Best Class C Motorhomes for Every Budget
When we mention the term “Class C,” what comes to mind? Is it a cabover sleeping arrangement and some bunk beds for the kids? Perhaps it’s a Mercedes-Benz luxury experience with all the driver-assist bells and whistles. Or maybe it’s a throaty diesel rumble of a go-nearly-anywhere big rig with maximum towing power and torque to spare? The answer, of course, is all of the above. Class C motorhomes not only continue to reign supreme among motorhoming families, but they are leaning more and more into Class A territory in terms of options, appointments and even luxury.
By definition, a Class C motorhome is built on a cutaway chassis, which retains the front cab of a van or truck body. From the cab, rearward, the chassis is stripped, providing a platform for the motorhome body. To ensure you get a sampling of all types of Class C’s, we’ve collected a baker’s dozen of the wide range of models that are available, and broken them down into three categories for apples-to-apples comparison in terms of chassis:
- Compact Cutaways (which would include so-called “B-plus” motorhomes)
- Classic Cutaways
- Medium Duty Cutaways (also referred to as “Super C” motorhomes).
Not all Class C’s are created equal, but fun-factor-wise, you would be hard-pressed to go wrong with any of the following:
For the most part, motorhomes built on compact cutaway chassis are easy to maneuver and are familiar to operate to many drivers, making them a popular choice due to the simple transition from passenger car to RV. Ever heard the term “B-plus?” It’s novel, but in definition, it’s nonexistent. B-plus is a sales pitch. When a motorhome is built on a cutaway chassis, it’s a Class C. Period. B-plus is bandied about because of the inference that they’re easy to drive, but offer a little more space than a Class B.
Coach House Platinum III 250 ST
Coach House’s all-new Platinum III is built on the Ford Transit 3500 chassis and powered by a 3.2-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel. Like all Coach House Platinum motorhomes, the 250 ST features a one-piece, hand-laid molded fiberglass body that’s reinforced with carbon-fiber and is designed specifically for the chassis. The Platinum III is offered in two center twin-bed floorplans, with a choice of a sofa (250 ST) or dinette (250 DT). The Platinum III 250 ST shown here features a power sofa-bed at the front of the motorhome. Removable tables can be set up in the aisle for dining, while just aft of the sofa is a well-equipped galley, featuring a stainless-steel sink with cover, a stainless-look three-way refrigerator, a stainless microwave/convection oven, a two-burner propane cooktop and a pantry.
Behind the galley are two twin beds with generous storage above each bed. Behind a pocket door at the rear of the motorhome is the private bath with a separate full-size standup shower with a glass door, and a porcelain toilet and sink. Additional features include a 32-inch flat-panel HDTV mounted on a storage cabinet across from the sofa, a Blu-ray player, day/night shades, hitch receiver, exterior storage, cable TV jack, legless power awning, ducted air conditioner with heat pump, two roof vents, heavy-duty insulation, four-season plumbing, on-demand propane water heater, 3.6-kW propane generator, LED lighting throughout, two 6-volt auxiliary batteries in a slide-out tray, navigation system, 1,200-watt power inverter and more.
- Chassis Ford Transit 3500
Engine 3.2L I-5 Power Stroke
GVWR 10,360 lbs
Exterior length 25′ 6″
Exterior height with A/C 10′ 5″
Freshwater cap 31 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 19 gal/28 gal
Coach House Inc.
Forest River Forester 2401Q
The Forester brand offers a complete lineup of Class C motorhomes. The Forester LE Series is available on both the Ford and Chevy cutaways, while the Classic series Foresters are built with upgraded premium suspension, lane-detection warning system and a multiplex system that allows owners to control functions via Bluetooth through a mobile device.
Forester MBS series, including the 2401Q shown here, are built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cutaway chassis and offer a standard cabover bunk or optional aerodynamic Trekker Cap options. Sprinter-series motorhomes come standard with lane-detection and a multiplex system, plus two full-paint exterior options. The 2401Q features a laminated fiberglass roof, laminated side walls and floor, plus 12-volt DC TVs and a large 10-cubic-foot refrigerator. The cab is outfitted with swiveling captain’s chairs, a folding workstation and rear- and sideview cameras. A single slideout houses the rear queen bed, with the large rear bathroom close at hand.
- Chassis Mercedes-Benz
Engine 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel
GVWR 11,030 lbs
Exterior length 25′ 3″
Exterior height 11′ 3″
Freshwater cap 35 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 30 gal/30 gal
- Forest River, Forester MBS division
Forest River Forester 2401Q floorplan
Leisure Travel Vans Unity Rear Lounge
Built on the all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab chassis, the 2020 Unity Rear Lounge features a first-of-its-kind innovative layout with two separate living areas, seat belts and sleeping for four, and a host of new technology, including the all-new Dometic Internet of Things touchscreen solution. The true highlight of the floorplan is the spacious rear lounge with a residential-like sectional sofa, 57-by-75-inch Murphy bed, entertainment center and near floor-to-ceiling windows. Power-reclining sofa chairs offer a cozy location for reading, while owners can set up a mobile workstation with the removable swivel table in the living area. Technology such as a built-in wireless charging pad and touchscreen multiplex controls adds a new level of convenience, and also allows control of nearly all RV components from any of the six displays throughout the motorhome or via an app on a smart device.
- Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Engine 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel
GVWR 11,030 lbs
Exterior length 25′ 1″
Exterior height with A/C 10′ 6″
Freshwater cap 24.5 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 29 gal/37 gal
Base MSRP $139,100
- Leisure Travel Vans
Winnebago View/Navion 524J
With a 50-by-79-inch rear bed, convertible dinette (with three seat belts) and 49-by-75-inch cabover bunk, the View and Navion sister motorhomes are designed with the whole family in mind. Featuring plenty of storage and smart uses of space, the 524J floorplan lives larger than its sub-26-foot length, and does so on the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. Along with that comes an all-new 10-inch MBUX Infotainment system with voice interface, and advanced safety features like brake- and lane-keeping assist. Options include lithium batteries, solar power and a 2,000-watt power inverter. A 32-inch HDTV and USB charging stations throughout ensure owners remain entertained, while a powered roof vent, laminated countertops, double-door 12-volt DC refrigerator and an Oxygenics flexible showerhead all help keep occupants comfortable. Highlights also include curved cabinetry and lighted galley drawers.
- Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Engine 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel
GVWR 11,030 lbs
Exterior length 25′ 5″
Exterior height with A/C 10′ 8″
Freshwater cap 37 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 41 gal/41 gal
Base MSRP $154,715
- Winnebago Industries Inc.
The Winnebago Vita and Porto motorhomes combine impressive appointments with a spacious interior and plenty of useful storage. Designed specifically for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Vita and Porto’s two all-new floorplans boast what Winnebago calls “the largest galley, the largest bed and the largest holding tanks in its class.” Galley highlights include a large counterspace, double sink, ample storage and a panoramic window. The 24P floorplan utilizes a full-wall slide, which houses the expandable dinette, large refrigerator and queen-size bed, complete with nightstands on each side. The cockpit features a 6.5-inch touch-screen stereo/rearview monitor system, while touches like the retractable self-cleaning shower screen, plus the sliding bathroom door, add to the residential feel. With the overhead bunk area and convertible dinette, there’s plenty of space for overnight visitors.
- Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Engine 3.0L V-6 turbodiesel
GVWR 11,030 lbs
Exterior length 24′ 7″
Exterior height with A/C 11′ 6″
Freshwater cap 37 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 41 gal/41 gal
Base MSRP $119,670
- Winnebago Industries Inc.
These are the most recognizable, and tried-and-true, chassis in the Class C market. The classic cabover bed, plus the familiar ride and handling of the chassis, make these motorhomes readily accessible to Class C buyers.
Forest River Sunseeker 2550DSLE
Forest River Sunseeker 2550DSLE floorplan
Forest River’s Sunseeker is available in a variety of configurations. The classic Sunseeker offers standard cabover bunks or optional aerodynamic Trekker Cap option, and is built with upgraded premium suspension system, lane-detection warning system and two optional full-body paint color schemes. The Sunseeker LE Series, built on Ford and Chevy chassis, are budget-friendly without scrimping on niceties. The 2550DSLE shown here is equipped with a 40-inch 12-volt DC TV (with a workstation below), 10-cubic-foot refrigerator, updated interior design and a one-piece molded fiberglass cap. The Sunseeker MBS series motorhomes are built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cutaway and also offer standard cabover bunk or optional Trekker Cap. Finally, the TS series is a nimble Class C built on the Ford Transit chassis.
- Chassis Ford E-450
Engine 6.8L Triton V-10
GVWR 14,500 lbs
Exterior length 29′ 2″
Exterior height 11′ 3″
Freshwater cap 44 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 39 gal/32 gal
Base MSRP $89,900
- Forest River Inc., Sunseeker division
Holiday Rambler Augusta 30F
With three full-body paint options, a king bed in a spacious master bedroom and a residential refrigerator in the galley, the Holiday Rambler Augusta has been designed to offer a residential experience without busting the budget. The streetside full-wall slide opens the interior for entertaining, while the solid-surface galley countertop and upgraded cabinetry lend a feel of true luxury. Livability plusses include a whole-house water-filtration system, two LED TVs, Girard on-demand water heater and even heated holding tanks for four-season camping. Holiday Rambler motorhomes are backed by a 12-month/15,000-mile basic warranty, plus a 36-month/45,000-mile limited structural warranty.
