The Class B RV is most often described as confusing to those who aren’t in the know about RVs and the RV industry. Most would assume it’s something between the Class A and the Class C since that would be logical considering the alphabetical classifications, but this isn’t enough of a definition. To understand the Class B you have to delve a little deeper:
– The Class B became an official RV type in the 1970s.
– The first Class B RVs were can campers.
– The Class B (van campers) originally emerged and gained popularity because cans were compact and economical (fuel-wise) and easy to convert from van to van camper.
– The Class B gained immense popularity during the early 70’s. Many say this was due to the fuel shortage occurring around the same time.
– Since the emergence of the Class B, many other changes have occurred in the RV industry leaving consumers with a lot of options.
– In more recent years consumers lean towards larger RV purchases.
– Class B’s in today’s RV market are typically based on modifications to full sized Ford, Chevy, Dodge or GMC vans.
– Typical Class B conveniences include: kitchen, toilet, 120-volt hookup, sleeping accommodations (up to 4), freshwater storage, and city water hookup capabilities.
– Modifications usually include a top extension that provides additional headroom.
While Class Bs are not the most popular amongst general RV sales, they have been around a long time and do still hold the respect of many RVers. The Class B RV is able to hold its own amongst the larger, more extensive RVs for three reasons:
The Class B drives more like the family van than anything else. It’s the easiest RV to drive. For first time RVers for RVers who are unsure of maneuvering heavy, large vehicles, the Class B is a fantastic solution. The Class B’s of today are a long cry from the homemade looking versions in the early 70’s. Today’s Class B is sophisticated featuring a polished aerodynamic design that is both appealing and functional.
Get over the Class B confusion. It’s not really that difficult. If economy, safety and maneuverability are top on your list of priorities for your upcoming RV purchase, then consider the Class B. If spacious and luxurious are at the top of your list, you might want to consider the Class A instead. Just make sure that you know what you’re getting into and that you’ve considered all the options.