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5 Reasons to Avoid Class B RVs

5 Reasons to Avoid Class B RVs

When you’re looking for a Class B RV that fits your travel style, there are many factors to consider; size, drivability, amenities, and creature comforts. 

Are you wondering if a class B RV is right for you? It may be.

There’s no question about it – Class B RVs look great, can easily be used for stealth camping, and they drive like a normal vehicle. However, all great things also have their faults.

Today we’re sharing five reasons you might want to avoid a Class B RV.

What is a Class B RV? 

A Class B RV is an RV built on a van or truck chassis and the smallest of all drivable RVs or motorhomes. They come with both gas and diesel engines options. These units can vary in length but typically are small enough to fit in a regular parking spot and have minimal interior room to accommodate all the amenities of a typical motorhome. 

As for comfort, two travelers fit very well, but as many as four can sleep in most models..

Since class B RVs are the smallest of all motorhomes, they sacrifice on several amenities to accommodate things like a bed, cooking area, and restroom. The most significant sacrifice is space. 

What are the Best Class B RVs?

Don’t get us wrong, we love Class B RVs and have tours at least 100 different units over the past 10 years.

Here are a few of the most amazing Class Bs:

  • Airstream Atlas Touring Coach
  • Tiffin Cahaba
  • Winnebago Travato 59K
  • Coachmen Galleria
  • Storyteller Overland MODE LT

THE FULL SCOOP: If you want to dive deeper, here are the 15 Best Class B RVs of 2022.

And, one more thing before we get to the bad new, Class B RVs often hold their value better than any other RV. If you choose to resell, you won’t be up a creek like you would with a standard travel trailer.

The 5 Reasons You Should Avoid a Class B RV

1. Class B RV’s Often Don’t Have Permanent Beds

RV manufacturers have to make the most out of the tiny space available inside the van, so most Class B’s do not have a permanent bed. The bed either folds up into a couch or a dinette. 

Having to take down your bed every morning to have a living space and re-make it up at night can become a real pain, especially after a long day of driving. Also, the comfort of a transitional bed is minimal.

If the Class B does have a permanent bed, it will surely take up valuable living space during waking hours.

This is unless you get a luxury unit.

Luxury Class Bs often come with a great, permanent bed. However, the price tag will usually exceed $250,00.

2. Class B RV’s Have Tiny Bathrooms

The bathrooms in class B’s are very size restrictive and much more like a small closet than an actual bathroom. Almost all of the will have a wet bath – meaning the entire bathroom itself is also the shower. 

These bathrooms are much more suited to a small person. If you’re a little taller or a little wider than most people, you won’t be able to access it comfortably or close the door. 

Time and again I here small-in-size couples sing the praises of Class B RV bathrooms. This can be very misleading.

Use our rule of thumb: before buying one, step into the bathroom. Sit on the toilet. Pretend to shower. See if your elbows have free movement. Don’t simply look inside the bathroom and think, “oh, that looks sleek.”

3. You Can’t Easily Set Up Camp For the Long Term

If you’re in a class B RV, chances are it’s also your daily driver. This means you won’t be able to set up camp for an extended period because when you need to go to the store or go out exploring, your RV is also coming with you.

Setting up and breaking down camp every time you need to run out and get something can get old quickly. 

Hardcore Class B owners will disagree with this statement. But, here’s the deal, those owners are dedicated to the small motorhome lifestyle.

If you’re new to RVing, you probably don’t know what your RV style is yet. Personally, we like the idea of settling in and using a second vehicle for exploring the local area. But, to each their own.

On the other side of the coin, this “get up and go” quality makes Class B RVs ideal for overnight RV parking. You can easily pull into a Walmart, catch some sleep, and pull out without anyone noticing you.

4. Way Less Storage than Virtually Any Other RV Type

Class Bs are relatively tiny. Storage space is incredibly limited! Almost every square inch of a class B RV is used in some way, so there isn’t much space to bring along a lot of possessions. 

Kitchen and pantry storage is limited compared to Class A RVs and 5th Wheels. Outside storage can often be substantially less.

The lack of space can be okay for weekend trips. 

But if you want to have extended trips in a Class B RV, you’ll need to get creative with storage. 

Pro Tip: Here are 7 RV Storage Hacks to Know 

5. Cost Per Square Foot is Among Highest in the Industry

Since class B motorhomes are the smallest drivable RV, you might think that they’d also be the least expensive – they’re not. 

They have among the highest prices per square foot in the RV industry and can be even more costly than some class A or class C motorhomes – despite their smaller size.

Many reasons factor into the higher prices of class B RVs: 

  • They are typically built on a more expensive chassis
  • The smaller workspace can make the build more difficult
  • Class B RVs aren’t as mass-produced as some larger motorhome models

But, remember, they hold their value better than virtually any other RV too!

Class B RVs Aren’t All Bad

Class B RVs work perfectly for some people and can be an especially great choice if you are using them for part-time road-tripping and weekend adventures. 

There are definite advantages to owning one.

First and foremost, Class B RVs are great for security.

DID YOU KNOW: Many other RV types come with the same keys from the manufacturer. This means, you might be able to open another travel trailer with your keys! Read about it here.

Its a huge security problem.

Class B RVs are super flexible and can get into many locations that bigger motorhomes and travel trailers can’t access due to their size. You can take a class B on just about any road in the US that has length restrictions!

These mobile-units can access remote campsites that aren’t suitable for other RVs or travel trailers. Almost any campsite accessed with a car, can be accessed with a Class B RV. 

Another advantage is that they are super easy to drive and easy to park! Since it’s also likely being used as a daily driver, this is important. It’s almost as easy to park a class B as it is to park a car, and most will fit in a regular parking space.

This makes it easier to enjoy a city while you’re passing through because you won’t have to worry about where to park your home.

Despite the Cons, They are Ideal for Free Camping

To be honest with you, we hate paying for camping. There are so many free campsites in America (with complete privacy). You should give it a try! As a matter of fact, these free campsites are yours.

Every time you pay federal taxes, you’re contributing to these lands.

Here’s our list of the 20 Best Free Campsites in the USA.

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We're a family of 3 (2 adults & 1 pre-schooler) and we love ours because we do a combination camping and hotel stays, which is perfect for us. We don't full time, but we do go out for a couple months at a time and usually include big cities, state parks, and plenty of free camping. This fall we're doing the Great River Road, Disney World (4th birthday present), and Blue Ridge Parkway as our big trip. I work from home and my husband is the stay-at-home dad so we can go out for longer periods of time. We tried just camping, but my self care is long, hot showers and that isn't possible in an RV of any kind. And my husband has a love of hotel pools that I just don't understand. My daughter could care less as long as she has her colors, hot chocolate, and favorite stuffed elephant.

I think after this trip we'll have to upgrade since it's getting a little tight. I mean, I love my husband and tried for years to have my wonderful daughter, but I don't need those two all up in my business all day every day.

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