Best Family Winter Vehicle – Class C RV or Travel Trailer

Best Family Winter Vehicle – Class C RV or Travel Trailer

Winter is upon us, and family vacations are in the mix. For many, this means strictly staying indoors whether traveling is in involved or not. Others seek to embrace the cold with the help of an adventure vehicle. That said, this decision can quickly go south if not careful. Choosing the right vehicle for the family can be all the difference to not only their comfort but how enthusiastically they interact with the outdoors. To help with your decision, here’s a quick vehicle comparison between the classic class C RV and a larger-sized travel trailer.

Defining the Terms

A class C RV is a type of motorhome defined by its middle ground in size between class A and B vehicles. Most class C’s merge a cutaway van chassis with the rest of the home. While typically not as luxurious as class A models, class C RV’s are generally thought to be easier to maneuver and a more economical option to boot.

On the other hand, people define travel trailer less by a specific size and more by how they are towed. Travel trailers require a hitch to attach to a car or truck. They have no mobile function on their own. As such, their characteristics vary wildly. For the purposes of this exercise though, we’ll be using the TAXA Mantis as a realistic option that a family might use.

Let’s get started!

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Room to Roam

Obviously, adequate space is a requirement of any family outing. Kids and parents alike need personal space to keep spirits high. Not only that though, a robust footprint enables families to bring all the essentials to stay warm and play hard. Cold weather items are generally bulky, so storage is important.

Class C RV

  • sleeps 4 to 8 people
  • typically between 21 and 33′ long
  • between 1,000-1,5000 of cargo capacity

TAXA Mantis Travel Trailer

  • sleeps 4 comfortably, potential to add 3 or more with rooftop tent or bunkbed system
  • 19′ long
  • 1,028 cargo capacity

Keep the Heat

Further, maintaining a comfortable temperature indoors is essential to keeping the fam charged up and ready to explore. While layering and biohacks might play a role in this, the habitat itself will more than likely do the heavy lifting. Power sourcing proves most influential here. Adequate power keeps the main furnace working while also fueling supplemental heat sources.

Class C RV

  • electric or gas furnace depending on the model
  • battery-reliant electrical system
  • 2-3 days of electrical capacity with multiple batteries and moderate use

TAXA Mantis Travel Trailer

  • Truma Combi Eco Furnace & Water Heater System
  • battery-powered electrical system with solar-powered inlet
  • 2-3 days of electrical capacity, potential for 7 plus days off-grid power with adequate sunlight
Best Family Winter Vehicle- Class C RV or TAXA Mantis
Mantis Truma System

Family-Friendly Extras

Equally important, different vehicles flaunt different living amenities. However, generally speaking, a class C RV and larger-sized travel trailer will make some attempt at the basics. Families need some way to make and store food. They also require some method of bathing/using the restroom. Further, most vehicles include some space to interact and encourage social activity.

Class C RV

  • Internal wet bath
  • Full galley kitchen
  • Small living area with stationary furniture

TAXA Mantis Travel Trailer

  • Internal wet bath
  • Full galley kitchen
  • Small living area with modular furniture, convertible seating for 6

To demonstrate how the Mantis wet bath works, check out this video here.

Other Considerations – Class C RV or Travel Trailer

Rugged Limitations

A class C RV can visit traditional campsites. However, the Mantis has a super robust suspension and impressive ground clearance at 11″. The Mantis Overland boasts even higher clearance at 14″. Due to these modifications, the Mantis can safely travel over much rugged terrain. This will drastically expand the number of potential destinations your family can visit.


Some drivers might not feel safe or comfortable maneuvering a 30′ vehicle like a class C RV. While towing a trailer can be tricky as well, this arrangement nevertheless offers the comfort of driving your traditional vehicle.


A class C RV typically ranges between $75-100k. It also carries with it other potential expenses like a storage cost or extra money spent on gas. In contrast, the travel trailer represents one of the more reasonable price options in the family-sized recreational vehicle market. The TAXA Mantis, for one, retails at $46,000. It fits in most 7′ garages. Additionally, it weighs in under 3,000 lbs, keeping fuel costs to a minimum.

Best Family Winter Vehicle- Class C RV or TAXA Mantis

Best Family Winter Vehicle Conclusion

To sum up, class C RV’s and travel trailers both represent quality options for family-sized winter adventures. Both vehicle types include robust space and living amenities with perhaps a slight edge to the travel trailer in its adaptability. The travel trailer features a more modular footprint combined with more flexible power solutions. Further, some campers might prefer its smaller, lighter packaging to the heavy bulk of the Class C.

Naturally, this analysis depends on you and your needs though. We at TAXA prefer a more functional approach to vehicle design. Our goal is to build thoughtful mobile habitats and other equipment that facilitate connections with nature. 

For more information on cold weather camping in a TAXA, check out this article here.