Are you on the lookout for a new motorhome and curious to know how much a Class A RV costs? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Class A RVs are some of the largest motorhomes you can find—they also have a heavy price tag to match. But that’s not without good reason.
You see, most Class A RVs are like a luxury home on wheels—you get lots of space and many deluxe features.
Even though Class A motorhomes are considerably more expensive than smaller RVs, their prices can vary significantly.
To help guide you on Class A RV prices, I’ve put together this article and included some examples.
Let’s get started.
What Is A Class A RV?
Class A RVs are usually the favorite model among RV full-timers.
This is mostly because of their huge size.
Some are as long as 45 feet, giving the feeling of being in a real home, as opposed to a camper.
Class A RVs are generally built on a bigger chassis, one that is produced for a coach. Some manufacturers will even customize it.
What many people love about these motorhomes is all the luxurious amenities they pack in.
For example, they often have separate master bedrooms with extra sofas.
Some models can comfortably fit six to ten people, or even more if you opt for bunk beds.
The living area generally has convertible dining areas that become beds for the night.
Further sleeping facilities often include a murphy bed, a sofa that converts to a large bed.
These large RVs will have a roomy kitchen which is fully equipped. Additionally, many include a large bathroom with double sinks and a big shower cubicle and bathtub.
So, although the price tag on a Class A RV is larger than a Class B or Class C, you also get so much more.
What’s The Average Class A RV Price?
The name Class A covers a large variety of different motorhomes, all varying in price and size.
The starting retail price for a Class A RV is generally between $50,000 and $150,000 dollars.
That said, you can easily find models that will set you back close to, or even above, a million dollars!
Because there’s such a wide selection, I’ve included some examples below, from different price classes.
Thor Motor Coach Ace 27.2
The Thor Motor Coach Ace 27.2 is an excellent example of a more affordable Class A motorhome. Its starting price is around $125,000, and it’s worth every penny.
Measuring a length of 28 feet 9 inches and with a width of 99 inches, it gives you plenty of space. The GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) is 16,000 pounds and it’s built on a Ford F-53 frame.
For the price, you get a lot of luxuries. The RV has three slide-out options, giving you a few extra inches to move about. At the rear end, you have a bedroom with a king-sized bed, concealed behind a curtain.
You also get a sizeable bathroom, large dinette, and a roomy kitchen. And for the rest of the people who weren’t fast enough to grab the bed, there are pull-down bunk beds at the front.
Included in the price are two TVs—one in the master bedroom and one on the outside. You also get a microwave, refrigerator, and not to mention the endless storage options.
Thor Motor Coach Tuscany 38SQ Diesel
For the next example, I’m going to mention another RV from Thor.
The Thor Motor Coach Tuscany 38SQ Diesel is considerably larger and more pricey than the one above.
Its price begins at just over $440,000, but with a length of 39 feet 11 inches, you get a lot more space.
Even at first glance of the floorplan, you can immediately see why this carries a heavier price tag. It features four slide-outs, increasing the size significantly.
On the inside, you have a large master bedroom with a king-sized bed. This room is a small camper in itself—it has a large wardrobe, a dresser, TV, washer, and dryer plus a private door to the bathroom.
The bathroom is spacious, with two sinks and a large shower. It also has a second door that opens into the kitchen area of the RV.
The onboard kitchen is fully equipped.
You get lots of storage, a microwave, and plenty of countertop space for meal preparation.
Much like the previous example, this motorhome also features pull-down bunk beds. This RV is surely one step closer to being a home-away-from-home, where you can fit the whole family.
Winnebago Grand Tour 42QL Diesel
The Winnebago Grand Tour 42QL Diesel is a little more expensive, with a starting price of just less than $520,000.
With a length of 43 feet, and a GVWR of 45,660 pounds, this RV sure packs a punch. At the rear, you have a master bedroom with an ample bed, his-and-hers wardrobes, plus a private bathroom.
The bathroom in the back is impressive. It features a big shower, a slide-out linen closet plus a washer and dryer. Walking back through the bedroom you enter the kitchen area, where you’ll find another bathroom.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a residential-style refrigerator and lots of countertop space, including an island counter.
Toward the living area, you have a large corner sofa and a recliner chair. To top it all off, the TV stand features a fireplace.
This RV is excellent for a family. There’s plenty of space with almost every wall acting as a slide-out.
Winnebago also allows you to choose add-ons, which will, of course, affect the price.
Newmar King Aire 4531 Luxury
Jumping to an even bigger price tag, we have the Newmar King Aire 4531 Luxury.
True to its name, this RV has all the luxuries you could wish for while on the road. But all this comes at a price.