- Chassis Ford E-450
Engine 6.8L Triton V-10
GVWR 14,500 lbs
Exterior length 31′ 8.5″
Exterior height with A/C 12′
Freshwater cap 49 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 35 gal/35 gal
Base MSRP $131,595
- Holiday Rambler, a division of REV Recreation Group
Holiday Rambler Augusta 30F floorplan
Jayco Greyhawk Prestige 30XP
The first thing you’ll notice on the Greyhawk Prestige 30XP is the window in the front cap. The automotive-bonded windshield looks great on the outside, but really shines indoors, where it allows plenty of light when you need it, plus a power shade for when you don’t. You’ll also notice the bold full-body paint and exterior graphics, and the 18-foot electric awning with integrated LED lights. But inside, the Prestige features residential flourishes like the Furrion all-in-one cooktop and stove, 12-cubic-foot residential fridge, decorative shower surround, kitchen backsplash and upgraded solid-surface countertops. The 30XP is equipped with a full-wall slide to expand the living, galley and bedroom areas, while an amidships split bathroom features a shower enclosure and toilet curbside, with the sink located across the aisle. The cabover bunk offers a stout 750-pound capacity. Like all Jayco motorhomes, the Greyhawk Prestige is equipped with Jayco’s JRide Plus system to improve ride and handling.
- Chassis Ford E-450
Engine 6.8L Triton V-10
GVWR 14,500 lbs
Exterior length 32′ 6″
Exterior height with A/C 11′ 8″
Freshwater cap 47 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 31 gal/
Winnebago Minnie Winnie/Spirit 22M
When it comes to family RVing, the more flexible the floorplan, the better. You never know when the little ones want to sleep in a different setting. Winnebago’s Minnie Winnie and Spirit motorhomes offer plenty of variety, with five different floorplans. Each floorplan features a private rear bedroom and cabover bunk for added sleeping flexibility, plus a large rear trunk for all your gear. The 22M shown here includes a U-shaped dinette that converts to a comfortable bed. The single rear slideout expands the master bedroom, while the rear-corner lavatory is large enough to get the job done. The vinyl-touch ceiling, LED lighting and vinyl flooring offer a contemporary feel, and the cab is equipped with a 6.2-inch touch-screen rearview monitor system featuring DVD, Bluetooth and SiriusXM radio.
Chassis Ford E-350
Engine 6.8L Triton V-10
GVWR 11,500 lbs
Exterior length 24′ 2″
Exterior height with A/C 11′
Freshwater cap 40 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 40 gal/45 gal
Base MSRP $96,977
Winnebago Industries Inc.
Winnebago Minnie Winnie/Spirit 22M floorplan
Phoenix Cruiser 2552
Phoenix Cruiser prides itself on craftsmanship. The company claims to build only two motorhomes a week, in-house, so it can focus on details to improve the ownership experience. The 206-inch extended wheelbase, and attention given to distributing the proper weight to front and rear axles with minimum overhang, lead to an impressive ride. All Phoenix Cruisers feature a choice of solid wood cabinets and custom leather furniture. The popular 2552 shown here is equipped with dual twin electric beds that can be combined to form a king bed. The large rear bathroom runs the width of the motorhome and includes a roomy shower and sizable wardrobe. Comfort standards include leather pilot’s and copilot’s seats, an electronic updated front dash from Ford, a heavy-duty 250-amp alternator and limited-slip differential. Plus, a 4×4 option is available on all Phoenix Cruiser floorplans.
- Chassis Ford E-450
Engine 6.8L Triton V-10
GVWR 14,500 lbs
Exterior length 27′ 10″
Exterior height with A/C 10′ 1″
Freshwater cap 41.5 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 35 gal/
Base MSRP $121,500
- Phoenix Cruiser
These are commonly referred to as Super C’s, which are simply Class C motorhomes on larger chassis. Their impressive GVWRs and tow ratings make them popular among those who wish to bring along a little more fun to the party, like boats, cargo trailers and, of course, dinghy vehicles.
Dynamax Force HD 37BH
The Dynamax Force HD is armed with a Cummins 8.9-liter ISL turbodiesel engine and Allison 3200 TRV transmission. All that power results in 20,000 pounds of towing capacity and a performance-driven journey. The Force HD continues the tradition of eye-catching Dynamax exteriors with its full-body paint package with cut and buffed finish. Step inside the Force HD and you’ll find hardwood cabinetry with soft-close drawer guides, solid-surface countertops, upgraded upholstery and premium appliances. Each bunk in the Force HD 37BH has its own CD/DVD player with monitor. The master bedroom features a king bed with gel-infused memory-foam mattress and a 32-inch LED TV. The bathroom is equipped with a porcelain toilet, under-mount sink with residential brushed-nickel faucet, large corner shower with glass shower door and an upgraded Oxygenics BodySpa RV showerhead. Galley highlights include under-cabinet lighting, double-bowl stainless-steel sink with a gooseneck faucet and a 16-cubic-foot residential refrigerator with icemaker.
- Chassis Freightliner M2 106
Engine Cummins 8.9L ISL turbodiesel
GVWR 33,000 lbs
Exterior length 39′ 2″
Exterior height with A/C 12′ 9″
Freshwater cap 94 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 52 gal/52 gal
Base MSRP $284,286
- Dynamax Corp.
Newmar Super Star SSCC4061
Already well-known for its Class A offerings, Newmar recently burst onto the Class C scene with the introduction of the Super Star. The comfortable air-ride cab (think bus drivers), provided by Freightliner chassis for a smoother and more comfortable ride, is maintained by Newmar with a uniquely innovative design not found in other so-called Super C’s. The ante is then upped with more first-in-class offerings, including a full-wall slideout and rear pass-through storage. A flush floor from the cab to the living area is a welcome change, and the larger front cabover area helps convey a sense of more space. Three interior/exterior décor packages and four interior solid-wood cabinetry choices are available. The 4061 shown here is equipped with the Windwood décor and Newport Glazed Maple cabinets. The Super Star is also equipped with multiple luxury appointments, and brand-name appliances and electronics.
- Chassis Freightliner M2 106
Engine Cummins 8.9L turbodiesel
GVWR 40,000 lbs
Exterior length 40′ 11″
Exterior height with A/C 13′ 2″
Freshwater cap 150 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 40 gal/60 gal
Base MSRP $350,828
- Newmar Corp.
Newmar Super Star SSCC4061 floorplan
Renegade Verona 34VQB
At a shade under 34 feet in length, the Renegade Verona 34VQB is the most compact of the “Super C’s” in this roundup. But that doesn’t mean it lacks the power and capabilities of the others. The Cummins L9 diesel produces 350 hp and 1,150 lb-ft torque, and the Freightliner M2 HD chassis means 20,000 pounds of towing capacity. The 34VQB is an all-electric coach and features an AquaHot hydronic system. Plus, the Firefly Integrations multiplex electrical and Equalizer Systems automatic leveling systems now have Bluetooth capabilities to allow control from smart devices. The floorplan features a large living-room slideout housing the sofa and dinette, opposite a functional galley with an 18-cubic-foot residential refrigerator, full-size convection microwave and a recessed two-burner electric induction cooktop. The driver and passenger seats swivel to include the cockpit as part of the living space. A spacious split bath features a large, private enclosed shower and toilet area, with the sink in the outer half, while the bedroom has a 60-by-75-inch queen bed, his-and-hers wardrobes, a large central dresser with A/V storage and a 32-inch LED TV.
- Chassis Freightliner M2 106
Engine Cummins 8.9L
GVWR 34,300 lbs
Exterior length 33′ 11″
Exterior height with A/C 12′ 8″
Freshwater cap 150 gal
Black-/gray-water cap 75 gal/
Base MSRP $292,900
- Renegade RV, a division of
REV Recreation Group
5 Best Class C RV Brands in 2021
When you’re shopping for a Class C RV, you want something you can rely on – not one that’s going to leave you stranded on the side of the road.
Pulling into a crowded campsite you’ll see lots of different logos on the RVs. Some of them will be iconic, household names…while others are more obscure. Many of these companies consistently turn out great products, but others are likely to suffer recall after recall.
In fact, it’s common for RV brands to last only a few years.
The 5 Best Class C RV brands that we feature today have a reputation for reliability and customer service. They build RVs that are durable, and well designed.
And while nothing’s guaranteed (especially in the RV world), we think these Class C RV brands are the top of the class in 2021.
Shopping for the Best Class C RV Brands
When exploring the RV market, it’s easy to be dazzled and distracted by the latest and greatest conveniences and fashionable luxury features. It’s important to remember that good-quality materials and solid workmanship never go out of style.
Paying attention to detail can pay off in the long run.
