Call them campervans. Call their style Van Life. Whatever you call it, Class B RVs are very popular these days. Here are 10 reasons to buy a Class B RV.
The RV Lifestyle offers a lot of choices. From travel trailers, to fifth wheels to motorhomes, there is a vehicle to suit every style.
And when it comes to motorhomes, there are essentially three choices – a big Class A (as long as 40+ feet, usually with multiple slides), a ClassC (less than 30 but tall and wide, sometimes with slides) and a Class B, often called a campervan and anywhere from 20-25-feet or so in length.
You may know them as Class A, C and B. The industry thought the term “Class” sounded too elitist so it switched to the word Type instead. But real people call them Class B, Class A and Class C RVs.
Oh yeah, there's one more “Class:” The B+
That's the RV we are in now. It's technically a Class C because it is just a tad bigger than a campervan. But we identify in it more with the Class B crowd, rather than the Class C crowd. Another way to say it is that it is closer in size and function to a Class B than a Class C.
Class Bs are probably the hottest selling segment of the motorized RV market these days.
But is a Class B right for you?
After more than nine years of RV travel and nearly 250,000 miles climbing mountains, visiting seashores, National Parks and wilderness areas all over North America,
Here are 10 Reasons to buy a Class B RV:
1) A Class B RV can go where pretty much where a car can go
A Class B is meant for getting you easily to wherever you want to go, be it a fast-food parking lot off the freeway or a remote boondocking spot in the middle of a national forest or BLM lands far off the commercial grid. It is maneuverable and easy to drive yet has all the comforts of home. Which figures, because it is your home.
2) A Class B RV is for those who like to tour
The bigger motorhomes are just that: Big. Very big. You need to be careful turning corners, changing lanes, going under things and once you get off the interstates, you will get the same looks a slow-moving tractor does on a two-lane in rural country. A Class B shares the road well with all vehicles, accelerates well, turns easily, and doesn't take up three car lengths of roadway.
3) A Class B RV actually gets good fuel economy
My first Class B got 22 miles to a gallon. The others averaged 17-18 mpg. At today's fuel prices, the fuel savings a B offers over the bigger motorhomes out there are considerable. Our current RV, a Leisure Travel Vans Wonderis a little bigger and is known as a Class B+. It gets about 12.6 mpg
4) A Class B RV can run errands as a second vehicle at home
I often have used our Class B RVs as a second vehicle. Jennifer has our car. I drove the campervan. Simple as can be.
5) A Class B RV can stay parked in your driveway in most places
Neighborhood and homeowner associations tend to frown on Class A and Class Cs being parked in driveways. There's not nearly the problem with Class Bs. I have never had to store my RVs in a lot, paying stiff monthly fees. Mine is right in my driveway, ready to take me across town or the country anytime I want.
6) A Class B RV simplifies the traveling life
It is so easy to go in a Class B. You learn very quickly that you do not need nearly the “stuff” you thought you'd need. You take what you need and are surprised to discover that, other than food, a few changes of clothing and some elementary camping gear, you travel light.
And that just feels so right.
Free and easy down the road you'll go.
Seriously, I think of my RV every time I hear that Dierks Bentley song. “A pair of boots and a sack of clothes, free and easy down the road I go. Hangin' memories on the high line poles, free and easy down the road I go.”
Oops. Sorry about that.
Here is a video we did that compares the least to the most expensive Class B RVs
7) A Class B RV is for doers, not sitters
Nothing against Class A or Class C RVers but it's been my experience that Class B owners are folks who don't like sitting in one place very long.
They are very active hikers, bikers, explorers.
Yeah, we have a small house. But we have a big yard.
Class B RVers spend a lot of time outdoors.
Here's a video showing how well a Class B RV gets around places like Yellowstone National Park:
8) A Class B RV doesn't require a lot of set-up and take down
It's so easy to park in a camping spot. Even if you have to back in. Hooking up takes three minutes, tops. Same with unplugging and leaving. Leveling is seldom a problem. If it is, move a few feet. Try that in a Class A.
9) A Class B RV is great for day trips and special events
Driving to visit relatives, attending a grandkid's soccer game, or parking along a parade route, there's nothing like having your own bathroom on board, a fridge and microwave for snacks, or a place to charge computers, smartphones, camera batteries, and the like. Because it drives so easily, it's handy and easy to take non-camping outings.
10) A Class B RV can serve as a guest bedroom in your driveway
Plug in an extension cord and your Class B can serve as a spare bedroom for guests, giving them – and you – privacy.
I know of some Class B owners who use it as a dressing room while attending weddings or as a place to nap cranky kids.
Because most Class Bs also have generators or coach batteries to provide power, the Class B is also a great refuge in a storm when the grid supplying your neighborhood is interrupted.
Okay. Those are my top ten reasons why a Class B RV may be right for you.
I'm sure we could come up with ten more reasons. In fact, current Class B owners, please feel free to add to this list under comments.
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