What is a Class B RV Motorhome & Is It Right for Me?

The Transwest Team
The Transwest Team
May 06, 2021
What is a Class B RV Motorhome & Is It Right for Me?

When preparing to buy an RV, one of the first choices you will be faced with is which type of RV you should purchase. RVs are usually separated by classes. The most common RV types are Class A, Class B, Class C, and Super C. Also falling under recreational vehicles are Bus Conversions, Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers, and 5th Wheels.

Class B RVs are an increasingly popular choice amongst travelers due to their size, amenities, and maneuverability. If you are considering a Class B RV, this guide will help you learn more about what a Class B RV is, what amenities these RVs offer, and whether or not this RV is the right choice for your specific needs.

The Basics of a Class B RV

A Class B RV usually ranges between 18 to 24 feet in length. These motorhomes are one of the smaller options available on the market, making them a great pick for maneuvering in tight spaces.

Additionally, Class B RVs are usually built on a van chassis, which is why these RVs are frequently referred to as camper vans. For example, many Class B motorhomes are designed with a Mercedes Sprinter or Ford Transit chassis as the base for the build.

Their smaller size makes these camper vans a better fit for off-roading and driving down narrow roads. They are easily parked in normal parking spaces and, in many cases, can fit inside a standard garage.

While Class B RVs are smaller in size than their Class A and C counterparts, they are designed to offer many of the same features of a larger RV. Due to their size, however, they are best suited for sleeping two people. Additionally, the cab seating in Class B is usually only equipped for safely seating two adults.

The Amenities a Class B Offers

Class B motorhomes can be outfitted with almost any amenity that a larger RV offers. The key difference is that Class B RVs must fit these items into a smaller space. Most Class B RVs are not equipped with slide-outs, which makes their interior narrower and storage space more limited.

Although they feature a smaller space, Class B’s are usually equipped with all of the following amenities:

  • Sleeping area: In some cases, the sleeping quarters are convertible, doubling as a couch or folding into the wall to create a living space.
  • Kitchenette: Class B RVs are often equipped with small kitchen space, usually featuring a sink, a small counter, a two-burner stove, and a refrigerator.
  • Dining space: Often, dining areas in a Class B motorhome will feature a removable tabletop or other convertible feature. The dining area might double as the living space or bedroom.
  • Bathroom: While not all camper vans are equipped with a bathroom, many Winnebago models feature a small bathroom complete with a toilet and shower.
  • Solar setup: Often, Class B motorhomes are outfitted with a solar setup rather than being dependent on plugins. These models are a great fit for those who plan to spend more time off the beaten track.
  • Off-road tires: For those adventurers ready to tackle 4x4 trails, Class B motorhomes are sometimes equipped with off-road tires, perfect for driving down less traveled roads.
  • Storage space: Depending on the Class B chosen, the camper will most likely feature storage for clothing, kitchen goods, and recreational gear.

It is worth noting, that what is specifically offered will depend on the make and model.

Deciding on the Right Class RV for Your Needs

When deciding which RV is right for your needs, it is important to think through how the RV will be used and your key expectations for this purchase. A Class B motorhome can be an excellent choice for many travelers, offering an array of unique benefits, but it isn’t right for everyone. Ask yourself the following questions when trying to determine whether or not a Class B is the right fit for you:

  • How many people will you be traveling with? Class B RVs usually feature enough space to sleep two adults comfortably. If you plan to bring a large group of family members along on your trip, it might be worth upgrading to a slightly larger size.
  • Where do you plan to travel? For those who desire to drive down tight roads, maneuverability is key, making a Class B the perfect choice. These RVs are capable of going many places that a larger Class A or Class C simply cannot fit.
  • What amenities do you need to be comfortable? While Class B motorhomes can be outfitted with many of the same features as other RV types, their smaller size does limit how much can be packed into its space. Make sure that you create a detailed list of what you will need to be comfortable on your trip.
  • Do you plan to spend time boondocking? Boondocking is a style of travel that involves camping in places that do not have standard water and electricity hookups. If you plan to spend most of your travels away from regular amenities, a Class B RV with a complete solar setup can be the perfect pick.

Shop Transwest for a Class B RV Today

Regardless of which type of RV you decide is the right choice for you, we are here to help. We carry a quality selection of Class B RVs and will be happy to explain to you the specific features and amenities each motorhome offers.

Whether you are looking for a 4x4 option for your next off-roading adventure, or you simply wish to explore a nearby city, we can help you find the right Class B RV for your specific needs.

Not only do we carry a quality selection of RV types, but we also carry a wide array of RV manufacturers, including Newmar, Tiffin, Winnebago, Thor, Cimarron, Logan Coach, and more. Depending on which class RV you choose, we can help you explore the specific makes and models available for that motorhome type.

Come visit us today at Transwest and find the perfect motorhome for your next adventure.


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