Is a Class C Motorhome Right for Your Family?

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Carl Corder

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Indiana to Montana

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Indianapolis, Indiana

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Thor Sequence

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Carl is the Written Content Manager here at Camping World. He’s an avid road-tripper and camper and enjoys all things outdoors, especially near rivers.

Classic and iconic, the Class C motorhome is what many envision when they think of an RV: the cabover body on a cut-away truck or van chassis. The Class C camper’s rear bedroom floorplan with the living area in the front is tried and true. But is a Class C family RV right for you? 

Class C campers make a great choice for many families. These typically balance size, luxury, and functionality to meet everyone’s needs. Here we discuss some of their advantages, why a Class C with bunk beds is ideal for families, what to look for, and specific brands to explore.

What Is the Advantage of a Class C RV?

Class C Motorhome Driving
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Class C campers appeal to RVers due to their medium size, driveability, and balance of function and luxury. The classic cab-over style and the option of slide-outs allow them to sleep more people without sacrificing living space or requiring additional length. You also gain the ability to tow a dinghy (car). 

You Don’t Need A Tow Vehicle — When you decide to buy a motorhome, you don’t need to worry about a tow vehicle or tow ratings or hitches or extra hardware to deal with. Just hop in the cab of your motorhome and head out on the road. 

It Drives More Like A Car Cass C Motorhomes are built on a van or box truck chassis. After a few miles, they drive like any other car on the highway. You’ll quickly adjust to the length of the motorhome and feel confident on your journey. Also, most newer motorhomes include a backup camera, so parking a Class C is even easier.

You Have Food & Bathroom On the Road — Class C campers are self-contained. You can easily make a quick bathroom run or grab a snack out of the fridge. There is no need to pull off whenever someone needs to go to the bathroom or gets hungry. 

It’s Easier to Find A Campsite — Just about every campsite at a campground can handle a Class C RV, depending on length, of course. Large Class A motorhomes or bigger travel trailers or fifth wheels have restrictions or require a pull-through site. Most Class C Motorhomes work easily with both back-in or pull-through sites.

You’ll Have More Service Options — Since Class C Motorhomes are built on a van chassis, you can usually get service work and routine maintenance like oil changes or air filter changes from an auto mechanic—as long as they have bay room to handle your RV. This is especially useful if there’s an engine issue when you’re on a trip and you need service on the side of the road.

Why Class C Campers For Families?

Many RVers prefer Class C RVs. But are they an especially good choice for families of more than two? We think so! (Though not every Class C is a family Class C). Check out the following Class C design features families will appreciate. 

The Classic Design — Kids especially prefer the cabover design of these motorhomes. Most Class C RVs include this feature, which is typically used as a loft sleeping space or a mini movie room for children. If you don’t have kids, the cabover bunk can often still comfortably sleep a single guest, but otherwise, many RVers use this space for storage. 

Affordability — When choosing between a Class A motorhome and a Class C, families will generally have an easier time affording the Class C. 

A Larger Kitchen — Sure, you can find full kitchens in travel trailers and fifth wheels. But the larger kitchen in this size of motorhome is ideal for families. Look for a Class C that gives enough attention to the kitchen area to ensure you have a large enough stove, counterspace, and refrigerator to meet the needs of a family of three or more. 

A Dedicated Bathroom — The bathroom in Class C is truly an added benefit for families. It provides easy, quick access for potty training children. In general, introducing your kids to camping is easier when you have your own clean bathroom. 

Bunk Beds — While the Class C floorplans are generally similar, Class C RVs with bunk beds are great for kids. Mid-bunk floorplans put the kids in the middle, close enough to check on but in a dedicated space. With bunks plus a cabover, you should have all the sleeping space you need.

How Many People Can Sleep In A Class C RV?

Class C RVs can typically sleep four to eight campers. These RVs are versatile in their ability to sleep kids and guests by transforming the front living area. But a Class C with bunk beds will sleep the most. 

The front living space of Class C campers typically includes a fold-out sofa that sleeps one to two guests, a convertible dinette that sleeps one or two adults, and the cabover, which sleeps one adult or two children. Rear bunk models aren’t especially common, but when included, they expand the capacity to 8-10 campers. 

But let’s check out different Class C options for your family.

Class C RV With Bunk Beds

So let’s explore some of our favorite Class C RVs with bunk beds. This floorplan is great for those with kids, and these popular RVs are some of our favorites. 

Thor Motorcoach Freedom Elite 31FE

Floorplan of a Class C Thor Freedom Elite 31FE with bunk beds and living arrangements.
Image by Thor Motor Coach
  • Length: 32’8”
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 8,000 pounds
  • Sleeps: 7

The Freedom Elite 31FE is a fan favorite among RVers with kids, and there’s a good reason why: check out the seatbelt access alone in the floorplan. Whether sitting at the dinette playing cards or relaxing on the jackknife sofa, you can buckle up and travel with everyone safely. And it’s an easy transition to hanging out at the campground. 

The dual bunks are located across from the bathroom for easy access. At almost 33 feet long, be sure you check specific national park regulations before booking a campsite. 

