Class B RVs, Part 1– ‘Is it a family van or a recreation vehicle?’

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Over the past decade, increased demand by consumers for more fuel-efficient recreation vehicles and technical innovations in the RV industry have led to a growth in the popularity of Class B motor homes.

Also know as van conversions and campervans, Class Bs are favorites with singles and couples who are looking for maneuverability, fuel-efficiency and a variety of home-like amenities in a small package.

These little rolling homes are built on a van or panel truck chassis with a raised roof and feature a bathroom with shower; sleeping, kitchen and dining accommodations; and optional entertainment systems.

They range in length from 16- to 22-feet and are priced new between $65,000 and $130,000 depending on the extras. As for fuel economy, roughly, gasoline vans get between 12-15 mpg; diesels average 18-22 mpg.

A huge part of the Class B’s appeal is that it drives like the family car and fits in most driveways.

– In Part 2, we meet Eileen and Fred Nickerson, fulltime RVers who opted for a Class B van conversion as their family car and RV.

Photo: Roadtrek Class B motor home moves easy through traffic. Courtesy of Go-RVing.com

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