Your Guide to Class B+ Motorhomes

Lot of Class B+ motorhomes and trailers
Class B+ motorhomes and trailers.

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At some point, you may think you’ve heard it all when it comes to different types of RVs. You may know that there are three main types of motorhomes, but there is another that’s gaining popularity. This motorhome is known as the Class B+. The Class B+ motorhome has become a market of its own, like the popularity of teardrop trailers, A-frames, and more.

So, what is a Class B+ motorhome and what makes it different from a Class B? Let’s answer those questions and more by exploring the rising popularity of the Class B+ motorhome.

What You Need to Know About Class B+ Motorhomes

To learn about Class B+ motorhomes let’s get a quick refresher on Class B motorhomes. Class B motorhomes are immediately recognized due to their resemblance to large vans. Class B motorhomes are often referred to as camper vans or conversion vans. There’s not a large amount of space but it's enough for a small number of people to sleep and move around in relative comfort. Class B motorhomes are the smallest of the three main classes of motorhomes.

So, what makes a Class B+ different than a Class B? The main answer is size and amenities. Like the typical Class B, the B+ is constructed on a large van chassis while larger models use a bus chassis. Class B+ motorhomes are larger than your everyday Class B but still not as large as a Class C motorhome. The best way to think of a Class B+ is as a hybrid of the Class B and C motorhomes.

Advantages of Class B+ Motorhomes

Are you considering a Class B+ motorhome? If so, these pros might help you make the decision:

Space

The Class B+ is larger than the Class B you’re used to seeing on the road. This gives you more room to move around in and more storage space to bring what you want on your next trip. For RVers who aren’t quite ready for a Class A motorhome or fifth wheel RV, a Class B+ can provide a great alternative.

Beds

Class B+ motorhomes can accommodate more people, giving you more cabin space to sleep at night. Whether it’s an over cabin bed or an extra pull-out, you’ll have more space to get a good night’s sleep.

Bathroom

In Class B and Class C motorhome models, you don’t always get a full bathroom. In most Class B+ models, you can get a standup shower to use along with a toilet, sink, and minimal storage.

Disadvantages of Class B+ Motorhomes

Class B+, like other motorhomes, have cons, too. Here’s some to consider before making this investment:

Space

While the Class B+ is bigger than a Class B motorhome, it’s still small compared to Class A and C. Depending on the trips you’re taking, and how many people are coming along, it may still be too small for your travel needs. When checking out the Class B+ before buying, bring along those coming with you to see how the space works out.

Mileage

A Class B+ motorhome offers more space but also requires more gas depending on your travels. You’ll spend more traveling in a Class B+ motorhome than a Class B because of the increased fuel consumption on the road. This means you’ll need to plan your trips wisely to save on mileage.

Storage

Class B+ motorhomes don’t offer the kind of storage you’ll find in travel trailers, Class A motorhomes, and fifth wheels. This means you must get creative in how you bring what you need on the road with you. This might mean towing behind the motorhome or limiting what you bring on the road.

What You Can Expect from a Class B+ Motorhome

  • Size: Class B+ motorhomes are bigger than Class Bs but not quite as large as Class A or C.
  • 4x4 Option: Class B+ is one of the largest types of motorhomes that can have a four-wheel-drive option. 
  • Sleeps 2 to 8: The additional size of a Class B+ allows you to sleep more people comfortably. 
  • Standup Shower: Most Class B RVs have little more than a wet-bath but expect a full standup shower in a Class B+.
  • Gas Mileage: Many Class B+ run on standard gas though some more powerful models require diesel. 
  • Cab-over Without Sleeper: Many Class B+ appear to have cab-over sleeping quarters, but that’s only a design feature. A cab over sleeper is a distinction between Class B+ and Class C. 

3 Great Class B+ RVs You Should Consider

Leisure Travel Unity

Leisure Travel manufacturers a smaller and larger model of their Class B+ motorhomes (called Class C on the website), but the Unity is a good average size for most RVers and is one of the most popular Class B+ on the market. The Unity boasts five unique floor plans that can sleep two to four people. The Unity also comes with a stand-up shower, a sizeable kitchen, a surprising amount of storage, and several swanky amenities like a pull-out pantry. The Unity is built on the reliable Mercedes Sprinter chassis to give you a smooth ride no matter where this outfitted ride takes you. 

NeXus Viper

The NeXus boasts a Ford V8 gas engine built on a Ford chassis that has plenty of power to get you up hills and down rough roads. At almost 25 feet long, the Viper houses a queen bed, large dinette and kitchen, a 30,000 BTU furnace, stand-up shower, tons of storage, and plenty more. There are also three floorplans to choose from and you can customize your furniture and flooring. The Viper is a great example of how much more you can get from a Class B+ without having to increase your footprint drastically. 

Phoenix Cruiser

Cruiser is an excellent example of a ‘bang for your buck’ Class B+. Popular options and amenities on the Cruiser include LED TVs, solid wood cabinetry, memory foam mattresses, and large kitchen and dining areas. The LED lighting provides a great atmosphere as you lounge on your couch, pull out the two-burner range for dinner, or admire your real porcelain toilets. All Cruiser models come on a Ford F-450 chassis. 

The Bottom Line

In the end, the Class B+ motorhome is a great choice if you’re looking for a motorhome that is compact but not as small as a camper van. This hybrid of a motorhome has been gaining in popularity so don’t be surprised to see more the next time you hit your favorite RV park. If you get the chance, ask to look inside and see if it might be the right fit for your RVing needs.

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