Definitions please: Class A & Class B

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by JPG, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. JPG


    Oct 21, 2013
    How can we differentiate between a Class A & a Class B motorhome?

  2. HymerB544

    HymerB544 Funster

    Apr 25, 2012
    Near Truro, Cornwall
    A class and B class

    Basically, if the van you are looking at looks like a caravan with a wheel at each corner, no discernible bonnet, and a huge windscreen, then it is an A class. The confusion arises from Hymer`s habit of labelling their A class vans with the prefix B. Eg, B544, like ours, which is an A class. ::bigsmile:
  3. Granjan

    Granjan Funster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Im just a newbie ...... But I have just googled this.... Hope it helps,

    Class A Motorhome: Class A Motorhomes are built on heavy duty frames. The frames are constructed on either a commercial truck chassis, a specially designed motor vehicle chassis or a commercial bus chassis. These frames use similar construction to the big 18 wheelers you see on the highways. They have 22.5 inch wheels which are designed for carrying a heavier load. These vehicles can either run by gas or diesel and usually get 8-10 miles per gallon. Class A Motorhomes usually have a minimum of two slide-outs. Class A Motorhomes are known for high luxury and quality. They are very roomy with large living spaces and tons of storage. Class A Motorhomes sleep 2-4 people with a bedroom in the back of the coach and the couches in the living area folding down into beds. If you’re looking for a motorhome with high luxury, residential features from home, and tons of space, a Class A Motorhome is for you.

    Class B Motorhome: Class B Motorhomes look very much like a van. In fact they can be called van conversions or camper vans. Even though they have similarities to a van these vehicles are tall enough for the passengers to stand upright. Located inside of a Class B Motorhome you’ll find a kitchen, living area, and bathroom. Although these amenities are provided, they are very small. To save on space, the entire bathroom is basically the shower, called a wet bath. To put it simply, it is like having the toilet and sink inside of a large shower.

    They can have slides to provide more space but these are usually only located on the more extravagant Class B Motorhomes. Because these vehicles are the smallest of the 3 types, they are the least expensive. Class B gets the best gas mileage out of the three and are easiest to drive. With their compact body there is no need to tow a car behind you. You’ll find that a Class B Motorhome will have no problem parking within an average size spot or driveway. Even though they have no problem maneuvering around during errands, the inside is very cramped so their isn’t much room for storage. If having to unhook the hookups from your motorhome each time you leave your campsite is an annoyance to you then that is a factor you will have to consider. If you like the thought of convenience and you don’t mind how much space you have to move around, then a Class B Motorhome just might be the right RV for you.
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  4. JJ

    JJ Funster

    May 1, 2008
    Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
    I think you get more time if you are involved with Class A stuff than you do with Clsss B...

    JJ :Cool:
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  5. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    YO11 2BD
    A class is built from the chassis with cowl, bulkhead or firewall (commonly called a chassis/cowl) upwards by the original bodywork is used.

    B class is a panel van fitted out with a camper interior....also called a panel van conversion or PVC.

    C class is a chassis and cab combination and the converter builds the rear bodywork incorperating it into the cab area..
  6. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Nov 27, 2011
    just to confuse matters, the above is a description of the american versions. European motorhomes are based on commercial van bases and cabs like the fiat ducato not lorries and coaches

    in short if the underpinnings are of a fiat ducato
    all the bodywork of the van is there B class
    just the cab with front doors and bonnet C class
    no van bodywork, just caravan type body A class

    its easy to spot an A class as the windscreen is usually considerably larger and theres no obvious bonnet

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