Class B

Pros and Cons

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Pros

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  • Easy to drive. Where driving motorhomes is concerned, these camper vans require the least adapting from a regular passenger vehicle.

  • They're easy to park in regular parking spaces.

  • Good for stealth camping.

  • In an unexpected or urgent situation, you can be much more mobile in a wider range of situations than other RV types.

  • They tend to handle terrain that is not level better than heavier RVs.

 

Small RV Benefits:

  • They weigh less than the larger RVs, but with the same self-sustained appliances and equipment.

  • Their height is more accommodating than larger RVs for a lot of scenic areas, like the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez-Trace Parkway.

  • Having a lower profile roof allows them to fit into RV spaces where tree branches would damage a taller 5th wheel or Class A.

  • The interior is a much smaller space than larger RVs, making them cheaper and easier to heat and cool.

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Cons

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  • They're harder to find in 4x4 than truck campers, which makes them less adaptable to off-road conditions.

  • You can't offload the RV part like a truck camper, so you have to break camp every time you use it as transportation.

  • If you're driving your living space to explore the area, your pets won't have climate control while you're inside places.

 

Small RV Issues:

  • To fit all the RV capabilities into such a small space, almost all of your components will be less accommodating than larger RVs. Water tanks and dump tanks are likely to be small and not last very many days of being off grid. The onboard propane tanks are usually much smaller than other RVs, resulting in more frequent need for filling them. The refrigerators are smaller. Fewer and smaller stove top burners. Often there is no oven at all.

  • Limited storage space.

  • Spending much time at all inside, for inclement weather or any other reason, can become very uncomfortable very quickly.

  • Socially, there are some people out there who will treat you like you're not quite as prestigious as the people in bigger RVs. Who cares! But it is an attitude you might run into.

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