Small RVs are all the rage. Here is our list of the nine Best Class B RVs for 2021.
Life has generally been impacted in many ways by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the ability to get out and see the latest and greatest RVs at RV shows.
So we decided to help by bringing you the RV Lifestyle list of the nine best Class B RVs for 2021.
We have seen and toured all of the RVs below. We have also visited many of the factories and watched how they are built. We have met owners of several of the companies as well as their product managers and many of the RV dealers who sell the nine models we have selected.
First, however, let's talk a bit about Class B RVs.
The Class B RV and “Vanlife”
You should know that two factors are driving the growth in Class B motor homes.
The first is downsizing, with more people wanting to get into something a little more maneuverable.
The Class B RV is also referred to as a campervan. They have become so popular that they have spawned a movement called “vanlife.”
The second big factor behind the growth of the Class B RV industry is technology.
Lithium-ion batteries, solar panels, and more now make it possible to connect with the world as you're driving and, well, work from anywhere.
They are maneuverable, can be used as second vehicles, are well-adapted to stealth camping, get great fuel mileage and are comfortable, and as luxurious as you want them to be with lots of options that can be added.
Understanding the Class B RV
If you're looking at Class B, you're talking about an RV that is built on a commercial van chassis. That includes the Mercedes Sprinter chassis, the Ford Transit chassis, or the Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis.
Despite being the smallest of motor homes, however, they still have sinks, stoves, refrigerators, holding tanks, toilets, house batteries, beds, sitting areas, and even entertainment features.
When it comes to engines, Class B RVs are either gas or diesel. Class Bs generally get 12-25 miles per gallon.
Class Bs also are designed with various lengths, generally ranging from 18 to about 24 feet.
They also have different floor plans, which means there are various combinations of sleeping arrangements, whether traveling alone or with others. The different floor plans are a big attraction for many Class B owners.
Of course, you’ll wonder about storage and tank capacity in the smaller RVs and you’d be right if you suspect both are limited. However, what they lack in storage they make up for in compact agility, because driving a Class B is like driving a minivan or a truck.
That means fitting into smaller campsites and easier maneuverability when getting into or out of, or visiting, a town. The versatility, in fact, is one of the primary reasons many prefer Class Bs.
Many of these smaller rigs come with lithium house batteries and solar panels to maximize and extend electrical output.
However, if you’re thinking Class Bs are less expensive because they’re smaller, you will be sadly disappointed. Delivering the luxury features of larger coaches compressed into smaller spaces creates engineering and construction challenges, which means higher costs. In addition to the engineering challenge, many Class B and B+ RVs use more costly higher-end components like lithium batteries in their designs.
EXTRA: If you want to know more about Class B+ RVs, be sure to check out “The Class B Plus RV: Maneuverable and Roomy Motorhomes, Perfectly Sized“.
Most of the models we selected are available in different floor plans.
And the companies that built them usually offer other models as well, at differing prices. We tried to include the price for as many of these as we could but realize these are ballpark figures as provided by the manufacturer or information we've picked up from dealers at various RV shows we've attended.
Individual prices always vary, depending on the options you choose and the dealer you buy through.
The name of each model is hyperlinked, so if you click on it you will be directed to the manufacturer's website where you can get more information.
For many of the nine best Class B RVs in our RV Lifestyle list, we have toured the factories of the various manufacturers and documented how they are built. We have embedded videos of those factory tours here with our description of many f the models on our list.
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The RV Lifestyle list of the nine best Class B RVs for 2021:
The Travato is built on the Promaster chassis and is the top-selling Camper Van in North America for a reason.
Several reasons, actually. Energy and fuel-efficient systems make the most of the Travato’s ample power. And streamlined features are designed to keep you traveling even when the elements – and the road – are less than forgiving.
Available with four different floor plans, Travato is 21 feet in length, 9 feet 4 inches tall, and 6 feet 9 inches wide. It is designed to sleep two.
Among the features is a new swing-arm-mounted table that swivels 360 degrees and can be moved to a second mounting position, while automotive-grade dinette seating and two 3-point seat belts make the Travato a practical daily driver.
