Class B motorhomes, which are typically chassis-cab van conversions, combine the best of two worlds, blending the versatility of full-size van/chassis with many of the same features of luxury RVs. Not surprisingly, these motorhomes are a growing market segment in the RV industry.
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Some Class B manufacturers categorize this segment as Class B, while others characterize them as Class B+. Traditionally, Ford and Chevy chassis have been the platforms of choice; however, the Sprinter van chassis (powered by a Mercedes turbodiesel and a five-speed automatic transmission) has been embraced by several motorhome builders, with others planning to follow.
In addition to enjoying the RV lifestyle and the residential luxuries associated with it, the Class B motorhome offers several unique benefits. Because this is the smallest class of motorhome, parking is less of an issue. This means the owner may be able to utilize his own residential driveway for parking. Those who prefer the Class B testify that it feels much like a large sedan when navigating through urban traffic and out on the Interstate. The familiarity of the cab (instrumentation and controls) is another plus. For some, the utility of a Class B recreational vehicle is huge: It can be used to haul kids to soccer practice, run to the market, and launch a weekend getaway or an extended family vacation.
A dozen Canadian and American manufacturers build Class B motorhomes that are sold in both countries, for the construction and safety standards used are certified and approved by both. Some Class B manufacturers build only one model with one floor plan while others may offer several of each. The MSRPs noted below are base prices (without options) and need to be verified as they will change. When comparing MSRPs, keep in mind that standard and optional equipment varies between manufacturers and between models within the same manufacturer. Base MSRPs range from about $55,000 up to $165,000. Options can add several thousand dollars to the price, and standard and optional features depend on model and floor plan.
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