RVs that make motorhomes cool again
But one particular type of RV has shed its stodgy reputation amid a new surge in popularity: the Class B van. Packed full of amenities and with way more functionality than the stuffy motorhomes of yesterday, new Class B vans are easy to park, get better gas mileage than many other RVs, and can easily tow small boats or toy haulers.
Below, take a look at five inventive camper vans you can buy in North America right now.
Cost: Starting at $75,891
Key Features: Quebec-based Safari Condo builds Class B motorhomes on GM, Mercedes, and Dodge platforms. Each design has different benefits, but we like the livability of the Flex Promaster. A height adjustable queen sized bed lets you expand the cargo space down below and the van also boasts a toilet/shower cabinet, a dining area that can seat four, and plenty of storage space.
Key Features: Billed as the first mass-produced, manufactured 4×4 RV in the United States, the Revel uses a 144-inch Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter as the base and comes with a 3-liter turbo diesel engine, all-terrain tires, and an on-demand four-wheel-drive system that has a high, low, and “hill descent” mode.
Inside, there’s a full kitchen, wet bath, and the van sleeps two on a rear-mounted power-lift bed that, in its highest position, allows for 140 cubic feet for bikes, surfboards, or whatever other gear you want. Head over here for more.
Key Features: European motorhome manufacturer Hymer is now building Class B vans—based on the Ram ProMaster chassis—in North America. The van can sleep up to four with a rear queen bed and a dinette that transforms into an additional sleeping area. There’s also a full kitchen, entertainment system, under-bed storage, and a spacious full bathroom with shower.
Cost: Starting at $165,878
Key Features: Airstream might be best known for its chic designs of the classic “Silver Bullet” trailer, but a new line of touring coaches is upping the ante on Class-B mobile luxury. The Interstate Grand Tour van sleeps two, can haul seven people in seat belts, boasts a top-of-the-line kitchen, and includes other luxury amenities like heated seats, remote-controlled shades, and adjustable LED lighting.
Key Features: With seating for five people and removable RV components, the more affordable ModVans are billed as “full-featured camper vans, family vans, and work vans all in one.” Using the Ford Transit van as its base, the ModVan CV1 sleeps up to four adults and two kids while also boasting a 2-burner propane stove, an under-mount sink, furnace, air conditioner, fridge, and toilet. All of the cabinets and RV components can be completely removed so that the van can also be used as a cargo van. Head over here for more.