So, when you’re doing an RV walk-through, look carefully to see what kinds of materials went into construction. This includes less visible but essential parts of the camper such as electrical systems and plumbing.
Pro Tip: Here’s what RV systems will likely break first according to an RV mechanic.
Here are our picks for the 5 Best Class C RV Brands:
Lazy Daze Class C RVs
Lazy Daze Class C RVs have an almost cult-like following, and it’s not hard to see why! This Class C RV brand offers a factory-direct buying experience, which can save money when purchasing a new RV.
These RVs are built to last with replaceable aircraft aluminum panels, instead of the fiberglass siding you see on most RVs. The quality of workmanship on the Lazy Daze Class C RVs is second-to-none!
All their RVs are built on a heavy duty Ford EE-450 chassis with a 7.3L V-8 engine.
Based in Forest City, Iowa, Winnebago is named for the Native American tribe that historically inhabited that area. Its company’s iconic red logo has been a big part of camping since 1958. And, it’s certainly evolved with the times.
Today’s Class C Winnebagos range from smaller rigs built on a Sprinter or Transit diesel chassis to larger gas-driven coaches that are based on the Ford F-E40.
The diesel models include the View, Navion, Vita and Porto, and the gas models include the Minnie Winnie, Spirit and Outlook.
Winnebago offers a great variety in terms of size, cost and features. There are multiple-slide options with both extended bed and varying kitchen layouts.
Dynamax Luxury Class C RV Brand
Dynamax started out as an independent company in 1997 before being purchased by mega-manufacturer Forest River in 2011. Forest River is one of the biggest producers of RVs in North America, and sells them under many different names.
The Class C models that roll out with the Dynamax badge include smaller gas rigs as well as a line of larger and more luxurious ones built on a Freightliner chassis.
The Dynamax Isata 3 is the popular diesel model while the Isata 4 and 5 are the gas-burning versions. The Dynamax Super Cs are called Force HD, DX3 and Dynaquest.
Forest River Forester
Forester and Sunseeker are owned by Forest River. They’re very similar lines of family-friendly Class C RVs. All the Forest River Class C RV brands are known for their high quality and affordability.
While many makers are using a more compact chassis (such as the Mercedes Benz Sprinter), these Class C motorhomes are built onto a larger Ford E450 or Chevy chassis. They have many different floorplan options (some with multiple slide-outs).
Popular models include the Forester Classic, LE, MBS and TS and the Sunseeker Classic, LE, MBS and TS. Some are gas, some are diesel.
Truly a legendary RV company, Jayco started out on a farm in Indiana in 1968. And, they’ve continued with constant innovations through the decades.
One of Jayco’s top lines is Greyhawk. Greyhawk comes standard with either a Ford or Chevy gas-powered engine, and a choice of several floorplans. The Greyhawk models are known for their comfort and style and high-level build quality.
Jayco’s Melbourne models are built onto a Mercedes Spring chassis with a diesel engine, and its Super C Seneca is on a Freightliner chassis.
Solid Reputations Mean Something
Is buying one of the best Class C RV brands a guarantee that you’ll wind up with a great one?
Unfortunately it’s not. The RV industry has a reputation for cranking out lots of units, lessening overall quality.
But, choosing a Class C with a string reputation (and easy access to parts) is a great start. Let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite brand.
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Have you finally decided that the perfect RV for you is a Class C motorhome? Or, are you still trying to figure it out? Either way, it’s time to research the top Class C motorhomes on the market to get a better perspective of what different floorplans and features are available.
In this blog, we round up the top Class C brands and floorplans, including pricing information, to help you gauge what will work for your lifestyle and budget!
What is a Class C Motorhome?
Class C RVs are motorhomes that are the perfect blend of the larger bus-like Class As and smaller van-like Class Bs. They are easily distinguishable because of the over-cab bunk or storage space. The Class C is built on a truck chassis and typically ranges in size from 20-33 feet.
It is larger than the Class B campervan, offering more interior living and storage space and can include more features such as a private bedroom, larger bathroom and more space in the kitchen for preparing and cooking meals.
The Class C is smaller than the Class A motorhome making it more affordable with better fuel economy and is easier to drive. Although they are smaller than the Class A, they are still packed with useful amenities and features every camper can appreciate.
The 6 Best Class C Motorhomes
- Winnebago View
- Tiffin Wayfarer
- Coachmen Freelander
- Jayco Redhawk
- Forest River Forester
- Thor Compass
Winnebago View – Starts at $192,171
The Winnebago View is a Class C motorhome that was built on a Mercedes-Benz sprinter chassis. It was designed with the camper's needs in mind. It is 25’6” long and has a gross vehicle weight rating of 11,030 pounds. The floor plans give enough space for up to four people to sleep comfortably.
When you first walk into the RV, the cab area with the over cab bunk is to the right and a large u-shaped dinette is across the entryway. To the left of the entry door, is the galley kitchen with a double basin sink, two-burner induction and LP range cooktop, fridge and pantry space. Next to the dinette is the sofa and pedestal coffee table and the murphy bed which comes down over the couch when it is in use. The back of the RV features a bathroom with a stand-up shower and even wardrobe storage space.
The kitchen cabinets have accent lighting, soft close drawers, laminate countertops and a microwave/convection oven with touch control. There is also an integrated paper towel holder and toe-kick lighting.
Start shopping for a Winnebago View here.
Tiffin Wayfarer – Starts at $155,680
The Tiffin Wayfarer offers upscale comfort and luxurious details that make it a great choice for all types of campers. It is 25’8” long and has a trailer hitch capacity of 5,000 pounds. The freshwater capacity is 30 gallons, the black water capacity is 28 gallons and the gray water capacity is 32 gallons. Depending on the floorplan, the basement storage space can be as big as approximately 130 cubic feet.
The Wayfarer sleeps up to four people with the queen bed in the private bedroom and the overhead cab bunk. The private bedroom has inverted outlets for a CPAP machine, USB port with 110 V plug, wardrobe, LED reading lights and an optional TV.
Throughout the interior, there are separate speaker zones, a stereo system, LED lights and privacy shades.
If you’re ready to shop for a new Tiffin Wayfarer, start here.
Coachmen Freelander – Starts at $93,500
The Coachmen Freelander has several different floorplan options so there is sure to be something for everyone. Many of the floorplans have private bedroom space and a large u-shaped dinette.
The Freelander has a 30-amp power cord, 55-amp electronic converter, auxiliary house battery and auto generator changeover. The inside has a wall-mounted thermostat and LED ceiling lights. The exterior offers a solar port connection for campers who prefer to camp off the grid.
One of the larger floorplan options, the 30BH, is built on a Ford 450 chassis and sleeps up to five people. There is a private bedroom with plenty of storage with overhead cabinets, hanging wardrobe space, a dresser and a nightstand on each side of the queen-sized bed. There are two dinette spaces, the smaller dinette in the back has a flip-down bunk for extra sleeping space. There is a full bathroom with a large stand-up shower and linen closet storage space.
The front common area of the Freelander has a sofa, dinette, L-shaped kitchen and over cab bunk.
The Coachmen Freelander ranges in sizes from 24’3” to 32’11” in length and a 12,500 to 14,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating.Start shopping now.
Jayco Redhawk – Starts at $112,711
The Jayco Redhawk Class C RV has different floorplans that vary in size from 24’8” to 32’6” in length and has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 pounds and depending on the floorplan, it can sleep up to five to six people. It has a private bedroom with a queen-sized bed and twin bunk beds, making this the perfect choice for camping families.
The upscale design of the interior includes hardwood cabinet doors and fronts, pleated blackout shades, LED-lit pressed countertops, stainless steel kitchen sink, decorative kitchen backsplash and a shower with decorative ABS surround and skylight. The overhead bunk space has a 750-pound capacity making it the perfect place to store large or heavy items if it is not being used for sleeping.
Browse our selection of Jayco Redhawk motorhomes.
Forest River Forester – Starts at $90,979
The Forest River Forester Class C RV has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 pounds and is up to 32’3” in length. The freshwater tank capacity is 44 gallons and the gray and black water holding capacity is 39 gallons each.
The Forester is a great choice for campers who value affordable but luxury features in their RV. The bedroom has an upgraded memory foam mattress, blackout roller shades and a 12V TV. The common living area features a dream dinette, 12V LED flat panel adjustable side TV, LED floor lighting and a 12V USB charging station.
The kitchen in the Forester is perfect for home chefs with the recessed three-burner cooktop range with flush glass cover, convection microwave, 12V fridge, sink covers and a flip-up countertop extension which is perfect for extra prep space for large homemade meals.
Shop the Forester here.
Thor Compass – Starts at $118,081
The Thor Compass Class C motorhome has many features that make it a great choice for long-term and short-term campers. The driving cab area has AM/FM dash radio with SYNC 3, navigation, 8” color multi-function display, Sirius tuner and antenna, deluxe heated/remote exterior mirrors leatherette, swivel captain's chairs with two filler cushions and more.
The living space has a TV, digital TV antenna and is cable TV and HD/DSS satellite ready. It also has a power charging center in the living area. The Thor Compass has a gross vehicle weight rating of 11,000 pounds and is 23’6” in length.
