8 Of the Best Class B RVs for full time RV living

The biggest hurdle many couples and small families face when they are buying an RV for full-time living is the price. Class B RVs will not drain out your bank account, and it is way easier to travel with due to its size and fuel economy.

Investing in a Class B RV for full-time living can be one of the best options for many travelers.

You may be wondering what I mean by Class B RV. Well, Class B RVs are identifiable by their size. When the RV looks like a slightly bigger version of the camper van, it is typically a Class B.

Essentially, Class B RVs will resemble a truck with a camper in the back. The Class A RVs will usually be similar to the size of a school bus.

In this article, you will get to know the top Class B RVs that you should consider if you want to live full-time in an RV. To choose the best RVs, I tried to include a variety of features.

Everyone has slightly different style preferences and day-to-day needs, especially when they live on the road. So, I took that into account when putting together this list. You are sure to find at least one model that fits your RVing needs!

Quick Glance of our Top Class B RV Picks

With so many RVs on the market today, it is hard to narrow down on choices. So, I put together a list of my top 8 Class B RVs for full-time living.

RV Name

Chassis

Dimensions (LWH)

Price range

Pleasure-Way Plateau

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 van chassis

22.9 x 9.8 x 7.1 feet

150,00 - 175,000 USD

Airstream Interstate

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 van chassis

24.6 x 6.7 x 9.8 feet

175,000 - 200,00 USD

Coachmen Galleria

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 van chassis

24.3 x 6.9 x 9.9 feet

Unspecified

Winnebago Revel

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis

19.7 x 6.4 x 10 feet

150,00 - 175,000 USD

Pleasure-Way Tofino

Ram Promaster 1500 van chassis

17.9 x 7.6 x 8.2 feet

100,000 - 150,000 USD

ModVan CV1

Ford Transit van chassis

Unspecified

75,000 - 100,000 USD (base model)

Winnebago Era

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis

24.3 x 5.9 x 6.3 feet

150,00 - 175,000 USD

RoadTrek CS-Adventurous

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 van chassis

22.9 x 6.8 x 9.9

150,00 - 175,000 USD

Top 8 Class B RVs for Full-Time Living

A Class B RV is perfect for full-time living as long as you can adjust to the smaller space, you are budget-conscious, and you want a more accessible mode of traveling.

1. Pleasure-Way Plateau FL

First on this list is a model from a well-known manufacturer of Class B RVs. The Pleasure-Way Plateau is just one of the many models the brand has to offer, but this was our first pick because of the versatile floor plan. 

The front lounge has two captain chairs that are part of a second dining/work area when swiveled back. There are two 24-inch Smart LED swing-mounted TVs at the front and rear sides.

The TV may not be a top seller for everyone, but many travelers like to enjoy the outdoors while keeping up with current events or as a way to spend a rainy day indoors. 

You will love the 7-inch control panel if you want to control some of your RV’s functions at just the touch of a button. It can control the AC temperature, water pump, lighting, sofa, vent controls, and the awning. 

Another important feature when traveling for a long time is your water system. The Shurflo® automatic demand water system keeps your water tank full while the Truma AquaGo® comfort plus instant water heater makes hot showers accessible anywhere.

The refrigerator is raised, making it uber accessible. The windows are fly-out instead of slide-in so you can open it even when it is raining.

All of the small features that are easy to overlook is why this was a top pick. As a company, they take into account many issues RVers face daily, and their designs help to make life a little bit easier. 

Pros
  • Cabinets have consistent interior and exterior
  • Can come with either a 190 or 285 Watt solar panel system
  • Magnetized cloth doors keep going in and out easy and secure
Cons
  • Lots of customizability which may overwhelm first-time buyers

Final Thought

I would recommend this RV for first-time buyers. Now, the customizability will be intimidating, but any good agent will talk you through the process.

The price is right for what you will get, and you will get a world-class after-sales service with the company. This is an RV that you definitely should consider if you will be traveling full-time.

