There are a lot of questions to consider with any RV purchase. A motorhome is a big investment and it’s good to ensure you know exactly what you’re in for when becoming an owner! We’ve created a list of some of the frequently asked questions about motorhomes as well as the answers!
Do I need a CDL or other credentials to drive a motorhome?
Typically, you will not need any type of special driver’s license to drive a motorhome. There may be some exclusions to this but it will typically have to do with a rig that is very large and very heavy, or if you plan to tow something pretty large behind it. You will want to double check your state’s laws and make sure that the motorhome you’re looking at, and anything you plan to tow with it, won’t fall into this category. While you don’t need a special license, if the thought of driving a large vehicle is intimidating, there are plenty of places that offer training on it. A simple Google search will help you to find a place near you that can teach you about cornering, backing up, towing, and bridge heights! For more information on specific sizes, weights, and states that may require a special license, click here!
What is the difference between a class A, B, & C?
Many wonder if this has to do with quality, but it has to do with how they are built. A class A motorhome is built on a large bus or truck chassis. They are the bigger motorhomes and generally you will find features like air ride suspension and breaks on these. A class B motorhome is the one that is essentially a van with a living area in the back. A class C is one that is built on a truck chassis with added area in the back, similar to the types of trucks you see at U-Haul. Class C motorhomes can usually be distinguishable by an overhead bunk above the cab.
Do I need to follow the truck speeds on the highway?
A motorhome is classified as a non-commercial vehicle. Unless you, for some reason, have a commercial license plate on your motorhome, or the sign specifically says RV speed, you can follow all normal car speed limits. Now, this may not necessarily mean you want to be clipping down the highway at 70 mph. You want to consider gas mileage as well as handling. The faster you go the harder the rig will be to control. The best gas mileage will be found at around 55 to 60 mph. Speed will vary depending on road and wind conditions. Use caution and keep yourself and others safe.
Do I need to get it weighed at weigh stations?
Weigh stations are for commercial vehicles that are hauling commercial loads. So the short answer to this question is, no, you do not have to get weighed at a weigh station. If you have any questions or concerns on if you may be overloaded, then you should pull in and get weighed to ensure safety. The only other situation where you may be required to get weighed is if you see an officer waving you into the station or a sign that specifically says RVs. They may have some special circumstances due to road conditions at that moment.
Diesel or Gas, which is better?
This is a pretty big debate and you will find that there are lots of opinions. The answer to this will depend on your use. If you plan on taking long trips around the country, if you want to full-time, or if you storage space is a major concern, diesel will be the way to go. If you plan to just use your rig during the summer for short trips and then store it in the winter, the better way to go is gas. Want to learn more? Check out our full write up on diesel vs. gas!
Can I use it in the winter?
RVing isn’t just for the summer months anymore! Many people are camping in the winter and some are even living in their motorhomes full time! Many rigs today come with added insulation, enclosed underbellies, heated holding tanks and water lines, and large furnaces. All these added features make RVing in the winter possible and comfortable! Depending on your RV, and where you plan to be, you may need to take some precautions. Sub zero temps can cause freezing if you’re not careful, so be prepared!
Do I have to wear a seat belt in the back?
We always recommend that any passenger in any vehicle wear a seat belt. Seat belts are life-saving devices and should always be worn whether the law stipulates it or not. With that being said, the law will vary depending on where you are. The majority of states only require those in the front seats to have a belt on, while others require all passengers to have them on. Those that do allow passengers in the back to ride without seat belts will generally have a law on age. RV help desk has a great chart that shows the laws from state to state, as well as the fines for not following the laws.
What’s the difference between the Chassis and House battery?
Both of these batteries are lead acid batteries. This means that they are comprised of lead plates and sulfuric acid. The chassis battery is meant for a quick strong punch of current to get the engine started. This is the same as a car battery. The house battery is what they call a deep cycle battery. These are meant for a lower current for longer periods of time. This battery is what will power your lights, appliances, etc.
Can I deduct any part of my motorhome on my taxes?
Yes! A motorhome can be considered a 2nd dwelling! If you finance your motorhome, you can write off the interest on you payment. You can also write off the taxes paid on the initial purchase, as well as the cost to register and renew your plates each year.
What are some of the questions you have regarding motorhomes?