Start shopping the Thor Compass.
Additional RV Resources
Class C RVs are the perfect middle-ground for motorhomes based on size, price and features. There are so many manufacturers that build Class C RVs and plenty of floor plan options to choose from so there is a perfect Class C for every camper’s lifestyle.
Looking for a Class C on the smaller side? Here are the Best Class Cs under 30 feet.
If you're wanting a more luxurious camping experience, RVs on a Mercedes Benz Chassis or an excellent choice.
Finding a perfect RV that is not too big or too small means nothing better than a class C motorhome.
Big RVs are not always the best option since traveling or living in an RV means you will have to face space and storage challenges; hence a smaller class C RV is a great pick. Some of the best class C RV motorhomes offer more than enough room and a nicely sized sleeping area.
Another fantastic thing about these Class C RVs is that they are built on a truck chassis, which means they are easy to drive than driving a large Class A RV for most travelers. Moreover, since they are compact, you can easily park them even into tighter campsites.
The popularity of class C motorhomes means they have plenty of models, and you have plenty of options to choose from. This post is all about what are the best class C motorhomes and will help you to find the perfect fit you are looking for.
The Best Class C Motorhomes are
- Winnebago View
- Winnebago Minnie Winnie
- Coachmen Freelander
- Jayco Melbourne
- Jayco Greyhawk Prestige
- Thor Motor Coach Outlaw
- Thor MotorCoach Quantum Sprinter
- Coachmen Leprechaun
Best Class C Motorhomes
You can easily recognize a class C motorhome by its shape and body, featuring a space above the driver that can be used for additional sleeping space or as a storage space. These class C RVs come in a range of sizes, with some of them available in a size that is as big as a Class A RV with multiple slide-outs. At the same time, the majority of them are as big as a truck.
Another feature that makes these class C motorhomes popular is they can offer a bit more room and privacy than a class B RV, which makes them an excellent pick for families. It also has a spot known as ATTIC, which is fun for kids to sleep if you aren’t using it for storage purposes.
So, what are the best Class C motorhomes? I did a lot of searching to bucket a list of some of the Best Class C motorhomes that you can use for traveling or living. So, let’s take a look!
1. Winnebago View
Winnebago is one of the best and most popular RV brands in the market. There are numerous reasons why these RVs are so popular among travelers. If you are ready to sacrifice luxury for convenience and functionality, Winnebago View Class C motorhomes are an excellent pick for you.
Regardless of whether you want it for traveling or living, this RV will offer you comfort. It is equipped with all the necessary amenities that you want in a Class C RV, including USB chargers, a full galley kitchen, HDTV, and more.
Moreover, they have three different floorplans to choose from. All of its floorplans are the same in the length of 25.6 feet and offers multiple options to make this class C motorhome more personalized. You will be able to customize the layout of its queen-size bed, adjustable dinette, seating area, and even placement of the bathroom.
Winnebago View Specifications
- Freshwater tank: 37 gallons.
- Gray water tank: 41 gallons.
- Blackwater tank: 41 gallons.
- GVW: 15,250 lbs.
- Length: 25.6 feet.
- 15,000 BTU AC.
- 20,000 BTU furnace.
Winnebago View Features
- Three floorplans.
- Full galley kitchen.
- Queen-size bed.
- USB chargers, HDTV, and more.
- It is an excellent pick if you want a class C motorhome that is built for convenience and functionality instead of a luxury.
- It is also a great pick for both living and traveling.
- It can easily accommodate up to four people.
- It is equipped with almost everything you can expect or want in a Class C motorhome.
- Some people might find it out of their budget due to its hefty price tag.
2. Winnebago Minnie Winnie
The second class C RV in this list is also manufactured by Winnebago. As its name says, Winnebago Minnie Winnie is a compact and small RV with a small layout with a 23′ in length. Depending on what floorplan you pick, this class C motorhome can accommodate up to seven persons, which makes it an excellent pick for families or groups traveling together.
The thing that I liked the most about Winnebago Minnie Winnie is it features a split bathroom that features a separate shower from the sink and toilet. It means two people can use it at the same time while keeping their privacy.
It is built in a way that every inch of it is put to use for storage space. You will find multiple extra storage spaces that you wouldn’t expect, including an oversized trunk located in the back to store all your gears, as well as hidden storage spaces underneath the dinette seats.
It offers seven different floorplans to choose from, which means you can easily find the one that perfectly fits your needs.
Winnebago Minnie Winnie Specifications
- Length: 24.6 feet.
- Exterior height: 10.11 feet.
- Interior height: 6.10 feet.
- Interior width: 8 feet.
- Freshwater: 40 gallons.
- Greywater: 45 gallons.
- Blackwater: 40 gallons.
Winnebago Minnie Winnie Features
- Flexible sleeping space.
- Kitchen luxury, including durable Corian, recessed 3-burner, stainless steel sink, solid surface countertops, and more.
- U-shaped dinette.
- An excellent pick for families or a group of up to seven people.
- Split bathroom with a separate shower that can be used by two persons at a time.
- Multiple storage spaces to store gear.
- Seven different floorplans to choose from.
- Some people might find it pricey since its base price is starting from $83,355.
3. Coachmen Freelander
If you are searching for a class C RV with quality components and top-class features, look no further than Coachmen Freelander. It offers models on both Ford chassis and Chevy. To make it more convenient, weatherproof, and lightweight, it is constructed with rot-resistant aluminum framing.
The main selling point of this class C motorhome is the variety of floorplans and family-friendly features that it offers. It offers more than a dozen different floorplans for Freelander models that are under 30 feet, and the majority of them are 27 feet in length. However, some of them are 24 feet in length as well, such as 22XG and 21RS.
A similar thing with all of its models is their Congoleum vinyl flooring and other top-quality fixtures and materials. The Coachmen Freelander’s distinctive floorplan is equipped with a toilet room in the rear bath, which makes it an excellent pick for families traveling in the RV.
Another thing that makes Coachmen Freelander stand out is the impressive capacity of the freshwater tank that can hold 50 gallons. The majority of Coachmen Freelander floorplans are able to include a family-friendly package, which comprises a safety net for kids, fans for sleeping areas, and upgraded mattresses.
The main priority of these class C motorhomes under 30 feet is their sleeping space since models have residential-size beds, bunk sleeping beds over the cab, and nicely-sized convertible dinettes. It should be your first pick if you have up to eight family members or traveling with a group of travelers since it can comfortably accommodate up to eight persons.
Moreover, this motorhome galley also features a residential-sized double-door refrigerator, three-burner cooktop and range hood, microwave, oven, double-bowl sink, and a pantry. It also offers easy access so that you can add an outside kitchen with propane hookups under the built-in awning.
Furthermore, it is also equipped with some impressive extra features for living and driving in the RV, including USB charging and HDMI in the entry magazine rack, 60-100 cubic feet exterior storage space, and pre-wired satellite prep. And yes, it also features a backup camera and touch screen radio.
Coachmen Freelander Specifications
- GVW: 12,500-14,500 lbs.
- Freshwater tank: 48 – 50 gallons.
- Greywater tank: 28 – 34 gallons.
- Blackwater: 29 – 31 gallons.
- Sleeping space: up to 8 persons.
Coachmen Freelancer Features
- Twenty different floorplans to choose from.
- Poplar drawer sides.
- Nutmeg wood grain.
- Molded shower and surround.
- Omnidirectional FM/AM/TV antenna.
- Wall-mounted thermostat.
- An excellent pick if you want to own a class C motorhome with top-class features and quality components.
- It has models on both Ford chassis and Chevy.
- It is constructed with rot-resistant framing that makes it both weatherproof and lightweight.
- It offers various family-friendly features.
- If you pick Freelander 26RS on Chevy chassis, you might find your driving experience unremarkable.
4. Jayco Melbourne
If you want to own a class C motorhome with functional layouts with all the necessary features at a budget-friendly cost, Jayco Melbourne might be a great choice for you. It is constructed on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis along with a V6 Turbo 188 HP diesel engine, 325 lbs. Torque and electronic fuel injection.
To cover the cab area, it has a one-piece fiberglass front cap that streamlines design and aerodynamics. It is available in two different floorplans that are just 25 feet in length and has one or two pop-outs. The bathroom area can be designated either between the living and bedroom area or at the rear passenger side with the dinette pop-out and the bed on the driver’s side.
It also has a full pass-through storage compartment and sufficient storage throughout. It is also equipped with some of the most impressive amenities, including 84 inches’ interior height along with a soft touch vinyl ceiling, keyless cab entry, raised panel hardwood cabinetry, and full linoleum flooring.
Moreover, it also features safety belts in all seating spots, stylish window valances, and pleated blackout shades. The bathroom is a residential-style with a lightweight laminate countertop, plenty of storage space, and a glass door shower. Coming to the cab, it has passenger and swivel driver seats, a rear backup camera and monitor, remote control side view mirrors, and even a privacy curtain.
Furthermore, it also features a galley compact and convenient kitchen that features an eight cubic feet electric/gas refrigerator, flip-up countertop extension, two-burner cooktop, pullout sprayer sink, microwave, cutting board, and a versatile wooden sink cover. Take note that Jayco Melbourne comes with an outdoor shower and an electric awning with LED lights strip.
