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Towing a travel trailer behind a vehicle can be challenging. It requires skill, and you also need to have a vehicle powerful enough to tow a large RV to it.
But with a Class C motorhome, you won’t have to think about these. Being a standalone vehicle, a Class C motorhome still requires skill but driving it can be more forgiving than towing an RV behind.
And besides, a Class C motorhome delivers great comfort while costing much less than luxurious Class A motorhomes. So for many people, a Class C motorhome may be a good chance of getting an RV that is both easy to drive and comfortable to live in.
Due to this, Class C motorhomes are our favorite when it comes to the price/comfort ratio. And that’s why we decided to compile our top 5 of best Class C RVs to showcase today.
Class C motorhomes can be pretty pricey. But there are some cheaper model lines as well, one of them being Jayco Redhawk. As of February 2019, the models from this line were priced at around $100 thousand, which isn’t that expensive for a Class C RV.
Jayco offers 7 floorplans in the 2019 Redhawk series:
|Length x width||24’8” x 100”||26’8” x 100”||28’8” x 100”||28’8” x 100”||32’6” x 100”||32’6” x 100”||32’6” x 100”|
|Bed size||60 x 70||60 x 70||60 x 74||60 x 70||60 x 74||60 x 74||60 x 74|
|Fuel capacity, gallons||55||55||55||55||55||55||55|
All the floorplans have basically the same features. What differs between them is how the amenities are laid out. In addition, there are some minor differences like bed size or bunk beds. For example, the 31XL floorplan, aside from the bunk bed above the driver’s cabin, has a separate bunk in the rear.
Being an inexpensive Class C motorhome, Redhawk may feel a bit limited for some. It isn’t a too big motorhome, you know. Still, it comes with all the entertainment and kitchen stuff one would want like a 3-burner cooktop, an 8 cu. ft. refrigerator, a convection microwave, and a 32” LED TV.
Besides, Jayco includes some useful equipment like a 4KW generator and a 60A power converter. And, of course, it comes with a 15,000 BTU ducted AC and a 31,000 BTU furnace.
So clearly, the good price/comfort ratio of this motorhome is the reason why we included it in our list.
Winnebago Aspect is a bit pricier Class C motorhome series. Priced at around $140 thousand, it has more to offer than Jayco Redhawk, as one would expect.
Those who don’t like to cycle through a lot of floorplan options will like the fact that there are only two floorplans available for this motorhome series. While the number of options is more limited, one wouldn’t have to wrap their head around all the differences to pick a suitable floorplan.
|Length x width||29’5” x 7’11”||32’4” x 7’11”|
|Bed size||60 x 75||60 x 75|
|Dinette||42 x 67||38 x 69|
|Fuel capacity, gallons||55||55|
Aspect doesn’t differ too much from Redhawk motorhomes in terms of size. At least, when you compare the similar sizes. But there are some notable differences in the layout of Aspect motorhomes.
The first thing one would notice is that both floorplans don’t have a bunk area above the driver’s cabin. This means that the only sleeping area in this motorhome series is provided by the 60 x 75-inch queen bed. So overall, it can sleep 2 people in the Aspect motorhome.
Besides, the dining area with the dinette and two sofas are located in a slideout, which should be able to free plenty of area in this motorhome.
Jayco didn’t provide too much info on the driving comfort of their Redhawk motorhome. Winnebago does that though. And that’s really important: after all, motorhomes are designed to provide both driving and living comfort.
The driver cabin of this motorhome is equipped with adjustable cab seats, dual airbags, 3-point seatbelts, cruise control, and many other features that you’d meet in a regular car. So in terms of driving comfort, the Aspect motorhome series appears to be pretty good.
And it looks even better when it comes to amenities. Aspect motorhomes have got pretty much everything that one would one on their journey. A complete electrical system with a 4KW generator, a 45A converter, and a 1KW inverter? Check. A fully equipped kitchen? Check. Heating and cooling system? Check. Safety features like a fire extinguisher or smoke/LP/carbon monoxide detectors? Again check.
And overall, there are so many additional details that can make one’s journey in the Aspect a bit more convenient than it would be in a motorhome like Redhawk. The price difference speaks for itself.
While Class C motorhomes aren’t the most comfortable motorhomes available out there, they can still boast plenty of comforts. If you have the budget, of course, because a higher-end Class C motorhome like Jayco 2019 Seneca is going to cost you about $250 thousand.
Jayco offers 5 floorplan options for the Seneca series. They are pretty much identical when it comes to numbers, so we can’t compare them with each other directly. They are sized the same and weigh the same.
|Length x width||38’9” x 101”|
|Bed size||72 x 80|
|Fuel capacity, gallons||100|
All of the floor plans have the same items included like a 72 x 80 king bed, a roomy bathroom, a dinette, or a residential refrigerator. But their layout differs slightly between floorplans, so it will most likely come to personal preference when making a choice.
And yeah, two of the five floorplans have two bathrooms, which could really make the travelers’ life a whole lot more convenient.