2. Airstream Interstate 

With a seating capacity of up to 9 people, the Airstream Interstate is a classy mobile home with all the right features to keep your trip secure and comfortable.

It uses a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis, which a lot of RVs use, but this one might have an advantage in the floor plan. 

The RV uses a V6 3L Turbo diesel engine that offers 18 miles per gallon. That is a lot considering the size of this RV.

The Collision Prevention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Xenon Headlamps, and rear and side cameras are features that will help drivers keep their travel safe. 

When it is time to sleep, the rear chairs form a massive bed that does not rattle or squeak when moving on it.

The Ultraleather is a supple fabric that is designed to withstand wear-and-tear for many years. It also uses eco-friendly EcoBatt insulation to keep everyone warm and cozy. 

It has a dual burner stove with a wide and deep sink beside it. The cabinets use premium hardwood material from Italy.

These materials are a cut above what other RV companies in the same price range use. The brushed wood finish paired with silver metal accents is elegant at any angle.

Pros
  • Corian countertops are stable making the kitchen easy to use
  • The tankless water heater provides continuous hot water
  • Optional four-wheel drive for those tackling minimally maintained roads
Cons
  • Trailer hitching can be a bit complicated with this model

Final Thought

I have tried this RV for a test drive and a short trip. One thing that came into my mind after passing the 10km mark with this is, “I could get used to this.”

It is such a luxurious feeling driving this RV, but it will not make you feel like being in a limousine. It still will feel like a travel vehicle but with an added touch of luxury.

3. Coachmen Galleria 

The Coachmen Galleria has four different floor plans to choose from: 

  • 24FL (Power Sofa with Double Captains Chairs)
  • 24Q (Power Sofa with Quad Captain Chairs)
  • 24T (Power Sofa with Triple Captains Chairs)
  • 24A (Rear bed with Double Captains Chairs) 

There are a lot of new features that made it into this model, like the Standard Upgraded Insulation R-15, WiFi Ranger, Black Tank flush, and undercarriage lighting. The best thing is the price is still close to the previous version despite the additional features. 

It uses a Mercedes 3.0L Turbo V6 Diesel with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The ESP or Electronic Stability Program keeps your van level during cornering and when taking some bumps.

You can bring more cargo by attaching a trailer via its 5000-pound tow hitch with a 7-pin wiring connector. 

The cabinetry is made from Maplewood by a local Amish cabinet maker. Other high-end components include the Truma Combi water heater and the Onan generator, which keeps RV essentials, water, and electricity, on supply. 

If you are traveling with family, the 24A with a big bed is recommended. The other floor plans are versatile and will work with any type of lifestyle and travel situation.

Pros
  • Certified GREEN by TRA Certification
  • BlueTEC engine provides excellent fuel economy
  • One-piece carpet mat is luxurious to touch and look
Cons
  • Bathroom could have been bigger

Final Thought

If you are conscious of your carbon footprint, then this RV is your best travel vehicle. My fellow RV buddies have always talked about this model as a sort of a testament of how modern RVs can and should be.

Full-time traveling should not put a heavy toll on our planet, and this model is one of the best “green” RVs out there.

4. Winnebago Revel

For those looking to roam unexplored places and unpaved roads, the Winnebago Revel is the RV for you. This RV has some incredible off-road capabilities. 

The on-demand 4WD is a standard feature, while other RVs have it as an optional feature for an additional price. The 4WD is paired with low-range electronic stability, traction control, active brake assist, and four-wheel ABS brakes. 

The rear bed can be hoisted up above via a power lift. This makes a space of 140 cubic feet, which makes it perfect for climbers or bikers hauling their gear and want easy access to it.

However, if you are bringing surfboards and other large cargo, you can attach it on the roof rack, which is accessible via a detachable ladder. 

For durability, the walls are covered with an ABS plastic panel. This also makes the interior easy to clean, just like the flooring. Everything about this RV is quality, especially for those looking to use this one as a battlewagon.

