Class B Motor Home

An introduction to recreational vehicle types


This is a brief introduction to the Class B Motor Home type of recreational vehicle, intended to provide essential information for choosing the best RV type. (Looking for Class B Manufacturers?)

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Definition

Class B Motor Home

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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.

RV Checklists

The following RV checklists on our web site are applicable to Class B motor homes:

Other Resources

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