The Class C Motorhome is instantly recognisable by virtue of its distinctive and unique shape. The rear of the vehicle is arranged somewhat like a caravan, a travel trailer or a fifth wheeler and it extends forwards over the cab to create a cosy and private sleeping space.
This RV class spans a range from reasonably small and easy (ish) on the wallet to quite large and expensive. They are often built on truck chassis using the cab section that came with that chassis. There the similarity ends however because the living area to the rear, and over, the cab are custom built. They tend to use roughly the same methods as those used in caravan construction. You will find some manufacturers who product both vehicles side by side in the same factory.
The smaller ones have relatively simple running gear while the larger versions may employ multiple rear twin axles and multiple rear tyres to support them, keep them in contact with the tarmac and transmit the drive to the roadway.
This RV includes all the home comforts that you will need while you are on the road. A good kitchen area is always available as is a toilet and shower. Depending on the model the dinette area will vary in position and layout. The larger units will have one, or maybe two dinettes and in the smaller vans you may have to jump through a hoop or two to get this set up. All part of the fun on RVing.
Satellite TV, a CD player, MP3 , AM, FM and digital radio nearly always come as standard now especially in the larger models.
This Class C Motorhome, regardless of size will of course usually come fully equipped with a freshwater tank and a grey-water tank. Unlike the caravan there is no need to make the daily trip to the tap or to the grey-water outlet in order to ensure that the cooking and sanitary facilities continue to function. You will of course need to replenish your fresh water and eventually empty the grey waste and this is usually done when you arrive or when you leave the site. Simply driving to the service area will allow you to do both, usually in relative ease.
Often people who start out as caravan, travel trailer or even as fifth wheel owners move on to buy one of these units. I have know several people over the years who have traded their caravan and opted for one of these. These RVs span a relatively wide range, from smallish and reasonably priced to really quite large and very expensive indeed. Therefore the people who use them tend to vary from couples, sometimes with small families who use them for the annual holiday and perhaps a few weekends away to those who spend long weeks, months and even years in them, travelling major distances in the process.
If you are somebody who has owned or considered owning a Class B Van Camper then you might find something in this range instead that will get you started. You may find that you have to stretch your budget a little more but in terms of what you get you will probably enjoy the comfort a great deal more. This of course is at the smaller end of the market. At the higher end you are probably closer to a class A unit than to anything else and you may decide to look at one of these instead of a diesel pusher or another type of top end RV.
It’s possible to take the smaller ones of this class of unit anywhere there is a paved road & sometimes even a little bit off the tarmac provided the surface is good, level and firm. This is not recommended however, but the smaller units certainly are more versatile than the larger ones. With the larger units you will probably need to plan your route, ensuring that the roads are wide enough with no acute bends to impeded your progress. You will also need to be sure that the pitch on your campsite of choice is sufficiently large and robust to take your weight and size.
You can generally speaking go out all year round in these units as they have everything that you need on board. They are well insulated and as long as you use common sense and avoid real extremes like floods, high winds and snow drifts you should enjoy yourself at any time of the year. Always of course refer to the recommendations of the manufacturer of your vehicle and be guided by your local weather forecast service, even when going in normal conditions.
Adventurer LP, 3303 West Washington Avenue Yakima, WA 98903. Tel 509 895 7064
Blue Bird, PO Box 1259, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel 478 825 2021
California Comfort Vans, 15040 Goldenwest Circle, Westminster, CA 92683. Tel 714 896 8267
Coach House, 3480 Technology Drive, Nokomis, FL 34275. Tel 941 485 0984
Coachmen Industries, 2831 Dexter Drive, Elkhart, IN 46515. Tel 574-262-0123
Conquest, 1701 Century Drive, Goshen, IN 46528. Tel 574 533 3121
Dodgen Industries, PO Box 39, Humboldt, IA 50548. Tel 800 247 1835
Dynamax Corporation, 2745 Northland Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. Tel 574 262 3474
El Dorado Motor Corp., Minneapolis, KS 67467.
Fleetwood RV, 3125 Myers Street, Riverside, CA 92503. Tel 951 351 3500
Forest River, 55470 CR 1, Elkhart, IN 46515. Tel 574 389 4600
Four Winds International, 701 CR 15, Elkhart, IN 46515. Tel 574 266 1111
Frank Industries, 3950 Burnsline Road, Brown City, MI 48416. Tel 810 346 2771
Georgie Boy Manufacturing, P.O. Box 30, Middlebury, IN 46540. Tel 800 353 7383
Gulf Stream Coach, PO Box 1005, Nappanee, IN 46550. Tel 574 773 7761
Haulmark Motor Coach, 1503 McNaughton Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46514. Tel 574 575 2512
Holiday Rambler, 91320 Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97408. Tel 541 686 8011
Host Campers, 20545 Murray Rd., Bend, OR 97701. Tel 541 330 2328
Jayco, 903 S. Main Street, Middlebury, IN 46540. Tel 574 825 5861
Kibbi LLC., 52216 SR 15, Bristol, IN 46507. Tel 574 848 1126
Krystal Enterprises, 2701 E. Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821. Tel 714 986 1200
Lazy Daze, 4303 Mission Blvd., Montclair, CA 91763. Tel 909 627 1219
Leisure Travel Vans Ltd., P.O. Box 1208, Morden, MB R6M 1B1. Tel 204 822 3009
Monaco Coach Corporation, 91320 Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97408. Tel 541 686 8011