Whether you are driving cross country or day-tripping for a fun adventure, motorhomes are the perfect way to experience the great outdoors. Class B RVs are increasingly popular, with several YouTube and TikTok accounts going viral with their camper van renovations and adventures. Though they’re the smallest type of motorized RV, the versatile Class B campers aim to still provide enough space for a group of two or three friends or family members to feel comfortable. If you are interested in purchasing a Class B camper van, RVT has provided a few things to know before buying one of these great motorhomes.

Advantages of Class B Camper Vans

One of the biggest draws to Class B RVs is their adaptability—they’re great for day trips as a primary vehicle, as well as full-time RVing as a small home on wheels. In terms of drivability, Class B camper vans are simple to maneuver, allowing you to easily navigate both wide curves and sharp turns. This is beneficial if you need to detour through a city or other narrow streets where driving larger motorhomes may be impossible. Similarly, Class B campers are easy to park, fitting into most standard parking spaces. Long-time RVers know that simplifying the sometimes stressful parking process can be a relationship-saver!

Additionally, these vans provide for a convenient and more efficient setup and teardown at campsites. Class B camper vans are thoughtfully designed, too. Every inch of the Class B camper van was created to have a dual purpose, which can be seen as both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that the user is maximizing every square inch of the vehicle. For example, in some vans, the living space converts to a bedroom – the couch folds down into a bed. However, the disadvantage occurs when you want to utilize both purposes at once. For example, one person wants to hang out in the living space while another wants to lay down in the bed.

What to Know About Buying Class B RVs

Class B camper vans vary in price, even if you are buying retail. Depending on if you’re buying new or used, and what features you want, Class B camper vans can range in price from $15,000 to $275,000. Price can vary due to make, mileage, amenities, or wear-and-tear.

If you are looking for a low-budget Class B camper, buying used might be more frugal than buying a new one. It is recommended that you examine multiple components of the van before making the purchase. These include: the vehicle frame, tires, brakes, appliances, inverter, and any past or current leaks. Do your research beforehand to determine whether buying a used Class B camper van is the best route for you. 

On the other hand, while new Class B RVs will cost more than used RVs, they also come with a much lower risk of needing unexpected repairs right away. And, when repairs are needed, your local dealership is much more likely to have the right parts available to service your new Class B camper van. Finally, if you’re able to afford a new RV, it’s likely to come with all the latest and greatest technology, elevating your Class B camping experience to new levels.

Is a Class B Camper the Right Fit for You?

Before purchasing a Class B camper, consider which RV best suits your lifestyle with these few questions:

  • What type of camping do you plan on doing? Class B motorhomes work best with couples who want to tackle the great outdoors, yet it is a small option if you plan on bringing your entire family.
  • Where do you plan to camp? If you desire to camp in national parks, open areas, or boondocking, a Class B camper should be sufficient.
  • What is my budget? New Class B campers tend to possess more state-of-the-art equipment and may have more amenities. If these are must-haves for your journey, be ready to make a larger financial investment. If you’re looking to save money, consider buying used. 

Quick Tips for Camping in a Class B Van

Because of their smaller size, Class B campers possess less storage than other RVs, so you may need to be strategic and minimal with your packing. Since space is limited, Class B campers have a very small kitchen space. The small appliances, such as the fridge and microwave, can make packing groceries a challenge. Be sure to only stock the essentials and stop by grocery stores along your journey. Since storage is also limited, consider adding roof racks or rooftop cargo boxes, which will add more space for stowing belongings.

For best results with off-roading, consider equipping your camper van with all-terrain or off-road tires. On RVT, you can shop 4×4 Class Bs, such as the Winnebago Revel. Just make sure to bring a spare in case something goes awry on your adventure!

By researching and comparing available listings in the market, you should be able to find a Class B camper van that fits both your lifestyle and your budget. If you’re ready to find your next Class B camper van, check out all the used and new Class B camper vans for sale on RVT.com.

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