RV Rental Types, Classes, and Comparisons
If you have been looking at different types of available RV rentals and are still not sure which to rent, some basic understanding will go a long way.
Recreational vehicles come in many shapes and sizes (and prices), and are generally classified by their body styles. Although there are many classifications of RV, they fall under only two categories: Motorized and towable. Class A motorhomes, Class B conversion vans, and Class C RVs are motorized. Therefore, they allow passengers to travel in comfort and enjoy the amenities while en route to their destinations. Non-motorized units must be pulled by medium or heavy duty tow vehicles equipped with the proper tow hitches and adapters. It is against the law, not to mention very unsafe for passengers (or pets), to ride in a vehicle which is being towed.
Whether it’s a luxury motorhome rental, Class A diesel pusher, Class B conversion van, Class C camper, fifth wheel, travel trailer, or pop up that is making your heart skip a beat, you can be sure that there is an RV rental out there for everyone. As far as RV rentals are concerned, towable and conversion units are more difficult to find, while both Class A and Class C vehicles are among the most popular and widely available in the United States.
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Class A Motorhomes
Class A motorhomes integrate transportation, accommodations, dining, and entertainment, making them the most versatile and ideal for both short and longer term RV rentals, and even full time RVing. Class A motorhome rentals come in both front engine gas models and rear mounted diesel models, which are commonly referred to as diesel pushers.
Class A diesel pusher motorhomes are considered the ultimate class in recreational vehicles and are the most luxurious RV rentals of all. Allstar Coaches LLC offers only high end Class A diesels in order to provide the very best luxury motorhome rentals and overall experience.
These long and sleek bus-style RVs come in lengths up to 45 feet. They have either flat or rounded front ends with huge one-piece windshields that treat both driver and passengers to a high definition perspective and an IMAX style panorama of the road up ahead. Class A motorhome rental units are generally equipped with multiple slide outs which nearly double the interior living space when extended. They also feature amenities which rival those usually found in high-end homes. Travertine flooring, solid wood cabinetry, residential stainless steel appliances, and state-of-the-art DirecTV home theatre systems are only a few of things which let you know that you have arrived even before you start the engine. It is not uncommon to find Class A RV rentals with two separate bathrooms, Sleep Number™ luxury king beds, and full wall slides, creating even more space. Most Class A motorhomes also have full underbelly storage, outdoor showers, and automatic awnings. Some are equipped with patio entertainment systems and integrated outdoor grill stations. When considering a Class A motorhome rental, there is no substitute and the possibilities are truly limitless.
Built on heavy duty steel and alloy chassis with large bus tires and air braking systems, these motorhomes are the absolute safest and most durable of all recreational vehicles. Class A motorhomes have powerful engines, advanced cooling systems, and heavy duty air suspensions designed specifically to handle the weight and balance of the coach, which helps them tackle the most difficult terrain without flinching. With all that technology and power, one may think they are more difficult to handle; however Class A motorhomes are surprisingly easy to drive and offer the most solid, comfortable and confident ride of all RVsView Luxury RV Rentals
Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are the most common RV rentals, quite simply because they are the cheapest and most basic. Most Class C RVs available are between 21 and 35 feet in length. These types of vehicles are the very same campers you frequently see “cruising” America’s roadways, proudly (and not unobtrusively) displaying the RV rental company’s branding, letting everybody on the road know they mean business.
Class C basically stands for “cutaway” chassis, which is essentially a 12 or 15 passenger van frame that has been retrofitted with an oversized, overweight, camper top. Fundamentally, Class C RVs are passenger vans with thousands of awkwardly displaced additional pounds atop of a light duty chassis which was designed to handle only the weight of a van. Because of the additional weight, the vehicles become heavy, and have poor centers of gravity which results in a spongy and unstable ride. On a windy day, with the added sway, it can be quite the challenge to drive.
In addition to the frame and weight factor, Class C RVs have the same light duty engines, transmissions, cooling, and braking systems as regular passenger vans. These systems endure higher workloads and work much harder to compensate for the extra weight, which ultimately equates to a much higher percentage of system failures and mechanical breakdowns.
Blowouts are also a very common problem with Class C RVs because the tires used are small OEM tires, which are subject to increased friction and wear from added weight.