There are plenty of common things between the floorplans as well. Namely, they all deliver plenty of room and comfort.
For example, let’s have a look at the bedroom. In most RVs, the bedroom has very little free room for roaming around. That’s not the case in Seneca RV. Not only the bedroom is roomy, but there also is plenty of space left for a wardrobe and a couple of cabinets.
We also like what kind of electric equipment this motorhome comes with. The most noteworthy thing is the 8KW diesel generator, which is the thing one would need to power such a large RV. In addition, it comes with a 2KW pure sine inverter and 50A service.
Lastly, as we would have expected at this price point, Seneca comes with a 15,000 BTU AC with a heat pump, as well as a secondary 13,500 BTU AC unit. And the large 21 cu. ft. residential refrigerator should be also noted.
In the end, we find that this is an excellent Class C motorhome for those who are ready to pay the money.
Sometimes, the bigger the sleeping space, the better. And it appears that Thor really followed this logic when designing their Four Winds motorhome line. At least, with some of the floorplans.
Just have a look at these numbers and the bed size in particular:
|Length x width||32’2” x 99”||31’3” x 99”||28’7” x 99”||29’11” x 99”||24’ x 99”||24’ x 99”||24’10” x 99”||24’11” x 99”||26’5” x 99”||27’6” x 99”||32’7” x 99”||28’11” x 99”||32’2” x 99”|
|Bed size||60 x 75||60 x 75||60 x 74||60 x 74||60 x 74||54 x 80||64 x 80||60 x 74||Twin 38 x 75||60 x 74||60 x 75||72 x 74||60 x 75|
|Fuel capacity, gallons||55||55||55||55||55/57||55/57||55/57||55/57||55/57||55/57||55||55||55|
Several models particularly catch the eye, namely, the 22E with its 54 x 80-inch, 23U with its 64 x 80-inch, and 27R with its 72 x 74-inch bed. The last bed is a pretty wide one, while the other two are longer and suitable for taller people. For some people, these sizes will be much better than the regular 60 x 74.
The bunk area above the driver cabin is also notable. It is sized at about 54 x 96 inches, so it provides plenty of room for quick naps.
The dining area in the Four Winds series comprises of a pretty roomy dinette. On the opposite side of the dinette is a jack-knife sofa in all the floorplans, so there are plenty of places to rest in this motorhome series.
And yeah, what some people may also like about this motorhome line is the wide range of available floorplans. While the layout generally stays the same across the whole line, there are some notable differences when it comes to the free room.
The price range across this model line is also pretty broad. The price tag goes from about $90 thousand in the cheaper models to around $120 thousand in the larger models. You are getting about the same set of amenities in all the models.
The owners of a Four Winds Class C motorhome are provided with all the main things required for the journey, like a 4KW generator or a 1.8KW inverter. All the models also come with AC units, with 31E, 31Y, and 31W coming with two.
And, of course, this series comes with all the basic kitchen amenities one would need.
In the end, as we mentioned in the beginning, we like this model line for the increased amount of sleeping space in some of its models. And yeah, it’s a good Class C motorhome line overall.
And the last series we want to feature today is Coachmen Prism. It consists of two pretty inexpensive subseries, Prism and Prism Elite. Prism Class C motorhomes cost about $80 thousand, while Prism Elite models cost closer to $100 thousand.
Aside from the relatively cheap price tag, what it also remarkable about this model line is its small size. Have a look at this chart:
|Length x width||25’ x 95”||25’ x 95”||25’ x 95”||–||–||24’11” x 94”||24’11” x 94”||24’11” x 94”|
|Bed size||54 x 80||60 x 74||60 x 74||60 x 74||60 x 74||60 x 74||60 x 74||52 x 80|
|Dinette||44 x 76||44 x 76||44 x 71||44 x 76||44 x 71||44 x 71||44 x 69||44 x 71|
|Fuel capacity, gallons||26||26||26||26||26||26||26||26|
The motorhomes in this line are no longer than 25 feet. In addition, they are relatively narrow, standing at 94-95 inches wide. While these models don’t have as much room in them, they can be better when you need to conserve space as much as possible.
In spite of the compact size, Prism Class C motorhomes deliver some great comfort. They don’t have some fancy features like sofas, but the basics like a big queen size bed, bunks, or a dinette are still there. In fact, two floorplans – 2150LE and 24EJ – have 80 inches long beds, which is good for taller individuals.
In addition, you are getting about the same amenities with this model line as with any other. Both Prism and Prism Elite Class C motorhomes come with a 3.6KW LP generator, an 18,000 BTU ducted furnace, 13,500 BTU ducted AC, and a 55A converter.
In addition, Prism motorhomes come with a residential-size microwave oven, a domestic double-door refrigerator, a 3-burner cooktop, and security features like smoke detectors or whatnot. The kitchen appliances in Prism Elite are a bit different: they come with a convection oven and a 3-way refrigerator. And there are some other minor differences here and there.
To put it short, Coachmen Prism is a quite compact and inexpensive line that has a lot to offer for the size. And that’s why we included it in our list of best Class C RVs.