Rig Roundup: Class Cs Under 30 Feet 

Mar 16, 2022 | Rigs

Rig Roundup: Class Cs Under 30 Feet 

If you’re looking for a nimble touring experience, these motorhomes offer the perfect balance between driveability and interior space.

By Kerri Cox

Photo: Sanna Boman

Class C motorhomes are a great choice for both weekend warriors and full-time travelers, thanks to the variety of floor plans and features available. They range in length from 22 feet up to 40 feet. For those looking for a nimble touring experience, finding a Class C under 30 feet provides a balance of interior space without a burdensome exterior length. 

Related Rig Roundup: RVs Perfect for National Park Camping

Important Features to Look for in Class Cs Under 30 Feet

When looking for the right Class C, consider these items:

Platform

Most Class Cs under 30 feet are built around the chassis of a Ford, Chevrolet, or Mercedes-Benz van. When selecting a platform, consider the full driving experience. This includes safety, power, and comfort, as well as the type of fuel, cost of maintenance, repair facility locations, and purchase price.

Off-Grid Features

Across the industry, RV manufacturers have worked to appeal to boondockers by providing rigs with solar power, water filtration, larger holding tanks, and more. Class Cs vary widely in whether they come outfitted with these features or whether you can add them as factory options.

Floor Plan

A 30-foot-or-less Class C can come in a variety of floor plans. Some feature a private bedroom, while others have a bed open to the living area. Murphy beds are a popular option in shorter rigs since they combine seating and sleeping space. Many short Class Cs have a dinette and a couch, while others just have one or the other. You’ll also want to consider whether you wish to have slide-outs—they expand the living space but do require maintenance.

Cab-Over Bunk Configurations

One defining feature of Class C motorhomes is the cab-over bunk. While this comes standard, you may also find the option to replace it with an entertainment center or extra storage if you don’t plan to utilize the bed.

Rear Seating While Traveling

Some Class Cs have seat belts and car seat tethers for rear seating, while others do not. This style of RV isn’t required to follow traditional seat belt laws beyond the cab, so safety equipment for rear seating varies. Look for equipment directly mounted to the frame for the best protection. 

Small Class Cs We Love

Here are six of the Class C motorhome options that are under 30 feet in length.

Gray Class C RV exterior side image.
Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24NP. | Photo courtesy Jayco

Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24NP

New for 2022, the Melbourne Prestige 24NP is just one of many Jayco Class Cs under 30 feet long. It features a unique convertible L-shaped lounge and murphy bed in a rear room, as well as twin seats up front, with a variety of table and countertop configurations to maximize the space in this non-slide floor plan. 

SPECS:
GCWR 15,250 pounds
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Fuel Capacity 26 gallons
Exterior Length 25 feet, 2 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 11 inches
Fresh Water Tank 29 gallons
Black Tank 31 gallons
Gray Tank 31 gallons
MSRP $195,293
Interior floorplan of a Class C RV
Photo courtesy Jayco

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Tecnoform high-gloss cabinetry adds a touch of European styling, and a Truma AquaGo Comfort Plus instant water heater comes standard.

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Interior of the Coachmen Cross Trail Class C RV
Coachmen Cross Trail Class C RV. | Photo courtesy Coachmen

Coachmen Cross Trail XL 26XG

In 2021, Coachmen rebranded the Cross Trek lineup to Cross Trail, with the focus on providing innovative storage-centric models. The 26XG delivers on this promise with a rear storage garage that offers a vertical interior space large enough to store a bicycle. Full-time travelers may especially appreciate this useful cargo space, as well as the private bedroom and many seating options in the spacious living area.

SPECS:
GCWR 22,000 pounds
GVWR 14,500 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 7,500 pounds
Fuel Type Gas
Chassis Ford E-450
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Exterior Length 29 feet, 4 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 11 inches
Fresh Water Tank 50 gallons
Black Tank 31 gallons
Gray Tank 31 gallons
MSRP $126,848
Interior floorplan of the Coachmen Cross Trail Class C RV
Photo courtesy Coachmen

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

While the 400 amp-hour AGM battery is already impressively large, you can upgrade to an 800 amp-hour lithium battery for more off-grid capacity.

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Exterior image of a Class C RV from Thor Motor Coach
Thor Four Winds Class C RV. | Photo courtesy Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach Four Winds 25V

Twin beds in the main bedroom of a motorcoach are a rare find, but they provide versatility. The Four Winds 25V has twin beds that convert to a 38-inch-by-75-inch king bed. The front living space has a 71-inch dinette on a slide.

SPECS:
GCWR 16,000 pounds
GVWR 12,300 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 8,000 pounds
Fuel Type Gas
Chassis Chevy Express
Fuel Capacity 57 gallons
Exterior Length 26 feet, 5 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet
Fresh Water Tank 42 gallons
Black Tank 30 gallons
Gray Tank 33 gallons
MSRP $126,450
Floorplan of the interior of a Class C RV
Photo courtesy Thor Motor Coach

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Four Winds 25V is also available on a Ford chassis. Additional options include upgraded decor packages, a 100-watt solar charging system, and electronic stabilizers.

