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Txsurfer

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Posted: 12/02/17 12:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While casually toy hauler shopping my wife and I checked out some motorized RVs. Diesel is totally out due to Price point of newer units. If we go this direction we need to tow a 16’ flatbed utility trailer for atv and dirt bikes. So maybe towing around 4K tops. My gut says Class A around 32’ with ford chassis and V10 as that is a proven package. So getting back to original question what are the advantages of a Class A over C. Surprising it doesn’t appear that C’s are much cheaper than an A? App all input. BTW I consider is seasoned campers and currently have a BP toy hauler. Thanks


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Tank size and cargo capacity. Basically going from the 450 chassis to the 550.

And a nicer view out the front.


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Txsurfer wrote:

While casually toy hauler shopping my wife and I checked out some motorized RVs. Diesel is totally out due to Price point of newer units. If we go this direction we need to tow a 16’ flatbed utility trailer for atv and dirt bikes. So maybe towing around 4K tops. My gut says Class A around 32’ with ford chassis and V10 as that is a proven package. So getting back to original question what are the advantages of a Class A over C. Surprising it doesn’t appear that C’s are much cheaper than an A? App all input. BTW I consider is seasoned campers and currently have a BP toy hauler. Thanks

For one thing, an A doesn't look like an after thought, if looks is any consideration, as it is to us.
Then there's the cargo capacity, that's much larger in the A with a huge windshield for seeing America and beyond.
Simply put, a C is like hauling a box on a truck, vs driving a bus.
As a recommendation, forget the newness and find yourself a nice quality DP to fit your budget. You'll be glad you did, in the long run.


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Also the Class A units tend (not always) to have more exterior, underbelly storage.

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We use our two front seats as seating while parked after we turn them around. Most C class units the cab area is a separate area and the chairs are forward facing only. Some C’s are different. As other have said, Class A’s typically have larger capacity everything. Larger tanks, larger internal storage, and larger external storage but this is not a universal situation as some A’s have small tanks, and some C’s have larger ones. My opinion is that most C’s are designed for families and A’s are designed for couples who may from time to time take family or friends with them. Again, not universal. We bought a bunk bed model for the option to take grand kids or nephew with us. The rest of the time it’s overflow storage. And while it willl sleep 6 there is really only room for 2 peoples personal stuff.


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kerrlakeRoo wrote:

Also the Class A units tend (not always) to have more exterior, underbelly storage.


AND tend to have less wasted space up front where the cab and hood are with a C.

I recently changed from a C with trailer to an A toy hauler and couldn't be happier. C was a Ford V10 and "new" one is a Work Horse (GM) V8. The new one seems to pull the hills better. Both are about 10 years old.

A "one piece" is easier to back when necessary.

Your requirement for a 16 foot long "garage" space is gonna complicate matters though; maybe a LOT.

Unless you are going to be doing a lot of steep mountains OR will be putting on a LOT of miles, I personally don't see much advantage to a DP.

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Among all the other things listed above most Class A's have larger wheels/tires (19.5" or larger) than similar sized class C's (16.5" and smaller) so they can safely carry/tow more. Class A's generally have higher ground clearance so you can get into some areas where a Class C would ground out. Class A's usually have higher overhead clearance requirements. If you boon dock, a Class A has larger capacities of everything so you can stay longer. Per foot, used Class A motor homes are generally cheaper than Class C's so they tend to be a better value.

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Not to create a fight, but most class A’s do not have airbags and you are “right there” if anything bad happens. For us that was a deal breaker. YMMV.

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Ductape wrote:

Tank size and cargo capacity. Basically going from the 450 chassis to the 550.

Makes for longer boondocking/dry camping and a higher rated hitch.


This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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Great points. Didn’t consider ground clearance which is very important as we like boon docking. Keep me coming.

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