5 Reasons to Make a Class C Your First RV

Earlier this year, we introduced our first Class C motorhomes: the Odyssey, the Esteem and the Qwest. After nearly a decade of dedicating our efforts to luxury diesel Class A coaches, we wanted to take what we’ve learned and apply it to a new format. We wanted to make the Entegra Coach lifestyle available to a wider range of travelers.   

So, in honor of our new lineup, and with so many new people gravitating towards the RV/camping lifestyle—a whopping 6 million since 2014 according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA)—we thought we’d share some of the top reasons to make a Class C your first RV purchase.

  1. They may not be as inexpensive as some smaller towable RVs, but on average, Class C motorhomes are less expensive than their Class A and Class B motorized counterparts. It might be surprising that Class Bs are more expensive off the lot, but their customized chassis adds cost.

    Class C RVs also pack in a lot of value. The unmistakable cab-over bunk area provides bonus sleeping space, so you can travel with more people. Class Cs commonly get better gas mileage than Class As—even better than some towable unit setups as well.
     
  2. If you know what you’re looking at when you pop the hood of your everyday vehicle, you won’t be surprised when you look under the hood of most Class Cs. The same goes for the underbelly. It’s more likely you’ll be able to save a few bucks and a lot of time by performing minor service or diagnostics yourself. If you don’t plan to do any service yourself, you’re in luck too. With a Class C, you may not need to find a specialized RV service center to get something worked on.

    In the case of motorhomes, the chassis/engine may have a separate warranty from the rest of the coach. You’ll want to consult it before performing any major work yourself.
     
  3. You may be thinking the easiest way to travel is in your everyday vehicle with a towable unit behind you, but Class Cs are popular among new RVers for how natural they feel. They are a lot like your typical truck or SUV; the driving height is about the same, visibility is similar. And while you can tow a small vehicle with most Class Cs, you won’t need to learn new backup angles or get comfortable with a completely new feeling of stopping, starting and merging.

    Another factor that’s important to some, especially on long hauls, is climate control. When compared to a Class A, the smaller driving area is generally easier to heat or cool.
     
  4. Navigating campgrounds can be easier in a Class C, in a couple different ways. First, because of the drivability discussed above, pulling in and out of campsites and navigating winding paths is pretty simple. Even more important, these shorter units may increase your chances of finding a campsite. The average campsite is about 35 feet in length, so there is campsite inventory for shorter RVs like those available in the Class C market. Our Qwest model, for example, is available as short as 24 feet.
     

  5. When shopping for RVs, you’re often weighing trade-offs. If you plan to travel light, a Class C might be right for you. They generally have less storage space, but for some it’s worth the sacrifice because you’ll get more functional living space in return. Though smaller, Class Cs typically still include multiple sleeping areas, a full bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. 

You can learn more about why we expanded our lineup here, and find floorplans, specs, standards and options for each model here.

 

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