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Our shortlist for the Best Camper Vans 2022!

If you’re looking for the freedom and sense of adventure that a motorhome provides but don’t need that much space or the big price tag, then you should consider a camper van.

Camper vans are an attractive option given that they are compact, rugged, and can be as equipped as you need. In fact, my wife and I traveled in one ourselves for many years!

Today we’ll take a look at the best camper vans 2022 has to offer.

How Do You Choose the Right Camper Van?

Like everything else, there are tons of options on the market for camper vans.

Camper vans are hot, especially with the wildly popular “van life” crowd of minimalists who want comfort and practicality and lots of off-the-grid capabilities. New models are coming out all the time and we’ll do our best to give you looks at many of them as we get to check them out this year. 

They come in a variety of sizes and configurations depending on their purpose.

Some are designed for weekend travel, while others can accommodate simple full-time living. Some are for campgrounds, and others for boondocking. Some are cheap, and others are shockingly expensive!

TIP: We also recently did a review on the 9 best Class B RVs out there. CLICK HERE to see that article

Choosing the best camper van for you depends on your travel plans, as well as the following considerations:

  • Your Budget
  • Size to accommodate your gear and passengers
  • Drivetrain (2-wheel, 4-wheel, or all-wheel drive)
  • Diesel vs. gasoline
  • Service history and mileage (if buying used)
  • Weekender vs. Fulltime

The following list of 2022 best camper vans gives you a range of the above features.

The Best Camper Vans 2022

Based on our experience and other campers we’ve gotten to know, we’ve compiled a list of the best camper vans for you to check out this year.

Let’s get this on the road! In our opinion, here are the best small camper vans 2022 has to offer:

Winnebago Solis 59P

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The Winnebago Solis 59P is right under 20’ long and packs many features into a smaller vehicle. It’s a pop-top that sleeps up to 4 passengers.

This model features a lovely dinette and wet bath that’s very compact with just a shower and a toilet.

Much like the Winnebago Revel (which we’ll cover soon), the bathroom can also function as a closet, which is complete with shelves.

The Solis offers standard equipment such as AGM batteries, a Coleman AC unit, a 2800 Onan generator, one solar panel with 220 watts, and a water heater system. It also offers many convenient features, such as USB ports and LED lighting.

MSRP starts at $128,311.

Winnebago also offers a slightly larger floorplan with the Solix 59PX, bringing it to 21′ in length. This one starts at $148,900.

Thor Tellaro

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The Tellaro from Thor features many of the same functionalities as their Sequence model. One main difference is that the Tellaro is available with a pop-top, which helps increase sleeping capacity to four people. It’s 21′ long and without the pop-top, sleeps two people.

It’s available in 4 floorplans, so you have lots of choices with this one.

Standard equipment includes a Thule bike rack, 200-watt solar panel, AGM batteries, power awning, and an energy-efficient AC system. This model features the same generator you’ll find in the Solis, as well as a similar bathroom.

The Tellaro, however, does have a few advantages over the Winnebago Solis. For example, it has a bigger dining table and refrigerator, extended storage space, and a powered awning.

Another great benefit is the price of the Tellaro is usually less than the Solis. MSRP starts at $120,960 depending on the floorplan you select.

Winnebago Revel

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The Revel from Winnebago is a popular option that many RVers love. Also just under 20’, it has a comfortable amount of space for two adults.

Under the hood, you’ll find a V6 engine that’s 3.0 liters and turbodiesel. Plus, it’s a 4-wheel drive.

Of course, Winnebago is a big name in the RV industry, so you find some of the best amenities on their vans. You’ll enjoy having your freshwater tank, pantry, refrigerator, closet, and even an exterior table that folds down.

The Revel features power equipment that draws its electricity from two high-performance batteries that you can look at using Bluetooth.

You’ll find other great things with this camper van including adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The only downside is that it comes with a pretty hefty price tag of around $202,000 for the base model.

Pleasure-Way Tofino

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The Tofino from Pleasure-Way is a great option for those looking for a cheaper price tag.

