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Class B vs. Class C Motorhomes: What’s The Difference?

When it comes to freedom and flexibility, motorhomes offer the ultimate travel experience. However, deciding which class of RV is right for your family can be quite overwhelming. Class A motorhomes are large and luxurious, Class B are compact and easy to maneuver, while Class C motorhomes are a well-rounded, in-between option.

What is a Class A Motorhome?

Have you ever wanted your own tour bus? A Class A motorhome is basically a large luxury bus to call your own. Most Class A motorhomes have slide-out sections to open up the living space, and come with options such as; A/C, entertainment centres and spacious kitchens and bathrooms, to make you feel at home.

Sleeps: Up To 6 People          Size: 21-40 Feet

How Much Does a Class A Motorhome Cost?

A new Class A motorhome can range anywhere from $125,000 to over $500,000. If you are looking at buying a used Class A, the price is substantially lower, ranging from $20,000 to $300,000.

How Much Does a Class A Motorhome Weigh?

Class A motorhomes are the heaviest style, weighing an average of 33000-36000 pounds.

The weight obviously varies with different models and makes, as some 40 feet long class A motorhomes can weigh more than 40,000 pounds.

Do You Need a Special License to Drive a Class A Motorhome?

As long as you have a regular Class 5 licence, you are allowed to drive almost any size of RV, provided it’s not equipped with air brakes. If you’re looking for a little practice before you head out, the Alberta Motor Association offers a course called RV Smart. This half-day program will help new (and experienced) RVers strengthen their skills when manoeuvring an RV or towing or trailer.

Best Class A Motorhomes for 2019

  • Forest River Berkshire
  • Forest River Legacy

View our selection of NEW and USED Class A Motorhomes for sale.

 

What is a Class B Motorhome?

Grove RV Class B Motorhome - Pleasure-Way Industries Tofino
Class B Motorhome – Pleasure-Way Industries Tofino

Also called a camper van or conversion van, Class B motorhomes are very easy to maneuver and can fit in a normal parking space. Even though these motorhomes are small, they still offer many of the conveniences found in the larger classes, such as; a kitchen, bathroom, shower, bed and ample storage space. Class B motorhomes are ideal for the “get up and go” spontaneous adventurer, or for retirees who want to travel without the hassle of setting up and tearing down.

Sleeps: Up To 4 People                      Size: 16-21 Feet

How Much Does a Class B Motorhome Cost?

A new Class B motorhome can range anywhere from $130,000 to $190,000, whereas buying used you will only spend between $20,000 and $100,000.

How Much Does a Class B Motorhome Weigh?

On average, the weight of a class B motorhome is 10,000-20,000lbs.

Do You Need a Special License to Drive a Class B Motorhome?

In Alberta, you do not need a special licence to drive a Class B Motorhome. A Class 5 license allows you to drive a motorhome without air brakes; a vehicle towing a trailer with one or more axles if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes, a recreational vehicle, or any combination of recreational vehicles and a trailer, if the trailer has two axles or less, and isn’t equipped with airbrakes.

Best Class B Motorhomes for 2019

  • Pleasure-Way Tofino
  • Pleasure-Way Ascent
  • Pleasure-Way Plateau
  • Pleasure-Way Lexor

View our selection of NEW and USED Class B Motorhomes for sale.

 

What is a Class C Motorhome?

Grove RV Class C Motorhome - Leisure Travel Vans Wonder
Class C Motorhome – Leisure Travel Vans Wonder

With its distinctive cab-over bunk, the Class C motorhome looks like nothing else on the market. This is the most popular style of RV, due to its affordable price point and ability to fit up to 8 people. Class C motorhomes are a great choice for first time RVers, because they offer a more natural driving feel and greater maneuverability than a larger Class A. Furthermore, they are perfect for those who don’t have a vehicle strong enough to tow a large travel trailer or fifth wheel.

Sleeps: Up To 8 People                      Size: 21-35 Feet

How Much Does a Class C Motorhome Weigh?

On average, the weight of a class C motorhome is 10,000-12,000lbs.

How Much Does a Class C Motorhome Cost?

A new Class C motorhome can range anywhere from $110,000 – $160,000. Buying a used Class C is more affordable, ranging from $20,000 to $100,0000.

Do You Need a Special License to Drive a Class C Motorhome?

No, your Class 5 Alberta License is all you need to drive a Class C motorhome.

Best Class C Motorhomes for 2019

  • Leisure Travel Vans Unity
  • Leisure Travel Vans Serenity
  • Leisure Travel Vans Wonder
  • Coachmen Concord
  • Dynamax Isata 3 & 4

View our selection of NEW and USED Class C Motorhomes for sale.

Whether you choose a Class A, B or C motorhome, Grove RV has you covered with over 200 new and used RV models. Our 20,000 square foot showroom is located just 10 minutes west of Edmonton on Highway 16A in the heart of Spruce Grove. Stop by, the coffee is always on.

 

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