Small Motorhomes

Small motorhomes are gaining popularity again and considering the rising costs of fuel it really isn't surprising.

The recreational vehicle industry expects this trend in down sizing to continue. As fuel prices continue to climb RV industry manufacturers are finding new and innovative ways to pack the appealing features of larger luxury motorhomes into smaller, lighter fuel-sipping small motorhomes.

Many of these mini motorhomes can even double as a second family vehicle or park in your driveway providing you more versatility for your investment. In fact, we may be seeing just the beginning of a whole new trend in down sized motorhomes.

Choosing a small motorhome will still provide you with all the camping and traveling amenities of a larger RV, yet save you plenty in motorhome fuel economy. The smaller RV will also be easier to drive and are more nimble than a larger motorhome, so navigating crowded city streets won't have you in a white-knuckle situation.

These small RV's are referred to in several classifications known as class B motorhomes or camping van conversions, B+ motorhomes, or the slightly larger and longer C class motorhomes. As with most things there are pros and cons to each of the various RV types.

These small motorhomes are built on several different chassis including a Ford, Chevrolet, and the very popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis.

The Sprinter chassis is popular due to it's 3.0-L V-6 turbo diesel engine delivering 325 LB-FT of torque while getting up to 20 MPG. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter features an ultra-efficient Blue TEC clean diesel engine considered Best-In-Class standard safety features. It's compact design makes it the perfect size for a touring motorhome with enough power and 5000-pound towing capacity to pull a boat or trailer with your toys in tow.

The following RV manufacturers offer Sprinter motorhomes.

  • Airstream (Interstate)
  • Coach House RV (Platinum Series)
  • Coachman (Prism)
  • Itasca (Navion, Navion iQ)
  • Leisure Travel Vans (Unity U24IB)
  • Roadtrek Motorhomes (Adventurous, Agile, Ideal)
  • Sportsmobile (Cruiser, Toy Hauler)
  • Thor Industries (Four Winds, Chateau Citation)
  • Winnebago (ERA, Via, View, View Profile)

Leisure Travel Vans is the industry's first manufacture to incorporate a queen sized Murphy Bed into it's luxury B+ Unity model. Their innovative floor plan designs allow for a sizable residential-style bathroom not commonly found in small motorhomes.

The luxury in this compact motorhome is evident throughout. The bedroom has his and hers wardrobes, and Euro flush mount cook top with Corian counter tops in the kitchen area.

Storage is always limited in small motorhomes, but with a well thought out design and space saving ideas it can seem more spacious. When shopping look for comfort, space, durability, storage and thoughtful design with a floor-plan that meets your needs.

Some manufacturers have incorporated the use of slide-out rooms into the construction of their motor homes. This allows for the side walls to extend opening up more floor space while you are parked. The Winnebago View is a good example with the use of a full-wall slide adding more than 17 square feet of useable floor space to the primary living area.

Roadtrek Motorhomes

Roadtrek motorhomes are the best selling B class motorhomes in the industry.

Toyota Mini Motorhome

The Toyota mini motorhome became an icon and is still very collectible today. Many different conversions were incorporated during it's use. Some versions with limited production like the Sun Rader molded fiberglass RV are highly sought after especially if they are still in good condition.

Pleasure Way Vans

Pleasure Way vans are manufactured in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada. The new basis model is an affordable entry level class B motorhome that blends some of the same superior craftsmanship that Pleasure-Way vans are known for with just a few less frills.

Class C Motorhome Manufacturers

Class C motorhomes offer more room than the B class or B+, and are generally less expensive, so they are easier on your wallet. Popular brands are energy efficient, elegantly styled with an abundance of features and comfort. Popular brands to look for include.

  • Born Free Motorcoach
  • Coach House (Platinum)
  • Coachman a Division of Forest River (Prism, Concord LE)
  • Fleetwood RV Inc (Jamboree, Tioga Ranger, Conquest)
  • Jayco (Greyhawk, Melbourne)
  • Lazy Daze
  • Phoenix USA Inc (Phoenix Cruiser)
  • Thor Industries (Four Winds)

Today's small motorhomes might make you consider down sizing, so you can continue to enjoy the RV lifestyle and maximize your fun while minimizing your footprint.