Additionally, Travato offers all-season roof and sidewall insulation, new honeycomb composite insulated flooring, above-floor waterlines, heated tanks, and available dual-pane acrylic insulated windows extend the camping season and the Eco-Hot water system cuts water waste and waiting time for hot water. The fresh water tank capacity is 18 gallons, the water heater capacity is 2.6 gallons, the black holding tank is either 11 or 12 gallons, depending on the model, while the gray holding tank has a capacity of 12, 13, or 14 gallons, also depending on the model.
When it comes to storage, Travato's underbed, roof, and bike rack options can hold big gear. Travato’s Anything Keepers store books and other small accessories overhead and RAM Tough-Track mounts keep electronics right where you want them.
Travato’s innovative new WinnSleep system combines a superior two-layer CertiPUR-US hygienic foam mattress with a European suspension system to increase comfort, relieve pressure, and improve air circulation.
Pure Advanced Energy System uses safe, dependable automotive-grade technology to provide up to 9,600 watt-hours of power (12,800 with optional 4-module energy pack) for extended off-grid stays.
The Travato starts at $130,056.
The Storyteller Overland is available in three different “modes”: Classic, Stealth, and Beast.
You can probably guess that the Stealth and Beast modes build on the Classic.
All Storyteller Overlanders are 4 X 4 and built with boondockers and off the grid campers in mind.
All are built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, delivering a 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel Engine 7-Speed Transmission, 4×4 All-Wheel-Drive, Electronic Traction System, Low Range Gear, a 24.5 gal Diesel Tank and a 5,000-lb. towing capacity/500-lb. max tongue weight.
They are 19’5” long, 10’ high, and 7’5” wide. The interior is 6’3” high and 6’7” wide.
The freshwater tank capacity is 21 gallons, the water heater capacity is continuous, the cassette toilet capacity is 4.75 gallons and the holding tank capacity (gray) is 24 gallons.
Features in the cab include an MBUX Multimedia System, 10.25” touchscreen, Intelligent Navigation, smartphone wireless charging, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Brake Assist. Active Distance Assist, Attention and Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, heated, electrically folding mirrors, a parking package with 360° cameras, and more.
New for 2021 is increased counter space, a bigger and deeper sink, a wider bed to 56”, hot water recirculation, additional USB Outlets, bug screen, and more efficient AC. The Stealth and Beast modes have even more that’s new for 2021.
Pricing starts at $149,749 .
The Storyteller Overland is on our list of the Best Class C RVs for 2021 because of their innovation and quality. They are aimed at the adventure side of Class B RV van life. We did a video tour of one of them in this report on new Class B RVs from the Super B RV show in Arizona a year or so ago.
The Interstate 24GT is a luxury Class B RV that elevates your travel experience when you’re setting out on a long-term journey for two. The very first time you step inside the 24GT you’ll find that the team at Airstream has thought of everything to make your trips more enjoyable – from cooking to freshening up to getting some rest.
The company says it’s that kind of thought that’s made the Interstate line the no. 1 best-selling Class B diesel motorhome for the past six years. So even though it's costly, it's no wonder it made our RV Lifestyle List of the Best Class B RVs for 2021.
The Airstream Interstate starts with the foundation of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 van chassis. That means it, too, has the 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel Engine and 7-Speed Transmission.
The Interstate is 24’6” long, with a height of 9'8″ for the two-wheel-drive model and 9'11” for the four-wheel-drive version. Its tank capacities are 27 gallons for fresh, 21 gallons for gray, and 13 gallons for black.
The Interstate adds more than 50 best-in-class features as standard, not upgrades. The company aims to deliver the very best in safety, performance, interior design, comfort, efficiency, and more are all onboard each and every time you hit the road.
Airstream says that it includes more Mercedes-Benz safety and performance features than anyone else, from the rear- and side-view cameras and assist features to the Parktronic parking system. Airstream also adds in features of its own, like Air Ride Suspension, which delivers a smooth ride in virtually any road conditions.
It’s available in five different floor plans.
