Your Guide to Class B Motorhomes

A Breakdown of the Pros and Cons of Class B Motorhomes

••• Class B motorhomes are a gateway to other RV types. Jordan Siemens/Taxi/Getty Images

There are so many types of RVs on the market that you’re bound to find one perfect for you. If you’re not looking for the giant size of a Class A or a towable such as a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you may consider the Class B motorhome. Let’s look at the Class B motorhome including its advantages and disadvantages to help you decide if it's right for you.

What You Need to Know About Class B Motorhomes

Class B motorhomes are compact and smaller in stature when you compare them to Class As.

They more or less look like outfitted vans, lending Class Bs the nickname of camper van or conversion van. Class Bs are much larger and taller than a typical full sized van allowing space for living and sleeping. Class Bs are usually the smallest and offer the least amount of features when it comes to the different classes of motorhomes.

Advantages of Class B Motorhomes

The Class B offers many advantages that may be more difficult to find in other types of motorhomes.

  • Size and Maneuverability: As we stated earlier, Class B motorhomes are the smallest motorhomes. While this may seem like a negative, it does offer several unique benefits. Class Bs are mobile and maneuverable. This means even someone unpracticed in driving a motorhome can get the hang of it even just after a few miles. This also means that the Class B can go most anywhere that standard vehicles can and will often take up just one parking space. If you arrive at your campsite and remembered you forgot the ice, no big deal as you can just hop back in and drive to the local store.
  • Cost: Don’t get us wrong, class Bs are more expensive than a standard van. They are less pricey when compared to other motorhome options. You may be able to add  features since you’re not paying for the large size of a Class A motorhome. Class Bs are cheaper at the pump, as they are lighter and can have much better fuel economy than other types of the motorhomes.

    Disadvantages of Class B Motorhomes

    • Size and Features: One of the primary advantages of the Class B motorhome is also a primary disadvantage for some people. The Class B is the smallest of the motorhome classes and that size will come through in many areas. 

    The Class B motorhome will not be a good choice for taking out the whole extended family. The Class B is designed for a small number of people, five is usually the largest amount that a class B can provide enough room for. This small size also means that you will be hard pressed to outfit the Class B with loads of features and amenities. Try a kitchenette instead of the kitchen, and if there is a bathroom on board, chances are it will be a tiny wet bath. If you’re looking for a lot of space and features, the Class B will not be your ideal choice.

    The Class B is a great option for those who don’t want to break the bank on purchasing an RVer and don’t need too many amenities to be happy. They tend to travel with just a spouse or small family. The best way to find out if a Class B is right for you is to talk to other RVers who use this type of motorhome. They will give you more direct examples about the Class B’s advantages and drawbacks.

    Class B motorhomes are perfect for those looking to get started RVing but aren’t sure where to start, especially when it comes to towing a trailer.