Class B Motorhomes: The Rising Camper Van Trend

A Winnebago Revel camper van sits at the edge of a wooded area on a sunny day. Large trees are in the background and brown leaves are on the ground around it.
The Winnebago Revel is one of many Class B RVs currently available.

You don’t have to look hard to see one of the biggest trends in travel right now: camper vans. Whether you’re flipping through an RV magazine or scrolling on Instagram, Class B motorhomes are everywhere!

Some people choose to purchase their B-van and others take the DIY route. Many solo travelers and couples love camper vans. But there are many families who travel year round in one, too. The thing all camper van fans have in common is their love for adventure.

These RVs weren’t made to stay in one spot for long. Instead, camper van owners frequently use their motorhome to get to other outdoor adventures. You can go from the beach to the slopes in a camper van with ease. Keep reading to learn why these micro motorhomes are so amazing!

What is a Class B Motorhome?

A Class B motorhome, also called a camper van, is the smallest of the three types of motorhomes. These compact RVs provide a comfortable travel experience without the added weight of a full sized motor coach.

As the name suggests, a camper van is built using an automotive van chassis. Ford, Dodge, and Mercedes Benz are a few popular chassis manufacturers. This platform provides smooth driving and easy parking, mile after mile. You’ll also find the cockpit of a Class B RV feels much like handling a passenger vehicle.

The result is you can go from bustling cities to wilderness adventures with ease. One of the most underrated features of the Class B motorhome is the raised roof, which provides enough space for standing – making this pint-sized contender a real all-in-one home on wheels.

A photo of the interior of a Winnebago Travato camper van. The foreground has two bench seats with accent pillows opposite each other. Mid-cabin is a galley kitchen. At the front
Camper vans can feel quite spacious thanks to clever multi-functional designs.

Benefits of Owning a Camper Van

There are many reasons why the camper van has risen in popularity. First, let’s talk about the most obvious benefit. Their size. Most B-vans are small enough to fit in a garage or standard parking space. They can also get into the tightest of camping sites. When you aren’t traveling, storing your RV is easier, too.

But don’t be fooled. Class B motorhomes pack many amenities in their compact footprint. You’ll find convertible beds, a galley kitchen, and wet bath in a typical B-van. Bike and gear racks are also common. Many include solar power systems for boondocking. Additional upgrades are also available to fit your camping style.

Another benefit of owning one of these RVs is the minimal setup time. Many have all-in-one panels that control all the RV systems. So after you’ve reached your campsite, you can just connect, press, and go. This frees up more time for your outdoor adventures.

Lastly, B-vans get much better gas mileage than larger RVs. Most can get double or even triple the MPG of Class A and C models. This makes it a great option for both recreational travel and daily driving.

The interior of a Coachmen Galleria Class B motorhome is shown from the driver's seat looking back. There are beautiful hardwood cabinets in a cherry finish lining the cab of the coach. Two coat hooks are located behind the black leather captain's chair. A galley kitchen is located on the passenger side of the RV. At the very back of the coach, a black leather sofa is visible.
Whatever your style, there’s a camper van out there for you. This Coachmen Galleria Class B motorhome has premium leather seats and hardwood cabinetry.

Camper Van Brands

There are many different camper vans available. In fact, most big RV makers offer at least one Class B motorhome. Coachmen makes the Beyond and Galleria models. Then there’s the Nexus Viper and the Thor Motor Coach Sequence.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Winnebago offers the most options. Winnebago fans can choose from three diesel camper vans (Boltd, Era, and Revel) and two gas motorhomes (Solis and Travato). All these brands and extra options give B-van shoppers lots of flexibility to find the RV that’s right for them.

And there’s no sign of the camper van craze slowing down, so it’s a safe bet that RV makers will continue to deliver. It’s likely that we’ll see newer technology, better off-road capabilities, and innovative designs in future B-vans. What does all that mean? The days of choosing between the amenities of a Class A or Class C, and the ease of a Class B, are history!

Does the camper van lifestyle sound like a good fit for you? At General RV Center we stock a full line of camper vans that will make you feel at home on the road. Browse our entire Class B motorhome inventory or chat with a B-van specialist today. If you have specific questions, contact our RV experts at 888-436-7578.

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