According to the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association), RV ownership is on the rise and consumers are showing strong purchase intentions. Most people have a generally accurate mental definition of the recreational vehicle. And many people have at least been inside a RV. But there are still those who find the terminology confusing.
For instance, it’s often useful to define the various types of RVs. The Class B is the most often “misunderstood” of the RV types.
The Class B RV has an interesting history and has gone through various stages. But today’s Class B motorhome can be described as a modified van (typically a full size Ford, Chevy, GMC, or Dodge). The Class B will typically provide a sleeping area (for 2, sometimes 4), a basic kitchen, basic bathroom facilities, 120-volt hookup, water storage and a water hookup for city water. Many Class B RV models also have a “top extension” which is designed to provide additional space inside the RV.
Class B’s are most popular for those who prefer taking short trips. Most fulltime RVers prefer one of the larger RV types with more interior space. The Class B is most prized for being economical and easy to maneuver on the road (both on the highway and in town). Larger RVs can be quite difficult to maneuver through local streets. The Class B RV has been described as being not much different than driving the family vehicle.
When the Class B was originally introduced in the mid 1900s, it was fairly rough in design. Many may have described it as an altered van. Those who believe this is still an accurate description of the Class B are mistaken. The design of the Class B has evolved alongside its larger, pricier RV counterparts and is now a fairly sophisticated recreational vehicle with a wide variety of benefits to the RVer.
Individuals looking for a “smaller” RV should keep the Class B in mind. It is an extremely economical choice for those who are attempting to maximize their RV purchasing budget and/or their budget for travel. It is a terrific choice for those who are looking for a low stress introduction to RVing due to ease of maneuvering on the road. And with the modern day design abilities of popular manufacturers you’ll also have a gorgeous, aerodynamic RV on your hands. Research your options so you know what’s available. And don’t let “old” stereotypical opinions about the Class B keep you from considering it. It might be just what you are looking for in a RV.