What’s It Really Like To Drive A Class C Motorhome?

The thought of driving a large vehicle such as an RV can be intimidating.  What should you expect?  How long will it take to get used to driving an RV instead of the smaller everyday vehicle you are used to?  Once you have fallen in love with an RV, you can’t get a little thing like driving it get in your way.  Here are a few tips on what to expect when driving a Class C Motorhome.

A Class C motorhome is a great way to check out the countryside.
A Class C motorhome is a great way to check out the countryside.

Class C Motorhomes are built on a van frame or truck chassis with an attached cab section.  Though a van frame doesn’t sound too much different than driving a larger family vehicle, some manufacturers are bulking up their Class C’s and building on a large truck chassis with slide-outs for more space, Class C’s are popular because of their ease of driving and parking.

Class C’s are fairly simple to drive, not so different than a moving van or truck.  They are a great choice for family camping, short and long excursions, and even shuttling the kids and their soccer team to practice.  Here are some tips to help you become comfortable driving a Class C Motorhome:

  • Like an airline pilot, take a walk-around the RV before settling into the cab.
  • Once you’re in the cab, take a moment to review the dashboard and controls, and check your rear view mirrors and back-up camera.
  • Ensure that everyone in the motorhome is safely seated and buckled up.  Safety first!  If this is your first time driving the motorhome, you may want to limit the passengers to your co-pilot so you can concentrate on the task at hand.
  • If possible, choose an empty parking lot or a deserted street for your first drive.
  • Your Class C Motorhome fits perfectly in the street or highway lanes. You don’t have to be leary that it’s too big for the road.
  • When turning, remember that your motorhome is 10-feet or more longer than your typical car, so don’t make tight turns.  When approaching a right turn, don’t turn until your rear tires have cleared the corner otherwise you’ll run over the curb.
  • When making left turns, the same rule applies.  You’ll pull straight ahead a little further than you would in a car before making your turn.
  • Until you have more experience behind the motorhome wheel, avoid U turns.
  • It’s acceptable to park your motorhome across 2 or more spaces, provided that you park on the outskirts of the parking lot and not right up front where cars will be vying for space.

Driving a Class C Motorhome is pretty much that simple. The best way to find out if a Class C Motorhome is a good fit for you and your family is to come to Campbell RV and explore one for yourself.  Contact us today so we can answer any questions you may have and even help you out on your first test drive.


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