Have you ever wondering how much a motorhome weighs? If you’re planning on purchasing a motorhome, you want to ensure it has the features you want, including making sure it’s within the weight range you want as well. The weight of your motorhome can end up affecting how much gas mileage you get.
Here are the motorhome weight ranges:
- A Class A motorhome that is bus-shaped weighs between 16,000 and 30,000lbs
- A Class B motorhome that is a van-type weighs between 4,000 and 14,000lbs
- A Class C motorhome that is larger than Class B’s weighs between 12,000 and 20,000lbs.
When determining which type of motorhome is right for you, it’s always important to do a test run. Don’t take on a motorhome that is too large that you may not be able to handle. Not everyone can drive a top weight Class A motorhome. Some may need to go lower with a Class B.
If you’re not very familiar with the different classes of motorhomes that there are, making sure you do enough research before purchasing is important. Always keep a mind that there is a limit to how much a motorhome weighs and how much they can accommodate. As you read further on, you’ll learn about dry weight and full weight.
Dry Weight Vs. Full Weight
When calculating dry weight, do not include the weight of passengers, consumables, or any cargo. Empty tanks are the best way to calculate the dry weight. Once those tanks are filled up with water, that’s more weight that is added to your motorhome. This occurs even before it is loaded with any passengers or gear.
Dry weight is the exact weight of the motorhome that includes its standard equipment. This weight doesn’t include fuel, extra cargo, passenger weight, or any other equipment that is optional. Dry weight typically includes equipment that is commonly ordered, generator fluid and other equipment on board, and may or may not include motorhome batteries. Make sure that you are paying to how the manufacturer of your motorhome calculates your dry weight because they could be including other added things.
Full weight is the total weight of your motorhome that includes passengers, equipment, fuel, and other fluids. If you are living in your motorhome, and not towing anything extra, then the full weight is the total weight of your motorhome and everything else in it. The full weight is important because, without these calculations, you can’t evaluate if you are in the weight range provided by the manufacturer.
Full weights are often difficult to modify, but it’s easy to adjust the cargo amount that you’re carrying or reduce the fluids. The full weight is a fixed amount, and there are barriers that are short of making modifications. Some people have consulted their attorneys before making a motorhome purchase. They have been advised that if you exceed the recommended weight for your motorhome, it’s considered negligence and a lawsuit waiting to happen.
How Much Does A Class A Motorhome Weight?
Motorhomes in general are known for their length and sizes. Having big motorhomes can sometimes be a problem, as some states have restrictions on the sizes. A Class A motorhome is the largest of its classes, and also the longest. The majority of the Class A motorhomes range from 21 to 45 feet. The average Class A motorhome is around 35 feet.
The average height of a Class A motorhome is around 10 feet. Class A is also the biggest in regards to weight. A motorhome that is 40 feet in length can weigh more than 40,000lbs. Depending on the model and make of your motorhome the weight may vary. If you’re in the market for a Class A motorhome, make sure you have enough storage space for it.
Your grade for your Class A motorhome should an average of 14 feet in height and 45 feet in length. Here is some Class A motorhome makes:
- Newmar Bay Star Sport 2016 – 28 feet in length
- National Sea Breeze 1994 – 32 feet long
- Thor Motor Coach Windsport 2015 – 28 feet in length
- Safari Passage 315 Model – 33 feet in length
- Forest River 2017 – 34 feet long
- Thor Outlaw 2017 – 40 feet in length
Class A is described as being similar to a home but on wheels. You can choose from simple or complex models. Some of these types of motorhomes have luxuries like washer and dryer hookups, big beds, even mobile garages. If you’re not used to driving motorhomes, we don’t recommend driving Class A because of its heavyweight.
How Much Does A Class B Motorhome Weigh?
Class B motorhomes are very similar in comparison to Class A and Class C motorhomes. The average length of a Class B motorhome is 20 feet. They weigh anywhere from 10,000-20,000lbs and have a height of 7-9 feet. The motorhomes that are Class B can hold 4-6 passengers, depending on the make and model.
Here are some Class B motorhomes:
- Roadtrek Adventurous – 22 feet
- Winnebago Revel – 19 feet
- Sportsmobile Custom Design – 22 feet
- Leisure Travel Serenity – 25 feet long
- 2018 Thor Compass – 23 feet long
- Hymper Aktiv 2018 – 20 feet
The one disadvantage of owning a Class B motorhome is that you won’t have as much space available. There are also fever luxuries available within a Class B motorhome. One of the benefits is that they get better fuel economy, can fit in most parking spaces and are easy to drive.
