Purchasing a Motorhome FAQ

    1.    What are the different classes of Motorhomes?

Class B - Conversion van
Class B+ - Is a hybrid of a Class B and a Class C on a cutaway van chassis
Class C - Cutaway van chassis with cab over sleeping
Class A Gas - Bus style Motorhome powered by a gas engine, without air brakes
Class A Diesel - Bus style Motorhome powered by a diesel engine, with air brakes and air suspension. For more details click here!


    2.    Which class of licence do I need to operate a Motorhome?

In Ontario any Motorhome under 11,000kg's (24,250lbs) only requires a G licence to operate. If a Motorhome exceeds 11,000kg's, then a D licence is required. If a Motorhome exceeds 11,000kg's and is equipped with air brakes, you require a DZ licence. For more details click here!

    3.    What financing options are available when purchasing a Motorhome?

Here at The Hitch House we deal with the Dealer Finance Centres of each the major banks for financing your Motorhome purchase. The bank offers a maximum amortization of 20 years with a 5 year term on current model year Motorhomes. On used Motorhomes the major banks offer an amortization period based on the model year.  For more details click here or call and ask to speak to our Business Manager!


    4.    How big should my Motorhome be?

A floor plan/size should be chosen on how you will use the Motorhome on a regular basis. We recommend not choosing your floor plan for the few weekends you will have the grandkids.


    5.    Do I need Slide outs?

Slide outs have enjoyed great popularity over the years, and it is becoming increasingly harder to find Motorhomes without them. When slide outs first came on the market, the general public fell in love with them because they increased living area and made Motorhomes seem more like home. Slide outs made the Motorhome more comfortable for living and extended use. They are especially good for full timers or people with large families. When you enter a coach that has one or more of slide outs open, it looks just like an apartment, and offers extra space on a rainy day at the campsite. These are some of the reasons why people like slide outs and they continue to be a staple in the Motorhome industry.


    6.    Are all Motorhome equipped with seat belts?

All Motorhomes are equipped with seatbelts. A rule of thumb is that there will be the same amount of seatbelts that the Motorhome is capable of sleeping, however this does vary on some manufacturer's floor plans.  The passengers CAN NOT exceed the number of seatbelts.


    7.    The trailer hitch on the majority of Motorhomes is marked with a 5,000lbs rating. Does that mean it's OK to tow a                     trailer or a motorized vehicle that weighs that much?

This only means that the hitch's maximum rating is 5,000lbs. To determine how much weight the Motorhome can tow, subtract the actual weight of the coach, loaded for a trip (with passengers) from the gross combination weight rating (GCWR). This will give you the actual weight the coach can tow. Compare that number with the chassis manufacturer's maximum tow rating.  Use the lower of the two figures to determine the maximum towable load. Ensure that the weight of the towed vehicle is less than the hitch rating and that the towed vehicle is less than the chassis manufacturer's towing weight limit. Understand fully the chassis manufacturer's weight limit for towing a vehicle without a supplementary braking system.


    8.    Can a Motorhome be used in the winter time in Canada?

Here at The Hitch House we do not recommend using your Motorhome in the winter months. Although it is possible, you are at the whim of your furnace running without fault during the whole duration of your trip. If the water in your Motorhome freezes it can split the holding tanks, water heaters, faucets and water lines.  This can cause a serious amount of damage and a large out-of-pocket expense for the owner. There are some manufacturers that do offer an arctic package option. These packages include higher R-factor insulation values, enclosed underbelly, heated holding tanks, dual pane windows and more. The heated holding tanks option is more, or less, designed to be able to use your water system as you drive from subzero temperatures to warmer climates.  Motorhomes are designed for spring and summer in Canada, and fall and winter in warmer climates.


    9.    What does it cost to insure a Motorhome?

Insuring your Motorhome is less expensive than most people think. Your Motorhome is not a daily driver; therefore your insurance company takes that into consideration. An example of insurance costs is as follows: For a Motorhome worth $100,000.00, the annual premium would be roughly $1,390.00 - $115.83/month. Contact your personal insurance company for a quote, or Wayfarer Insurance, specialists in RV insurance.


    10.    Should I rent before I buy?

Definitely! If you've never driven a Motorhome, the time to find out your comfort level is before you buy. Renting is great way to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Also, when you rent from Motorhome Escapes Canada you can earn savings towards the purchase of a Motorhome. Buy within 1 year of your rental return date and you can apply up to 1 week of your rental or $1,500, whichever is less.  You can purchase an "off-rental" Motorhome from Motorhome Escapes Canada or a Motorhome of your choice from The Hitch House. Simply present your Motorhome Escapes' contract to your Sales Representative.