RV RENTAL TYPES, CLASSES AND COMPARISONS
MOST COMMON RV RENTAL TYPES AND CLASSIFICATIONS
If you have been looking at different types of available RV rentals and are still not sure which type of RV to rent, some basic understanding about about the types of vehicles that are available 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's are motorized, therefore they allow passengers to travel in comfort and enjoy the amenities while enroute to their destinations. Non motorized units must be pulled by medium to 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 conversions, 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.
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 motorhomes come in both front engine gas models and rear mounted diesel models, which are commonly referred to as diesel pushers. While gas models Class A RVs are levels above Class C units, Class A diesel pusher motorhomes are considered the ultimate class in recreational vehicles and are the most luxurious RV rentals of all. Allstar Coaches offers only high end Class A diesels in order to provide the very best quality luxury motorhome rentals and overall RV rental experience.
These long and sleek bus style RVs come in lengths up to 45 feet and have either flat or rounded front ends and huge one piece windshields that treat both driver and passengers to a high def perspective and an IMAX style panorama of the road up ahead. Class A motorhomes are generally equipped with multiple slide outs which nearly double the interior living space when extended, and feature amenities which rival those usually found in the highest 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 even start the engine. It is not uncommon to find Class A's 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 even 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 made. 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 help these vehicles to tackle the most difficult terrain without even flinching. With all that technology and power, one may thing 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 RVs
CLASS C MOTORHOMES
Class C's are the most common for RV rentals, quite simply because they are the cheapest and most basic. Most common Class C's available run between 21 and 35 feet long. 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, and letting everybody on the road know you mean business.
Class C basically stands for "cutaway" chassis which is essentially a 12 or 15 passenger van frame which has been retrofitted with an oversized, overweight, camper top. Fundamentally, Class C's are passenger vans, only with thousands of awkwardly displaced additional pounds atop of a light duty chassis which was designed to be, and handle only the weight of A VAN. Because of all the added weight the vehicles become heavy, and have poor centers of gravity which result in a spongy, unstable and unconfident ride. On a windy day, with the added sway, you will find it quite the challenge to stay in between the lines. Generally speaking, on a Class C, the longer the vehicle is, the shorter the wheelbase is and the less stable the it becomes.
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 the very same small OEM tires which are subject to increased friction and wear from the added weight.
Far as amenities go, Class C's are equipped with the basics, but offer no frills whatsoever. A standard bed, a bathroom and compact kitchenette round it out. Added sleeping in the cabover bed is a benefit for larger families. Class C's have very limited storage and small holding tanks which can put a damper on those RV trips which include dry camping (camping without full hookups).
A Class C vehicle may be an okay RV rental option under certain circumstances, for example tailgating at a sporting event, or other scenario where you won't have to drive it far or just want cheap and basic unit and for those who don't mind giving up quality, safety and cleanliness to save money.
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 a value menu at a fast food joint. Class C RV rentals may win out when economics is the prime factor, however many choose to upgrade to a Class A RV rental after a poor experience with a Class C, realizing the not so hidden value of quality and convenience. Getting what you pay for is an understatement which is never more true than when renting an RV.
Class A's 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 couldn'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. Unlike Class C campers, 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 and offer passengers a much more solid, stable and responsive ride than their Class C counterparts. 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 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 6-8 persons. 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 those can sometimes sleep as much as 12 people.
When Allstar Coaches first started renting RVs, we were renting out both Class A luxury motorhomes and Class C units. Because the Class C RV Rentals were so maintenance intensive, had frequent breakdowns and excessive instances of blown tires, it was not cost effective to continue renting Class C units, and we focused entirely on luxury, Class A RV rentals.
Mechanical issues and breakdowns can occur on any vehicle, however because Class A's are built to be more durable, they experience only a fraction of the mechanical issues and breakdowns that Class C units see. For that reason alone; from a business perspective, A class units are much better suited for rental than C classes.
Just as fast food restaurants cost less than a fine steakhouse, there are many reasons why Class C units are cheaper than Class A motorhome rentals. If you are just looking only for the very cheapest vehicle and basic transportation and accommodations a Class C may be the right choice. If you are looking for the best possible quality and a true luxury RV rental experience, a Class A motorhome rental from Allstar Coaches is the only choice.
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 in selecting the right RV, they will offer you some guidance and tips to help you book a great RV trip.
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LESS COMMON RV RENTAL TYPES
CLASS B CONVERSION VAN
Class B motorhomes are constructed from conventional vans in which the interior have been converted for sleeping and a tiny living area. They are the least expensive of the motorized RVs, and are 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. Class B's have very limited space, and even for the coziest of couples, it would be a very tight fit in these vehicles. Class B motorhomes are popular in Europe and Australia, however since there is not too much demand, there aren't many RV rental companies here in the United States who rent Class B units.
TRAVEL TRAILERS, FIFTH WHEELS AND POP-UPS
Each of these are towable units, meaning you need a vehicle which is not only equipped with the proper towing system, but one with enough power to pull whichever type of equipment you are working with. For ease of use and liability purposes, towable units are not very well suited for RV rentals. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that passengers cannot ride in towable units.
Pop ups are the lightest and most economical of all towable equipment and offers very basic accommodations. Pop ups are considered by RV enthusiasts as basically a tent on wheels, which can be pulled by pretty much any vehicle with a tow hitch.
Travel trailers are a step up from a pop up, however still offer very basic, no frills accommodations. Then 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 truck bed to pull it.
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