The kings of the leisure road, class A motorhomes are generally the most luxurious, fully self-contained recreational vehicles available. Class A rigs come in a variety of configurations, but all are constructed on a specially designed truck or bus chassis, powered by either a gasoline or diesel engine. Most have the appearance of a bus, with a flat front end, generally with a front-mounted gas engine or rear diesel engine (a diesel pusher). Some are conversions from new bus bodies. Most Class As are priced from about $58,000 up to about $400,000. Custom-built luxury models, with a dizzying selection of accessories and special features, can cost more than $1 million.
Like a one-bedroom condo on wheels, Class A motorhomes feature loads of living space, with private sleeping for two, and sofa beds for another four or six people. Class As are the most popular of motorized RVs, and almost all have a bathroom with shower, galley (kitchen), dining table and living room area. A "wide body" is a motorhome that is wider than the standard 96 inches, providing more interior room. However, be aware that a few states require special permits for wide-body vehicles, and most states limit vehicle width to 102 inches. This width doesnt include slide-outs, which are generally available on most RV model lines. One slide-out is common, but some rigs have as many as five to make the interior living space especially roomy and comfortable while parked.
Some motorhomes even come with basements. It may sound impossible, but an RV basement refers to a separate storage area between the chassis and interior floor, not unlike the baggage area on a commercial bus. Very useful. Other convenient features include front seats that swivel around to face the living area, various cabinets and side tables, entertainment systems, versatile interior lighting and skylights.