have toured an RV with multiple slide-outs, you probably won’t be able to rent an RV without them. And, if you’re not scared of a bit of hands-on effort on your part, and extra space inside of your RV is a priority, then an RV with slide-outs might be just the thing for you. Be sure to give slide-outs some forethought though as the extra space will probably require some attention when planning your trip logistics. You will need to double check that the campsite you will be parking at has room for your slide-outs (some campsites were established pre-slide-outs). There is a trade-off, no matter how you look at it. For a bit of additional planning, your Class A RV will provide you with a complete home-away-from-home experience that will easily take you and your family on short trips or full-scale summer adventures.
Class B Motorhome:
Class B RVs look very similar to a van which is why they’re commonly referred to as a van camper. But despite their similarities to a standard van, these vehicles are actually tall enough for you to stand up comfortably in.
Why Choose a Class B?
Class B RV’s are an excellent choice for those travelers that are interested in a budget friendly option that still has amenities on a slightly smaller scale for ease and maneuverability. The small size of the Class B makes them affordable to rent, cheap to fuel up and offers you the ability to park them just about anywhere.
When touring the inside of a Class B RV you’ll find a kitchen, living area, and bathroom. Although these amenities sound similar to those in a Class A, they will be smaller in size in a Class B. To save on space, the entire bathroom is in the shower (commonly referred to as a “wet bath”). It is basically like having a toilet and a sink inside of your shower. The raised roof of the Class B provides much-needed additional space for storage and in some upscale models, even room for entertainment centers. There is a bedroom in the back of Class B’s which is folded down and tucked away during the day to double as a dinette. While floorplans vary between models, there is also typically a stove, sink, and mini-fridge along the side of the dinette and toilets in most models.
Class B’s can have slide-outs to provide more space but these are usually only located on the more extravagant Class B Motorhomes. Because these vehicles are the smallest of the three classes, they are also the least expensive. Class B’s are also the easiest to drive and there is no need to tow a car behind you as you can use the Class B to run errands and sightsee when you reach your destination. If your priority is convenience and budget, not space and luxury, then a Class B RV just might be the right RV for you.
Class C Motorhome:
Class C RVs are the mid-sized motorhome and are basically a cross between a Class A and a Class B. This is one of the most popular classes for renting because they are typically easy to drive but still have enough room to sleep you and your family. While a Class A RV can be up to 45 feet long in length, a Class C is similar in size to a moving truck and typically not longer than 28 feet. For this reason, Class C’s are sometimes referred to as “mini-motorhomes”. While a Class B is basically a tall van built on top of a truck chassis, a Class C has an attached cab section. This means that the front end of a Class C RV looks exactly like a van or pickup truck whereas the back end is the cab section where you sleep.
Why Choose a Class C?
A Class C motorhome is a great choice to transport you and your family to some amazing destinations, near or far. If a Class C were a student, he would be voted “Best All Around”. It is large enough to carry and store everything that you need while traveling, while still being compact enough to be driven by any adult member of your family.
Although the Class C is commonly thought to be smaller than the Class B, the overhead sleeping area of the Class C actually creates more spacious living areas as well as a larger kitchen, bathroom and increased storage. A typical Class C will have a refrigerator and stove, a dining area, a bathroom complete with a shower, sink and toilet, storage compartments as well as several sleeping areas. Depending on the length of the Class C that you rent, it may even come with a back bedroom. Class B’s are really a customized van and are only suited for one or two passengers whereas the larger Class C has room to sleep up to ten passengers at a time. In addition to more sleeping capacity, Class C’s offer a more convenient entrance and exit due to being closer to the ground, an accessible living area while the vehicle is moving and Class C’s are easier to drive. Driving a Class C is a similar experience to driving a moving van or truck. They’re also easy to handle in adverse weather.
Because the Class C is the perfect combination of ease and space (of both people and storage), they make for a great choice for camping trips as well as extended vacations. If you have a bigger family and would like to tow a vehicle behind your RV, a Class C Motorhome might be the right RV for you. However, if you don’t bring an extra vehicle to tow behind, maneuvering around town to run errands or sightsee might be a bit difficult in the larger Class C RVs.
