While doing some research for a friend who is looking for a small RV to take to Burning Man, I fell hard for the comfort and design of Class B RVs. As a tiny house, these things are swanky! Of the three types of motorized RV’s, Class B motorhomes are the smallest. They are larger than a VW bus, but smaller than a typical motorhome. They usually lack the overhead bunk of a Class C motorhome.
Class B’s get better maneuverability than their larger counterparts and usually get better miles per gallon. You don’t need a tow vehicle for a Class B and you can usually park it in a driveway, a small camp spot and a single parking space.
Class B’s are really only large enough to sleep 2 or 3 people, but they can be very versatile. Most of these RVs have driver and passenger seats that swivel, a dining area that converts into a bed, heating and AC, a small kitchen with microwave, stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer and storage, closet space, and sometimes an RV toilet or in-head shower.
Newer Class B’s are downright luxurious with custom carpeting and cushions, Corian countertops, wood cabinets, flat screen TV/DVD combos with surround sound, patios awnings, slide out pantries, day-night shades, full baths, generators, motorized slide-out rooms, “basement” exterior storage, tow packages, and rear backing cameras.
I’ve seen older Class B’s for sale for about $12,000 to $15,000. Brand new Class B’s can go for $50,000-$100,000.
Pat, the Digital Vagabond, lives, works and travels in a 24-foot Chinook Destiny which he says is “…built like a yacht, with high end woodwork and components from bumper to bumper…it is really more motor lounge than motor home”.
Several manufacturers of Class B’s include:
By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)