In terms of amenities, Class C motorhomes are equipped with the basics, and typically offer no frills whatsoever. A standard bed, a bathroom, and compact kitchenette round it out. Added sleeping space in the cab-over bed is a benefit for larger families. Class C RVs have very limited storage and small holding tanks, which can put a damper on trips that include dry camping (camping without full hookups).
A Class C vehicle may be an okay RV rental option under certain circumstances like tailgating at a sporting event or other scenario that doesn’t require driving a great distance. It may also be well-suited for those wanting a cheap and basic unit or who don’t mind giving up quality, safety, and cleanliness to save money.View Luxury RV Rentals
Class A vs. Class C Vehicles
When it comes to luxury, quality, and safety, there really is no comparison at all. It’s like comparing a high end steakhouse to something off of a value menu at a fast food joint. Class C RVs may win out when economics is the prime factor, however, many choose to upgrade to a Class A following a poor experience with the former, realizing the not-so-hidden value of quality and convenience. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”, and it is never more true than when renting an RV.
Luxury Class A RVs are at the very top end of the RV scale and feature large, luxurious cabins, plush furniture, multiple slide outs, home entertainment systems, and countless other comforts and amenities you can’t find anywhere else on wheels. Often referred to as land yachts, Class A RVs are built on heavy duty alloy and steel chassis and are equipped with large powerful diesel engines (except for gas model units). They also feature air brakes, Allison transmissions, hydraulic cooling systems, and full sized bus tires. Class A coaches are designed specifically for their size, weight and purpose, so they can handle even the steepest grades and the toughest road conditions with ease. Operating a Class A motorhome is surprisingly easy due to a more solid, stable and responsive ride than operating a Class C. A large, one piece windshield gives both driver and passengers a panoramic perspective of the road ahead, and the suspension system makes you feel like you are driving on air. Allstar Coaches LLC provides a full orientation and training for all RV rentals.
One of the down sides to Class A vehicles can be their sleeping capacity. Although large motorhomes are generally more comfortable, sleeping capacities top out at six to eight people. For larger groups, and for those willing to trade out safety and reliability for budget and capacity, Class C units may be a better alternative as they can sometimes sleep as many as 12 people.
When Allstar Coaches first started renting RVs, we were renting out both Class A and Class C units. Because the Class C RVs were so maintenance intensive due to frequent breakdowns and excessive instances of blown tires, it was not cost-effective to continue renting them. We now focus entirely on luxury, Class A motorhomes.
Mechanical issues and breakdowns can occur on any vehicle, but because Class A RVs are built to be more durable, they experience only a fraction of the mechanical issues and breakdowns that Class C units do. For that reason alone, Class A units are much better suited to be rented.
Class B Conversion Vans
A Class B motorhome is a conventional van in which the interior has been converted for sleeping and a tiny living area. These motorhomes are the least expensive of the motorized RVs and easiest to operate. Since they are actual vans, they can travel to the smallest campsites or parks without restriction, and can even be parked in a driveway like any other vehicle. A Class B RV has limited space, making it a very tight fit even for the coziest of couples. More popular in Europe and Australia, there aren’t many companies here in the United States who rent Class B units since the demand is rather low.
Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, and Pop Ups
Each of these are towable units, meaning a vehicle is required that has the proper towing system and enough power to pull the unit. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that passengers cannot ride in towable units.
Pop-up campers are the lightest and most economical of all towable RVs and offer very basic accommodations. A pop-up camper is basically a tent on wheels and can be pulled by most vehicles with a tow hitch.
Travel trailers are a step up from pop-ups, but still offer very basic, no frills accommodations. They can range in length from about 15 to 30 feet and are heavier than pop-ups, so they need to be towed with a vehicle that has ample power to do so.
Fifth Wheels offer the most luxury and versatility of all towable RVs. They can be found in lengths upwards of 40 feet with slide outs and many other upscale amenities. They are also the heaviest of towable RVs and require a lot of experience towing and an extremely heavy duty truck and fifth wheel mounting system in the truck’s bed to pull it.
Choosing the Right RV Rental
The best advice we can offer is to do your homework. Check out what is available, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. A quality RV rental company will not only help you select the right RV, they will offer you some guidance and tips to help you book a great RV trip.
We invite you to check out our wide selection of available luxury RV rentals. When you’re ready to get started, you can request a quote online. And feel free to contact us at 866-838-4465 with questions about any of our rentals, services, or trip planning resources. We are always happy to help and look forward to being of service.
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