Class C RVs are affordable, easier to drive than larger models, and offer reasonable interior space, making them one of the most popular options for first-time renters.
Class C RVs differ from class A’s in that they are built on a van or truck chassis with a bed compartment that extends over the cab. The elevated sleeping space allows for additional living space within the vehicle, and drivers can pass between the front (driving) seat and interior space directly. This layout makes a big difference for smaller models with limited room for amenities. Most models come with a small bathroom, sink, and refrigerator, however stoves, televisions, and additional sleeping space will depend on the model. Larger class C motorhomes will come with many additional features (stove, television, slide outs, etc.), and compare to the size and comfort of a class A.
Riders concerned with the amount of living space offered by class C models should seek vehicles with slide outs. This feature expands the width of the vehicle to 15 feet wide when parked, and can makes a big difference when planning sleeping arrangements.
The key takeaway is that class C RVs come in many sizes with numerous amenities, so it’s important to speak with companies about the models they offer – there’s something for everyone.
How to Drive a Class C RV
One reason class C RVs are perfect for first-time renters is because they are typically easier to drive. That being said, the driveability is determined by the size of the motorhome. A medium sized model will be a simple transition for those with experience driving a truck or van. For those without much experience driving large vehicles, it is comparable to a standard U-haul truck and can be easily mastered.
Large class C models are a different story. They compare to the larger bus-style class A RVs and will take some practice. Renters should make sure they are comfortable with the vehicle before hitting the open road, and should take time to practice parking and making wide turns. This will ensure that getting gas, parking at campgrounds, and other maneuvering will be done without issue.
Want additional guidance on driving an RV? Take a look at this great instructional video.
Renting a Class C RV
Here are the basics on renting Class C RVs:
- Price: $100 – $200 per night (can vary greatly by vehicle and trip duration)
- License Requirement: most class C RVs can be rented with a standard license, however a special license may be required for the largest models (this is rare).
- Age Requirement: 21 years of age is the norm, however certain areas may require drivers to be 25.
- Campgrounds: booking a spot at a campground ahead of time is always recommended, however it will be easier to improvise with a class C motorhome compared to a larger class A.
Renting a class C RV is a straightforward process. Rental companies typically charge a flat fee for each day of the trip plus a per-mile fee. You can expect between $100 to $200 per night, plus around $.30 per mile (varies between companies). The final price will reflect the size of the vehicle, trip duration, and pick-up and drop-off locations.
A few additional details that you should be aware of: rental companies typically require renters to be 25 years old, hold a standard driver’s license, and be able to put down a deposit upon picking up the vehicle.