Choosing between the many types of RVs can be difficult, and in the case of choosing between Class C or Class B+, even more so. The sometimes-subtle differences between these two popular camper types can confuse even the most savvy researcher. We’ve broken down some of the most common variables to help you make the best choice for your RV lifestyle.
All about Class C RVs
Class C RVs are characterized by their over-cab sleeping area. Most floorplans have a bed on the “ground level” with the cabover functioning as an additional sleeping space. Since all Class C RVs are cutaway chassis-based RVs, vs. Class A or B which are a single chassis, each manufacturer has uniquely designed their Class C to maximize sleeping space over the manufacturer chassis.
Class C RVs can be bulky and non-aerodynamic due to the larger sleepover cab. The two popular Class C chassis (Ford and Mercedes) have served the Class C body styles well over the years, with very little variation on the Class C looks.
The Thor Four Winds is the most popular Class C RV for sale on RVT.com.
Class C RVs range from 34 ft down to 22 ft, with many options including slide-outs and storage configurations. Class C RVs have been popular since the 1980s as an affordable alternative to the larger bus-like Class A alternatives, and they have been around for a while, so it is easier to find a used Class C than a Class B+.
Here are some examples of popular Class C Floorplans.
All about Class B+ RVs
A relatively new addition to RV body styles, the Class B+ became popular circa 2012 with the first models from Winnebago popping up. Trying to bridge the gap between Class B and Class C, RV manufacturers found that extra storage can be added to the cab area of an RV that is not as bulky as a sleeping area. Most Class B+ RVs use this space for storage, entertainment, and electronics.
The most-listed Class B+ RV on RVT.com is the popular Leisure Travel Vans Unity.
The aerodynamic styling of this smaller over-cab space helps keep the overall footprint of the RV down. The sleeker exterior look of the non-bed over-cab area is appealing to many, and Class B+ models have served manufacturers well as a compromise between the more expensive Class B and bulky style of the Class C RVs.
Class B+ RVs will continue to appeal to the buyer who wants the styling of a traditional Class B with the smaller price point of the cab-plus-chassis-based B+.
Here are some examples of popular Class B+ Floorplans.
A quick Class C – Class B+ comparison chart
|Feature||Class C||Class B+||Notes|
|Cab + Chassis based||yes||yes||Ford, Dodge, or Mercedes|
|Cabover for sleeping||yes||usually fits 1 adult or 2 kids|
|Cabover for storage||yes|
|Slide-Outs||yes||yes||2 or less is typical|
|Available before 2000||yes||Not typical|
|Typical new price range||$52,000 – $180,000||$72,000 – $225,000|
|Typical used price range||$14,500 – $60,000||$25000 – $75000|
|Body style||separate chassis+ cab||separate chassis + cab|
|Towing capabilities||yes||yes||varies by engine type|
|Used options||yes||yes||Less Class B+ inventory|
|Typical lengths||17-42||22-32||Class C RVs can be as long as 42 ft!|
Which should you choose?
Making this RV choice comes down to your personal preference, of course. If gas mileage, budget and sleep space are your primary focus, a Class C may be your best option; if agility and small footprint are your must-haves the Class B+ may be best for you. Whichever you choose, we hope you found this guide useful.
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