When it comes to motorhomes, a favorite for many is a Class C motorhome.

They are smaller than large Class A motorhomes, contain a driving compartment, and seem to welcome spontaneous camping trips because of their ease of use and overall ease of mobility. Let’s discuss Class C motorhomes more at length.


How is a Class C built differently than other motorhomes?

A Class C is built on an automotive van frame with a wider body section, according to Go RVing, and are easily recognized by the over-the-cab portion at the front, which is often used as a sleeping area. Other motorized RV types, Class As and Class Bs, are built differently. Class As are constructed entirely on a specially designed vehicle chassis – and they can be much larger than Class Cs. Class B motorhomes, or camper vans, are built using an automotive manufactured van or panel-truck shells and drive more like a large family vehicle.


How many people can sleep in a Class C?

Unless you really love space and prefer fewer people sharing that space, a Class C motorhome can comfortably accommodate six to eight people as a Class C is, on average, 25-35 feet long.  This makes the Class C a popular choice for rentals as well as for ownership, especially for families with older children.


What amenities are included with Class C motorhomes?

Amenities are similar to conventional Class A motorhomes: large kitchen, spacious living area, full-size appliances, a large bathroom, and a separate bedroom. Slide-outs are optional and can enhance the living space of your RV. You should also expect to see plenty of storage space.


Can I tow behind a Class C?

Yes, you can! However, it’s important to know how much weight your model of Class C can tow, so refer to your owner’s manual for specifics. Most are rated to tow between 3,000 and 8,000 pounds, though a handful can tow more. Make sure you purchase the right equipment for towing, equipment that are high quality and a good reputation. (Read more about towing options and methods in this article.) You should also make sure the toad you have can be towed as well (again, check the manual).


What should I look for or ask about if I’m considering buying a used Class C motorhome from a private owner?

First of all, congratulations on taking this step! In your search, you’ve probably already narrowed it down to a Class C that isn’t “too” old and with low miles. Even if there are low miles, be wary of what that could mean – did the owner not use it often so it was in storage a lot of the time? That could mean infestation, mold, rust, and more if it wasn’t stored properly or checked on regularly. You should ask the current owner about the age of the tires and if they were ever replaced, as well as where the RV has been stored over the time of their ownership. Ask about whether the current owner made any enhancements or upgrades, if it has had any water issues, and if all of the appliances work as they should. Honestly, it would be a good idea to test appliances and electronics during the visit if possible. It’s also important to physically evaluate an RV before settling an offer. The overcab can be notorious for leaks, especially if there are windows up there. Check under the mattress and around all the windows for signs of mold, water spotting, or soft spots. Look for rusty screws on the roof, which could indicate a water problem, and extend/retract any slides to ensure they work and seal properly. Look for signs of delamination if the sides are fiberglass. Ask whether the owner has manuals on hand, maintenance records, etc. Someone who has been meticulous with the care of the RV over the years is a gem.