How Motorhomes Outperform RVs

If you enjoy some of the comforts of home while exploring the great outdoors, motorhomes offer an affordable and reliable way to stay comfortable and get to your destination with ease.

Whether new or used, Class B motorhomes are self-contained and offer all the comforts of an RV without the hassles. Easier storage and drivability are two advantages of a campervan over an RV.

Cost is another plus: You save not only on fuel costs, but also on storage fees, since Class B vehicles can be easily parked at your home, apartment, or office. You can further reduce costs by purchasing a used motorhome.

Many people don’t know the difference between a conversion van, camper van, or motor home. Knowing the differences can help you make good decisions when buying a conversion van. The differences become important for practical reasons such as:

  • Does my neighborhood community or city allow me to park my van at my home?
  • Do I need a special driver’s license?

Motorhomes are not really motorhomes in the traditional sense, but they can offer many of the features of a motorhome. Confused? We can see some details to clarify the differences!

Please note that there is no de facto industry definition: guidelines only. Let’s start with a basic Wikipedia definition of the terms Class A and Class B vehicles.

A class

Built on a commercial truck chassis, purpose-built motor vehicle chassis, or commercial bus chassis, a Class A motorhome resembles a bus in design and has a flat or upright front end and large windows. Equipped with the living space and amenities found in a home, they can be driven or towed.

Class B Motorhome

Built on a conventional van chassis, using the original bodywork or only small extensions, campervans can be fitted with a ‘pop-up’ roof that pops up when camping, or with a fixed roof, either shared with the commercial van that makes up the van. base vehicle (commonly a “high roof” model), or as part of a custom body. A motorhome is a self-propelled vehicle that provides both transportation and sleeping accommodation. In addition, to qualify as a Class B mobile home, the van must have built-in sleeping, eating and toilet facilities (including properly mounted fresh and gray water holding tanks).

Now that we have a basic visual difference (size and driven/towed), let’s look at other factors that vary between Class A motorhomes and Class B trucks.


Class A motorhomes (RVs) contain virtually any feature the owner desires. The interior design is limited only by your imagination and your wallet. On the other hand, motorhomes are smaller and therefore somewhat limited, but not as much as you might think.

For example, Class B vehicles typically have a kitchenette with a refrigerator (often powered by a choice of gas, battery, or electricity) and a two-burner gas stove and grill. They typically have dual-voltage lighting that can run on a dedicated battery or AC power, supplied at a campsite via a hookup cord.

Many people who are interested in buying a Class B are surprised to find that they include a water heater, heating and air conditioning, a toilet, and even an internal shower.

Some campervans are almost indistinguishable from a conversion van, but contain the full complement of RV luxuries: stove, refrigerator, microwave, hot/cold water, shower, TV, gas heat, air conditioning.

Driving a Campervan vs. an RV

Ease of drive is one of the main reasons people prefer to buy a Class B truck over a Class A RV. Even the smallest RVs are larger than motorhomes and therefore easier to drive. ride. For example, maneuvering a pickup truck is much less difficult than a bus, which for most people would require a fair amount of practice and a really big empty parking lot.

Converting a bus-sized vehicle requires a completely different set of principles than vans!

Other Driving force (pardon the pun) to buy a Class B truck is to drive it without worrying about the hassles associated with obtaining a special driver’s license like a CDL. Although most RVs can be driven with a regular driver’s license, some states require a special license for large RVs.

These great trucks are well known for getting superior mileage, which is a concern for most considering the ever-rising prices of gasoline and diesel. Having to fill up less often makes a world of difference when taking those longer trips.

Parking and maintenance issues

Typically, the B-Class can be serviced at any auto shop, so you don’t have the expense or inconvenience of taking it to a specialty truck or RV shop. They also allow owners with mechanical knowledge to work on the vehicle without the need for a paid professional.

You can park your motorhome anywhere you can park your car. HOAs and city ordinances that prevent owners from parking RVs on the street have no restrictions against motorhomes because they are classified as vans and not RVs.

There are no storage fees associated with owning a motorhome because there are no regulations preventing you from parking a motorhome on your driveway or in front of your home.

The term motorhome is sometimes used interchangeably with camper van, but the former can also be a vehicle much larger than a camper van and is intended to be more luxurious, while the latter is more concerned with ease of movement, comfort of handling and low cost while also providing the conveniences and comfort of an RV.

Go where you want to go; stay where you want to stay and leave the payment behind.

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