Class B Motor Home
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This is a brief introduction to the Class B Motor Home type of
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The Class B motor home is created from a standard passenger or work mini van.
Most models have raised roofs, but otherwise the living space is constrained by the dimensions of the van.
Other terms used for Class B motor home:
- Camper van
- Conversion van
- Van camper
In RV vernacular, Class B is usually applied to factory built units; conversion van is applied to units that started out as conventional vans and were subsequently converted to RV's.
Class B Motor Home Pros
- Least expensive motorized RV to own and operate.
- Easy to drive on highway and around town. This RV is constructed from a van, so it is just as easy to drive.
- Driving and living compartments are connected. No need to get out of the RV during stops. Living area accessible even while moving.
- It can be used as local transportation.
- Can tow a small trailer or support a carrying platform on hitch receiver.
- Can be used as a second family car when not traveling.
- Requires no special storage when not in use. Fits in standard driveway and lower models may fit in the garage.
- Can reach less accessible camping sites that are too tight for large RV's.
Class B Motor Home Cons
- Limited space, practical only for short trips.
- Accommodates a small number of travelers; usually two, but not more than four.
The following RV checklists on our web site are applicable to Class B motor homes:
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