The Pros And Cons Of Class A Motorhomes

August 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

These days, lots of people choose Class A motorhomes as their vacation vehicle over trailer travel and fifth wheel. You can see them all over the place now. And make no mistake, there are lots of advantages to traveling in one. There are also a few disadvantages, though, and you should be conscious of them before you decide to get one. Here’s a brief discussion of the pros and cons of Class A motorhomes:

The Advantages:

1. It couldn’t be easier to drive a Class A motorhome on the highway.

2. The kinds of comforts and amenities offered by Class A RVs are second to none. You won’t get the same thing with smaller motorhomes that have less room. You can get almost anything you want in a Class A.

3. You don’t have to worry about compatibility problems. When you tow a trailer, you constantly need to ensure that your vehicle and the RV you’re pulling are completely synchronized. If they aren’t working in tandem, you’ll have a devil of a time with the steering wheel during your whole trip. Nobody needs that hassle. A Class A motorhome has the convenience of being one package. You get in and go—there’s no complicated procedure.

4. When you get to your destination, you don’t even need to leave your RV in the event of bad weather. If you’re towing your RV, by contrast, you’ll need to do some initial set-ups, and you’re going to have to go from your vehicle to the RV. When you’ve got a Class A, home is waiting for you at your destination—wherever that might be.

The Disadvantages:

1. Cost. Class A motorhomes are often very pricey, as the people who make them load them full of expensive features. This trend is likely to continue, unfortunately. New Class As also depreciate pretty badly, so remember that when you’re thinking of getting one.

2. Once you get to your destination, if you want to drive around town for any reason you’ll probably have to tow a more suitable vehicle with you. That’s going to add to the cost. It’s a big pain to get your Class A all set up and ready to go every time you want to go to the store. You can always bring a bicycle or two, of course, but you’ll be limited in your range and ability to travel longer distances in nasty weather.

3. Should your Class A break down, you’re likely going to be spending a night or more at a motel as it gets repaired. Most RV shops will try to give you a turnaround the same day, but if you’re in need of serious repairs, or requiring hard to get parts, you may be out of luck. On the other hand, if you have a towed RV you can always stay “home” while your vehicle is in the shop.

4. Class A motorhomes can be quite long, particularly the higher-priced models, and thus you’re excluded from some campgrounds because they lack the right facilities.

These disadvantages shouldn’t be any reason not to buy a Class A RV. They’re just intended to give you a bit of perspective before you buy. Consider both the pros and cons, and then make a proper decision. Everybody is different, so choose what’s best for you.

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