Newmar Bay Star Sport 2020. This motorhome has the lightest floor plan and weighs a total of 18,000 pounds. The heaviest of its motorhomes weighs an outstanding 22,000 pounds. It is very similar to a home, has a 16-inch frame, and has a deck for walking.
Thor Motor Coach Windsport. The lightest floor plan of Windsport has a total weight of 18,000 pounds and its heaviest floor plan has a total weight of 23,000 pounds. This motorhome comes with chairs, coffee tables, and a sofa to accommodate guests. This type of model will seat eight people in the living room and kitchen areas.
How Much Does A Class C Motorhome Weigh?
Class C motorhomes are a more compact version of the Class A models. Class C is one of the most popular choices because it has more of a natural driving feel than other larger vehicles. These types of mini-motorhomes are perfect that are new to the motorhome lifestyle.
Manufacturers are trying to improve their Class C models every year by jumping up to larger Ford and Chevy models. The larger models are diesel-powered and can pull a heavier load. They are also more fuel-efficient and would benefit the owner.
Why Chose A Class C Motorhome?
Class C has many more benefits than Class A and Class B models. Class C’s also have enough space that they can fit up to 7 people and are even easier to park and drive. Some of the other benefits include:
- Larger sleeping accommodations
- Easier to navigate
- Easier to drive in tougher weather conditions
- Less space needed to cool or heat
- You can access the living area while the motorhome is in motion.
Class C’s are a great choice for camping trips and any vacations that plan to be extended for a period of time. If you have a motorhome that comes with a large motor and chassis, you can also tow another vehicle as well.
Your typical Class C motorhome will come with a refrigerator, storage tanks for waste, dining room area, bathroom (with a shower, sink, and toilet,) storage compartments, and other several sleeping areas.
Even though the Class C motorhome is safe, in terms of driving and handling of the vehicle, there are some things that you should know.
- If this is your first time driving a motorhome, make sure you log plenty of practice to get used to operating it. All vehicles have an adjustment period when driving them.
- Get your insurance plan that specializes in motorhomes so you can be provided with extra coverage. Make sure you have roadside assistance for your motorhome, as well as checking the towing distance.
- Keep a log of your usage for electrical. Motorhomes are only designed to operate certain things at once. A surge protector is a good idea to have if you want to connect multiple devices.
- Inspect your motorhome before taking it on a vacation.
- Research weather conditions when planning your road trip.
FAQ on Motorhome Weight
Why should I have my motorhome weighed? You should have your motorhome weighed because if you exceed the weight of your vehicle, you could cause more wear and tear on their components. This could also cause other failures and repairs. In a worst-case scenario, exceeding the weight limit would be a safety hazard.
Why should I have my motorhome weighted by wheel position? The only weight to properly have your motorhome weighed is by wheel position. The wheels and tires of your vehicle are its foundation. Unless you have the weight carried by each wheel position, you will have no way of knowing what the proper inflation is of your tires.
Why should RVSEF weigh my motorhome? You should have your motorhome weight by RVSEF because they have standard procedures for motorhome weighing that are currently accepted by manufacturers and the motorhome industry. They provide detailed weighing reports and compare them to the motorhome’s rating with the weight levels that were actually collected.
What is the RVSEF weighing process? The first thing you will do is complete a sheet detailing what type of motorhome you have. One of the most important parts of the information to fill out is the kind of air pressure your tires run on. For better accuracy, it’s important to provide them with this sheet in advance. You will then arrive at your designated weighing site. To weigh your motorhome, you will then be pulled up to the scales to take readings and receive a report with a detailed analysis.
Can my motorhome be weighed at a campsite? Your motorhomes can’t be weighed at a campsite because most of the campsites are not leveled and you won’t receive the accurate weight of your vehicle. For motorhomes that have air suspension, it’s important for it to be weight at an accurate site so the air suspension can end up being leveled.
As discussed, there are many options available for the weights of motorhomes. From motorhomes that are lightweight to Class A motorhomes that are on a larger scale. We hope this research will help you find the right type of motorhome that is ideal for you and your family.