Lithium power systems with solar panels are becoming a popular power choice for Class B motorhomes. With campgrounds filling up more and more every year, solar and lithium powered RVs give you the ability to boondock! BLM land (public land managed by the federal government), stealth camping and campsites with limited or no hookups are readily available for your camper van adventures. Or, if you’re going to visit family or travel to your second home, having solar and lithium is great for overnight pit stops on the way.
With technology advancing in the RV world every year, solar panels and lithium batteries are a popular option to keep you off the grid longer than traditional power systems or noisy generators. No more worrying about battery life every day or using a loud generator that keeps you up all night. Let solar panels trickle charge to keep your lithium batteries topped off so you can camp off the grid longer. Solar and lithium battery systems also save space and weight in your RV, which is great for these compact homes on wheels.
More RV owners want alternative power options and manufacturers are paying attention. You’ll find many Class B motorhomes with remote power systems installed by the manufacturer at General RV dealerships. Check out the top 10 solar and lithium powered camper vans you can buy right now!
Built on the Mercedes Benz sprinter 2500 4×4 chassis, the Thor Sanctuary 19L and 19P are perfect for off grid adventures. The Re(Li)able Power Pack battery system offers a 5,500 watt/400 amp hours lithium battery and a 190 watt solar panel. There is also a 3,000 watt pure sine inverter to power your AC power appliances like your TV, AC unit and more.
The Sanctuary 19L and 19P comes packed amenities that are great for boondocking such as the LED front light bar to help you safely travel to your next boondocking destination at night. The Sanctuary models also have the Winegard ConnecT 2.0 4G/Wi-Fi/ Digital TV Antenna to make sure you have a reliable connection wherever you go.
Elevate your camper van living to the highest level of luxury with the Launch from Entegra Coach. The Launch comes equipped with four-wheel drive and E-Z Drive, a system consisting of more than a dozen components carefully selected and engineered to create one of the quietest-riding, best-handling camper vans on the market. The Sprinter 4X4 Premium Mercedes-Benz chassis makes the Entegra Launch one of the smoothest rides in a Class B yet. The Launch enhances modern, minimalist, and nomadic lifestyles with innovative technology and beautiful amenities.
Off-Road In Style with This Versatile Camper Van
Thanks to four-wheel drive and rugged all-terrain tires, the Entegra Launch can take you just about anywhere. Whether driving through Utah’s red rock canyons, The Florida Everglades, to your favorite ski resort, or to your local grocery store, the Launch gives you the confidence to do so safely in any scenario. The sprinter van also has a 3,500-pound rear hitch receiver, which means you can bring along a small boat for a lake vacation or an ATV for those off-road adventures.
Whether you’re on the road for summer vacations or full-time van life, safety features of your camper van are key. The Launch makes defensive driving easy with technology like the lane-keeping assist, blind spot assist, and traffic sign assist. Plus, you can safely travel with up to four people thanks to the van’s two additional cab seats with seat belts, which double as extra seating for the collapsible dinette table. The center console sports a 10.25-inch MBUX infotainment center. This wide screen handles radio and Bluetooth inputs as well as a dedicated GPS navigation system. The screen also becomes a monitor for the rearview and 360-degree cameras.
Boondock Confidently with Entegra Launch
The RV’s off-grid technology, including a 48V lithium power system and 200 watts of solar power, offer self-sufficiency while boondocking. With its durable rubber flooring, the Launch doesn’t mind if you track in some dirt or water after a long day of exploring. The steel roof rack can carry kayaks and other cargo. It’s mounted high enough to clear the solar panels, vents, and other items on the roof. A large LED bar on the front of the rack lights up the night as needed. The light bar acts like a massive spot light, allowing you to see all aspects of the road, the shoulder, and even what may be tucked away in the brush alongside of the road. The rear garage has a power drop-down overhead bunk rated at 750 pounds, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice sleeping or storage space.
Convenience and Comfort in Every Detail
With the right camper van, you can enjoy a comfortable mini-home that, unlike tent camping, allows you to recharge for endless adventures. The thoughtful design details of the Entegra Launch make camper van life more enjoyable and sustainable. That includes heated swivel passenger and driver seats, a smartphone tray with wireless charging, the user-friendly Firefly Multiplex command center, and a fold-down exterior table.
