Class A RV’s are great. They’re big, comfortable, and have all the creature comforts you could want and need. But there is one problem: they’re so big!
And for many, their length makes them intimidating to drive and maneuver.
But, not all Class A motorhomes are the size of a bus. Today we’re looking at what may be the shortest Class A RV in the USA: the Thor Axis 24.1.
Let’s dive in.
What is a Class A RV?
A Class A RV is a type of recreational vehicle (RV) that is built on a motorized bus or truck chassis. These RVs are usually constructed using a steel or aluminum frame, and are typically quite large, with lengths ranging from 25 to 45 feet or more.
Class A RVs are designed to be self-contained and include many of the same amenities as a home, such as a full kitchen, bathroom, sleeping areas, and living room. They also include an array of advanced electronic systems and appliances that are powered by the on-board generator.
They are generally intended for experienced RVers, as they are large and can be challenging to drive and maneuver, especially in tight or winding roads. Because of the size, they are better for longer trips and staying in RV parks or campgrounds with larger space. They are also more expensive than other classes of RVs.
The Thor Axis Model 24.1
The Axis 24.1 is a 25’ 6” long class A RV, and it’s the smallest in the Thor Axis lineup. This super short Class A RV has many of the features of a larger class A motorhome, packed into a seriously tiny rig!
This short motorhome has space to sleep 5 people and the ability to tow up to 5,000 lbs.
Let’s learn more about the RV that Matt of the Matt’s RV Reviews YouTube channel calls “the smallest class A motorhome”.
Class A on a Class C Chassis
There’s something different about this motorhome: it’s a class A design built on a class C chassis.
Thor calls this RV an RUV – a play on SUV – because it’s only a bit longer than a traditional SUV. And, it’s small, nimble, and incredibly useful.
The chassis this motorhome is built on is the Ford E-350 chassis. This gives the RV a lower center of gravity, a longer wheelbase, and makes it very comfortable to drive and maneuver.
Smallest Class A RV In The USA
According to Matt from Matt’s RV Reviews on YouTube, this is the smallest Class A RV in the USA. At just under 10 feet longer than a regular parking space, this class A motorhome is definitely short!
But don’t be fooled by it’s small size, the Thor Axis 24.1 definitely packs a punch when it comes to living space, storage space, and amenities.
The only interior feature that is truly lacking is the bathroom – but you can’t expect much in such a short RV.
Price of the Thor Axis 24.1
The MSRP for the 24.1 Axis model around $129,000. We found used units for sale from many dealers on RVTrader for prices ranging from $85,999 to $96k.
Thor Axis Exterior
The exterior of the Thor Axis 24.1 looks similar to many class A motorhomes. But, upon further inspection, you’ll notice many key difference.
Since this RV is built on a Ford E-Series chassis, it is lower to the ground. Because of this, the Axis doesn’t have as much exterior storage as a typical class A.
There is ample storage room on the rear of the RV, as it is directly below the bed in the back of the Coach. But you won’t find any pass through storage up front!
Features of the exterior of this RV include an outdoor TV, an outdoor shower, frameless windows all the way around, and more.
This RV has a tankless water heater and a Cummins Onan 4000 gasoline generator onboard.
Something truly unique about this RV that you don’t see on other class A motorhomes is the lack of exterior steps. Since this RV is lower to the ground, the only steps are right inside the door. This could be a downfall, depending on who you talk to.
Thor Axis 24.1 Interior
Thor really stands out with their aesthetics when it comes to the interior of their RVs, and the Axis is no exception.
There are tons of overhead cabinets all throughout the interior of the motorhome, providing ample storage for whatever you may need.
In the entrance of the RV, you’ll find a touch-screen control panel that monitors everything in the RV, and operates components like the living room slide-out.
The kitchen features a residential sink with cutting board, a 2-burner cooktop, and a convection microwave oven.
The cab of this RV is as spacious and comfortable as you’d expect any class A motorhome to be. This cab area features a flip-out desk for the passenger. There is also a retractable overhead bed that can hold up to 500 pounds. The Axis truly makes the most of a small space.
In the living area, a tri-fold sofa converts into a bed that can comfortably sleep up to two adults.
And, in the rear of the RV is closets, more cabinets, the bathroom, and bedroom. In the bedroom of the RV is two twin beds that can convert into one large king-size bed. This RV is great for families, couples, and groups of friends.
Do Class A RVs Hold Their Value?
The value of any RV, including Class A RVs, will likely depreciate over time. However, the rate of depreciation can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the condition of the RV, the brand and model, and the level of maintenance it has received.
In general, high-end Class A RVs that are well-maintained and have a good reputation for reliability may hold their value better than lower-end models. Additionally, Class A RVs that are equipped with newer and more advanced features and appliances may also retain their value better than older models.
Used RVs typically lose value at a slower rate.
It’s always a good idea to do some research on the specific make and model of Class A RV you’re interested in, and to get a good idea of its expected resale value before making a purchase.
A Short Motorhome With Big Capabilities
This RV may be short in length, but it is not short on features or capabilities. This short class A makes for an easy drive and an enjoyable camping experience – no matter who you bring along.
Pro Tip: It’s important to remember, Class A RVs have their disadvantages, too. Here are 5 reasons to avoid Class A RVs.
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