- Length: 25.17 feet.
- Height: 11.42 feet.
- Interior height: 7 feet.
- GVWR: 11,030 lbs.
- Freshwater tank: 43 gallons.
- Greywater tank: 31 gallons.
- Blackwater tank: 31 gallons.
- 13,500 BTU AC.
- 30,000 BTU auto-ignition furnace.
- Sleeping space for up to six people.
- Outdoor shower.
- An eight cubic feet electric/gas refrigerator.
- Backup camera with a monitor.
- It has safety belts for all seating spots.
- It is an exceptional pick for people looking for a class C RV at an affordable price that offers functional layouts and all other necessary features.
- It has plenty of storage space throughout the RV.
- Top-of-the-line amenities, such as linoleum flooring, soft-touch vinyl ceiling, raised panel hardwood cabinetry, etc.
- It features pleated blackout shades, safety belts for all seating, and good-looking window valances.
- It lacks full-size and bunk beds.
5. Jayco Greyhawk Prestige
Jayco is a popular and trusted name in the RV industry. The company has another incredible product known as Greyhawk Prestige, which is a versatile class C motorhome for people looking to bring all the comfort of their home with them when on the road.
It is 32 feet long and offers a whole lot of space to spread out. It is equipped with a cozy queen-size bed located in the master bedroom, as well as a darkening roller window, make sure you stay comfortable and fresh after a fun-filled adventurous day. It also features two slide-outs that offer more space in the living room or kitchen and bedroom areas.
Unique touches that you will find inside it include a decent-size 30×82 panoramic window in the front for expansive surrounding views. Moreover, an exterior 32 inch LED TV with speakers means you don’t need to head indoors to watch your favorite TV shows. Depending on the Greyhawk Prestige floorplan that you choose, a 10 – 15 feet awning offers you sufficient outdoor space so that you can enjoy the fresh air and have fun with your family or friends.
Although it is quite pricey, it is an excellent pick for weekend warriors, as well as for those who plan extended camping trips. This model of Jayco RVs offers three different floorplans and can comfortably accommodate 7 – 11 people. It means this is another best class C motorhome that offers more than sufficient space and high-end touches.
Jayco Greyhawk Prestige Specifications
- GVW: 14,500 lbs.
- Exterior Length: 32.6 feet.
- Exterior width: 100 inches.
- Interior height: 84 inches.
- Freshwater tank: 47 gallons.
- Greywater tank: 41 gallons.
- Blackwater tank: 32 gallons.
Jayco Greyhawk Prestige Features
- Darkening roller window.
- Queen-size bed.
- The panoramic window for the outside view.
- LED-lit solid-surface kitchen countertops.
- Recessed sink and cooktop.
- It is an exceptional pick for large families or for large groups of travelers traveling together.
- It offers plenty of room to spread out.
- It is a versatile class C RV and best for people who want to bring all the comfort of home with them when traveling.
- It includes a 10 – 15 feet long awning that gives you some outdoor space to have fun.
- With a hefty price tag, you will find it quite expensive, although it justifies its price since it offers some amazing features.
6. Thor Motor Coach Outlaw
Here is another best class C motorhome is known as Thor Motor Coach Outlaw. The main feature that makes it stand out is its innovative and creative design. It is constructed on a Ford chassis with a 6.8L V10 that is capable of generating a 305 HP torque, which is impressive for hauling toys.
With a length of 31 feet, it also features a garage at the back, which is great for bringing all your adventure gear with you when traveling. Regardless of its garage, this class C RV still has enough space for a bath, a full-size kitchen, and a cab bunk sleeping area.
To increase the space, the garage includes a Denver Mattress fold-down murphy queen that you can use to transform the storage space into a master bedroom when required. Moreover, this Class C RV also features an innovative 7×6 foot outdoor deck that can be folded back, using the nicely-sized garage door as an expansive roof to cover space.
It comes in two different floorplans to choose from. Moreover, it is also great for people who are budget-conscious.
Thor Motor Coach Outlaw Specifications
- Exterior Length: 31.1 feet.
- Exterior height: 10.10 feet.
- Exterior width: 99 inches.
- Freshwater: 40 gallons.
- Greywater: 34 gallons.
- Blackwater: 30 gallons.
Thor Motor Coach Outlaw Features
- A garage at the back to store gear.
- Foldable outdoor deck.
- One-piece fiberglass front cap.
- Slide-out room topper awning.
- A large black frameless window.
- Spotlights over ramp door.
- Adjustable interior and exterior table.
- It is a great pick for those looking for an innovative and versatile class C motor home at an affordable price.
- If you wish to bring all of your adventure gear with you when on the road, this features a garage to store all of your stuff.
- It has a full-size kitchen, bunk sleeping space, and a bath.
- It includes a Denver Mattress that you can use to turn storage space into a master bedroom.
- It only has two floorplans, which means you don’t have many options to choose from.
7. Thor MotorCoach Quantum Sprinter
MotorCoach excels in producing sleek, beautiful, and modern design products, and Quantum Sprinter is no exception. This model is an exceptional choice for both living and traveling. Similar to the Motor Coach Outlaw model, it is also built on Mercedes-Benz chassis with a 188 HP V6 diesel engine.
But unlike Outlaw, which has only two floorplans, it offers dozens of floorplans to choose from. If you are searching for a class C RV under 30 feet, you will also find four of its floorplans that are under 30 feet. The length of these floorplans ranges from 24 to 28 feet. It is a good pick to consider since Thor Motor Coach motorhomes include one of its kind front living room layout.
Both the drive and passenger seats swivel into the living area, and with the theatre-style seating and dinette slide area, you will find more than enough space for up to six people. It also has a compact but functional galley equipped with a refrigerator, pantry, and microwave. Moreover, you will also find wall cubbies for storage throughout the RV.
Coming to its bathroom is fully equipped with a shower, toilet, and a sink. You will also find a full-size bedroom that has almost everything that you can expect, including a full-size bed and a wardrobe. To make it more convenient for you, it also offers some handy features for working on the road, including Winegard ConnecT 2.0 4G LTE Wifi extender and router, USB charging ports, wall cubby with a net, as well as a USB charging port for the dinette area.
Thor MotorCoach Quantum Sprinter Specifications
- GVW: 14,500 lbs.
- Length: 24.8 feet.
- Exterior height: 12.1 feet.
- Freshwater: 40 Gallons.
- Greywater: 38 Gallons.
- Blackwater: 34.5 Gallons.
Thor MotorCoach Quantum Sprinter Features
- Sleeping capacity for six people.
- Mercedes-Benz chassis.
- Nearly a dozen different floorplans.
- Theater seating and dinette slide space.
- A small but functional galley with a refrigerator, pantry, and microwave.
- A fully equipped bathroom.
- Modern, sleek, and beautiful design that is a trademark of Motor Coach.
- An exceptional choice for both living or traveling with your family.
- Multiple floorplans to choose from.
- It includes everything that you want from the best class C RV.
- Since it offers some incredible features, you have to pay a hefty price to own it.
8. Coachmen Leprechaun
If you are a person who wants to have multiple options when buying an RV, this is one of the best class C motorhomes that you should consider. It offers sixteen different floorplans to choose from, which also means you will be able to find the one that perfectly fits your needs. Depending on the model you choose, your motorhome can be built on either Chevy or Ford chassis.
It means regardless of what auto manufacturers you like, Coachmen has your back. This versatile class C motorhome has a length ranging from 24 to 32 feet, and can easily accommodate from five to nine people. This means Coachmen Leprechaun also offers class C RVs under 30 feet that you can choose from.
Leprechaun includes some handy features, including a jackknife convertible sofa, that you can transform into a bed when required. If you are a diehard tailgater, exterior TV and walkable roof will be amazing. Moreover, you can travel with your kids without any worries since it has a bunk bed configuration that provides extra sleeping space.
Coachmen Leprechaun Specifications
- GVWR: 14,500 lbs.
- Exterior Length: 32.11 feet.
- Exterior height: 10.11 feet.
- Exterior width: 100 inches.
- Freshwater: 50 Gallons.
- Greywater: 32 Gallons.
- Blackwater: 29 Gallons.
Coachmen Leprechaun Features
- 30,000 BTU furnace.
- Wall-mounted thermostat.
- Auxiliary Coach battery.
- 55 Ampere electronic system.
- 30 Ampere shoreline power cord.
- If you want to have options when looking for a class C motorhome, Leprechaun offers sixteen floorplans to choose from.
- Jackknife convertible sofa that you can transform into a bunk sleeping bed.
- Exterior TV and walkable roof.
- Bunk bed configuration that provides extra sleeping space.
- Some people complained that they are unsatisfied with its quality and has a bit of manufacturing defect.
What is the best class C motorhome?
My top best class C motorhomes include Thor Quantum, Winnebago View, and Jayco Melbourne.
That is all about class C motorhomes. I have listed eight best class C motorhomes that you should consider if you want to own a perfect RV for yourself. You can compare their features and specs to find a perfect one.