Immediately behind the cockpit chairs, a second row of seating accommodates two additional passengers. These seats recline and offer just enough legroom for inserting a removable table, which folds open to create a surface for dining, working on a laptop, etc.
Get the best of indoor/outdoor living with adjustable screen doors for both the side and rear doors of the camper van. You will feel like a gourmet chef with the Launch’s sleek stainless steel sink and portable induction cooktop. There’s also pull-out extensions for the countertop and pantry.
Ample Storage at Every Turn
Good storage is a must-have in any camper van, and the Entegra Coach Launch does not disappoint. In fact, Entegra Coach is leading the pack with features that are rarely seen in camper vans.
Despite its ability to hold plenty of clothes, gear, food, and cooking utensils, the Launch won’t feel cluttered thanks to a modern and streamlined interior design. Technoform European-style cabinets stow your stuff, while the “Serenity” decor style adds all of the calm its name suggests. One of the Launch’s best features is that the minimalist interior puts all of the focus on the picturesque landscapes outside your windows.
The bed features fiberglass pods carved out of the van’s walls on either side to provide more room for getting a great night’s sleep. Likewise, removable bamboo shelves turn the bathroom into a storage closet when not in use. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the retractable clothesline in the shower.
Streamlined Aesthetics and Top-Notch Safety
The fresh and sleek design continues on the exterior of the camper van. Opt for the classic standard option or show some personality with partial paint in two colorways. The partial paint design is a nod to the retro early days of vanning in a decidedly modern way.
Whether you’re on the road for summer vacations or full-time van life, safety features of your camper van are key. The Launch makes defensive driving easy with technology like the lane-keeping assist, blind spot assist, and traffic sign assist. Plus, you can safely travel with up to four people thanks to the van’s two additional cab seats with seat belts, which double as extra seating for the collapsible dinette table.
Experience camper van style at its finest with the Entegra Launch. Visit your local General RV Supercenter today to see for yourself just how impressive the Entegra Launch is in person. Likewise, you can visit us at GeneralRV.com to learn more. Still looking for your perfect camper van? The RV experts at General RV Center can answer all your questions and provide recommendations based on your unique needs. Also, subscribe to the General RV Blog for more RV reviews and recommendations.
Have you ever wondered what van life is like? Do you want to see how capable Class B motorhomes actually are and maybe even buy a camper van some day? You’re in luck because we’ve brought in a real-life B van expert to show you. Becky’s B van Adventures is a new YouTube series that showcases the latest camper vans in the wild.
Your host for this series is Becky, a lifelong camper and a B van expert at General RV Center. She’ll be traveling across the country in pursuit of new outdoor adventures to show you just how far camper vans can take you!
Meet Becky, Host of Becky’s B Van Adventures and Camper Van Expert
Becky grew up camping with her parents, like a lot of people, and she has many fond memories of their family adventures. “We grew up very middle class. Both of my parents were hardworking and self-employed, but we never wanted for anything,” said Becky.
Camper vans became part of her DNA in the late 70s, when her dad bought their first van and converted it into a B van. It had shag carpet, windows, a bed and even a toilet. Becky and her family traveled frequently in this van until her grandfather sold his pop-up camper to her dad. “We thought that pop-up was luxury camping!”
But, despite the change in their accommodations, van life kept calling and in 1986 Becky’s father bought another camper van. “It had everything we needed – a bed, fridge, bathroom. And that’s how we traveled. Me, my parents, and my cousin who’s three months apart from me.” Together, they camped all over Michigan and a few out-of-state trips.
A B Van Expert Gets Back to Her Roots
After getting married and starting a family, Becky bought her first pop-up camper in 2016. The family made time for regular camping trips in northern Michigan with her two- and four-legged kids. But it just wasn’t the same experience.
“I’m all about van life. Camping in a campground means you’ve got to be okay with a bunch of people around at all times. I like the seclusion of camping off-the-grid. And you have to plan months and months in advance to get some campsites. I hate planning stuff, I’m spontaneous. Just jump in a van and you can go anywhere… whether that’s the grocery store or up north or somewhere else.”
Tiffin Motorhomes is known for its line of high-quality Class A RVs, but now is venturing into the Class B market with its first-ever 4×4 sprinter van. The Tiffin Cahaba is an especially compact Class B RV. But it packs a lot of punch – perfect for van lifers! The look of the Cahaba has a sleek design with four-wheel drive, aggressive lighting and metal running boards. This sprinter van’s versatility and attention-to-detail makes it one of the best Class B sprinter vans in General RV’s vast inventory.
