Best Camper Vans 2021

 Best Camper Vans 2021

Our shortlist for the Best Camper Vans 2021!

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!

Today we’ll take a look at the best camper vans 2021 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 2021 best camper vans gives you a range of the above features.

The Best Camper Vans 2021

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 2021 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 can accommodate up to 4 passengers.

This model features a lovely dinette and bathroom 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 convenience features, such as USB ports and LED lighting.

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 available in 3 models, 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.

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 include 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 $175,000 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 2021, 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 $73,000, 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, 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.

Best Camper Vans 2021- 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 2021

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

ebook boondocking guide

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

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

10 Comments

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • No AC or generator on the Solis 59P

    • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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?

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

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