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After full time RVing in a Class A gas coach for over a year, we are ready to downsize. About five months in, we realized we had way too much room and wasted space in our 29′ motorhome. Our search for a smaller RV has been all over the place. We looked at lightweight travel trailers, truck campers, small Class C RVs and Class B RVs. The journey of downsizing has been an interesting one with many things to consider. In this post we share our search for a Class B camper van for full time RVing.

Class B RV Manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada

Class B Camper Van for Full Time RVing

There are many reasons we want to downsize to a smaller RV. The two videos below go into detail about our thought process for downsizing.

Benefits of Moving from Class A to Class B:
– Easy to park in a pull out along the road and enjoy the view
– Fit in the driveway of friends/family who invite us to visit
– Better fuel economy
– Small and nimble
– Lower maintenance cost (check out our post on the cost of Class A windshield replacement)

First Step: Sell the Class A RV

Second Step: Downsize for Camper Van Life

Third Step: Find the Right Class B Camper Van

The search continues for the right Class B camper van for us. Below is a list of the options we’ve considered so far. Cargo carrying capacity is a big concern when we look at the Class B camper vans. As we continue to minimize our lives, we realize we don’t need much to live the way we want. Of course, Leo has to approve of our new home on wheels. Update: Meet Our New Camper Van!

Class B Camper Vans Considered

Hymer Aktiv

Leisure Travel Vans Unity, Serenity, Wonder

Roadtrek SS Agile, CS Adventurous, SRT Simplicity, Zion

Sportsmobile Sprinter 4×4

Winnebago Era

Winnebago Travato

Other Class B Camper Vans Considered:
– Airstream
– Coach House
– Midwest Automotive Designs
– Pleasure-Way Industries

Watch Class B RV Tours

List of Class B RV Manufacturers

In Between RVs

When you’re a full time RVer and you’re switching between two RVs, you may find yourself without an RV for a while. That was the case when we were downsizing from the Class A to the Class B.

Luckily, we were able to move in temporarily with our families during the transition. We had more time to minimize and time to figure out what essential items we need for van life.

Being without an RV also re-enforced our decision to continue full time RV life. We can’t imagine doing anything else right now other than traveling in an RV with our dog, Leo.

This experience has made us realize why some full time RVers trade in their RVs at a dealership. They can move everything out of their current RV into the new RV without any “down time.”

Thanks for reading! Check Out our Van Life Video Series on YouTube.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 24, 2016 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.