Class B vs class C RV: which one to choose?

Unlike some 50 years ago, today’s RV market is oversaturated with options. Some of them are nice and simple wheeled campers, whereas others are sophisticated enough to call them homes. Speaking in official terms, there are a few classes of RV vehicles available, including class B (or van conversion) and class C.

Knowing what the differences exist between the two exceptionally popular classes can really help you decide which RV type is best to suit your needs. Today, we’re going to explore advantages and disadvantages of both types to help you make a well-informed choice.

 

Class B

Often called van conversions, these are usually full-size or extended three quarters, or even one ton vehicles. Those are made from vans by taking off the shell and enriching it with all typical features of a home on wheels. In order to allow people to stand up straight inside of the vehicle, as well as create a more spacious feel to it, the roof is usually raised. Thanks to the raised roof, it also becomes possible to add additional cupboards and shelves, increasing storage space considerably. A dinette/bed is usually located in the back, whereas a kitchen, a sink and a toilet are stretched along the side in most vehicles. However, floor plans may vary from model to model. Some modified vans even feature a lengthened wheelbase, which, of course, means even more space to play with. When the vehicle is parked, a slide, which is a special part of the RV’s wall, extends out.

Advantages:

  • Relatively easy to drive and manoeuvre
  • Fit in most driveways and camping spots
  • Compact enough to double as an additional family car if required
  • With an addition of a tow hitch, may drag a small trailer or a boat

 

Disadvantages:

  • Have no room for a big family – best suited for two people
  • Minimal storage space
  • Very small bathrooms

 

Class B-plus

Serving as a bridging class between class B and class C, this hybrid is more economical fuel-wise compared to class C, but is considerably bigger than class B. These guys are usually based on trucks, but are not as high – and consequently, more aerodynamic. Class B-plus RVs also feature cab-overs, which usually serve as additional storage space or entertainment units. When picking a B-plus, carefully consider the size, as not all of them fit on all driveways. Slides are fairly common for B-plus RVs.

Advantages:

  • Additional storage space
  • Good balance between size and functionality
  • Bathrooms are closer to those in C-class, sometimes featuring separate toilets
  • Fit bigger beds

 

Disadvantages

  • As a hybrid class, this one doesn’t have well articulated characteristics, and it may lean towards B or C likewise. You will need to carefully consider every little detail to ensure it suits your needs, and finding the right B-plus for you may be exhausting, as it’s a bit of a “grey zone”.

 

Class C

Hard to confuse with something else, these have a highly recognisable silhouette. Built on the original truck chassis, this one is made by covering the base by an overhang, or a cab-over. In most cases, the cab-over is where you find a bed in class C vehicles. As the truck chassis allow for much more spacious interiors, RV manufacturers are free to add more internal features compared to B and B-plus vehicles. Moreover, the truck bed sometimes can be further extended, allowing room for and extra bed or a large sofa. C-class RVs usually feature a separate dining area, a bigger kitchen and considerably bigger bathrooms (sometimes with separate toilets). Plenty of space means plenty of storage, and quite a few cupboards and hiding spaces fit in these vehicles.

Advantages:

  • Extra door in addition to the entrance into the cabin – for extra safety
  • Still quite easy to drive and handle, compared to larger counterparts
  • Suitable for long vacations and camping trips
  • Suitable for big families or groups
  • Larger motor and stronger chassis mean you can tow a boat or a relatively large vehicle with no issues

 

Disadvantages:

  • Heavy
  • Less fuel efficient comparing to B-class due to larger, more powerful motor
  • The increased height means it may be difficult to fit in certain motorways – plan your trip carefully
  • Some locations may have parking restrictions for vehicles of this size – you may not even be able to park it on your property, check the local regulations for more information
  • Potentially limited access to some campsites

 

We sincerely hope you found this guide helpful. No matter which model you choose, we wish you all the best on the road, and happy camping!