A Class A Diesel Pusher RV was our primary target for the first six months of our RV shopping and research. If you've seen our RV shopping spreadsheets, those were filled with all Class A's! If you're curious about why we went toy hauler versus class A, see this FAQ entry: changinglanesrv.com/faq/?Display_FAQ=2159
During our time looking at Class A's, I (chad) was really looking forward to piloting one of those large RVs all over the country and we had a lot of assumptions about what that might be like. But, what's it really like?
Thanks to our friends, Phil and Stacy (You, Me & the RV), we got to try it out! Phil and Stacy also took part in this “rig swap” experiment.
Class A Travel Day Assumptions
Accessibility to one's main living area while traveling has some inherent benefits.
Access to the kitchen, fridge and bathroom while driving (for the passengers) is huge. The passenger could go to the bathroom, freshen the coffee, make a sandwich, etc. All without stopping! Within a reasonable margin of safety, of course. We'd imagine on long stretches of straight highway, etc.
Also, the ability to access those same “home” amenities while pulled over without having to get out in the rain, snow, cold weather, etc is a big plus.
Another huge benefit for Tara, who suffers from several chronic illnesses, would be able to lay on the sofa to rest versus the back seat of the truck. A big difference in comfort levels for sure!
Class A Driving Assumptions
In addition to having easy access to the comforts of home, we were looking forward to the ride comfort. Most class A diesel pushers have air suspension, which should be a huge improvement over the shocks and leaf springs of a truck.
For the record, we have upgraded our suspension on the truck by adding airbags and sulastic (rubber) shackles. For more details, see: changinglanesrv.com/faq/?Display_FAQ=2829 Additionally, our MORryde RV Suspension Upgrade made a HUGE improvement in the ride in the truck, which was unexpected.
Assumptions vs. Reality
For the most part, all of our assumptions panned out. In terms of access to the bathroom and kitchen and such, slides can play a big part. When we were touring RVs in the beginning, we did find some, where the bathroom and/or bedroom access was cut off with the slides in. So, just as in any RV, accessibility with the slides in can make or break a travel day.
Tara was comfortable on the sofa and she could even use the dining table to work (she usually edits during travel days).
- Towing a LARGE 5th Wheel RV: youtu.be/87runDszXLQ
- How to Compare Different Makes and Model RVs (The Spreadsheets!): changinglanesrv.com/the-spreadsheets/
- Toy Hauler Garage Modes! (Office | Guest Suite | Garage): youtu.be/AC6fHSXMHfA
- MORryde Independent Suspension and Disc Brakes Upgrade!: youtu.be/knG7L7VTeeY
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