Conversion vans are not what they used to be. Today’s models feature everything from showers to Bose built-in speakers to ambient LED lighting. Most options are also customized to a certain degree, even if they’ve been ordered from a brochure. Buying an RV that’s smaller and easier to drive has again become a popular purchase with eager travelers who are reluctant to purchase a large rig.
Class B Vans are all over Instagram and blogs about RV life are also prevalent. This is no doubt fuelling popularity but so is the new “gig economy;” millennials and even Boomers who prefer traveling full time to punching a time clock. Class B motorhomes and camper vans are helping them become full time RVers.
Are you also looking to live in an RV full time and edging toward a sleek Class B conversion van? If so, keep reading for helpful tips when it’s time to choose your vehicle.
Simple is Best to Start
If this is your first attempt at hitting the road in a converted passenger van it’s best to start with the basics in the beginning. Along the way as you take road trips or stay in national parks you’ll make a list of things you wish your van had or could do. These are things you can add or put on your wish list when you upgrade. Things like snazzy captain’s chairs might not be as important as an awesome DVD player when you actually live in your van full time.
Buy the Right Van for Your Plan
Are you active outdoors? Do you have a ton of gear for climbing, kayaking or surfing? How about hiking or grilling; are there things you just can’t or won’t live without? Take this into consideration when choosing your Class B. How much storage is there? Does the roof have a rack? How about cabinets for your DVD collection? If you plan to work remotely make sure there’s enough storage for all your essential electronics.
If you’re only two people the options will be many. But how about when friends want to tag along? Check out the sleeping arrangements and options for expanding it for extra travelers. Choosing a table/bed conversion or built-in bench seat might be the way to go if you plan on inviting people to ride along now and then.
To Shower or Not to Shower
Some people might never consider traveling without a bathroom in their vehicle. Others have no problem showering outdoors in the free air or using a portable eco-toilet. Depending on which category you fall into, there are options available in a Class B Van. You can look for a wet bath/shower/toilet combination or simply opt to use a portable toilet shelf and have a detachable shower head ready to hook up outside. The choice is yours to fit your RV lifestyle.
Where Will You Travel?
Do you plan to travel north to Canada and explore the Rockies or south to bask in the sun? Where you plan to travel will influence if you need a very well insulated van or not. Another thing to consider is whether or not to choose 4-wheel drive ability. If you plan on off-roading or driving up into the nitty gritty of a Colorado landscape you should buy a Class B van that can handle it without breaking down and causing all sorts of headaches.
Take Your Time
Now that you know the kind of criteria to look for and research you should write your wish list down before you go shopping for your Class B, or have one custom designed to suit your life on the road. Living full time in an RV park or rolling down the highway may require different things from your rig. Take the time to get just the van you want and you’ll reap a more pleasurable RV experience.