About Ted Mosby
My Name is Ted Mosby from Cleveland, Ohio. I am a freelance Architect. I live in New Jersey, USA right now and I take my RV every alternate weekend. As I am a Freelancer I can work anywhere so most of my work is done inside my camper remotely.
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8 Best Class C RVs for a Family of Five
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There’s nothing like camping or traveling across the country with the whole family, or at least the whole immediate family!
If you’re a family of five, you may be questioning whether or not a Class C RV is the right fit for you and your kiddos. I’m here to show you some of the best Class C RVs for a family of five and give you the peace of mind needed to consider purchasing one of these versatile rigs!
But what Class C RV will best fit your needs? And what are some of the pros and cons of these unique RVs?
Let’s learn about them together, and then go over some of the top floor plans built specifically for larger families!
What Are Class C RVs Like for a Family of Five?
You may not even be sure what exactly a Class C RV is, but that’s why I’m here to help you out. You’ve come to the right place, and a Class C rig is a great rig to look at, not matter the size of your family!
There are so many different varieties of rigs on the market: travel trailers, fifth wheels, Class A, B, and C motorhomes… And all of them have their own pluses and minuses when it comes to traveling with your family. Why choose a Class C RV?
While the name may not make any sense to you right now, a Class C RV is easy enough to understand, and it is known as being a very versatile type of rig!
Class C RVs are the in-between sized motorcoaches, Class A being the largest and Class B being more campervan sized. Class C’s have a couple other great perks to them besides their length!
While Class C RVs range in length from 20-40 feet, these motorhomes are often built on a sturdy and maneuverable truck or van chassis. While my example length of these rigs may seem like a huge range, it’s the rig’s above the cab bunk that ultimately determines the class of this motorhome.
Because of these rigs having such flexibility and popularity among campers, you will find a wide variety of layouts in Class C’s. Many Class C’s are built with full timers or couples in mind, but some (and the ones you will find on the list for sure) are built for families, especially families of five or more.
Class C’s are very popular options for campers, usually allowing enough space for everyone to feel comfortable without the added stress of towing or driving a buslike Class A rig around. They are just the right size for the majority of the population, including full timers, couples, and the average family of five!
While every RV will take some getting used to, Class Cs do give families a lot of good space. However, you may consider an alternative rig should you find that Class Cs don’t give you quite the amount of room you were expecting.
When in doubt, check out this great informational article about how many people on average can fit in an RV. It can be a great place to start!
What are the Pros and Cons of Class C RVs for Families?
As I’ve already hinted, there may be some deciding pros and cons for Class C RVs, especially when it comes to having enough space for a family of five! While you may have your heart set on a Class C, you may make a different decision based on some of these pros and cons.
Pro: Class C RVs have amazing storage solutions
The toughest part about traveling with the whole family is making sure everyone has enough space for their luggage and personal items. Class C RVs have only gotten more and more sophisticated over the years, offering in depth and smart storage solutions.
While you’re still piling into a rig that’s less than 500 square feet, you may be impressed at your ability to store and stow away everyone’s bags, food, and fun personal effects. These RV manufacturers are well aware of the importance of storage, and most Class Cs are marvels in terms of stowing capabilities.
Con: Class Cs are not the biggest rigs out there
While storage is important, actual living space is too. And unfortunately Class C RVs don’t have the biggest square footage out there, especially when compared to other RV options.
Class As and fifth wheels along with many travel trailers are going to have significantly more space than Class Cs, and this may be a deal breaker for many of you that don’t want to necessarily be on top of your whole family the entire camping trip.
Class Cs can get cramped pretty quickly, especially if you’re camping during inclement weather and can’t send your three kiddos outside to play. Plus, once you add on luggage, supplies, bedding, and more, the interior space will be at a premium very quickly!
Pro: Easy to drive
If you’ve got a car full of stressed out family members, it’s nice when the car is easy to drive. Class Cs are fantastic RVs to maneuver, both on highways and in city streets. Once you adapt to your rig’s specific dimensions, you should have little trouble making your way down the road.
Built on a van or truck chassis depending on the size of your rig, Class Cs move like a car rather than a dangerous trailer. Driving one of these could give you more peace of mind over driving a fifth wheel or travel trailer, both RVs prone to sway and other anxiety inducing things.
Con: You may not have enough seatbelts for everyone
Class Cs are great because you drive around inside of your RV and don’t necessarily need to bring along another vehicle. However, some Class Cs only offer two to three seatbelts, making it necessary to travel in another vehicle with the kiddos just to ensure your entire family can remain buckled up.
While some Class Cs definitely have enough seatbelts and safety features inside for a family of five, it is important to note this unfortunate fact before you hit the road. Everyone should be buckled up at all times!
Pro: These rigs usually have bathrooms
It’s no fun when someone in the family needs a restroom and there isn’t one nearby. Thankfully, most all Class Cs include a bathroom, and some bathrooms have excellent layouts for families.
While a bathtub won’t be an easy find on a Class C, you won’t have any trouble finding a rig with a shower, toilet, and sink. That must be a relief for a family of five, in more ways than one!
Con: High price tags may mean one of the kids isn’t going to college!
Class Cs have only grown in popularity, and therefore in price as well. It makes sense why the cost of these rigs is so high: you’re paying for both a truck and an RV, essentially!
While you may have your heart set on a Class C RV, it is important to note their overall cost. A travel trailer will usually cost significantly less and still allow for space for the entire family, if not more space than a Class C will allow.
Of course all RV dealers offer financing, but that monthly payment can get steep very quickly; you’re essentially paying for a second home! Definitely something to keep in mind, especially if you have three kiddos to feed.
What are Good Brands of Class C RVs for Large Families?
With countless RVs and RV manufacturers out there today, it can be important to know the top names in the game. These particular RV manufacturers have been in business a long time, and are used to catering to the average family looking to hit the road!
You may not have heard of Thor brand motorhomes yet, but they are popular! Known for being budget friendly like Winnebago, Thor is proving to be another reliable brand in the RV world. They are great for families, and have countless layouts! They are also a great choice for travel trailers too.
Coachmen is another classic RV brand with a focus on family-friendly layouts. They use their space wisely more often than not, and are a well-known brand. While their interior design may be simple, they focus more on versatile layouts made for the whole family.
Who hasn’t heard of Winnebago in the RV world? Known for their affordability and overall customer service, Winnebago keeps wowing RVers with their innovations, usually for a good price. Their bathrooms usually try to keep families and larger groups in mind, affording more privacy and ample living space.
Forest River is well regarded in the RV world, and has been for decades. They make a great variety of rigs, from fifth wheels to Class Cs, so definitely keep them on your short list! They have many layouts and styles of Class Cs, perfect for shopping around. And their customer service team is top notch.
Much like Forest River, Jayco has been talked about among RVers for some time. This brand seems to often focus on durability, advertising special sturdy RV frames. They use a lot of custom woodworking, and they make Class Cs to last a lifetime!
What Should I Consider in a Class C RV for my Family of Five?
Floor Plans Built for Five
While Class C layouts and floor plans aren’t reinventing the RV wheel here, your overall floor plan should be a huge consideration for you. A properly chosen floor plan will be what makes your family of five comfortable, no matter how long your rig is!
Your floor plan will affect your bed layouts, bathroom set up, and more. For example, choosing a Class C with a separate shower area may be smart if there are five of you staying inside the rig. Having the sink and toilet separate can be a lifesaver for busy families!
There are also floor plans that involve stairs or other potentially dangerous setups for any young children. You may not be looking for a Class C rig with too many nooks and crannies in case you have curious little ones!
It may be tough to determine your needs right away, so I always recommend touring many different options if you’re able. At the very least, look at a rig’s various floor plans on the company’s website so that you can see all your possibilities! They even have 360 degree video tours now.
Obviously you’ll be looking for a rig with five sleeping solutions in the floorplan, but there are other factors to keep an eye out for. Storage solutions, additional beds, seating arrangements, and kitchen layout. Think about what your priorities are, and you’ll no doubt find something that works for you!
Length of the RV Can Mean More Space
While all Class C’s are built on a truck or van chassis, length is an important consideration for you while you’re shopping around for a Class C that can fit the entire family. The length of your Class C makes a difference in your overall living space and layout, and you may not want to drive around in something too big for too long.
The main thing for you to consider when it comes to length in Class C’s is the same thing you have to consider for any longer rig: where are you planning on taking it? Many campgrounds and campsites have length limits; some RV parks do too.
If you’re planning on hitting the road with few plans, I always think it’s smart to err on the side of caution when it comes to the length of your rig. The last thing you need is to pull into a campground that can’t accommodate the length of your Class C! However, most locations can handle 20-30 foot rigs.
If you’re more concerned about having enough interior space, especially space in your Class C for the kiddos to hang out, don’t worry about the overall length of your rig. Go for what layout suits you best. However, just know you may not fit everywhere, and maneuvering in cities or towns is always tougher the longer your rig is!
It goes without saying, but choosing a rig that fits your budget is important. It is easier than you think to go over your budget while you’re shopping for a rig, usually due to adding on non standard features that suit the entire family. Class C’s are a very popular rig these days due to their versatility and ease of driving.