On this list of best camper vans 2022, the Tofino comes in at the smallest.

At only 17 feet 9 inches long, it sits atop the 1500 model Ram ProMaster chassis. This is a van that’s not only easy to drive but also very easy to park since it’s shorter than other models.

The price usually starts just above $85,000, making it a more affordable option than the Winnebago or Thor models.

Inside the van, you’ll find many space-saving features such as a couch that transforms into a bed and a dinette table that sits on a moveable tripod. The tripod allows the table to be set up in multiple ways, such as facing the couch or in front of the sofa.

Considering this is a smaller van, it still offers a good deal of storage size, a refrigerator that runs on AC/DC, a stove, and a sink. Throughout the van, you’ll find USB ports and LED lighting.

The pop-up area is smaller than the Tellaro and Solis models but is still sufficient to sleep, one adult or children.

There is a catch to this model, which makes the price cheaper – there’s no shower or bathroom on board. However, the rear storage area is pretty large, so you could stick a porta-potty back there if you wanted.

This model also does not come with a generator or an AC for the coach area.

As you can see, the PleasureWay is more of a minimalist van but still comes standard with a couple of 100Ah lithium batteries and an inverter that can handle 2,000 watts.

Airstream Interstate Nineteen

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The Airstream Interstate Nineteen is considered a luxury camper van and is the smallest model the manufacturer makes.

At 19 feet long, it does pack a punch in the market because it looks more like an oversized van than a camper. It has seating areas for four passengers but only sleeps two people.

You’ll love standard equipment such as an unlimited water heater, Mercedez Benz safety Systems, LED HDTV made by Samsung, a power sliding door, and so much more.

This camper van comes complete with a kitchen, bathroom, a lounging area, and the largest bed in its class.

Pricing starts at $191,125.

Converted Sprinter Camper Vans

Another option I think is worth exploring is converting your own Sprinter van or buying someone else’s converted van. San Diego has a top-rated Sprinter van conversion company called VanCraft.

You can buy an already converted campervan starting at $89,000 or convert your own Sprinter van starting at $43,000. Surprisingly, they have a really fast 2-month turnaround.

What’s neat is the company also rents converted campervans. So, you can try out a few different models to see which works best for you before you buy or convert your own.

Sometimes the best camper vans are ones customized by you or others!

Best Camper Vans 2022- USED

If the prices of new camper vans are above your budget or what you’re willing to pay, have no fear! There are excellent used options available for much less.

Basically, if you can afford a new, relatively nice car, you can afford a new-to-you camper van.

You can check out our article for Used Class B RV for Every Budget. We’ve updated the guide with how to find the best used camper van for your budget.

Your Vote for the Best Camper Vans 2022

We’d love to hear your opinions! Let us know in the comments which camper van you’d buy or already enjoy.

The Beginner’s Guide to Boondocking

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If you’re researching camper vans, you should also research boondocking! Camper vans are ideal for camping off the grid.

In our complete beginner’s guide, we walk you through:

  • The 4 electronic systems you need
  • Tips, tricks, and “cheats”
  • Safety
  • Best resources to find free or cheap boondocking spots
  • and so much more!

Get my Beginners Guide to Boondocking


Our RV Buying Secrets

Next to your home, an RV is most likely the 2nd most expensive thing you’ll ever purchase.

We get questions every day of other RVers wondering. “How do you buy a new or used RV?”

So we created a 75+-page downloadable digital guide to help you understand the nuances that come with purchasing an RV, where you can save thousands of dollars in the buying process, what the right questions are to ask dealers, what things to look out for, how to select the right unit, amenities, warranties, and so much more!

We created this guide to help you understand the nuances that come with purchasing an RV including:

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  • What questions to ask dealers
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  • How to narrow down RV amenities
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This ebook is designed to help make your purchase process as smooth as possible. And to teach you step-by-step exactly what to do so you can start your RV Lifestyle today!



