5 Reasons to Avoid Class A RVs
You have many options when it comes to picking out the right RV to fit your travel style and specific needs. Are you wondering if a Class A RV is right for you?
Luxury travel, huge panoramic windows, and lots of space may sway you towards buying a Class A. However, it’s not all peaches & cream.
Here are five reasons to consider avoiding them.
What’s a Class A RV?
Class A RVs are the largest and most luxurious motorized style of RV built on a commercial bus or truck chassis with either a gas or diesel engine. They can range from 26′ to 45′ long, with most landing around 33′.
Must Travel With a Tow Vehicle If You Want to Get Around
It’s hard to find parking in a Class A. They are too long to take exploring in town or most recreation areas, so a tow vehicle is necessary.
But having two vehicles means two engines, twice the fuel, twice the maintenance, and twice the repairs. Plus, only certain types of vehicles can be towed behind a motorhome, like a rear-wheel-drive car with a manual transmission or a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a manual transfer case put in neutral.
These spec requirements limit the type of tow vehicles you can own, unless you want your travel buddy or spouse driving separately behind you!
Very Expensive to Repair Class A RVs
Aside from an expensive upfront cost for Class A RVs, you’ll run into higher repair costs, and finding repair shops on the road can be challenging.
If your Class A is parked immobile for a few months, it can lead to engine trouble.
Plus, if your Class A breaks down for some reason, you’ll have to find a hotel or AirBnB to stay in until it’s fixed! That might not be an issue if you’re making weekend trips, but if you’re full-timing, it’s a big thing to consider and build into your budget.
RVs are seldom a good investment, and Class As are extremely expensive. That means a big insurance bill and a high cost to replace if there is an accident.
The initial cost of a Class A starts around $50,000 to $100,000 and can top out at over a million dollars. That value depreciates quickly, despite any upgrades you might consider adding.
Not Good for Boondocking
These rigs are not built for driving on bumpy dirt roads and can be harder to maneuver into that perfect spot with a great view.
Imagine driving a bus on a forest road! Class A’s can also have smaller holding tanks compared to a fifth wheel, so you might find yourself moving sooner than planned if you run out of fresh water or black/grey tank space.
The large front window heats up the rig quickly on hot days and makes it hard to keep warm on cold days.
Hard To Maneuver in Town and at Gas Stations
If you’re towing a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you can run out to fuel up your tow rig before hitching up and hitting the road. This isn’t an option with a Class A, so you’ll have to maneuver inside a gas station.
They are tall, so you’ll have to be aware of low-clearance bridges, overhangs, and trees when driving through town. Class A’s have a substantial broadside and are lower to the ground, making them harder to drive in windy conditions vs. a fifth wheel or a smaller class A or B.
It’s Not All Bad
On the bright side, Class A RV passengers can get up and walk around while you’re moving down the road, conveniently accessing the bathroom, bedroom, and fridge without opening slides. That means less time spent stopped on the side of the road and more time getting to your destination!
Also, traveling with a tow vehicle makes it easy to unhitch to scout boondocking locations before pulling your whole rig down a dirt road to discover that you can’t fit.
Class A’s also have lots of room for storage in the bays under the living space. And those huge front windshields are great for taking in the views!
Need A Little Help Choosing the Right RV?
We’ve purchased two RVs and completely understand its a stressful process. For our first purchase, it would have been benificial to have had some guidance.
If you’re feeling the same way, let us recommend RV Masterclass. They have a course called RV Buyers Bootcamp that teaches the nuances of RV types, negotiation strategies, and tips for hitting the road.
Along with RV Buyers Bootcamp, RV Masterclass has 15 in-depth courses that teach the basics of RVing & making money on the road.