Volta’s Lithium Power System Keeps the Lights On
Travel more while consuming less fuel with the Tiffin Cahaba’s lowered carbon footprint. There’s no traditional fuel-powered generator on board. Instead, there’s a Volta power system. This whisper-quiet, four-module lithium-ion system delivers more than 12,000 watt-hours of power. It’s recharged via both shore power and the vehicle’s alternator. That means having all the power necessary to run your high-power amenities like air conditioning all day long.
There’s a compartment in the dashboard that houses USB charging ports and a wireless phone charging station. This sprinter van also has several 12-volt, USB, and 110-volt power outlets throughout the unit. This makes the Cahaba ideal for charging multiple things at one time when you’re out on your camping adventures. It’s also perfect for working remotely, providing reliable power when you need it.
Safety Features Add Style, Security to Sprinter Van
You’ll see every twist and turn your journey has to offer with Cahaba’s optional LED exterior light package including a front LED light bar and rear spotlights on each corner. The exterior lights enhance the Cahaba’s rugged appearance, while adding an element of safety and comfort. The powered patio awning with LED lighting and Bluetooth controls will keep you in the shade and out of the elements with ease. An optional screen door package will keep your rear and side door entryways bug-free while they are open.
Every part of the Cahaba is crafted for the rough roads ahead. That includes details like BF Goodrich all-terrain tires on Vision off-road wheels and the rear-door mounted tire carrier with full-size spare. The Cahaba is built on the tried-and-true Mercedes 2500 Sprinter 4×4 chassis with a 3-liter 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine. The Mercedes-Benz chassis brings reliability and easy operation no matter the driving conditions. Features like attention assist, traffic sign assist, hill start assist, and a parking package with 360° camera will keep your blind spots covered and keep you safe on the road.
With other safety features like Active Brake Assist (ABA), Crosswind Assist, and load-adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and more, you should have no trouble controlling this 4×4 camper van. The cockpit is complete with a 10.25” MBUX touchscreen multimedia system with intelligent navigation and gorgeous black leather adjustable seating. Both black leather cab seats are heated, powered, and adjustable on a swivel base, so you can use them as part of the main living area once you’ve parked. There’s also a desk-type surface behind the front driver’s seat. This makes for a nice place to get some remote work done when on the road in the Cahaba sprinter van.
MOLLE Gear Rack Keeps the Cahaba Organized
Prepare for anything but boredom with the Cahaba’s rear door-mounted MOLLE gear rack with attached bike rack option. Wherever you go in this sprinter van, all of your favorite outdoor toys will be along for the ride. MOLLE stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It’s an organizational grid commonly used on backpacks or vests. The MOLLE panel is the tested and proved method of keeping your equipment organized in any setting. Originally designed for use in the military, MOLLE panels offer far more functionality and organization than simply throwing things into a bag or drawer. Plus, the Cahaba has a roof rack perfect for a cargo carrier and cargo tie-down anchors for securing your extra gear.
Relax in Luxury in the Tiffin Cahaba Sprinter Van
The Cahaba’s eco-friendly design extends to its heating system. Similar to having no fuel-powered generator onboard, there’s no propane, either. The hydronic heating system operates through electricity or the diesel fuel that moves the vehicle. Cooking, too, is all-electric with a single portable induction cooktop nestled into the camp-side cabinet along with a sink. Corian covers keep everything concealed until ready to use. They also provide countertop space for working or meal prep. The kitchen also includes a stainless steel microwave and 2.3 cubic-foot stainless steel refrigerator.
Within the wet bath, there is a retractable shower screen on the 24-inch by 36-inch shower surround with toilet platform. The shower also includes an AquaView Showermiser, a fresh water reclamation system for RVs that prevents wasting clean water while waiting for it to get warm. This system is perfect for boondockers or anyone who wants to extend their travels without relying on hookups.
The bed in the Cahaba has two potential setups. Two benches at the back form two individual twin beds. However, there’s a provision for a “bridge” between the beds allowing you to use the backrests from the sofas to make this one large sleeping area.
Other notable features include:
Three 100-watt flexible solar panels
MBUX multimedia system with 10.25″ touchscreen
Smartphone Integration For Apple Carplay and Android Auto