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Class C RV driving down the road
Winnebago View Class C RV. | Photo courtesy Winnebago

Winnebago View 24D

The sleek European styling makes the exterior of the View 24D look more like a Class B van than a full Class C. Once you step inside this 26-foot motorhome, you’ll appreciate the roomy interior, which expands thanks to a 36-inch slide. A murphy bed folds out to provide sleeping space, in addition to the cab-over bunk. 

SPECS:
GCWR 15,250 pounds
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Fuel Capacity 24.5 gallons
Exterior Length 25 feet, 6 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet
Fresh Water Tank 30 gallons
Black Tank 41 gallons
Gray Tank 41 gallons
MSRP $193,111
Interior plan of a Class C RV with optional theater seating options
Photo courtesy Winnebago

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The View 24D comes standard with two 100-watt solar panels and a 3,600-watt Cummins Onan MicroQuiet LP generator, adding to its off-grid capabilities. 

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Class C RV exterior side image
Tiffin Wayfarer Class C RV. | Photo courtesy Tiffin

Tiffin Motorhomes 25 JW

Known for luxury, the Tiffin brand offers a refined interior and innovative features in the 25 JW. A murphy bed is located in the central living area across from a storage wardrobe with a pull-out table, which creates a breakfast nook or workstation. A flip-up entertainment center conceals a TV while providing additional workspace. Two folding chairs are stored under the murphy bed.

SPECS:
GCWR 15,250 pounds
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz 3500 XD
Fuel Capacity 24.5 gallons
Exterior Length 25 feet, 8 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 4 inches
Fresh Water Tank 25 gallons
Black Tank 28 gallons
Gray Tank 36 gallons
MSRP $194,406
Interior floorplans of a Tiffin Class C RV
Photo courtesy Tiffin

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The 25 JW comes standard with the Truma Comfort Plus instant water heater, a one-piece fiberglass roof, and a Spyder Multiplex Coach Control System. Additional upgrades include a central vacuum system and an overhead entertainment center in place of the cab-over bunk.

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Interior of an RV with a dinette table and seating.
Gulf Stream Conquest. | Photo courtesy Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream Conquest 6250

A walk-in closet in a 27-foot Class C? It can be found in the Conquest 6250, adding to the already generous amount of storage space. You’ll also find a dedicated bed and U-shaped dinette on a wall slide. A swivel chair near the entry door provides additional seating.

SPECS:
GCWR N/A
GVWR 12,500 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 7,500 pounds
Fuel Type Gas
Chassis Ford E-350
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Exterior Length 26 feet, 9 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 3 inches
Fresh Water Tank 41 gallons
Black Tank 38 gallons
Gray Tank 38 gallons
MSRP $117,866
Interior floorplan of a Class C RV
Photo courtesy Gulf Stream

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Additional upgrades include swapping the U-dinette for theater seating and adding towing components to the hitch (with a seven-way connector and brake control system).

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Side image of the Entegra Odyssey Class C RV
Entegra Odyssey Class C RV. | Photo courtesy Entegra

Entegra Coach Odyssey 25R

Take your campsite living outdoors with the Odyssey 25R, which features an outside kitchen—complete with a fridge, gas cooktop, and sink—and an exterior television. Inside, floor space is maximized by placing the queen-sized bed in the rear corner, leaving an open living room with a side-by-side sofa and dinette pairing.

SPECS:
GCWR 22,000 pounds
GVWR 14,500 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 7,500 pounds
Fuel Type Gas
Chassis Ford E-450
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Exterior Length 28 feet, 8 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 8 inches
Fresh Water Tank 47 gallons
Black Tank 32 gallons
Gray Tank 41 gallons
MSRP $131,735
Interior floorplan of an RV with optional theater seating
Photo courtesy Entegra

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Entegra offers an industry-leading 2-year limited warranty and a 3-year structural warranty, covering the roof, floors, and walls.

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Interior of an RV's kitchen, seating area, and backside of the cab.
Jayco Greyhawk Class C RV. | Photo courtesy Jayco

Jayco Greyhawk 27U

If you want a family-friendly Class C that is less than 30 feet long, the 27U is a great choice thanks to the ample seating and sleeping options. A jack-knife sofa is placed across from the dinette, creating a cozy gathering space.  

SPECS:
GCWR 22,000 pounds
GVWR 14,500 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 7,500 pounds
Fuel Type Gas
Chassis Ford E-450
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Exterior Length 29 feet, 11 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet, 8 inches
Fresh Water Tank 42 gallons
Black Tank 41 gallons
Gray Tank 31 gallons
MSRP $152,198
Interior floorplans of the 27-foot Jayco Greyhawk Class C RV
Photo courtesy Jayco

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The main bedroom offers privacy, a king bed on a slide, and a large wardrobe. Additional options include theater seating, an entertainment center over the cab, and Jayco’s popular modern farmhouse interior.

More information on this Class C can be found here.


Learn more about Class Cs and other RV types on Togo RV’s YouTube channel:


Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by THOR Industries, Inc., of which Entegra Coach, Jayco, Thor Motor Coach, and Tiffin Motorhomes are subsidiaries.

Remove Ads

Class C RVRig RoundupRigsRV Travel

Kerri Cox

Kerri is a teacher and freelance writer. The decision to buy a travel trailer (christened Birdy) in 2015 changed her life for the better. You can follow her journeys at Travels with Birdy. She lives in Missouri with her husband and teenage sons.

Remove Ads