However, this has caused a bit of an uptick in the cost of Class C’s, and the range is pretty wide depending on what you’re looking for. Class C’s can cost between $60,000 to upwards of $300,000! There are a lot of factors to consider before making your final purchase, but most Class C owners end up spending an average of $150,000. Surpingly, that’s still often less than the more expensive Class B RVs!
To get a rig large enough for the average family of five, you may be spending a bit more than this. It of course depends on your needs and wants in an RV, but getting a rig large enough to fit five people often results in a heftier price tag.
Unless your family of five is comfortable in close quarters, budgeting for a longer RV may be a wise decision for you to make. However, a lot of families don’t mind the cramped spaces for shorter camping trips, and you should be enjoying the great outdoors anyway, don’t you think!?
Secondary Vehicle Towing Capacity
While Class C rigs are great because you don’t have to tow them like travel trailers, you may have the desire to tow a regular car with your Class C. Depending on the model, many Class C rigs can tow the average small car, and potentially more!
While it often requires an additional purchase of a specialized hitch, most Class C’s can tow your car so that you don’t have to worry about driving your rig everywhere while you’re camping. It’s something to consider, especially if you would like to leave your rig at camp and see the sights in a more maneuverable vehicle.
The only thing to keep in mind is how heavy your conventional car is, and what the towing capacity is on the Class C you’re considering. You never want to tow something heavier than your Class C’s towing capacity, but thankfully these numbers are readily available from your rig’s manufacturer.
It would make sense that most families of five will want this as an option when they go RVing so that they can easily leave an RV parked and take their family car on nearby outings. It will make everyone more comfortable and the roads are much easier to navigate when the entire family is in a car they know and love rather than a bulky RV!
Perks and Amenities for Both Adults and Kids
While ultimately the grown ups are paying for the RV, it may be important to you to purchase a Class C with the kiddos in mind. Some Class Cs are more suited for kids than others, and some of the added perks for them will make them feel special!
From bunk beds to low windows to well-placed electrical outlets for your teen’s devices, your Class C could come equipped with more amenities made for kids than you think. On the flipside, some Class Cs may have the perfect blend of perks for both adults and children.
Looking for a well-equipped kitchen or outdoor grill? What about a Bluetooth sound system? Keeping an eye out for rigs that suit both parents and children will ensure a good time is had by all!
While this may not be a factor for you right away and certainly doesn’t affect your entire family of five, fuel type is a big consideration for many RVers, especially full timers. Class C RVs are built with either a gas or diesel fuel system, and the two fuel types are hotly debated. While the interiors and features on these two types of rigs don’t vary much, the fuel efficiency and size of the fuel tank will.
Diesel Class C’s are usually preferred by full timers because of their long term fuel efficiency and overall lower cost because of this. Diesel rigs are pricier up front more often than not, but because of this they usually have more luxury features.
Gas rigs are more common, and they’ll do the trick, especially if you don’t plan on using your RV regularly. The price point is usually more reasonable, but there’s no way these gas guzzlers will be cheaper in the long term. Definitely an important consideration for you to make!
Saving money on gasoline could be a smart decision for a family of five to make, as this will allow for more spending money while you are on vacation. However, if you are saving up for the kids to go to college, you may wish to save big on that upfront Class C cost!
The Ability to Boondock
Boondocking or camping without any hookups such as water, electricity, or sewer, may not be high on too many lists if you’re traveling with kids. However, I know many families that prefer boondocking and the beautiful sights seen while camping in more remote places- even during the winter months!
If you anticipate wanting to take your children camping without hookups or other amenities, you may want to look at Class C RVs built for boondocking. These rigs will need to have above average sized water tanks, generator or solar capabilities, and potentially more off-road tires or all wheel drive.
While this may affect your budget greatly, these perks are often a must for the adventurous family. Going off the grid with your family is a once in a lifetime experience, and one that your kiddos won’t soon forget!
The Best Class C RVs for a Family of Five
Feeling confident about your needs and wants in a Class C RV? Did the kids give you their lists of must haves, along with the adults? Great! Now comes the fun part: learning all about some of the best Class C RVs for your family of five!
Best Overall: Thor Four Winds
Why does the Four Winds Class C RV by Thor take the best overall pick spot on this list? Budget friendly, multiple floor plans, durable, capable of fitting a family of five and then some- these are just some of the reasons why the Four Winds model takes the cake! I see this rig everywhere, and it is pretty easy to understand why.
Fifteen different floor plans allow your family to find the Four Winds that fits your lifestyle and needs. Easy to drive and easy to love, you’ll want to spend all of your vacations or even live full-time in this rig. The living amenities, available in select floor plans, include washer and dryer prep, bunk beds and seating options so that it’s no problem for a family of five to be comfortable.
Every model has residential vinyl flooring that’s easy to clean and great for those that travel with pets. You won’t mind rainy days in this Class C RV, thanks to the entertainment, sleeping and decor options. Great seating options are a must-have, so you’ll be pleased with how the Four Winds checks this box for every floor plan. Every Four Winds model has a cab-over bunk sleeping area, and some floor plans come with bunk beds.
Four Winds living arrangements range from jack-knife sofas, Murphy bed sofa conversions and theater seating. Each layout has a TV and a wireless phone charger with a USB plug at the dinette tabletop for your convenience. The whole family can gather around the Dream Dinette, laugh and tell stories about the best part of the day’s adventure. Tell stories back and forth until your loved ones fall asleep, which is perfect as the dinette makes into a bed.
Bathrooms in the Four Winds are spacious enough for the entire family. There’s a large shower with a skylight and counter space surrounding the stainless steel sink. Enjoying the outdoors is the best part of RVing. Some floor plans have a portable table in the MEGA-Storage compartment that’s perfect for lunch under the sun. If you need some shade, simply extend the powered patio awning with LED lighting. A 32-inch exterior TV with a Bluetooth soundbar and radio is available on select floor plans.
All in all, Thor has taken what families want and need out of an RV and boiled it down into an affordable and durable rig for years to come. That’s what makes it our best overall pick for families of five!
Best for Kids: Jayco Seneca
While you’re spending the big bucks, I know you have your family in mind.
That’s why the Jayco Seneca is my top choice for the kiddos in your life. Not only can you rely on Jayco’s sturdy and easy to clean interior, but this rig offers ample living space so that your kids can spread out. The entire family can feel at home in this rig!
From bunk beds to walk around master suites, Jayco will have a floor plan that suits everyone. There’s U-shaped dinettes, L-shaped sectionals that become beds, and more to suit all of the kids; there are so many possible sleeping configurations depending on the floor plan you choose. And the interior is nothing to scoff at; stylish and elegant, you will forget that you’re camping! Plus most of the Seneca floor plans include an electric fireplace, a wonderful cozy addition to any RV.
Jayco installs stress-tested seatbelts in every designated seating location to ensure the safety of your entire family. In a Jayco motorhome, you won’t have to put anyone at risk due to limited safety belts. Plus, Jayco has designed their overhead bunks to hold 750 lbs.- this is 250 lbs. more than any other RV. In a Jayco overhead bunk, two adults can comfortably rest and relax, or you can safely read a book to your kids at night.
Jayco is a fantastic brand for many reasons: warranty, resale, and advanced handling technologies. JRide, which offers a powerful blend of precise handling and renowned stability, is Jayco’s special chassis addition not found on any other Class C. These important additions make your trip more comfortable without the need for expensive aftermarket upgrades.
Jayco’s warranty is the best in the RV business. The two-year limited warranty is twice as long as the industry standard, keeping you covered for two full camping seasons. Add to that the three-year limited structural warranty and you’ve got the most complete coverage, coverage that provides a peace of mind. Plus, these rigs are known to last, having been built with more thought and premium products than other RVs!
Most Budget Friendly: Winnebago Spirit
Shopping for a Class C can feel daunting, especially if your budget is at the front of your mind. Helpful as ever, the Winnebago company has made a more budget friendly Class C rig called the Spirit, still full of amazing features and floor plans! You won’t be missing out just because of your budget, don’t worry.
With a Ford chassis and included hitch, the Spirit is ready for whatever adventures you have in mind. And Winnebago wants you to enjoy this rig for years to come; check out their warranty options. Your Spirit would include a 12-month/15,000-mile basic limited warranty, a 36-month/36,000-mile limited warranty on the structure, and a 10-year limited parts and labor warranty on the roof skin.
With six floor plans to choose from, Winnebago’s industry-leading innovation meets your own creativity in this Class C model. Inside, there’s plenty of space for your family and gear so you can get outdoors and bring all the creature comforts of home with you. Select from three Winnebago Design Studio inspired transitional décor options for a contemporary or cozy cabin look that fits your style.
Ideal for families of all shapes and sizes, each of the Spirit’s six available floor plans include a rear bedroom, cabover bunk, bunk beds (31H), and sofa/bed (NA 22M, 22R) – so there’s sure to be a configuration that fits your needs. What was once considered above and beyond now comes standard: enjoy a second coach battery, 1,000W inverter, powered patio awning, radio/rearview monitor system and more.
