Your Guide to Class C Motorhomes

An overview of the Class C motorhome and recommendations for buying one

Class C motorhome
Class C motorhome. Bellurget Jean Louis/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Let’s suppose you have already decided that you want to begin RVing in a motorhome and you’re searching for the perfect one for you. You looked at the Class A, and they are too big, you looked at the Class B, and they are too small, so what do you do now? It’s time to take a good look into Class C Motorhomes. Let’s examine the Class C motorhome, including its qualities as well as its pros and cons.

What You Need to Know About Class C Motorhomes

The Class C motorhome is a good go-between when compared to the Class A and B motorhomes.

Class C motorhomes are built on large van or truck chassis and resemble Class B motorhomes except they are larger and have a cab. The motor compartment is often external, towards the front of the vehicle, unlike the engine compartment of a Class A.

Class B motorhomes can vary in size; some models may be short and squat while others may have a living area that can extend up to 30 feet or so. This size means Class Cs can accommodate many more people than a Class B; the Class C can handle anywhere from four to eight people.

Advantages of Class C Motorhomes

The Class C motorhome pulls many different advantages from both the Class A and B motorhome types.

Size

Some are intimidated by the size of a Class A but don’t want to cram into a Class B. Luckily; the Class C is a happy medium between these two. The Class C may be the perfect RVing option if you want a motorhome for your family of 4 but don’t want to spend the money.

Amenities and Features

Most people love the features and amenities available on the Class C motorhome. Class Cs are built on powerful and larger chassis than Class Bs. This size and power mean you will get many nice features and amenities. It is not uncommon to see large kitchens, living spaces, and queen-sized beds. They may not be as feature rich as Class As, but the options provided tend to please most people.

Cost

Class C motorhomes are more expensive than Class B options but are still cheaper if you know you want a motorhome. Class Cs are also fuel efficient, so you want to find yourself dreading the needle nearing empty every time you hit the road.

Disadvantages of Class C Motorhomes

Size

Class Cs are big and offer a lot of room, but they can pale in comparison to other RVing options such as Class A motorhomes, fifth wheel trailers, and more extensive travel trailers. If space and sleeping several people is a high priority, then the Class C may not be right for you.

Features and Amenities

Once again, the Class C can provide many great features but can come up short if you’re comparing options. If you want the most luxurious of options and features, you may consider looking into another type of RV. 

What You Can Expect from a Class C 

Not all Class C motorhomes are created equally, but they all sport some basic styles and features: 

  • Full Kitchen: Class Cs aren’t the largest RVs but are usually big enough to host a full kitchen with pull-out dining table, stovetops, microwave, cabinets, and more. 
  • Cab-over bed: The cab-over bed is one of the most recognizable features of the Class C.
  • Fold-Out Bed: Unlike their Class A cousins, the master bed on a Class C folds away when not in use. 
  • Separate Tub/Shower: They’re both small, but you can usually enjoy a separate tub and shower in a Class C compared to a combined wet-bath in smaller RVs. 
  • Gasoline or Diesel Engine: Class Cs can come with both gasoline or diesel powered engines. 
  • Front-Wheel Drive: Most Class Cs are front-wheel drive, but many come with 4x4 capabilities. 
  • Sleeps 4 to 6: Class C uses some creative sleeping arrangements including the cab-over and a variety of pull-out beds. 
  • Strong Towing Capability: Class Cs are built to tow other vehicles

3 Class C RVs You Should Consider

Want to know more about what you can get from a Class C? Let’s learn about three great models currently at your RV dealer’s lot. 

Jayco Redhawk

Jayco is known for their pop-up campers and reliability, and while the Redhawk isn’t a pop-up, it’s very reliable. On a standard Redhawk, you’ll get a 32” TV, manually-controlled refrigerator, power-awning, tank-heating pads, and J-Ride, Jayco’s exclusive computer-operated drive system that will make a smooth ride even if the road is a little bumpy. 

The interior includes a queen bed, refrigerator, separate shower and bath, and a Jenson Infotainment System. The Redhawk is built on the Ford E450 or Chevrolet 4500 chassis, and while you won’t be blown away by the Redhawk’s features, it’s easily one of the best bang-for-your-buck Class C RVs on the market. 

Winnebago Minnie-Winnie

Winnebago was known for their groovy RVs, but the modern Winnebago excels at Class C motorhomes, so it’s difficult to choose just one. The Minnie-Winnie is an excellent value while still offering plenty of space for your family and customization with seven unique floor plans. The Trend is a bit roomier and comes with flashy features like LED lighting, roller blackout shades, and two unique 23 square foot floor plans. 

The Winnebago Class Cs range from approximately $80 to $130 thousand, which makes them attainable for a variety of RVers. Winnebago currently produces nine Class C models - the hardest part will be picking just one. 

Thor Chateau

Class Cs are one of the smaller types of RVs, but you can still travel in style with the Thor Chateau. If you’re not well-versed in French, a chateau is a beautiful estate, and that’s how you’ll feel in this ride. This Class C is loaded with a gorgeous full kitchen, queen-sized bed, pull-out booth seating, and it’s all etched with Brazilian Cherry throughout. 

The Chateau is built on a Ford E350 or 450, dependent on your model, and is powered by a 6-liter V8 or 6.8-liter V10 if you need some extra oomph. A variety of high-end construction features and more make the Thor Chateau an instant-classic and the envy of those at the RV park. 

Class C is a great option if you’re looking for something between a Class A motorhome and a Class B. Try to start a dialogue with Class C owners to find out if the Class C motorhome is the best RVing option for you. RV forums are another great way to find out if a Class C is right for you.