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I would be interested in the reasons why a class C would be safer to drive.

My reasons are more common-sense than anything else; I have no actual data to support the following theories.

In a head-on collision, the Class C's engine compartment and crumple zones should absorb a lot of the energy, providing more protection for the occupants in the cab. In a Class A, there's not much between you and whatever you crash into.

In a rollover, being in the Class C's smaller cab is much safer than being in the open space of a Class A. For one thing, you're protected from large objects (such as cabinets) coming loose and flying around and hitting you. And the sleeping area over the cab will also crumple before the cab does, offering additional safety.

Of course you could probably get a shorter Class C with the only bed being the one over the cab, if you don't mind climbing up and down and not having a lot of head room while you sleep.

I didn't realize that some Class C's come with sleeping space other than over the cab. The Class C you describe is exactly the kind of vehicle I would be looking for. I don't think I would mind the climbs.

I think I would also prefer a shorter vehicle (24' or maybe 26') because it costs less, weighs less, gets better mpg, handles better on the road, and is easier to park than longer RVs.

Your best bet is to go to an RV show and see what is out there. The show's are the best because all the dealers bring all kinds of RV's to one location. Then you can experience each one and see how they feel.

I'm a little hesitant to go to "RV Shows" because of their commercial atmosphere. Right now I know less than the salespeople do, which puts me at a big disadvantage, even if all I'm doing is asking questions---I have no way of really knowing whether what they're saying is true or not.

However, it's amazing that you mention Quartzsite in your next message; this evening I got a monthly email RV newsletter that also mentions Quartzsite and an event for young full-timers. There is also an Escapees campground in Quartzsite.

So I think I would be denying my karma if I didn't check it out, January 18-23. Thanks for the encouragement!

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