Before we began looking for Class A Motorhomes for sale, we thought we should understand what the different types of motorhomes really are. And how they might be applicable to our needs. Curiously, we found that these classes are unique to North America and the distinction is roughly this…
Class A Motorhomes
A Class A motor home has a large frame similar to that of a bus; big, kind of square and panoramic views from the driver’s seat. These are the basis of most luxury motorhomes, the half-million and above vehicles. As this market segment has developed, the chassis has become more specialised and there are now dedicated Class A motor home manufacturers.
These large motorhomes can be up to 45 feet (14 m) long and 12 and 1/2 feet (3.8m) high. They can carry as much as 100 US gallons (380 L) of water and 100 US gallons (380 L) of diesel fuel though we’re sure that the carrying capacity would vary depending on design.
When fully loaded, a Class A recreational vehicle can weigh as much as 50,000 pounds (22 700 Kg). In New Zealand driver licensing terms, this puts them firmly within the limits of a Class 4 license, requiring a significant investment in driver training for those of us accustomed to driving only a car.
A rear-engined Class A motor home is called a diesel pusher, for obvious reasons. The less obvious reason is that when driving, the motor is far behind you; and when sleeping, the generator, now at the front, is virtually silent. Something for us to consider in our own deliberations.
So, having defined them, where do we find…
Class A Motorhomes For Sale
There are many opportunities depending on whether or not we are looking for new or used class a motorhomes. Some of the more popular sites include: eBay, PPL Motorhomes, the manufacturers themselves or their dealers. Used Class A motorhomes can be found almost anywhere you can find motorhomes.
Class B Motorhomes
Curiously, from a non-US perspective, a Class B motorhome is the smallest of the motorhome family. Usually built on a cargo van chassis, these vehicles can carry as much as 35 US gallons (130 L) of water and 57 US gallons (220 L) of fuel. These motorhomes weigh up to 4500 kg and measure up to 6.4m in length. Popular vehicle makes in the US include the Ford Trader and Isuzu NPR 300.
In Australia and New Zealand, these vans are often based on the Ford Transit, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Fiat Ducato or Iveco vans and are known as campervans. The smaller camper vans are built on a Toyota HiAca or Mitsubishi van and are usually used for rentals.
When fully loaded, these vehicles can weigh 10,000 pounds (4500 Kg). These require a New Zealand Class 1 license, the same as that required to drive a car.
Where do you find Class B Motorhomes for Sale?
The same places as you find Class A motorhomes for sale. Though curiously, this class seems to be less in demand than either the Class A or C.
Class C Motorhomes
A Class C motorhome is usually built on a truck chassis. These vehicles can carry as much as 29 US gallons (110 L) of water and 57 US gallons (220 L) of gasoline. When fully loaded, these vehicles can weigh as much as 20,000 pounds (9000 Kg), requiring a Class 2 license from NZ.
Built on a truck chassis with an attached cab section, Class C motorhomes are often based on the popular Ford E450 engine, chassis, and cabs. Dodge and Chevy are other popular choices. In the Antipodes, we find base vehicles provided by Isuzu and Iveco together with the Mitsubishi Fuso series.
They are characterized by a distinctive cab-over profile, the “cab-over” usually containing a bed. Traillite are particularly good at building this type of motorhome.
Where can you find a used Class C motorhome?
That depends on which country you are in but probably in the same places you’d find Class A motorhomes for sale…