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Class RV Differences between A, B and C?

If you have been searching for an RV rental, you may be overwhelmed by all the choices out there. Do you want a motorhome or an RV? What is a camper van? What is the difference between a Class A, Class B and a Class C RV? In this article, we’ll help explain the differences. 

Chantal Mercer
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If you have been searching for an RV rental you may be overwhelmed by all the choices out there. Do you want a motorhome or an RV? What is a camper van? Is it the same as a camper? What is the difference between a Class A, Class B, and a Class C RV? Is there a difference between a motorcoach, a caravan, a Winnebago, and a recreational vehicle? Let’s see if we can clear some of this up.

So a motorhome, RV, motor coach, caravan, and recreational vehicle are all the same thing. A Winnebago is a brand name of a company that sells motorhomes.

Types of RVs

Camper Vans

When people use the term camper van they are referring to a Class B motorhome. Class B motorhomes come in two styles, basic and luxury. Both basic and luxury usually sleep 2 people although they can have seatbelts for more. Basic camper vans have seating that folds into a bed and a cooking area that can be accessed only from the back door of the vehicle. These camper vans tend to have a cheaper nightly rate. The basic camper van doesn’t have a toilet. The basic camper has a kitchen accessible from the outside. 

The luxury camper vans are the Road Trek and the Mercedes of camper van rentals. Like their more basic counterparts, these camper vans have kitchens, but they are inside the camper and bathrooms with showers. Both the basic and the luxury camper vans usually have seating for up to five people, but may only have sleeping for two.

Class C RV

A Class C RV can come in a large range of sizes, as small as 19′ and as large as 35′. Class C motorhomes are characterized by having a large bed over the driving area, in other words, you can sleep more people.

Most Class C RVs allow you to walk from the driver’s area into the cabin of the RV, but I have seen exceptions to this, so it is always good to ask before you rent the RV if this is important to you. This RV will tend to be a little easier to drive compared to a Class A motorhome because the wheelbase is more similar to regular passenger vehicles. This is the most popular type of RV simply because of the extra sleeping space that it provides.

Class A RV

Class A RVs are the large bus style motorhomes that have the flat front. Class A RVs tend to be longer than Class C RVs however Class A RVs sleep less people are there is no large bed over the driver’s area.

Class A Bus Style Motorhomes
Class A RV Rental
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Class C RV Rental
Class C RV Rental
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Class B RV Rental
Class B RV Rental
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Fuel Sources Available

Gas Or Diesel

Adventure Touring has great diesel RV rentals available. You may wonder why someone would rent a diesel RV over a gas motorhome. The first reason would be that a diesel RV is going to get better mileage than its gas counterpart. The second would be that diesel RVs usually have more luxury amenities than gas Class A motorhomes. Diesel RVs are more expensive to rent than gas motorhomes but the extra space inside, extra storage, and upgraded luxury amenities may be worth the extra dollars. Whether you rent a gas or a diesel RV rental we can help you find the perfect rental.

I think for the most part this has helped to clear up some of the confusion. Motorhome or RV, Class A, B or C, Campervan, or motor coach USA RV Rentals has the perfect vehicle for your next RV rental vacation.

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