I would give philybarbour a shout as I think he has a wealth of experience in this subject and a great guy into the bargain also Garth as he has changed from a class to pvc and could give you pointers regarding this subject also
I will be buying my last ever motorhome in the next 6 months or so and must get it correct this time, people reckon it takes 3/4 vehicles before you finally find the best layout etc to meet your needs. This will be my third motorhome so Iím in with a chance lol.
Looked at all the mainstream manufacturers and Hymer ticks all the boxes for me.
To date Iíve never drove an A class and would appreciate members experience when they have changed from C to A class especially driving, visibility, etc, etc.
Will obviously ask for a test drive when I finally decide which vehicle I will be buying but I doubt a 30 minute test drive will be adequate.
Any info will be greatly appreciated.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - its all that matters.
Well, we have had two A Classes, two low profiles and one over cab.
I don't consider the driving to be any different, except your mirrors might be higher up and out of the way of white van man.
OH you do get more HOT sun hitting you head on when driving south.
Sitting around, you do have a better view, no bigger seating, but bigger windows.
One downside is, that if you have a front end accident, you would need specialist repair and parts from Germany, and also the windscreen will be expensive.
With the normal van cab, you can just go to anywhere for repairs.
That said, you will probably feel like a King driving the A Class.
More important is the lay out and weight!
To be blunt, they both have good and bad, and a consideration would also be age and how long you intend keeping!
I think the repair costs and possibly off the road time needs considering seriously, but discounting that, and disregarding money, I would prefer a small A Class. I own a T Class Light weight Hymer Exsis, which is a little lighter than the equivalent A Class, and we carry a scooter.
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If you are tall and get fed up with having to sit low in the drivers seat then the A Class is great. Nice BIG view out of the front. More room but seats are still in the same place. Overall I am glad we changed.
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Lots of room light and airy
I have considered small A class but for reasons given in other posts we are very happy with our C Class
OK the wider cab area on A class looks good but is it really worth the extra ?
Probably easier to have a fixed TV as well but.....
We moved from a C class to an A class, due to it having more room in the cab, so it becomes a larger living area than just two seats turned round (IMHO).
The A class is wider than our previous C, although that does sometimes present potential problems with parking and access. I say potential, because to date, that is during the 6 years we have owned our A class, we have always found a suitable parking spot.
Our previous C class was longer but still weighed in at 4.5t (same as current van).
When we bought the A class we did not realise that the tag axle would provide better stability driving and whilst parked up.
The large screen provides panoramic views and coupled with the electric blind, I can lower it to create a sunblind whilst driving along.
I was told that the metal sunblind can cause a radiator effect when closed, in hot climes, but we have not thought it has.
What is it about your PVC you no longer like or have you changed how you use your MH.
I support Beemer's points about the view when driving and when static. The 'cab' also feels less cramped and one has space beside both seats for handy items and a large pocket for bigger items like a fire extinguisher, windscreen cleaning items etc. The feeling of space from the seating in the living area is great, especially with the taller screens as in our N+B Arto - I find it matches the view from rear U-shaped lounges, but also has the garage.
We have not had problems parking, but I was used to driving 7.5t trucks. As to width I doubt there is more than a couple of inches difference from the body of an A Class and that of a C Class, and with an A Class the driver can see the full width in front of the cab.
I think I would not want to move away from A Class, but if I were choosing a C Class I would want one with no overhang over the front window(can't see tops of mountains and dark), so maybe a low-profile would be preferable.
Just a few more points to consider.
Couple of things
If moving to an older A class (or indeed and older van) check UK & Euro LEZ compliance.
If moving to heavier vehicle check your Licence is sufficient (remember once you are 70 you need medical for C1)
We downsized, the thing we missed most is sitting in the cab (we called it the conservatory) on a cold but sunny day.
The thing we like best is the better equipped kitchen, a lot of foreign A classes have 2 burner hob or no oven or very high oven.
If moving to a pull down over cab bed, consider if you will be able to manage it in 3 years time.
Whatever you decide enjoy it.
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