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What Is The Best Small Drivable RV?


Airstream Class B parked near vineyard.
What’s The Best Small Drivable RV? Photo via Airstream

What Is The Best Small Drivable RV?

Choosing the best small drivable RV is akin to choosing your favorite child. Each model has its pros and cons and comes in a wide range of prices. What is great is that many manufacturers offer their own version of these smaller motorhomes and because of their popularity, many more are in the works.

What is the smallest motorhome?

Typically these types of drivable motorhomes are known as Class B RVs. They are the smallest motorhome type and range in length from 18 to 24 feet long.

How much do Class B RVs cost?

Typically starting at around $50,000 they can go up to around $170,000. Most are built on a capable van chassis such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, RAM Promaster, and Ford Transit chassis. This allows for additional ease when it comes to taking them in for mechanical issues.

Mercedes Sprinter camper on scenic drive.
Photo by Mercedes-Benz

What are the pros of Class B RVs?

In the last year or so, Class Bs have actually become one of the most popular RVs on the market. While some buyers may be intimidated by a larger Class A or fifth-wheel, Class Bs are easier to drive, park, store, and outfit. They are also more fuel-efficient than their larger brethren and can be used as a daily driver.

Coachmen Nova interior with twin beds.
Class B interiors are compact, but offer all amenities. Photo by Coachmen Nova

The cons of Class B RVs

However, with their more agile footprint comes a few cons. Many Class Bs do not have a full-time bed. In fact, because they can also be used as passenger vans, the passenger seats usually transform into the bed. This can be convenient or annoying depending on what you prefer.

In addition, kitchens are small and may not contain an oven or full-size refrigerator. Bathrooms are smaller and are usually a wet bath. Storage can be limited and the dining space is usually the driver’s and passenger seat spun around on a swivel.

Thor Tellaro interior with family eating a meal.
Photo via Thor Motor Coach

Which Class B is the best small drivable RV?

If these cons don’t bother you, a Class B might just be what you are looking for. So which model is the best one on the market right now?

While many independent outfitters can build out a van that replicates a Class B and pre-owned Class Bs are always available, we are going to go over some of the best 2021 models you can buy right now.

Winnebago Revel

Class B and off-road aficionados are drooling over the Winnebago Revel. Not only is this Class B four wheel drive, but it has some details that are missing in a lot of other drivable RVs.

Winnebago Revel camper fully setup in the forest.
Photos via Winnebago

The Revel does have a full-time bed and it can be raised up to create a “garage” in the back of the RV. It has an ergonomic kitchen, 21-gallon fresh water tank, and 125-amp hour LiFePO batteries charged by the rooftop solar panel. The wet bath doubles as a gear storage room.

Woman reads book in small drivable RV.
Winnebago

All these great amenities also come with a hefty price tag to match. The Revel starts at around $175,000 to $185,000. The price might be enough to deter some first-time buyers from purchasing this model. However, Winnebago has now introduced the Solis (with its cool poptop) for around $107,000.

Thor Sequence

If you have sticker shock from the first Class B on this list, check out the Sequence by RV giant Thor Motor Coach.

Dodge Class B camper opened for demonstration.
Photos via Thor Motor Coach

The Sequence has the distinction of being one of the only brand new Class B RVs under $100,000. Built on a RAM Promaster chassis, this smaller motorhome offers a lot in 20 feet.

In two of the three floor plans, the wet bath and wardrobe is located in the rear so there is tons of room for either an expanding sleeper sofa or twin beds. The European styling is appealing as well as the optional poptop bed. Check out the full video tour on the Thor Motor Coach:

Roadtrek SS Agile

If you want to stick with someone tried and true, then Roadtrek is your Class B expert.

A small drivable RV made by RoadTrek.
Photos via Roadtrek

They have been building these types of motorhomes for over 40 years and offer six models for the new year. The difficulty is choosing the best one; each model has different layouts, amenities, and options.

Roadtrek SS Agile interior viewed from front and from rear.
Roadtrek

If you want to stick with the smallest, look at the SS Agile (starts at $168,000). Built on a 144” long Sprinter wheelbase, a lot is packed into its interior. It has a roomy kitchen, a pullout bed, and an optional twin mattress that can be placed over the captain seats. This Class B RV also has 330 watts of standard solar and an outdoor shower.

Airstream Interstate 19

If price is still no option, why not go with one of the best manufacturers ever? Airstream has entered the Class B market with several models including the Atlas and Interstate.

Airstream Interstate Class B motorhome.
Photos via Airstream

The Airstream Interstate comes in two sizes: the 24-foot and 19-foot. The Interstate 19 has a hefty price tag of around $165,000, but this Class B is pure luxury.

Airstream Interstate interior with beach view.
Airstream

The leather sofa at the rear of the Interstate extends into a queen bed with the push of a button. The side seats also fold down to expand out the sleeping space even further. The interior features Italian-built rounded cabinetry, plenty of closet space, a stylish wet bath, and kitchen with flip-up counters.

Coachmen Nova

The newest member of the Coachmen Class B family has already garnered a few RV News awards and is close to becoming a top contender for best in class.

Coachmen Nova Class B on Dodge Ram chassis.
Photos via Coachmen

The 20-foot long Nova is built on the RAM Promaster chassis and has two layouts. One with a rear wet bath and one with seats for up to six passengers.

Coachmen Nova interior with twin beds.
Coachmen

Standard features include solid hardwood cabinetry, fiberglass showers, Lagun tables, roof racks with ladder access, and 220 watts of solar power. Options include extra insulation, grey water tank heaters, and an induction cooktop.

Class B van on scenic lakeside site at sunset.
The best small RV might just be the one you own. Photo by Alex Guillaume

While there are many more Class B RVs to choose from, because of their massive uptick in popularity, they are getting more difficult to keep on the lots. Our advice would be to look at each floor plan you are interested in and pin the chassis options you want and the price you are willing to pay. This will help to narrow down the options.

Consequently, no matter which manufacturer and model you choose, you are bound to find a small drivable RV that is akin to a tiny house on the road. The best one might just be the one that gets you where you want to go in comfort.

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Christina Nellemann

Christina is a writer and designer who has written about camping, tiny houses, and alternative living since 2008. She recently traded in her teardrop trailer for a 13-foot fiberglass trailer from 1982.

One thought on “What Is The Best Small Drivable RV?

  1. Christina
    We are 2 ladies in our late 70s . We have owned large class a rvs and now are ready for smaller. We live in WA, and we would like a comfy queen bed that we can add a foam topper to and leave made up. A bath with shower – some kitchen and 2 driver seats that swivel and you can out your feet up. We loved your article. What would you suggest?

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