Forest River Forester 3251DSF

Floorplan of a Class C Forest River Forester 3251DSF RV with bunk beds.
Image by Forest River
  • Length: 32’3”
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 7,500 pounds
  • Sleeps: 10

The slide-out on the Forest River Forester 3251DSF adds some extra room to your living area when camped, which is a big plus when you have young ones around. Another bonus is that this safely buckles in six, with four in front and two in back. 

The Forester 3251DSF’s most family-friendly feature has to be the rear kid’s bunk area, which, when not folded down for extra sleeping space, acts as a separate TV corner for kids to hang out and watch movies while the adults are upfront. 

Jayco Redhawk 31F

The floorplan of a Jayco 31F Class C RV with a bunkhouse.
Image by Jayco
  • Length: 33’
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 7,500 pounds
  • Sleeps: 7

The camper cabover in the Jayco Redhawk 31F just might win your heart as well as your kids’. Featuring an automotive-bonded panoramic window, you’ve got a skylight where it matters most. It’s a nice touch that adds an openness to the rest of the living and kitchen area. 

Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31H

A floorplan of the Winnie Minnie 31H Class C with bunk beds, which sleeps up to seven people.
Image by Winnebago
  • Length: 33’ 
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 7,500 pounds
  • Sleeps: 8

The living area of the Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31H is perfect for family hangouts and card game nights. It features a U-shaped dinette directly across from the sofa. The bunk area is located on the camp side and is fairly close to the primary bed, so this might be an excellent option for those with especially young kids. 

Dynamax DX3 37BD

The Dynamax DX3 37BD Class C floorplan that shows living and sleeping arraignments for up to ten people.
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  • Length: 39’
  • GVWR: 33,000
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 20,000
  • Sleeps: 9

We cap off our list with a truly epic Class C RV bunkhouse: the DX3 37BD. The size and power of this Class C camper overshadow the others, but it’s worth seeing just what’s possible. Everything on the 37BD is just a little bit more, including the kids’ bunks, which feature their own DVD players. But that also might be a theme, because you’ll notice the living area is set up with a bit more focus on the entertainment center.

If you get the chance, be sure to take a look at this one in person!

Class C RV for Family of 6

There are many Class C campers for sale that can fit a family of six without a bunkhouse. For these, we look for longer units that tend to include slide-outs so there is plenty of room for the convertible dinette and foldout sofa. 

Thor Motor Coach Freedom Elite 28HE

Freedom Elite 28HE Class C RV floorplan overview that shows living areas and sleeping spots for up to seven people.
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  • Length: 30’
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 8,000 pounds
  • Sleeps: 7

The Freedom Elite 28HE offers an especially spacious 96-inch-wide cabover bunk, which some might argue could sleep two adults. Still, it’s sure to be an ideal hangout for kids in this moderate-sized Class C. 

The 28HE features a single slide-out, which makes it more comfortable for a larger family. With a 71-inch dream dinette and 68-inch jackknife sofa, you can comfortably travel with a family of six. 

Forest River Forester 3011DS

Forester 3011DS Class C RV which includes sleeping areas for up to 7 people.
Image by Forest River
  • Length: 32’3” 
  • GVWR: 14,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 7,500 pounds
  • Sleeps: 8

With two slide-outs and a length of over 32 feet, the Forester 3011DS meets two of our first requirements for a Class C RV for a family of six. Similar to the longer Dynamax on our list, the living area aligns the sofa and dinette, but you gain a lot of kitchen counterspace with an extending flip-up countertop. If your family favors cooking, the 3011DS might be a great option. 

Simply swivel the captain’s chairs in this Class C cab, and you have a complete communal hangout space for a larger family. 

Best Class C for Family of 4

For the smaller family that prefers to spend their time outside exploring, these Class C RVs are great for a family of four or five. Expect a shorter Class C, which makes it easy to find campsites and easy to drive. 

Thor Motor Coach Coleman 22EFQ

Coleman Class C Floorplan for family of 4
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  • Length: 24’
  • GVWR: 12,500 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 8,000 pounds
  • Sleeps: 5

Looking for an affordable, entry-level Class C for your family? The Coleman 22EQF offers the sleeping and living arrangements you need for all your adventures. We love the 22EFQ’s length because it’s easy to drive and navigate even the smallest campsites. You also won’t have to worry about any National Park length regulations. Still, the family camps comfortably!

The 22EFQ comfortably sleeps up to five, but for a family of four, it’s ideal. 

Forest River Forester 2401B

Forester 2401B Class C RV floorplan, which includes sleeping for up to 5 people.
Image by Forest River
  • Length: 25’5”
  • GVWR: 11,030 pounds
  • Hitch Weight Rating: 4,200 pounds
  • Sleeps: 6

The slide-out on the Forester 2401B provides some welcomed additional living space on this nimble Class C RV that’s great for families. We like the addition of side windows on the cabover bunk to allow some natural light. While the floorplan is compact, it feels streamlined, with the U-shaped dinette adding a centralized communal hangout space. For the family of four looking for a small yet classy Class C, check out the 2401B

Looking for a motorhome for your family? A Class C could be the perfect choice. Take a look at our inventory of Class C Motorhomes!


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Does your family own and camp with a Class C RV? What’s your experience been like? Let us know in the comments below!

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