So...is it "size dependent"?
I'm interested in how such a conversion would be treated if confronted with "Class A-under-ten-years only" restrictions.
Seems unlikely that the guy at the gate would be calling the RVIA for direction in that department...
Yes size dependent. A Japanese 30-32ft Bus is used mainly for local area transport A Scania,MAN, Volvo Coach is normally over 40ft, carries many passengers and is fairly luxurious. Age of the vehicles does not come into it.
A converted 25-27ft Hino Bus
The Wiki for Australia RV classes largely reflects a synthesis of US and British classifications. The following info is from "Campervans" (British) Wiki
The British use Class A just like AU and US. They do not have a Class C, but talk about coachbuilts (cutaway chassis with a coach built on) either as having an overhanging bed (over cab), or being low profile.
Low profiles are "Coachbuilt but without a raised bed over the cab…Typical base vehicles are lighter-duty and/or smaller-engined variants of the same vehicles used for overcab designs.”
Thus, the low profile is our good friend, the B+: a smaller C w/o a cabover.
As for British B-class: “This term is not commonly used except for imported North American models, which may vary greatly in size from semi-low profile coachbuilts to van conversions.”
So we also see that in Britain as in AU, Class B includes our B+.
Instead of our odd sequencing of big/luxurious Class A, smaller but similar Class C, and smalleer yet, Class B (and worse, still, they are now Type A, B, and C), consider the British scheme: Big/luxurious, Class A; at the other extreme, conversion vans and campervans w/ no toilet. In between there are various 'coach builts' (I really would like to know if we got Class C from this word, coachbuilt).
Thats it. No mixed-up lettering that constrains manufacturers like LTV in ability to properly market the goods. And, no reason for RVIA to desensitize the word 'class' with 'Type'.
(I really would like to know if we got Class C from this word, coachbuilt).
I know this one!
Here in the U.S.A., "Class C" was actually the first letter-based designation of what we all now refer to as motorhomes.
It goes back to the earliest mass-produced units permanently mounted on a truck Chassis, which were at first called Chassis Mount Campers.
The "C", of course, came from "chassis".
Personally, I think this construction method superior to the ground-up type...but you have to hand it to the industry for making some folks believe that a "Class A" label actually means the rig is somehow "better"!
I guess the big implication from this is that you can classify a rig by its hardware specifications, as we do in the US using Class C to mean Chassis-built, or look at it functionally like the UK and AU as Coach-built with intent on low-profile, Class B type character.