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20 Responses to “Best Camper Vans 2022”

June 21, 2021at7:21 pm, Roger said:

Betty: We will work with you if you are located far away to help reduce your delivery cost — PLMK?

July 03, 2021at10:46 pm, Joel said:

Hi Roger, is this still available? Does it have a toilet? Thanks, Joel

July 10, 2021at11:06 pm, ROGER REINER said:

Yes, everything works, but the shower is not currently hooked up. That’s the way it was when we bought it, but we did have it checked out and it does work, but needs to be re-connected. We never needed it so have not done so yet.

June 15, 2021at2:48 am, Betty Brunson said:

Very interested in your van. Where are you located?

June 17, 2021at11:57 am, Roger said:

Western SD, near Rapid City, Sturgis, Mount Rushmore, etc.

February 15, 2021at10:11 am, ZX Macman said:

I understand the Winnebago Travato is the No. 1 selling camper van but you never mention it.

January 24, 2021at12:16 pm, alan schroepfer said:

Looking for a short 17′ solid high-top B motorhome like the old Roadtrek 170. Todays “short” advertised B’s .are at least 19′. Revel’s Mercedes is too expensive. I’ve called the major B manufacturers and as of January 2021 no USA builder plans to meet this market.
Is there a European product like this being sold and available in the lower 48?

June 14, 2021at5:24 pm, ROGER REINER said:

We have a 1990 Ford E-250 fully self-contained. Shower works but is not hooked up. Few minor dings and repairs. We bought this as a basket case and then had nearly everything repaired so it all works fine now, I think. Has new Michelin tires, new computer, many other things. Microwave, fridge, TV, 2-burner stove, Onan 2800 generator, Comfortably sleeps 3 adults or maybe two adults, two children. Respond with ph# or email and I can provide pics and other details. We don’t need to sell but will as both of us are facing health issues. ~est. $20,000 or so.

June 14, 2021at5:42 pm, Roger said:

Forgot to mention this is a factory Ford 190 Falcon. Mileage is 99435. No leaks on vehicle or engine, trans, etc., all 3 new fuel pumps, both batteries replaced, tranny flushed, inverter plate replaced, full tune-up, manual awning works fine, AC/heater work good, plus several other minor things done and a few yet to be including a few cosmetic things. Currently winterized.

June 15, 2021at2:48 am, Betty Brunson said:

Very interested in your van. Where are you located?

June 16, 2021at4:23 pm, ROGER REINER said:

Forgot to mention it has a heavy duty hitch as well. We debugged this a few years ago on a 3000 mile round trip to the Mojave desert in S. CA. — you can try to reach me at rushcard1 which is registered under yahoo.com using the at sign — the generator is actually a 2.8 KW Onan and looks new — thanks.

January 21, 2021at9:22 am, Maureen Collind said:

What about the Recon and Metris camper vans? How do you rate them?

January 19, 2021at12:41 pm, Mark said:

All units listed, except the Revel, have a Truma heating system onboard. Focus on reliability and comfort from these OEMs is clear from their selection of systems on board.

January 19, 2021at9:30 am, Doug said:

No AC or generator on the Solis 59P

January 19, 2021at2:34 pm, Amy Delpiere said:

You’re right Doug. I noticed that also. My understanding is that you need to upgrade to the PX to get enough space on the roof for an AC unit.
The small bathroom size may be a deal-breaker for my husband, but I still like the Solis a lot.

January 19, 2021at9:02 am, Anne said:

After many years of searching, I found the Panoramic- built in Quebec Canada. As soon as I walked in, I knew it was the one. Quality is better than all others, in my opinion.

January 19, 2021at8:50 am, richard said:

Coach House Arriva. Same size as the Airstream, equally high-end finishes, and a dry bath!

January 19, 2021at8:49 am, Marsha said:

So sad you don’t even mention Roadtrek anymore….

January 19, 2021at12:34 pm, Pamela Forman said:

It is, isn’t it. Probably sorry they don’t have one anymore!

July 18, 2021at2:31 pm, Joni said:

Since I have one. Roadtrek would probably be my number 1 choice.

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