A Class A motorhome or Class A RV (recreational vehicle) differs from Class B and Class C motorhomes. Class A motorhomes have the appearance of a bus – usually with a flat front, large windshield, and captain’s chairs for driver and co-pilot that swivel around to become chairs as part of the RV’s living room.
Class A motorhomes are often larger than Class C motorhomes and far larger than the less common Class B motorhome. Class C motorhomes are characterized by having a pickup truck or van like front end. In essense they are based on pickup truck chassis. Class C motorhomes have a bunk or entertainment center above the cockpit, whereas the windshields on Class A motorhomes typically extend all the way to the roof line, creating a more spacious feel to the interior.
Class A motorhomes can weigh 15,000 to 30,000 lbs. and be up to 40′ in length. Many are capable of accommodating a trailer or trailered car or SUV. Due to their larger size and weight, Class A motorhomes are often powered by diesel engines. Those with engines in the rear are known as “Diesel pushers” because the engines pushes the vehicle from the rear. Cummins and Caterpillar are typically the diesel engines of choice, and many Class A RVs are based on Freightliner chassis.
A common Class A floor plan has the living area forward, typically with a large sofa bed, fold down dinette that converts into additional bedding, and kitchenette. Often, on newer and more expensive models, there may be one or more slideouts that provide a significant amount of additional square footage (available only when the RV is parked). Heading towards the rear are bath and shower facilities. The very rear is the location for the bedroom – usually with queen bed, wardrobe and dresser, nightstands, and flat screen TV.
New Class A motorhomes range in price from $100,000 up to $400,000. The prices reflect a high degree of comfort, luxury, and refinement. Class A motorhomes are often the vehicle of choice for pop, rock, and country stars on tour across the country. Winnebago, Trail Aire, Zephyr, Regency, Embassy, Empress, Genesis, and Dutch Star are common brands of Class A motorhomes.