Buying a camper is a big decision.
A lot of thought goes into it, not to mention a lot of your available budget! In terms of purchase, one of the most important things to consider is the size.
We’ll take a closer look at sizing, how best to store the motorhome, and why the height of your RV matters.
Why Height Matters
Besides winter storage, knowing the height of your RV is important for a few other reasons.
Remember that you will be driving the vehicle, and a super tall RV is impossible to squeeze under low bridges.
For just about any RV trip, you should plan your route with height restrictions in mind.
There’s nothing more annoying than reaching a low bridge, finding your RV can’t fit and having to turn around and plan an alternative route.
Did you know that many states in the US have a height restriction of 13 feet 6 inches?
Gas stations can prove difficult. Although most, particularly in big towns or cities, have a roof that can accommodate tall vehicles, some smaller stations do not.
Campgrounds can also have height restrictions, again, this is something you’ll need to investigate before setting out if you’re traveling in a very tall RV.
In terms of driving itself, a lofty RV is more prone to wind drift. Keeping the vehicle straight on the road requires a lot more attention than with a shorter camper.
How Tall Are Class C Motorhomes?
The height of a Class C motorhome is generally between 10 and 12 feet.
Usually smaller than a Class A, these motorhomes tend to be a favorite among first-time RVers.
The whole “home” is built on a van or truck chassis. This makes the front end look like a regular pick-up truck.
When buying a Class C, you can choose between different truck models, a popular choice is Ford since these have a strong and reliable motor.
Although the Class C motorhome might not look as fancy as a Class A, it’s still a contender. The inside of a Class C can be just as luxurious and spacious.
As an added bonus, because of the truck chassis, many people find that these are easier to manage on the road. They aren’t as large-and-in-charge as a Class A, and driving one is similar to driving a pick-up truck.
Example Class C Heights
Jayco Redhawk 2017: 11 feet 6 inches.
Winnebago View 2019: 11 feet 2 inches.
Thor Quantum 2019: 11 feet.
Why Choose A Class C?
Class C motorhomes are a nice mid-way point between luxurious Class As and the smaller Class Bs.
Here are some other highlights:
- Lots of sleeping space – some models can fit eight or more people.
- Easier to drive in all weather conditions.
- Closer to the ground – more comfortable to get in and out of.
- Less space that needs to be cooled or heated – saves energy.
How Tall Are Class A Motorhomes?
The Class A motorhome height starts at around 11 feet tall, with the tallest generally being 13.5 feet, due to the height restrictions mentioned above.
Class A models are the big boys. These resemble buses, but on the inside, they often look like a five-star hotel room.
The drawback is that they can be tricky to master in terms of driving, due to their sheer size and weight.
Some of the perks of these large RVs include larger bathrooms, washer and dryer, master bedroom suites and slideouts — the list goes on.
People who spend lots of time on the road tend to prefer a Class A.
In saying that, there are a few downsides to consider. First of all, driving this type of vehicle on small roads can be close to impossible if you’re not experienced.
Example Class A Heights
Fleetwood Bounder 2019: 12 feet 10 inches.
Prevost H3-45 2016: 12 feet 5 inches.
Magna 630 Rembrandt 2007: 12 feet 10 inches.
Why Choose A Class A Model?
Besides the extra luxury, here are a few highlights:
- More space.
- Plenty of storage – suitable for large families.
- Excellent for long travels.
- Large slide-outs.
Will My RV Fit In My Garage?
Whether or not it will fit depends on the size of your garage and your motorhome.
A regular garage probably won’t be able to fit a Class C.
In saying that, there are garages that are built explicitly with RVs in mind.
These will usually be just high enough to fit the average Class C inside.
A couple of adjustments may be possible to get your Class C inside if it doesn’t quite fit. You can change the location of the garage door opener. These are usually installed at the top of the door, but this can cost you a few inches of height.
Instead, you can install it on the side of the door. These are called slim-profile door openers but are sometimes referred to as screw-type openers.
If your Class C has an air conditioning unit on the roof, it may be possible to have it moved from the top to the side. This can save several inches.
Class A models are a different story, though. As these are quite a bit taller and longer, you’ll more than likely have to store them in a purpose-built location.
Although, if you have enough space outdoors, you could have a garage custom made, specifically for your Class A.
Will A Cover Be Enough?
Theoretically, it would be convenient just to throw a cover on the RV and call it a day.
However, these can be unpredictable.
If they aren’t appropriately fitted they could fly off in windy weather. And if that happened it could cause some damage to the exterior.
Protruding antennas or satellites could damage a cover, maybe even pierce through it.
This could cause water to leak in, destroying the important electrics on the roof.
It may also cause water or moisture to get stuck inside, which could have catastrophic results.
Additionally, the cover itself will require a lot of storage space and maintenance. When storing it, you have to make sure it’s completely dry, otherwise, mildew can grow and accumulate.
Then it will need to be washed and dried before covering the RV again—not an easy task.
You will also have to consider the foundation your RV is standing on. It should be concrete, preferably. Never leave your motorhome on grass or a soft surface like dirt.
During the winter or rainy months, this type of ground will become even softer.
It could cause your RV to “settle,” making it close to impossible to get out. Not to mention, it will damage the area and the tires.
Where Else Can I Store My Motorhome?
If your home garage isn’t an option, you might consider a storage garage.
These are costly, but it’s important to make sure that your investment is safe and secure.
There are generally three types of storage options you can choose from, all come at different price points:
- Outdoor: Your RV will be stored out in the open. Consider weather conditions, if you live in a dry, warm area it might be enough.
- Covered: Here your motorhome will be covered, it will be safe from rain, snow, and sun, but not from frigid temperatures.
- Indoors with heating: This is the most expensive option, but, your RV will be safe and sound in optimum conditions.
Decide for yourself what is best. If all you need in your garage is a couple of inches, consider changing the door function.
Storing the RV at home will be much cheaper, and more convenient, in the long run.
Why It’s Essential To Store Your Motorhome When Not In Use
Leaving your motorhome out in the open during the winter could cause a significant amount of damage.
Depending on where you live, the winters are likely wet and cold.
Returning to your RV once the season starts up again, you might find leaks and damage on the inside and outside. The exterior might have faded or peeled off.
Not to mention the possibility of a few unwanted guests. Critters such as rats and insects might have used your motorhome as a five-star winter get-away.
RV batteries can also become damaged if left in freezing temperatures.
The best thing to do is to remove the batteries completely before storing.
The tires may also be affected when not in use. They can quickly develop “flat spots” on the areas that are on the ground.
This is due to the immense weight and constant pressure.
The best way to fix this is by removing the tires before storing your RV. If that’s not an option, you might have to move it occasionally, to change the pressure points.
If you choose to leave the tires, you will have to attach the battery every time you need to move the vehicle.
If you ever plan on reselling your motorhome, caring for it is crucial. If there are any rusty spots, damage to the exterior, or mold, the price will go down dramatically.
Just think, if you were going to buy a used motorhome, would you consider one with a strong musty odor?
That being said, many dealers will try to offer you the least money. Here, it is important to be a skilled negotiator so you can get the best price for your well-kept RV.
At The End Of The Day
Where you’re going to store your motorhome should be thought of before you buy the actual vehicle.
Deciding where to store it can also help you choose the model that fits your budget best.
Class A motorhomes might be the camping dream, however, the size has to be taken into consideration. Although the average Class A isn’t that much taller than the average Class C, it’s much longer.
The extra length can make it difficult to both store and drive.
Did we miss anything?
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