The well-appointed galley kitchen boasts Corian countertops, in addition to high-quality cabinetry handcrafted from fine woods imported from Italy. The luxurious sleeping quarters ensure a peaceful night’s rest – or a refreshing afternoon nap. And the bathroom is full of clever features that work hard and stay neat and clean.
Pricing starts at $194.256
The Coach House Arriva is a Class B motorhome based on the Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter van. It is so unique, Coach House has patented the layout.
We've been fans of this small manufacturing company based in Lantana, FL for years. They have no dealers and sell direct to the consumer. They are on our RV Lifestyle List of the Best Class B RVs for 2021 because of their quality and attention to detail.
The Arriva has features that are not always found in Class B RVs, including a separate toilet and shower, 6-cubic-foot three-way refrigerator-freezer, a convection/microwave oven, a pantry, twin beds that convert into a king bed, and a ducted air-conditioning system.
Two HD TVs are included, one facing the beds, another that can be watched outdoors. Coach House says it is high-tech, downsized luxury at its best.
Features include: Cherry, Maple or Teak interiors, Granite or White Exterior, 15,000 BTU ducted roof air conditioning w/heat pump, 19,000 BTU furnace, Generator, 6 cu ft 3-way refrigerator, and more.
The exterior of Arriva includes a heavy-duty trailer hitch, stainless steel wheel simulators, power awning with LED lights, an outside shower with hot and cold water, 110v electrical receptacle, cable TV and easy-to-use utility compartment, and a concealed and protected 55 lb. propane tank
The interior delivers a wonderful layout with twin beds, that convert to a king. a private bathroom with separate toilet/shower, a large galley with sink, stove, pantry, large refrigerator, swivel front seats, solid surface countertops, MCD day/night shade system that offers soft light by day, privacy at night, and 110v electrical receptacles with USB ports.
Pricing starts around $174,000
Roadtrek is one of the best-known names in small motorhomes and now with a new owner, this Cambridge, Ontario Canada manufacturer makes our RV Lifestyle List of the Best Class B RVs for 2021 with this solid and very reliable model.
We've had several Roadtrek models over the years and we have met many of the men and women who build Roadtresks over our years of doing these RV Lifestyle articles. Some of those who work in the factory production lines have been with the company – under all four of its different owners – for as long as 30 years, giving the brand continuity and solid grounding in manufacturing excellence.
The Zion SRT is small in size but mighty in its offerings. Built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, the Zion SRT is the ideal coach for those yearning to see the sights, but don't want to drive a large RV.
This compact RV offers all the creature comforts of home including a full kitchen with ample storage space, including a large pot drawer and a slide-out pantry, an enclosed bathroom with shower, and a rear sofa that easily transforms into a large king-size bed.
The Zion SRT is built on the stylish Ram ProMaster chassis, giving you a rugged and refined exterior style combination. The sleek lines and beautiful large windows make the coach attractive to look at and the many exterior amenities make life on the road easier so you can enjoy the sights and journey as you start your travel adventures.
As you turn from the driver's seat, you'll find a pop-in table to enjoy a card game or a nice meal. Looking ahead to the kitchen, you'll be able to prepare a delicious meal on your 2-burner propane stove and keep your groceries fresh in your 5 cu. ft. refrigerator. You'll have ample storage in the kitchen including a pull-out pantry and a deep pot drawer.
You will also find a comfortable and spacious permanent bathroom with a stand-up shower, and finally, arrive at your power composite leather sofa that converts into a queen or two twin beds.
Pricing starts at $132,860
Coachmen RV and Mercedes have combined their decade's worth of experience to introduce Galleria, a Class B Motorhome that offers the utmost in quality, luxury, and value.
Galleria is built on the 3500 Mercedes Sprinter extended platform with one of the cleanest running turbo-diesel “Blue TEC” engines on the market that delivers an impressive 325 ft. lb. of torque while still providing excellent fuel economy. Galleria uses high-end components like the Truma Combi furnace/water heater system, Onan generator, and maple cabinetry that is handcrafted by a local Amish cabinet maker with radius cabinet doors, soft close doors/drawers, and custom trim.
It is available in four floorplans.
