The Class A RV MOTORHOME is the 'TOP DOG' in the MOTORIZED RV category!

A Class A RV motor home (gas or diesel) is a motorized RV constructed by a manufacturer who selects a motor vehicle chassis and proceeds to build a living space on it. It looks like a passenger touring bus, rectangular in appearance.

This means the living area is an integral part of a specially designed self-propelled motor vehicle chassis (normally a Ford or Workhorse chassis).

Actually, the most expensive Class A RV motor homes are literally buses commonly called conversion buses, many built on a Prevost chassis.

Most Class A RV motorhomes are equipped with a front gas engine but many larger units are powered by a diesel engine at the rear.

They are commonly called a pusher or diesel pusher. The rear mounted engine has the advantage of reducing the noise while driving and the possibility of installing the main door closer to the front of the vehicle.

It has more torque, a longer engine longevity and it used to cost less in fuel. This last point is not necessarily the case given the rise in the price of the diesel fuel. Note that the purchase price and maintenance costs are higher on a diesel engine.

other appellations: coach, motor coach or luxury motor coach

  • normally sleeps 2 to 8 people
  • cost $50,000 to a million dollars (bus conversion) new
  • length of 21 to 45 feet

The Class A RV is viewed as the 'BIG BOY' of RVing. For some RVers, its ownership is proof of achievement in life, being able to afford one of the most expensive RVs on the market


The Class A RV is a MOTORIZED RV.

Let's see the advantages and disadvantages of this choice:


PROS: (advantages)

  • - the front is at full height and width of the entire vehicle. The driver and passenger seats are far apart from each other, facilitating movement from both seats to the living space behind.
  • Both seats can normally swivel around and become living room furniture when stationed. This makes it more suitable for a disabled RVer.
  • suitable for fulltime RVing. - handles like a car (a big one), backing up with the use of side mirrors and the desirable help of an optional rear camera.
  • offers elevated position for driver and passenger with a wide and high windshield facilitating fantastic views of the surroundings while driving or a beautiful vista while at camp.
  • offers plenty of underneath storage space or basement storage for bigger items (chairs, bicycles etc.).
  • often very luxurious, many having slide outs that provide more living space.
  • built with the finest materials, advanced components and technology in the most expensive units.
  • can tow another vehicle, affectionately called the 'toad' or dinghy (car). Consult the Dinghy Towing guide from Motorhome magazine which gives a better idea of the vehicles that can be used as a 'toad'.
  • able to have a platform installed on the receiver hitch to support a scooter, motorcycle or other equipment if the chassis is strong enough to support it without damage to the frame.
  • per square foot of living space, they are the most expensive RVs. Their operating costs (fuel) are high as well as their maintenance.


CONS: (disadvantages)

  • per square foot of living space, the class a RV is the most expensive. Their operating costs (fuel) are high as well as their maintenance.
  • normally, they have to be serviced in specialized shops because of their sizes and specifications (even for oil changes unless you succeed to do it yourself).
  • may not be the safest vehicle to be in during a crash.
  • occupy a lot of space in a driveway while in storage.
  • are more difficult to maneuver. Finding parking spots in a city environment or shopping mall can be problematic.
  • a smaller vehicle may have to be towed for touring around, entailing unhitching in order to back up.
  • because of their height and width, most would not have access to many Forest Service campgrounds and National parks (unless they are under 30 feet long)
  • they are not the best option for boondocking unless you are camping in the desert environment or they are smaller models.
  • a special RV driver's license or course may be required before driving a large unit.

OTHER TYPE of MOTORHOMES available:

  1. the Class B (or camper van)
  2. the Class C

Also:

Check the PROS and CONS of CAMPING TRAILERS



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