Problems With Class C Motor Homesby Mary Schultz
A Class C motor home, sometimes called a mini motor home, is a recreational vehicle (RV) built on or built as an integral part of a motorized chassis that is self-propelled. It uses a standard truck or van chassis or cab with sleeping quarters traditionally built above the cab. It is this cab section that distinguishes a Class C from other motor homes. Class Cs are popular rentals noted for just a few challenges and problems.
Limited Storage Space
Class C motor homes are usually about 20 to 32 feet long. This compact space often includes a living room area that converts to a bed, a dining area that converts to a bed, a cab-over bed, a galley kitchen and bathroom, with enough space to accommodate an entire family. All this living space in a relatively short length means the Class C usually has fewer and smaller cargo compartments than a Class A motor home. A Class A motor coach often provides "basement," or under-unit storage space. With a Class C, outside cabinets may need to be devoted to hoses and the like, leaving little or no storage space for gear, bikes, toys and in-camp items such as patio furniture, rugs, mats and ice chests.
Cab-Over Profile, Low GVW and Truck Suspension
A Class C rides like a truck because it is essentially a truck. The ride can be more fatiguing to the driver than that of a comparable Class A motor home. Because of its cab-over design, a Class C motor home can be subject to buffeting by the wind. That factor makes it somewhat harder to control and maintain in a driving lane. Challenges to control can contribute to driver fatigue. One technique to combat the control problem is to decrease driving speed. Because it is so compact, the Class C also tends to have a relatively low Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) rating. A low cargo carrying capacity means that a family must limit the weight of the items it loads into the motor home or risk overloading it. Overloading can impede controlled braking and can even lead to blown tires. A heavily loaded motor home cannot stop as quickly as a motor home loaded within GVW guidelines. A method to overcome potential weight problems is to limit what the family brings and keep the load light.
Cost to Operate
A Class C motor home is essentially a truck under a load. Fuel consumption for Class C motor homes can be less than economical. If you are renting a Class C, ask about miles-per-gallon considerations when you are finding out about rental fees and mileage use costs. Knowing in advance how far you can go on a tank of fuel and what that fuel is likely to cost is preferable to being surprised at the pump.
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