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Hank85713

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I drive a school bus and we have a B+ for personal use. When we were looking we got the same thing, get a class a they are bigger and have more room. Well I can tell ya driving something like a bus for fun IS NOT FUN based on my experience (10 years driving). I have watched others almost have accidents because of the size of an A and not really understand how to drive one from the word go. Just like Super C's, a BIG truck design with a house on it. The dealer told me they give a short course on how to drive and thats it!

The c or a is mainly a matter of choice. Big bulky or small and bulky. Each has its good and bad points and yes the dealers push the a's since they are the ones that they buy in quantity to sell. Look for anything other than a small c and the choices just are not there and they are not always something to be desired. It will come down to what do you want to use it for? As was asked earlier, long term or short. We travel about 30 days a year in ours. we visit places we have never been mainly but do not do the tourist stuff that you can read about in motorhome etc. So you will really need to decide which will be best for your wants. I just had a building put up to store ours in roughly $65K, but it can also hold my pickup, and just about anything else I want. So that is another concern, where you gonna store when not in use. Open air deteriorates quickly, so there is the cost of a building, covers, rental parking etc and it can go on and on. A's tend to be taller than c's so they also become bigger sails in cross winds.

As to maint, yes some dealers (ford) will service, but will not do alignments etc, some places like camp world have 'service centers' to install and do minor repairs but not all can do everything. So the need for service help will vary, the c may or may not be something they work on, but most a's will require 'dealer' or specialty shops for service/repairs. yes the view on a normal c is obstructed, but on the B+ they are much better. but the overall size of an a's windshield has its own problems from cost to replace to needing additional pieces to cut down on sunlight and stuff. SO go do your own looking, determine what YOU want and then buy or walk away. Do not get pushed into something you DO NOT WANT and then have to decide if you can live with it or take the hit to get rid of it. Just look at Craigslist and see what others are trying to sell to help with the decision.

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magnusfide wrote:

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Where do you guys come up with this stuff lol?

People are sharing their personal experiences. There's no need for being dismissive.

dismissive?
embarassed to show off wealth by driving a class A?
I know there are class C's well above the cost of a class A.
That's not personal experience, that's someone's perception that class A owners are rich snobs which i am far from lol.

How are Class A's being built to lowest possible standards?
That's also not personal experience and it's not even a factual statement.
Class C's are also built from a chassis and I wouldn't say they are built like any Prevost i've seen.
And if he has never owned a Class A how does he know shops won't work on them? It's all hearsay and again nothing factual from personal experience.

* This post was edited 05/11/19 01:13pm by JusBud *

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Let's face it. The only "real" difference between a class A and a class C is how you like it and how it works for you.

All the rest is just personal experience or opinion and hearsay.

I did find the "embarrassed to show off wealth" comment pretty funny. I suspect that for most people, showing off is the last reason why they buy a particular RV. And for many people, any RV is a sign of wealth.


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JusBud wrote:

magnusfide wrote:

JusBud wrote:


Where do you guys come up with this stuff lol?

People are sharing their personal experiences. There's no need for being dismissive.

dismissive?
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And if he has never owned a Class A how does he know shops won't work on them? It's all hearsay and again nothing factual from personal experience.

Yes dismissive. Several who have owned class As have shared their experiences. I recommend you show more courtesy towards the opinions of others: this forum is moderated.


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Posted: 05/11/19 04:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I havent said anything wrong to cause moderation but you have
I dont agree with their opinion and gave my opinion
Thats what forums are about
As another member said the one comment is just plain funny and actually has nothing to do with the op's question
Did you call him dismissive?
The other member had nothing to contribute as far as facts
Youre the one that seems to have the problem with what others have to say
Lets leave it up to the op decide what posts will help him out

* This post was edited 05/11/19 04:24pm by JusBud *

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I hate to agree with a salesguy but he is trying to do you a favor. In my personal experience Class C's drive and ride like a moving van. Class A's drive way smoother and nicer.

Exactly!

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We went from a Thor windsport 29M to a Renegade Valencia 38RW. which is a Super C.Our reasons were that a diesel was easier to fuel at the pumps on the road than a gas class A. That's just one of the reasons. Get what you can afford and whar you feel comfortable with. Have fun and Safe Travels.

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magnusfide wrote:

JusBud wrote:

magnusfide wrote:

JusBud wrote:


Where do you guys come up with this stuff lol?

People are sharing their personal experiences. There's no need for being dismissive.

dismissive?
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And if he has never owned a Class A how does he know shops won't work on them? It's all hearsay and again nothing factual from personal experience.

Yes dismissive. Several who have owned class As have shared their experiences. I recommend you show more courtesy towards the opinions of others: this forum is moderated.


As an owner of a Class A I have to agree with JusBud. Your opinions have no factual merit. I am nowhere near wealthy nor do I pretend to be, I bought the RV that suited our needs and wants. A lot of C's cost more than some A's, heck B's cost more than both in some cases. And as far as manufacturing standards, C's are built on the same assembly lines as A's and TT's from most manufacturers. They don't change build quality for a type of RV. They're all slapped together with glue and staples by the same people on the same day. Not being dismissive, I'm being factual and speaking from personal experience.

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I’m probably in a very small minority here, I have both a C and an A.

Each has their strengths and weaknesses. The C is far more car-like to drive, this especially comes up in more urban driving. In fact I can (and do) park in standard parking spots (as long as there’s a vacant spot or grass strip behind me). My C is a shorter one, a 24’er. It is my ‘motel room’ on wheels and is my ‘go to’ unit. It is also the unit my wife is very comfortable driving, in fact she often drives it solo when she meets me when I fly my plane to a destination. It is a lot lighter on storage, but has more than enough for us.

The A is definitely more truck / bus-like in its driving experience. I definitely can’t park it in a standard parking space. My wife won’t get behind the wheel unless it’s for interstate travel only. There is an embarrassment of storage, if I lived in this thing I MIGHT fill the storage, but I doubt it. There is probably more than double, nearly triple the interior space, but to us that is mostly immaterial, we don’t have kids either. We don’t go someplace to sit inside and watch TV, as long as we each have a comfy seat, a kitchen and a bed we’re good.

I think the big decision it comes down to is the intended use.

If you are going to travel for a few days then camp for a longer period, or have a large family, you will probably be happier with the extra space.

If you do more shorter trips, visiting cities and more congested areas, especially if just a couple, you might prefer the C.

After owning both for a number of years, I find no difference in getting them serviced, gas mileage, or overall operating expenses.

YMMV.

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I, too, agree with many of JusBud's points. A's harder to work on? On the contrary. Just about any large truck repair center will work on class A's, and for the do-it-yourselfer, most A's are 10X easier than C's (yes, I have owned/worked on both). I can sit nearly upright under my A and in the wheelwell and access the entire sides of the engine; couldn't get anywhere near the sides of the engine on my class Cs. Open my A's doghouse, everything is exposed. Class C? No way.

As for safety; yes, the C has a van cab and airbags. On the other hand the seats in the A are typically above the other vehicle in an accident. The merits of each have been debated ad nauseum, not gonna start it up again.

Showing off such wealth???? Not sure where that idea comes from. We don't all drive $500K+ 45' DPs with tag axles, full body paint, and hot tubs!


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