A common misconception about RVs is that class A is the largest and class C the smallest. In reality, class B RVs are the smallest option available, but they are perfect for renters on a budget.
Class B RVs are built on a camper van base, but they are modified with a raised roof in order to make them much larger than your typical van. Although they are more limited in terms of space and amenities, you’ll be able to stand up comfortably while inside the vehicle.
Most models have a small kitchen (sink, microwave, mini-fridge), bathroom (shower and toilet), and a pull-out sofa bed, which is amazing considering their size. We recommend class B RVs for no more than 2 people, but some models offer an additional pull-out bed for one or two more passengers. Renters who plan on camping underneath the stars should have plenty of room in a Class B RV.
How to Drive a Class B RV
All first-time RV renters should consider a class B RV simply for the convenience; they’re by far the easiest model to drive. Some of the challenges associated with larger models, such as making tight turns and finding a place to camp for the night, don’t apply to class B RVs. Renters will have no problem finding space at campgrounds and RV parks, are able to boondock with ease, and have access to nearly all highways without worrying about the height or weight of their vehicle.
Class B motorhomes have seen a growth in popularity not only due to their convenience, but also for their great gas mileage compared to larger RVs. A class C RV typically gets around 8 – 12 MPG; compare that to class B RVs, which easily get between 15 MPG (gas engine) and 22 MPG (diesel engine). As a result, class B RVs save renters a lot of money once out on the open road.
Renting a Class B RV
Class B RVs are one of the most affordable rental options, and highly recommended for first time renters. Prices are typically between $50 to $75 per night, plus a small per-mile fee. You’ll also want to ask your rental company about all fees involved in order to avoid surprises.
Let us state the obvious: before you can hop in your class B RV, you’ll need a standard driver’s license. What you might not know is that many states require renters to be at least 21 (25 in some states) years old. As a result, make sure your driver meets the minimum age requirement.
Finally, one of the best reasons for renting a class B RV is that you can drive it almost anywhere. Campgrounds have plenty of space for class B vehicles, however you’ll want to reserve a parking spot ahead of time because many parks fill quickly.
The actual rental process is fairly straightforward. Renters will need to display a valid driver’s license, pay a security deposit, and select pick-up and drop-off dates. You can usually pick up and drop off your vehicle in different locations, however you must plan this with the rental company ahead of time.