This motorhome from Newmar has a starting price of over $935,000. It is a whopping 44 feet 11 inches long and features three slide-outs, giving it an interior width of 95.5 inches.
Starting at the front, you have two sofas, plus rotating front seats that you can use as lounge chairs when parked.
As we walk toward the back, we’ll see the kitchen/dining area. Here you get all the essentials, such as a microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
The last part of the RV is the master bedroom where you’ll have access to both of the onboard bathrooms. The one at the rear has a large shower, wardrobes, and a washer plus dryer.
Newmar offers you options to customize your motorhome. Here you can pick the material for the flooring and any additional accessories, among many other options.
Some of the key deluxe features are the hardwood cabinetry. Newmar lets you choose between four different designs.
There is also a selection of four different interior design options. Each features Ralph Lauren fabrics to add even more luxury.
Consider Buying Secondhand
Although Class A RVs are at the top of most motorhome enthusiasts’ wish lists, they are a pricey investment.
Buying a new model is not always financially possible.
Fortunately, you can also get a decent secondhand Class A RV for a reasonable price, if you know where to look.
Models from 2015, 2016, and onward probably aren’t going to be a cheap option. That said, if you’re willing to consider an older model, such as a 2013 or before, then there is a chance you can save some money.
Taking a step back in time to 2011, the Class A released by Newmar in that year still looks good today.
Finding a model such as this one will save you some serious cash, but you won’t have to compromise too much on amenities or luxuries.
There’s also the Forest River 2014 Georgetown model, a slightly newer model which is another example of an excellent secondhand RV.
But, when buying used, you have to look at more factors than simply the year and price. Here are a few tips:
- Do some research: Before buying anything, log into some RV forums and get some good tips on which older models are best. For example, which year did RV companies make good motorhomes that aren’t too outdated today, and so on.
- Know your RV goals: What are your hopes for this motorhome? Are you thinking about going full-time and traveling cross-country? Or perhaps you’d rather stay close to your home state and only use the RV a few times a year. Infrequent use and full-time use might require different motorhomes.
- Start looking: Begin a search for your ideal used motorhome. Search online or talk to RV friends. You might also be able to find a good model by driving through residential neighborhoods and RV parks; there could well be some with a “for sale” sign attached.
- Ask questions: Before paying for anything, or even test driving it, make sure you find out as much as possible about the previous history of the motorhome. This can include the mileage, past repairs or restorations, number of owners, and why it’s being sold. Ask to see invoices and receipts. Run a vehicle history check.
- Test drive: If you are mechanically minded, take it for a run to check out the motor, handling, etc. If you’re not that way inclined, enlist the help of a friend who is! Make sure there is no damage to the bodywork, chassis or engine that could negate any savings you’re making.
- Make an offer and enjoy your new-old RV!
Other Cost Considerations When Buying A Class A RV
When buying a Class A RV, the price you paid for the motorhome isn’t the only expense you should consider.
Running a large RV can get expensive. You’ll need insurance, larger generators, sometimes even an RV battery. Not to mention the cost of off-season storage, unless you’ve got a big garage.
Insurance for a travel trailer is usually no big deal.
However, since Class A motorhomes are that much larger, and pricier, insurance can get expensive.
The cost of the insurance depends on the RV’s age, size, value and how often you expect to use it.
I can’t give you an exact figure since it also depends on which state you’re living in. But I can give you an example.
If you’re using your motorhome for 140 days of each year, then you can expect to spend around $1,000 to $1,300 annually on insurance.
New Class A motorhomes are expensive, but, depending on which state you buy it in, you’re also obliged to pay sales tax.
Of all the states, Tennessee has the highest sales tax at 9.45 percent.
This will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the starting price of the RV. Something to consider if you’re already on a budget.
There comes a time, for almost any motorhome enthusiast, to hang up the keys and leave their RV for a month or two. This is mostly in states where the weather simply doesn’t allow for winter use.
Off-season storage is another expense worth including in your budget. Not all storage facilities offer spaces large enough to accommodate a Class A motorhome.
That said, those that do offer places for these RVs will also ensure that your motorhome is safe from the harsh elements.
All In All…
Class A RVs are some of the largest, most luxurious motorhomes you can get.
They really are a home away from home. Most are decked out in deluxe features and sleek designs. No wonder that they’re the first choice for many full-time RVers.
Nevertheless, they do also come with a hefty price tag. Their starting price is anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 dollars.
But the sky seems to be the limit here, seeing that some easily cross the $1,000,000 mark.
Fortunately, you can still get an excellent model for less if you’re willing to buy a used one.
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