Pros
  • Not a lot of fancy features to keep the price competitive
  • On-demand 4WD and roof rack makes this a true outdoors RV
  • Light and wipers operate automatically thanks to the rain sensor
Cons
  • Not as many features to customize or upgrade

Final Thought

I have talked to people who expressed their regrets that their RV cannot tread rocky and unpaved roads.

When the company lent me this model for review, it felt like driving a Subaru off-road wagon. It is agile, aggressive in rocky roads, and looks rugged rather than sleek.

5. Pleasure-Way Tofino

First-time buying an RV? The Pleasure-Way Tofino is a good option as an entry-level RV for its price-to-features ratio. This is the first RV on this list that uses a Ram Promaster 1500 chassis. 

Right off the bat, we love the expandable 49 x 72-inch overhead bunk. It is like a tent attached to the roof that can be closed in when driving.

It is a lovely spot to sleep since you get a lot of fresh air, and the view alone will make your passengers race for the spot.

The dual 100Ah lithium batteries, multiplex wiring, 2000 watt inverter, and touch control panel makes this RV a top contender in terms of technology.

Meanwhile, the floor plan is basically what makes it cost-efficient. The large gallery area has an induction stove, sink, refrigerator, and a laminate countertop. 

When you fold out the sofa, it turns into a 54 x 72-inch bed, which can comfortably accommodate at least three adults. At the back of the couch is 70 cubic feet of rear cargo space.

This is where this RV outshines other models. It gives you a lot of space instead of cramming the interior with oversized compartments and unnecessary knick-knacks. 

It uses a 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine, which takes in gasoline. It may have a less efficient mileage-per-liter ratio but has a lower tank price. Gasoline engines are also greener and easier to maintain.

Pros
  • MCD blackout rolling shades with a magnetic catch
  • More cargo space than other RVs in the price range
  • Hardwood maple cabinetry will withstand years of regular use
Cons
  • Gasoline engine has worse fuel economy than a diesel engine

Final Thought 

Just like with any hobby, you should not be discouraged just because of the cost of getting into it. This model is for the budget-conscious.

It might not have the extra features other RVs have, but it gets the basic features right. When I talked to the sales agent, she said that with some customizability and a seasonal promo, you could get this model at an even lower price.

6. ModVan CV1

The ModVan CV1 is noticeably different than others on this list for one reason: modularity. It is a van that you can build from A to Z but remains a robust functionality like a traditional RV. 

The customizability allows you to add a 4WD conversion, a 300 Watt solar charging system, an outdoor shower, a 3rd-row sofa bed or bench seat, a composting toilet, a passenger-side power running board, and many more.

Other categories to customize are the exterior and interior color, cabinet and trim panels, wall upholstery, window configuration, and chassis options. The chassis options alone have more than ten features you can add.

The van can accommodate four adults comfortably with a propane and freshwater system, each that is 10 gallons each. The three cubic foot refrigerator has enough room for produce and cooked food. 

If you have a dream RV but not finding the right feature set on models you have seen, this model allows you to pick the features you want and opt-out for those you do not.

Also, did we mention that it can be bought for less than 100,000 USD for the base model, which includes standard RV features? That’s an excellent price.

Pros
  • Wide modularity allows you to control the features and price
  • Base price is way affordable to pass up on
  • Has a dual burner propane stove
Cons
  • Customizability means you should know what you are getting and not

Final Thought

It was such a lively experience watching the company build three different RVs based on custom orders. I got the feeling that building this van might be as fun as driving it.

If I had the spare money for an extra RV, I would get this RV and live in it for another couple of months.

7. Winnebago Era

The Winnebago Era is geared towards family travelers rather than hardcore travelers. It is the second Winnebago RV in this list and rightfully so because of the brand’s unbeatable offers at such tempting price points. 

When you enter the RV, you will notice the large kitchen. What you can cook at home can be cooked in this RV thanks to the triple-burner stove and an expansive prep area. There are also outdoor LED lighting and speakers.