Galleria is 24′ 3″ in length and 9′ 9″ in height.
The Galleria chassis features include a seven-speed automatic transmission, blind-spot monitoring/lane assist sensor, electronic stability program, collision avoidance indicator, back-up camera, 5,000-lb. tow hitch with seven-pin wiring connector and more.
MSRP starts at around $175,000
Here's a factory video tour we did on how the Galleria is built:
Luxury appointments and amenities abound in the Patriot from American Coach. Unmatched elegance and style, complemented by superior craftsmanship, fit and finish, make this luxury coach truly one of a kind. Add on the optional Freedom Package for extended trips. The Freedom Package offers the safest, most reliable, and environmentally friendly source of AC & DC power.
- 13,500 BTU Rooftop AC (shore-line / Gen) Custom Diffuser
- 2.5 KW LPG Generator With Auto Generator Start
- Victron 2000 Watt Inverter / Charger With Monitor
- Engine Battery Charging System
- HDMI Input to Main TV
- Multiple 110 Volt Outlets
- Multiple USB 12 Volt Chargers
- Driver and Passenger Deluxe Seating Recover & Swivel Peds
- Dark Tinted Side and Rear Windows
- 230 Watt Roof Top Solar Charging System
- Rear Hitch with Wiring Package
- Rear Back-Up Camera System
Pricing starts at $153,000
The American Patriot is made by the Rev Group. Here's a video we did when we turned the factory that gives you an idea of how they make their Class B RVs:
This is the flagship Class B in the product lineup of this quality Canadian-based RV maker, boasting a large bathroom, six cubic foot refrigerator, full-size wardrobe, and extended galley area.
It's a sleek and comfortable and designed so the bank of passenger side windows clear and unobstructed. The combination of the fully opening side door, roll up screen package and generous 6-foot Corian countertop allow for a preparation and serving area that lets you enjoy the outdoors wherever you are camped.
Like many Class B's, the bed on the Plateau is a sofa that extends into a near king-sized bed with the push of a switch. They are known for their exceptional comfort which is achieved with a base layer of medium density foam topped with three inches of memory foam.
All seating is made of soft, stain-resistant, and plush Ultraleather, including the swiveling Captain Chairs up front. There is also a full-sized wardrobe, a private wet bath,
The Plateau is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Van Chassis, is 22'9″ long with a 9'8′ exterior height. The inside height is 7′ 1″ and it comes with four seatbelts.
Here are a few more of the many standard features:
- Inflatable air bed fitted for the cab to sleep kids/grandkids/guests
- MCD blackout roller shades w/ magnetic catch
- Folding privacy/sunshades for windshield & cab door windows
- Hardwood maple cabinet doors
- Recessed LED lighting under cabinets and along the roof
- Rear 24” Smart LED TV w/ swing out mount
- Bose soundbar w/ Bluetooth
- Blu-ray™ player for rear TV
- Winegard® Rayzar® Automatic HDTV antenna
- Large undermount stainless steel sink w/ Corian® cover
- High arc single-handle faucet w/ pull-out sprayer
- Full extension ball bearing drawer glides w/ soft close
Pricing starts at $139,000
Rounding out our list of the nine best Cass B RVs for 2021 are the custom vans built by Advanced RV of Willoughby, Ohio.
They are not for everyone because of the cost.
These vans – built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis – are the most expensive Class B RVs built anywhere on planet earth. Each one is built with features and a floor plan personally selected by the buyer after several days of planning with Advanced RV engineers and designers.
Each van – no two are exactly alike – is named by the customer – and from the time it comes in till the time it is delivered – usually a year-long process – it is referred to by that name and never a number.
The vans typically have massive lithium battery power supplies, high end, computer-controlled air suspension systems for smooth rides and handcrafted cabinetry, deluxe entertainment systems, and innovative components like recirculating water systems.
The vans sell start at about $325, 000 and go up to nearly $500,000.
I told you these were not for everyone. But in a list of the best Class B RVs, Advanced RV has to be included. They truly are quality designs.
Here's a video tour we did of the factory to give you an idea of the process.
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