You and your family want to take a memorable vacation in an RV, but you’re confused about your rental options. You see the term “luxury motorcoach,” but you don’t know what that means. How does that differ from a standard RV?
The Definition of an RV
An RV, or “recreational vehicle,” is a motor vehicle or a trailer that includes living quarters designed for accommodation.
Within the RV family, there are many different types of vehicles, including luxury motorcoaches, or as some people call them, motorhomes. There are also fifth wheels, travel trailers, campers, popup campers and more.
Why Travel in a Motorcoach?
Primarily, motorcoaches are larger and more spacious. Class A motorcoaches are often similar in size to regular intercity coaches, offering maximum floor space and numerous amenities you won’t find in smaller campers and vans.
Think of a luxury yacht…it’s a type of boat that provides a lavish experience at sea. A luxury motorcoach is a type of RV that provides a similar experience, only on the road. In fact, some people call luxury motorcoaches “land yachts.”
What is a Class A Motorcoach, and How does it Differ from Class B and C?
So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. What are the technical differences between Class A motorcoaches and other RV types?
Again, the definitions are a little vague.
Class A motorcoaches are essentially a “box on wheels.” They look like a big rectangle when viewed from the side.
The Robin Williams movie RV featured a Class A motorcoach. There was also one in About Schmidt, starring Jack Nicholson.
These motor coaches are enormous. The Winnebago adventurer in About Schmidt was more than 35 feet long. Most are between 25 and 45 feet.
Motorcoaches prioritize space over aerodynamics and luxury over practicality. Class A coaches from LiTRV are available to rent with private drivers, meaning you don’t have to worry about driving, parking them or wrestling with the steering wheel.
You also get access to an enormous variety of amenities. Most Class A motorcoaches have king beds, two bathrooms, some with two full baths, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher, a residential size refrigerator, smart TVs and sound systems, a fireplace and more. (We haven’t seen one with a swimming pool yet, but we will let you know). As such, they are often the priciest of the three coach classes, with some selling for more than $2 million.
As a renter through LiTRV, though, you get to experience luxury travel in a motorcoach for a fraction of the price. Rental of a motorcoach for a weekend or week could cost between $10,000 and $20,000.
Class B motorhomes are much smaller than Class A and usually built on a van chassis. Most range from 19 to 27 feet and look like converted RAM, Sprinter, or Ford Transit Vans.
Class B+ vans are a little different. They are still made from the chassis of a commercial van, but owners cut away the rear cargo section first, minus the cabin at the front. This approach provides more flexibility and customization options.
Amenities are sparser on these RVs than on Class As. Vehicles usually come with a refrigerator, bunk beds, a sink, and perhaps a stove. Some offer a toilet and a shower, but they tend to be small.
As such, Class B vehicles aren’t exactly a “home away from home.” While you can travel across the country in them, you wouldn’t call them luxurious. After a couple of nights, you’ll be happy to be back in your regular bed.
Class C RVs are between Class A and Class B in size. (There’s no logic here). Most have a storage area or sleeping compartment over the driver’s cab.
However, that’s not what makes them a Class C vehicle. Their defining feature is their “raw” van chassis. Manufacturers cut away at all the paneling behind the driver’s cabin, leaving only the supporting struts, wheel axles, and exhaust. They then construct the accommodation and living quarters on top of these.
Large families choose this RV style because they are less expensive, and they provide enough space for their children.
Rent a Luxury Motorcoach through LiTRV
You don’t have to buy a motorcoach to benefit from the luxuries they offer. At LiTRV, we offer Class A motorhome rentals that allow you to experience life on the road in these fantastic vehicles. And we can arrange for a professional driver to transport you wherever you want to go.
Imagine touring the country, stopping off whenever you want to explore local sights and landmarks. You could visit luxury RV resorts or simply pull up by the side of the road for a night under the stars. It’s a dream come true.
Enjoying luxury on the road couldn’t be easier. Call LiTRV today to book your Class A motorcoach and start experiencing this lifestyle for yourself!