Buying a Motorhome ? It’s All About Class

by Keith Windlor

Many people rush into buying a motorhome, but this is not a good idea. For one thing, a motorhome is a major investment, second only to college tuition and housing. As you think about buying an RV, you should do a little homework because of the cost involved.

It is always a good plan to learn about the mechanics of owning and driving an RV. You should also look into the types of motorhome that exist to find just the right one for your situation.

But let’s back up just for a second to that first decision you need to make. “Is RV’ing for me?” should be the first question you answer before you start considering making the purchase.

If you want to know for sure whether RV’ing is enjoyable for you, the best method is simply to take a test drive! Rent a motorhome similar to the style you are interested in and take it out for a vacation. Within 4 to 7 days of vacationing, you’ll know if you are able to operate and park the vehicle with ease. You’ll also know if you enjoy RV’ing enough to buy one for your own use.

You can find motorhomes in three different classes: A, B, and C. If you choose a Class A, you will discover that it can be constructed in different ways. You may find one built on the chassis of a commercial bus, a commercial truck, or even a chassis made just for motorhomes. A Class A motorhome will give you the most space of all, with a length between 20 and 45 feet.

At the low end of the budget, a Class A motorhome can cost 50K. A Class A can cost as much as your bank account will allow, with specialty motorhomes selling for up to a million dollars. Although you won’t have to pay that much, it is instructive to know how high the cost can rise.

You will find that most Class B motorhomes are built on a van chassis and have a roof that has been raised. Many have been turned from vans into motorhomes. Many people would think of them as a spruced up version of the van. If your roof is high enough, you might even be able to stand up inside the vehicle!

You should plan on a Class B if your trips include only one other person and are usually only about a week long or less. You can buy a Class B for a starting price of 30,000, but expect a lot of variance as far as pricing goes.

The Class C motorhome is one built on a truck chassis and usually sporting a cab section, as well. You will most often find that the cab section is based on a van, but you may find truck-based cabs, as well.

The one characteristic that stands out about this class of RV is that they usually are constructed with a cab-over style in which one of the sleeping areas is placed. These motorhomes are oftentimes referred to as mini-motorhomes.

By now, you have a good grasp of the three basic styles of motorhome available. Have a great time choosing your RV!

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