The Class C RV Motorhome is a BIG house built on a SMALL van body.

A Class C RV motorhome (gas or diesel) is a motorized RV built on a regular van/truck frame chassis with attached cab.

The body section is then simply constructed over it as a living space behind and over the cab, the latter staying intact.

The Class C RV is similar in look and size to a rental moving truck with a narrower cab at front. The main bed compartment is located in the overhanging part over the cab, called "cabover" bed.

  • normally sleeps 2 to 6 people
  • costs $45,000 $ to $140,000 new
  • length of 20 to 32 feet

The Class C RV is a MOTORIZED RV

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

PROS: (advantages)

  • this class of RVs is quite affordable for the living and storage space it offers.
  • the living and driving areas being connected makes it easier to break camp for safety reasons and drive away without having to step outside.
  • they are sometimes considered safer than the Class A RV since the automotive van manufacturer (Ford, Chevrolet, etc.) have included airbags and crash-tested the vehicle for safety.
  • they are smaller in general than the Class A, easier to maneuver and park, maybe eliminating the need to pull a "toad" (a car or SUV to tour around).
  • you can increase the living space with the option of slide out sections
  • they still have the capability to pull another vehicle or have a platform installed on the hitch receiver to transport other equipment (small motorcycle, scooter).
  • having a permanent sleeping area over the cab leaves the rest of the coach as livable space.

CONS: (disadvantages)

  • not everyone enjoys climbing and crawling in and out of bed!
  • though, the overhead sleeping bunk can be reminescent of youth and fun at any age, imagine having to climb over the person sleeping beside, without creating a disturbance.
  • having to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night can be a challenge. However, holding it is another!
  • the driving area contrary to the Class A and Class B (camper vans) can not really be used as a living area.
  • cumbersome access to the back living space from the driver's seat, given the narrow cab.
  • poor fuel economy in comparison to a Class B, because of the overhead bunk over the cab. The vehicle is not very aerodynamic.
  • can be too small (not for everyone) for full time RVing unless it is a Class C RV + built on a semi-truck chassis. (see below)


- the Class C + motorhome

Some manufacturers use a semi-truck chassis often with diesel engines to build larger, more expensive and more luxurious units.

In these, the main bedroom is located at the rear while the entertainment center (TV, CD, DVD players) and cupboards are in the overhang area. They still have a narrower cab.


  1. the Class A
  2. the Class B (or camper vans)



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