While both Class A and Class C RVs are designed with safety in mind, the designs of various Class C RVs tend to be safer overall. This is for a few different reasons. One is the lower ceiling height on Class C RVs. This lower clearance makes Class C RVs less likely to catch a gust of wind while driving on the road.
In contrast, Class A RVs are much more susceptible to being swayed by gusts of wind. This can be a safety hazard due to the driver overcorrecting to avoid flipping the vehicle. Class C RVs also sit much lower to the ground than most Class A RVs. This makes them less likely to roll in the event that you take a tight corner.
Another reason why Class C RVs are preferable from a safety standpoint is the position of the engine and the extended hood of the vehicle. The large hood and engine are positioned directly in front of the cab where the driver sits.
This front end hood design acts as a barrier in the case of a front impact accident occurring and will protect the driver and front seat passenger. In Class A RVs on the other hand, both the driver and front seat passenger sit on top of the engine instead of behind it.
All Class C RVs come with airbags just like you would expect with any normal vehicle. Class A RVs do have seatbelts but usually, don’t have airbags installed as a standard feature. The driver and front seat passenger have little protection when a front end collision occurs.
Whether you choose a Class A or Class C RV, remember that your passengers will be the safest if they’re buckled in the seat next to the driver. Whenever you drive an RV you shouldn’t allow your passengers don’t sit or walk around the back living areas.