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5 Reasons To Avoid Class C RVs

5 Reasons To Avoid Class C RVs

5 Reasons To Avoid Class C RVs

Class C RVs are among the most iconic recreational vehicles on the road. Since the early 1970s, these RVs have allowed Americans to take epic cross-country road trips.

There are a lot of benefits of Class C RVs. But, like all RV types, there are reasons to avoid!

Your perfect RV all depends on your travel style and amenity-needs. Keep that in mind as you read the reasons to avoid Class C RVs.

What Is A Class C RV?

Class C RVs are built on truck chassis with a mounted front-engine. They virtually always have an automatic transmission and are powered by gasoline.

The living area of a Class C can have minimal variation. Their trademark feature is an over-cab bed (sometimes an entertainment center). The kitchen may be located on the side or in the rear.

Class C RVs also have a sub-category called Super Cs. These Super C RVs have very different specs compared to traditional Class Cs. We won’t be addressing Super Cs in today’s article.

Let’s talk about the reasons to avoid Class C RVs:

#1 Rough Ride

Not many RVs provide a smooth ride. But, Class C RVs are notoriously rough. Most of the units are built on an F-350 or F-450 base. This style doesn’t have much-added suspension.

Compared to a Class A RV, Class Cs will leave a lot to be desired on travel day.

#2 You’ll Probably Need a Toad

A toad is a small vehicle you tow behind your RV. If you want maximum mobility around town, you’ll need a toad.

Class Cs can navigate city streets, but parking can be quite a burden.

Having a toad means potentially more maintenance and less efficient MPGs. Not having a toad means you’ll sacrifice mobility.

#3 Hard to Access Over Cab Bed 

Do you want to climb up to your bed every night? Worse still, climbing down mid-night if you have to use the bathroom!

The over-cab bed saves a lot of space, but it poses authentic challenges if you struggle with climbing.

Additionally, your pets or children may have difficulty getting up.

#4 Need Repairs, You’ll Need a Hotel

As with all drivable RVs, if you have to put your unit in the shop due to an engine issue, you’ll be out of a bed! Part-time RVers don’t have much of a problem with this.

However, if you’re a full-time RV traveler or actively on vacation, being without your RV means you’ll need a hotel room.

Keep this in mind if you’re considering a Class C RV.

#5 Price

The cost of an RV is extremely relative. However, if you already own a truck, buying a travel trailer will almost always be cheaper.

It’s important to note; Class C RVs are more affordable than Class A RVs and aren’t absurdly priced like Class B RVs. 

But, for the amenities your get, camper trailers can deliver the same amount of luxury.

Why Are Class C RVs a Great Option?

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the many perks of a Class C RV. In fact, we think Class Cs are a great middle-of-the-road option that can satisfy most RVers.

Here they are:

  • Safer for front impact collisions
  • Minimal Sway
  • Engine access
  • Cheaper engine repair (than Class As)
  • Tighter turn radius

You can find out the reasons to avoid other RV types below:

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This is Funny, I have a chevy motorhome and it rides beautifully and better than my pickup truck. It all boils down to what you like, I had a truck camper years ago and yes, it was small for 3 people, then I had a travel trailer and well I got tired of hooking it up and leveling each time I took it out. My C class is so much easier, you drive and park it ! drop the levelers and it pretty much levela itself out ! can't complain, love it !

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