A travel trailer (also referred to as a caravan or camper trailer) is towed behind a vehicle. If you have a vehicle suited for towing a travel trailer, it can be an excellent rental option for your next trip. And don’t get caught up in the misconceptions of towing a trailer!
Why Choose a Travel Trailer?
Travel trailers come in a variety of sizes and offer spacious, open floor plans that are ideal for a variety of trips and uses. Because a travel trailer does not contain any driving or engine components, there is more interior space per foot than some Class A, B or C motorhomes. The tow vehicle that you use to hook up to your travel trailer can also double as a means of local transportation when you reach your destination. Travel trailers also have a lower physical profile allowing you the ability to store things on the roof such as canoes, large luggage or even bicycle racks.
A campervan (or just camper) is sometimes considered to be a type of motorhome but the major distinctions make these vehicles smaller and less luxurious. And because they are often not equipped with bathrooms, they require additional travel logistics for your trip. Campervans, although self-propelled like Class A, B and C motorhomes, are actually more similar to travel trailers because they are really just a van with cooking and sleeping capabilities.
Because of their smaller size, campervans also come with a smaller price tag. If you’re looking for an affordable way to travel, the campervan is an excellent choice. Although you may not get all the luxuries that a larger motorhome can provide, campervans do afford you the basic necessities of a bed and a sink. They may not be equipped with an oven so be prepared to find some local eats or cook out at the campsite grill. You will also need to make bathroom arrangements ahead of time as most campervans are not equipped with a full bathroom. While a Class B is essentially a small motorhome, a travel van is just that: a van. This means that they are significantly smaller than motorhomes and better for couples traveling together or very small families with small children. The campervan may be smaller and less luxurious but it is a great option for those budget trips. And, the campervan is easy to drive making it a great choice for those who are uncomfortable behind the wheel of a house on wheels.
Which RV is right for you?
Everyone has different priorities and must-haves when it comes to choosing transportation for their adventures. While some want a more modern-looking RV, others enjoy those with a classic appearance. In addition, every group or family has different needs when it comes to how many seats and beds the vehicle provides. Amenities are another factor to consider, and of course, cost plays a large role in the decision-making as well. We’ve summarized the classes for you below:
- Class A: Spacious enough to handle the largest loads and the biggest groups, these vehicles have plenty of amenities to make the trip enjoyable from beginning to end.
- Class B and C: While these models don’t skip on interior room and features, they’re a bit more affordable than their Class A counterparts.
- Travel trailers: Planning to travel the entire countryside instead of camping out in an RV lot? A travel trailer could be the right choice for you!
- Vans: Not worried about an overabundance of amenities? Concerned more about a low price and an easy-to-maneuver design? Check out our selection of vans!
Things to Consider:
The first step to choosing your perfect RV rental is narrowing down exactly what you want out of your trip. Are you daydreaming of taking your family on a five day adventure along the iconic Route 66 or are you heading overseas to experience the beauty of the island of Mallorca in Spain, taking your time at every stop to enjoy the scenery and take in the culture? Read on below for more important considerations to take when choosing your RV rental!
- Before renting your RV, double check that you’re licensed to drive it!
- If this is your first time renting an RV, be sure to practice driving before departing on your journey! Driving an RV, especially a Class A or C, is a unique experience that takes some getting used to. But you can do it!
- Make sure that the particular RV that you’re renting has what you need for your journey. Campanda works with a huge number of individual suppliers of recreational vehicles and their offers are therefore also very much individual. You can normally check what is included in the standard rental price of a specific vehicle in its description.
- Research road conditions and traffic patterns when planning your route.
Traveling the country in an RV is a bucket list item for many people but some never get the chance to tick the box because they think renting an RV is more difficult than it actually is! Let Campanda help you make your bucket list item a reality with our impressive inventory of RVs to suit any needs you may have. Campanda is not only committed to helping you choose the perfect RV class for your journey, we’re also here for every other aspect of your trip as well! When you choose Campanda for your RV rental needs, you’re choosing the best selection of RV’s, the best prices guaranteed and dedicated customer support for your entire journey, not just the day you get the keys.
Call us today from the United States on 1-800-207-6361, internationally on +49 80 95 20 460 or visit us at Campanda.com to start planning your next awesome adventure in an RV!