There are four floor plans to choose from: 

  • 70A (which accommodates three people)
  • 70B (which has a 70 x 77-inch sofa bed)
  • 70M (which has a 44-gallon fresh water tank)
  • 70X (which has four captain chairs)

This is a model that you should consider if you are traveling with kids. You get an exterior entertainment system, a large kitchen, and even a larger bed - things your kids will want while on the road.

Pros
  • Four floor plans offer a more preferred travel type
  • Expansive kitchen
  • Ultraleather feels premium and soft to the skin
Cons
  • Not really “cutting edge” in terms of technology

Final Thought

In my years of RV traveling, the best travels I had were with my family. I recommend this model for fathers and mothers looking to travel with their kids and some relatives. It emphasizes the R as in “recreational” in the RV.

8. RoadTrek CS-Adventurous

Want the premium look without the hefty price tag? The RoadTrek CS-Adventurous should win awards for its looks alone, but it's the features that will convince you to buy it. 

The cabinetry looks straight out of an interior design magazine with top-notch woodwork and modern design. The massive frameless windows not only create a clean look outside but lets a lot of light in.

Also, the 12-volt macerator sewage pump makes disposal easy. You cannot enjoy an RV trip if it has a lot of garbage in it. 

There is an in-floor propane and radiant heating system. Meanwhile, the bath is spacious enough for a comfortable stay in it. Other passengers can also use the outdoor shower. 

We liked the home theater system, which includes a 5.1 surround sound audio. Lounging is comfortable with its comfortable seats and beds.

There are two tables at each end of the RV, which are useful for remote workers using their laptops or notebooks. 

This is an excellent deal for the price with basic and above-basic features that will be useful for any type of traveling anywhere.

Pros
  • Two tables make working easy
  • Luxurious interior but has the ruggedness of traditional camper vans
  • Lots of safety features like rear and side cameras and monitor panel
Cons
  • Should have more empty space

Final Thought

This model may be a good upgrade from your current one. It has a lot of features other RVs in the same price range do not have.

When I test drove this one, I knew from the start that this would be a good RV for full-timers because of the price and feature set alone. Not to mention the incredible customer service the company provides.

Why Did I Change to Class B RV?

Well, as you grow old, you realize that you want to spend your life discovering new places and making friends along the way.

A Class B RV is the best vehicle to use for that type of journey since it fits my travel mantra: “travel light, travel fast, and travel safely.”

Using a Class B RV changed my travels since I can now explore cities since a Class A or C RV would be hard to drive in busy streets.

It also challenged me to pack what is only necessary and never focus on the “material side” of traveling but concentrate on the journey and destination.

Why Should You Choose Class B RV?

  • Affordability: A Class B RV costs around 40,000-80,000 USD while a Class A is around 100,000-200,000 USD and a Class C around 50,000-100,000 USD. 
  • Fuel economy: A Class A would need 18-29 liters per 100km, a Class C 16-23 liters, while a Class B would need 11-13 liters only. 
  • Ease of driving and parking: A Class B is an RV in a van. It is much easier to drive and park, especially in tight spaces like motorhomes and city streets. 
  • Inconspicuous and versatile: Traveling in a flashy Class A RV in new places can attract some bad people. You do not want your belongings stolen, or your vehicle jacked.

Find Your Perfect Class B RV

Traveling full-time with an RV is not always easy, but it can be with the right vehicle. Class B RVs make travel safe, comfortable, and fun.

These 8 RVs are among the best-selling models on the market right now. Aside from excellent marketing, these RVs practically sell themselves because of the affordability and feature set and the many testimonials travelers have for these RVs.

Our team highly recommends going to ask an experienced RV traveler before buying any model. There are a lot of nuances that come with this lifestyle that a lot of people do not think of before they start. That is why we included different RVs for different travel preferences in this list. 

We hope you found our list insightful and that we have helped you move forward with the “hard” part of RV traveling: choosing your trusty RV.