Looking at the several types of motorhomes, class B motorhomes, or rather camper vans, are more compact, and people usually have this picture of an olive VW van and somewhat flower power.
Well, camper vans are more than the definition of a stereotype- they come in a variety of appearances, colors, floor plans, and amenities. Here, we shall look at how class B motorhomes look like, along with its advantages and possible disadvantages.
About Camper Vans
Camper vans have a condensed design and retractable benches that convert into beds. Some spacious vans will have permanent beds at the back, or even a penthouse bedroom with one bed lifted on top. They also have a compact eating, cooking, as well as bathroom facilities built-in. Bathrooms are equipped with showers with some models combining both the toilet and bathrooms (wet bath). The van also consists of a small kitchen unit with a single countertop. A mini-fridge is also included.
Most class B motorhomes have a fuel tank size of 25 to 35 gallons and provide a relatively efficient gas mileage as compared to other kinds of RV’s. They are built on a regular van chassis, with small or no extensions. Chrysler, GM, Dodge, Benz, and Ford are some of the engines that are power class B motorhomes.
Advantages of Class B motorhomes
Not to say that they are the cheapest vans in the market, but class B motorhomes have a relatively lower price tag than other types of motorhomes. The price also cuts across fueling as the vans are lighter and consume less gas than its counterparts.
2. Weak Towing Capabilities
You might not need an extra vehicle since camper vans have almost everything you’ll need. However, these type of motorhomes come with towing abilities that may allow you to bring your favorite motorsport vehicle to use outside your motorhome. As long as it fits the required weight restraints, a class B would definitely tow it along.
3. Easy to Park
Camper vans are compact and on the outside look more or less than a standard van. The benefit to its size, allows you to park in any normal parking space within the city. You can pull over at your nearest store, or park at your favorite sports ground for an hour or football. Larger Rv’s may give you a hectic time, and you may be forced to come with your primary vehicle for easy maneuverability.
Disadvantages of Class B Motorhomes
Again, when buying class B motorhomes, you need to be very careful. Most high-end camper vans ($100,000 to $180,000) may not live up to its expectations. The space is still limited, and you may consider an entry-level class A motorhomes with similar price tags.
2. Size and Features
The size of class B motorhomes may be an advantage to some RVers but a huge disadvantage to others. Since class B is the smallest rv type, a day out with this vehicle may not be suitable for the whole family. If you rely more on space and features, then the class B may not satisfy your needs.
3. Sharing risks
As you’re aware, your vehicle is also your home. However, the downside of having both under the same machine is in the case of a mechanical breakdown. Your entire home might be jeopardized, and amenities that depend on the vehicle’s power suffer the loss. At this point is where some travelers go for travel trailers.
Class B Motorhome Buying Tips
When it comes to buying a camper van, it is important to consider factors like, where you will be camping, your budget, as well as the type of camping you intend to go. For instance, if you plan to camp in national parks or in open space areas then your ultimate type of motorhome would be class B. If you have a low budget, or just want to camp for the weekend, you might want to check out renting options for used camper vans. Remember, class B motorhomes typical cost between $60,000 to $180,000: so if you plan to use the motorhome for a short term, renting out becomes a cheaper option.
1. Emergency Kit:
It is a possibility for your campervan to break down somewhere remote where help is a distant possibility on the horizon. You may have taken it for a camping trip somewhere in the woods. You cannot always expect to have great service there so someone can come rushing to your aid. You need to be your own hero and make the necessary repairs with the car emergency kit.
2. Vent Fan:
You do not always know where you might need to park if you do not have an RV park to stay at. This can sometimes have you parking in neighborhoods that pulse and throb with the promise of trouble. Cracking even a window open to let your campervan be bathed with cool air would be a disastrous idea. It is better for you to get a vent fan instead that can cool down the interior without you having to worry about something getting stolen while you snore away. The fact that they are reasonably priced and supremely easy to install is just a bonus.
3. Portable Refrigerator:
They are not overly huge and sturdy so you can fit it pretty much anywhere. Trudging back to your campervan after a long day of exploration can feel like bliss when you have a chilled drink cooling your insides and rejuvenating you.
4. Pump Shower:
Just because you are staying in a campervan does not mean you need to forget your civilized roots and end up with matted hair and a smell that could have you mistaken for a skunk. You can easily take a shower in a small bathroom cubicle as long as you have a pump shower. This can pump water for a solid 3 minutes to more depending on the kind that you get for yourself. It may not be as enjoyable as a regular shower experience but desperate times call for desperate measures.
5. First Aid Kit:
You may not always be surrounded by people in an area that is heavily populated. Parking in abandoned, isolated places will probably be a given if you do not want to pay for a parking spot for your campervan. You may get up to a day of hiking and discovering new places since you will have that kind of freedom right at your fingertips. Times like these it is important to not only have a first aid kit but also know how to use it. You cannot always rely on others. You must be able to take care of yourself if you set out on your own.
Campervans may not have the spacious luxury that is bundled in other RVs, but are good vehicles for those excited to start camping with motorhomes. There are so many class B models, each with unique features and amenities. Once decided, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing the one that fits your ideal. You may juggle through the different types of RVs, but if the camper van is your choice, then keeping this information in mind will come a long way.
Stealth Camper Vans
This vehicle is a van that is transformed into a trailer or an accommodation, but on the outside, it will look like an ordinary van. With that, where to go will not attract as much attention as a regular trailer and can park just about anywhere.
A feature of this van is that most of them either have dark windows or they don’t even have windows, in order to disguise the area where the person will sleep.
Some of them also tend to have a solar panel, or some ventilation opening on the roof of the van, as it allows a little more air to enter your van or provide a reasonable energy source for all heaters and electrical sources present inside of the vehicle.
This style of vehicle is highly recommended for those who want to have more privacy, and also have relief in knowing that no one will know that their van is a camper vehicle.
Choosing the van base
When I say choose the base, I mean which type of van you must choose to be able to assemble your van. The foundation also depends a lot on how you will use your camper van and how discreet you want it to be. The main models we recommend are:
Sprintervan, Van Volkswagon, Minivan. Chevy Van, Dodge Ram Van
Some of these options are more expensive than the others, and each of them has different sizes, both in height and in the space available for use. But in general all are good options and will give you different ways to turn your van into a stealth camper van.