There are a lot of different motorhome styles, even within class A and class C models. While people want to live the RV life, often space can become an issue, resulting in longer RVs! This length, in turn, often leads to heavier weight and taller height as well.
So, with all the options out there, what is the average length, weight, and height of a motorhome?
If you take all the ranges and find the median, class A motorhomes average 33 feet long, are 23,000 pounds, and are 10 feet tall. Class C motorhomes average 24 feet long, 11,000 pounds, and are 10 feet tall. These are just averages and class A motorhomes range from 21 to 45 feet long, and 13,000 to 30,000 pounds, 10 foot tall, and class C motorhomes ranged between 20 to 28 feet long and 10,000 to 12,000 pounds and 10 foot tall.
Again, there are so many different models to choose from, so I’ll go over a couple of specific specs, why these numbers matter both when camping and when thinking about purchasing an RV, and what the length, height, and weight offer for your camping lifestyle.
But first of all, in case you are not fully aware of what the difference is between class A and class C motorhomes, here are some ways to tell which is which.
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The Difference Between Class A and Class C Motorhomes
It is important to understand the difference between vehicles so that the specs make a little more sense.
Class A motorhomes are probably what you picture when you picture a full-on motorhome. The motorhome is the whole vehicle, so you won’t see a class A motorhome being hauled by a truck or SUV.
The cab is often fully integrated into the rest of the vehicle, so the RV looks like one big rectangle. They are the biggest form of RV, huge and spacious. They are strong and built to last. The interior looks a lot like home, so if you are looking for luxury and comfort, class A is a good route to take.
Class C motorhomes are a compromise between class A and class B (class B being renovated vans and other smaller RV options). You can tell it is a class C motorhome by spotting the over the cab sleeping area.
So, unlike the class A motorhome, the cab feels more separate from the home part of the RV. The inside should also look very homey, but it might be a bit smaller than class A.
Both are wonderful options for RV life, and the difference really comes down to the specs–how big it is and how much it can hold. But both RVs should be able to occupy anywhere from 2 to 6 people (and maybe even more in a class A).
Class A Motorhome Specific Specs
Below is a list of some of the most loved class A motorhome brands and their specs. If you want to see the nuances of each model, you can check out the specific websites. But generally, you will see different placements of beds, dining spaces, bathrooms–and maybe even a few of each, depending on the size!
- Thor Palazzo (starts at $239,850) –this is a series RV, which means there are a couple of different versions of the RV to look at: 33.2, 33.5, 36.3, and 37.4. In order to make it a little easier to differentiate between numbers, here is a table with the specs included:
Thor Palazzo 36.3
|Weight||26,000 lbs.||26,000 lbs.||30,500 lbs.||31,020 lbs.|
- Forest River Berkshire (starts at $236,995) –this is also a series RV. The different versions are the 34QS, 38A, 39A, and 39B. All the versions are very spacious RVs, which means they are also pretty big!
|Weight||32,350 lbs.||33,350 lbs.||33,350 lbs.||33,350 lbs.|
- Newmar Dutch Star (starts at $386,005) –Also a series, there are quite a few floor plans for this brand! Buckle up; there is a pretty big list coming at you:
Dutch Star 3709
|Length||37’11”||37’ 11”||37’ 11”||40’ 09”||40’ 09”||40’ 09”||43’ 09”||43’ 09”||43’ 09”||43’ 09”||43’ 09”||43’ 09”||43’ |
|Weight||39,200 lbs.||39, 200 |
|39, 200 |
|49, 000 |
|49, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|51, 000 |
|Height||12’ 10”||12’ 10”||12’ 10”||13’||13’||13’||13’||13’||13’||13’||13’||13’||13’|
- Holiday Rambler Navigator (starts at $179,995) –Lucky for you, we are back at just four different models in the series.
|Weight||33,000 lbs.||33,000 lbs.||33,000 lbs.||33,000 lbs.|
- Fleetwood Discovery LXE (starts at $361,741) –This is the extra-long version of the Fleetwood Discovery. You can find shorter versions on their website, but I thought I’d list the longest and heaviest options so you know they can always get lighter if you need.
|Weight||36,400 lbs.||36,400 lbs.||36,400||43,200 lbs.||43,200 lbs.|
Class C Motorhome Specific Specs
Remember that if you want to know why each floorplan is so different, check the individual website. But you can usually just expect different placements of the usual bedrooms, kitchen, dining, etc.
As for class C, specs, this is what I’ve got as the bestselling RVs and their specs.
- Winnebago Minnie Winnie (starts at $73,845) –We have another big series here, so get ready! As you can see, there are already a lot of differences in the numbers between class A and class C motorhomes.
|Weight||7,000 lbs.||7,000 lbs.||7,000 lbs.||7,000 lbs.||7,000 lbs.||7,000 lbs.||7,000 lbs.||8,800 lbs.||8,800 lbs.|
- Jayco Greyhawk Prestige (starts at $93,999) –It is pretty rare, but this model seems to only have one floor plan! It is thirty-two feet and 5 inches long, weighs 14,500 pounds and is eleven and a half feet tall.
- Thor Motor Coach Outlaw (starts at $89,995, though this price is rare–the average was more in the low $100,000’s) –There are only two versions for this one, but there are other class C vehicles available through this brand.
|Thor Motor Coach Outlaw||29J||29S|
|Weight||14,500 lbs.||14,500 lbs.|
- Tiffin Wayfarer (starts at $99,995) –Four different models of this lovely class C motorhome, but all of them have the same length, weight, and height.
- Length: 25’-7”
- 11,030 lbs.
