By Lazydays

Planning to live in a Class B full-time? Learn more about what to expect and tips for making the most of this lifestyle.

Many RVers with small families, couples, or even solo travelers are interested in living in a camper van. These smaller RVs, which are more formally known as Class B motorhomes, are built on a small van-sized chassis making them easier to maneuver than many larger types of motorized RVs. They’re also popular for their customizable setups, stylish designs, and ease of use compared to other RV types. If you’re considering joining the camper van lifestyle for full-time RVing, we invite you to learn more about Class Bs.

Is it Possible to Live in a Camper Van?

Yes, it is possible to live full-time in a camper van or small RV. Depending on the size of your family, full-time living might require a little extra planning to ensure there is adequate space for everyone. Many camper vans are perfect for solo RVers, couples, and even small families.

What is the Best Camper Van to Live In?

We offer a wide variety of Class B RVs for sale, including camper vans of all shapes and sizes. The best RV for your full-time living will depend on your needs. For example, if you’re working from your RV home on the road, a camper van with a workstation would be a great fit. If your heart is set on a chef’s kitchen, there are specific models to consider. Our RV experts can help you find the camper van that’s your best fit!

What to Know About Van Life

As with any RV type, it’s important to consider whether or not going full-time in a camper van fits your family, travel needs, and budget. Class B RVs are small motorhomes that are increasingly advanced, but they still bring close quarters. This is why they’re popular for solo RVers or couples, as sharing the smaller amenities of a camper van is much easier when there aren’t as many people in the van. Consider some important aspects of camper van life before jumping into this full-time living situation.

Camper Vans can be More Affordable than Larger Motorhomes

If you’re interested in purchasing a new motorized RV, Class B camper vans are some of the more affordable types on the market. There are well-equipped Class Bs available from popular brands including Winnebago, Thor Motor Coach, and Airstream.

The smaller size of camper vans makes them a more affordable RV type when compared to larger motorhomes in many cases. They are still luxury-packed, but the smaller size makes them a great first-time RV for full-time living.

Camper Vans Require Traditional RV Support

Many social media posts about camper van life will show breathtaking sights from the vantage point of a Class B, with RVers waking up to national parks right outside their windows. While boondocking is possible in a camper van, it requires support much like larger RVs. You’ll need to keep your RV prepared with water, charged batteries, generators, and find dumping stations just as you’d do with any other RV type.

Camper Vans are Feature Packed

The smaller size and competitive price points don’t mean you have to compromise on features. Many of today’s camper vans include some of the most impressive features, designs, and amenities you’ll find among RVs for sale. These motorhomes are often packed with features such as:

  • Convertible sleeping areas
  • Three-piece bathrooms
  • Galley kitchens
  • Outdoor entertainment
  • U-shaped dinette
  • Bunk over cab
  • Residential-style designs

We offer a large selection of camper vans with both new and used models available.

You Likely Won’t Need a Special License

In most cases, the smaller size of a camper van means that you won’t need a special license to drive this RV type. The RV license requirements vary from state to state, but in most cases camper vans are well within the size limitations for a standard license, meaning you can drive your camper van without worry.

Class B RVs Fit Almost Anywhere

Some roads, parks, and destinations have size limitations for RVs that prohibit larger units. In most cases, size restrictions are not something to worry about when you’re RVing in a Class B motorhome. The smaller size of camper vans makes them perfect for visiting destinations wherever you can bring a regular van, making it easy to live the RV lifestyle wherever your travels take you.

Smaller Size is Perfect for First-Time RVers

If you’re new to the world of camping and RVing, a Class B motorhome can be a great first setup! The smaller size of camper vans often makes them more manageable in terms of driving, upkeep, and camping. For first-time RV buyers such as millennials and folks of all ages, a Class B can be a great starting point. Visit your nearest Lazydays RV dealership location to tour our Class B motorhomes!