While this rig only has a 6 gallon hot water heater and a fairly low BTU A/C unit, your budget will feel a lot less strain with very many luxury features. Plus the peace of mind that comes with a Winnebago purchase can often not be beat. They’ve been in the game a long time, and it may be worth it to start your RV journey with the pros.
Most Floorplan Options: Coachmen Freelander
The Coachmen Freelander is another extremely popular RV for families, and you’ll soon see why. With over 10 possible floor plans between the Freelander and the Freelander Premier, the Coachmen Freelander Class C offers you all the “good stuff” novice RVers quickly appreciate and experienced RVers demand.
The Freelander mantra is to provide more factory installed features than anyone else, unparalleled value and reliable design and quality at an affordable price. The Freelander Class C Motorhome will win you over with its right balance of beauty, function, and value in a quality product that has lead the industry in sales for over a decade.
In terms of the interior, this rig has U-shape and J-lounge dinettes which offer roomier seating and larger converted bed areas. All of these floorplans offer true residential sized queen or king beds in the master suite, which means that mom and dad don’t have to sacrifice their comfort while on the road! And for any traveling chefs: most of these rigs come equipped with a large residential sized fridge.
There are even more perks to this rig, including larger fresh water tank capacities of around 50 gallons, optional tank heaters, and LED strip lighting both inside and outside along the awning. With multiple large access storage compartments, you will gain an average of 70 square feet of storage, no matter the floor plan you choose.
Besides a fairly straightforward warranty, Coachmen also offers special club access to any and all Coachmen RV owners. The Coachmen Owner’s Association provides a broad breadth of value propositions for their owners including planned trips, tours and rallies at bulk rate discounts, free trip routing, free campground directory, free monthly email newsletters, mail forwarding, a dedicated website, and local and State club activities and Caravan Chapter membership opportunities.
While the interior design is nothing special, having a reliable and well-built rig is sometimes all you need to have a great trip with your family. Plus, Coachmen offers so many floor plans so that you can really choose what works best for the whole family!
Best Diesel Option: Dynamax Isata 5
The Isata 5 Series Class C Motorhome pairs luxury living with a powerful Cummins diesel engine and best in class towing. You no longer have to choose who or what gets left behind. Behind the wheel of the Isata 5 Series, you’ll enjoy a familiar and extremely comfortable truck cab, and you’ll find yourself making up reasons for just one more trip with the whole family.
While there are only four floor plans for this particular Dynamax rig, they are luxurious and well-appointed. Some of the many interior features include a front cab-over bunk area with a mattress and privacy curtain, premium vinyl flooring throughout, deluxe carpet with pad in the living area, slide rooms, a soft-touch padded vinyl ceiling, LED recessed ceiling lights, and residential style dinette seats with lift up storage compartments.
As a division of Forest River, Dynamax offers a comprehensive and useful 2 year warranty on all of their rigs. Plus this chassis has four wheel drive, active brake assist, a quad view camera system, and a 10,000 pound towing capacity. It’s a beast, and this diesel engine won’t quit on you anytime soon!
The Isata 5 is really quite luxurious inside. With blackout roller shades, shaker style cabinetry, a living room sound bar, and soft close drawer assist, the entire family will notice the amenities. And the outside is just as nice too! There’s a motion activated retractable awning, LED patio lights, and an optional exterior entertainment system.
While the price tag on this rig is definitely something to consider, there’s no doubt in my mind that you will notice the amenities and upgraded interior, especially compared to other Class Cs on this list. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Best for Boondocking: Entegra Esteem
Looking to get off the grid with the entire family? The Entegra Esteem has you covered with both its standard and optional features. While this is another rig with a price tag to sweat about, the luxurious features make this Class C a great option for the average family of five, especially if you’re looking for boondocking capabilities.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Entegra Esteem is its fully custom-molded ABS surround in the cab-over area, featuring a panoramic window and power shade. Residential kitchens with abundant counter space, recessed burners and an option for two A/Cs on a 30-amp coach are just a few of the characteristics that make the Esteem one of a kind.
With solar prep, an outdoor shower, an auto-changeover generator, and large holding tanks, this rig is ready to go wherever you want to take it. All the kiddos will have no trouble finding their favorite spot to sleep, as all of the bunks are rated for at least 300 pounds. While I wish they had a few more interior design options, the standard finishings will no doubt impress even the most discerning consumer.
Entegra Coach’s industry leading 2-year limited warranty is double that of any other manufacturer and offers more coverage. On top of this 2 year warranty, Entegra Coach supports our customers with a 3-year limited structural warranty for areas like the roof, walls and floors. Plus on a sturdy Ford chassis, you shouldn’t have to worry about maintenance for some time.
This rig won’t make you feel like you are lacking for anything, even off the grid. It even has ample exterior storage, an exterior ladder leading to the roof, and marine-grade exterior speakers so that you can enjoy your time both inside and outside of your RV. If you’re looking to get off the grid in style with the whole family, definitely give the Esteem a look over!
Most Luxurious: Newmar Super Star
If none of these other rigs have spoken to you yet in terms of luxury and distinct interior design, then the Newmar Super Star may be the Class C for you. Yes, the price tag is a bit shocking, but you will be getting what you pay for on this one. Plus, this rig is what’s known as a Super C, which means there will be ample room for the entire family! Just be prepared to maneuver a nearly 40 foot rig down the road…
The 2022 Super Star is a shining example of Newmar engineering and innovation, sitting atop the Super C chassis. The industry-exclusive full air-ride cab means an incredibly smooth ride, and a wide wheelbase on their 40-foot models makes for even better ride quality. A large sky window above the cockpit lets natural light flood the space and a power shade for privacy. There’s also a full-wall slideout and exclusive step-free aisleway for more space than you thought possible in a Class C.
The Super Star Class C motorhome is available in four distinctive floor plans, three of which are new for 2022. All floor plans come with a full-wall slideout and feature hardwood fascia. When extended, it adds ample square footage to an already spacious cabin. The all-new 4065 floor plan can host the whole family with a king bed in the master, bunk beds mid-coach, and a 74-inch hide-a-bed sofa in the living space.
The Super Star offers you and your family of five a perfect retreat. Enjoy comfort throughout, with a new 9” Xite dash monitor system, Harman/JBL sound system and subwoofer, and remote-controlled exterior mirrors with defrost. After you’ve reached your destination, settle into the Samsung 50” 4K LED TV and Bose soundbar. And no matter the season, you’ll stay comfortable with two Penguin heat pump air conditioners with wall‑mounted sensors!
What else will wow you about this rig? The Super Star’s galley offers appointments and amenities fit for any five-star chef. A stainless steel Whirlpool refrigerator, flush mount induction cooktop, and a stainless steel convection microwave are all standard. You can upgrade your kitchen to include a dishwasher. Back in the master suite, you’ll find a king-size pillow top mattress (which you can upgrade to a Sleep Number adjustable mattress). And there are USB chargers, plus a 43” Samsung 4K LED TV in the bedroom as well.
Not only are the standard features fantastic, but the optional add on features are too. There are far too many to list; this Super Star really is a star! And it’s built on a durable chassis with a fiberglass roof, as well as a powerful diesel engine to boot. While the price point is high, this is a rig you won’t want to leave.
Best for Families with Pets: Forest River Forester
Worried about finding a floor plan that’s right for you, your family, and your pets? Thankfully Forest River has you covered with their Forester model of Class C motorhome. With four different models- the Classic, LE, MBS, and TS- you will no doubt find a floor plan that suits your needs perfectly. Let’s go over them in more depth.
The Classic model is built on a Ford chassis and features many convenient slide outs; the largest model is perfect for large families, as it has bunk beds! Plus this model is probably the best out of all of them for a family of five plus pets because of its ample storage solutions and durable interior design.
The Forester LE is on a Chevy chassis, making it a bit more compact, but with the same fantastic standard features from Forest River. The MBS is built on a- you guessed it- Mercedes Benz chassis, with the entire left side of the rig made up of slide outs. And finally the TS is built on a Ford Transit chassis, making it the most compact of them all.
Forester Class C motorhomes offer comfortable floor plans with spacious interior living, well-appointed décors, and several slide-out floor plan options. Plus, all Foresters are Certified Green by TRA Certification. With 14 floor plans and 3 chassis platforms, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect motorhome to suit your camping style.
While there are perks to every individual chassis and floor plan option, all of these Class C’s come with a 12 month warranty as well as a chassis warranty from Forest River. Solar is an option on all of these models, as well as digital antennas. Some can even come with a generator, both for gas or diesel, which may appeal to those of you hoping to camp off the grid.
While it may take time to sort through all of these models and floor plans, I think it’s brilliant of Forest River to offer so many options. They pay attention to every detail, from black out roller shades to power patio awnings with LED strips. Now all that’s left to do is narrow down all these great choices, but no matter what, you’ll have plenty of space for fido!
While finding the best Class C RV for the entire family may seem like a daunting task at first, it’s more than possible with this helpful list of rigs. Soon, you and your family can be hitting the road and enjoying the great outdoors all together!
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