- Coachmen Leprechaun (starts at $79,995) –This RV has both Chevy and Ford models, so I will list a couple of each, but not all of them because that would be an even longer list than the Newmar Dutch Star in the class A section!
|Leprechaun||Chevy 210QB||Chevy 210RS||Ford 210QB||Ford 210RS|
|Weight||14,200 lbs.||14,200 lbs.||12,500 lbs.||12,500 lbs.|
So, now that you have seen some real-life specs, you can see that the length, weight, and height vary from vehicle to vehicle, and even from model to model.
For the weight, I used the weight before water and storage are added, so you have the base listed here for both class A and class C motorhomes.
You can see that even in the examples, the average numbers I gave at the beginning of the article are lining up. You will for sure find outliers to the averages, but you should be able to expect that class A and C motorhomes stay around these numbers.
Why Knowing your motorhome length, weight and height Matters
Knowing the specs matters for camping simply because some campgrounds don’t have spaces big enough for the longest class A motorhomes! The longest length allowed that I have seen is 45 feet long, and even then, that is very rare. In general, campgrounds usually stay below the 40 feet mark for how long an RV can be.
Camping in National Parks, specifically, is a little shorter than an average campground. Usually about 28 to 35 feet long is a sweet spot for National Parks, so that is something to be aware of if you visit these parks often.
It turns out, sadly, that a lot of RV companies’ numbers are not always completely accurate. If you are worried about that, bring your own tape measurer when shopping around, and make sure the length is compliant with the campgrounds you are interested in.
If you are towing a car, that will add length to your RV. If you are lucky, you can find a campsite wide enough to fit both vehicles. When it comes to class A and class C motorhomes, though, you generally don’t need to have a car with you.
If you do really like having that extra smaller transportation, you could consider bringing bikes with you. If you really need the car, just be sure to call ahead and make sure there is room for all that you are bringing with you.
As you can probably tell, owning an RV requires quite a bit of research. There are a lot of resources for the subject, including Good Sam and Recreation.gov. As always, these days, having the internet will save you a lot of time as it can help you be fully prepared for your camping stay.
So, if we are going for averages here, I would say 35 feet is a good balance. It is long enough to have a nice interior with all the amenities you want, while being short enough to fit into the majority of campgrounds–whether that be National Parks or not.
The problem isn’t actually campgrounds, though, but roads! Believe it or not, there are specific roads that only allow certain lengths of RVs on them.
The Pacific Coast Highway, for instance, only allows up to 30-foot RVs. Big Bend National Park? Only 24 feet.
Sounds scary, but really, there are only a few roads in which this is the case. You will get used to looking up a lot of stuff, like I mentioned earlier, and which roads you can drive on is just one of them. Just search “state road laws for RVs,” and you will be off to a great start.
Although it sounds obvious, don’t buy a rig that is more than your vehicle can tow. You would be surprised at how often people buy an overly heavy rig without thinking–don’t let that person be you!
When it comes to height, it is not actually that big of a deal. There are not many bridges these days that don’t allow eleven feet or smaller. You can pretty much always trust that the height of your RV is not a problem.
Will Your RV’s Height And Weight Cause Storage Issues?
Storing the RV should not be a huge issue. Most places that I have seen make their storage about twelve feet for the width, about fourteen feet for height, and up to fifty feet for the length. Just don’t get an RV over fifty feet long, and you should be okay there.
Some RV storage lots are outdoors anyway, so as long as the parking spot is long enough for your RV, you should be okay there as well.
After you purchase your RV, make sure you have the specs written down somewhere so you can eventually memorize them and be able to tell campgrounds and storage units the exact measurements.
If you buy a smaller RV, you can rent out smaller places, which might actually save you money. But, since there are so many larger and heavier RVs out there, you will most likely find a longer spot as well.
For instance, if you have the Coachmen Leprechaun listed above, it is only about twenty-four feet, which means you can get away with a thirty-foot storage unit. It seems like you would be able to get a twenty-five-foot storage unit with that size of RV, but the extra room helps you move around the unit and not cause any accidents.
If you are storing the RV on your driveway, just make sure that the length does not interfere with any HOA rules you may have, or any neighborhood rules, either. Even if you have a designated space for your RV, you want to keep its length under the amount you have available.
For instance, let’s say you have thirty feet of space on your driveway. You might think it is okay to put a thirty-one-foot RV in the space, but even that extra foot could really bother neighbors and take up valuable sidewalk space.
Even with a thirty-foot RV, you might still run into those same issues. So, make sure that you are at least a couple feet under whatever the storage space has to offer, and you should not run into many problems.
How Your Motorhomes Size Affects Your Camping Style
The thing is, bigger isn’t always better. You might think it is, because having an extra room when you’re living on the road might be more comfortable, but honestly, that isn’t always the case.
Salespeople will always try to get you to go bigger. They will try to tell you that a small RV is just too small, that you will really enjoy having the extra couple of feet to maneuver around whatever is there, but when you are living in it, you just get used to it.
If you stay smaller, you have more flexibility in your travels. You won’t have to worry about the strange road laws, campgrounds not letting you in, or towing issues. There are certainly benefits to buying bigger, but at least giving the other options a second of thought can really help in your decision-making process.
I have seen a lot of people go from bigger to smaller, and from smaller to bigger. The thing is, it is all personal preference. They found out what they wanted through trial and error and did what they needed to have a better experience.
But the thing is, you know what you can handle. Trust yourself, and try renting out an RV. See what size fits you and your lifestyle the best. Renting is always a good option, so you know if the interior specs and the exterior specs fit what you need.
And then when you know, you will be ready to start your RV adventure!
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