Whether you’re looking to run away to the beach or would rather stake out a secluded campsite high in the hills, there are plenty of trailers and even tiny homes to help you go off-grid. Love campers and trailers? Come join our community group.
But one particular type of RV has shed its stodgy reputation amid a new surge in popularity: the Class B van. Packed full of amenities and with way more functionality than the stuffy motorhomes of yesterday, new Class B vans are easy to park, get better gas mileage than many other RVs, and can easily tow small boats or toy haulers.
Frankly, Curbed readers can’t get enough of them. We’ve reported on pricey custom camper vans that can go off grid for days, affordable Boho-themed vans with style to spare, and DIY vans that cost just $18,000. The van craze is real.
Below, take a look at five inventive camper vans you can buy in North America right now, and don’t miss our other guides on affordable vans, teardrop trailers, and the European vans we wish we could buy.
Off Grid Adventure Vans
Cost: Around $60,000
Key Features: Off Grid Adventure Vans is a new conversion van company that aims to produce a more environmentally sustainable, budget-conscious van. Each van comes with a Murphy-style full size bed, a spacious dining and living room area in the rear with bench seats and a removable table that can seat six, and a fully functioning bathroom with shower and optional toilet. Other amenities come standard, like loads of storage cabinets, hardwood floors, a roof vent, wood panel walls, and 200 watts of solar panel for power. Head over here for more.
Key Features: Billed as the first mass-produced, manufactured 4x4 RV in the United States, the Revel uses a 144-inch Mercedes-Benz 4x4 Sprinter as the base and comes with a 3-liter turbo diesel engine, all-terrain tires, and an on-demand four-wheel-drive system that has a high, low, and “hill descent” mode.
Inside, there’s a full kitchen, wet bath, and the van sleeps two on a rear-mounted power-lift bed that, in its highest position, allows for 140 cubic feet for bikes, surfboards, or whatever other gear you want. Head over here for more.
Key Features: European motorhome manufacturer Hymer is now building Class B vans—based on the Ram ProMaster chassis—in North America. The van can sleep up to four with a rear queen bed and a dinette that transforms into an additional sleeping area. There’s also a full kitchen, entertainment system, under-bed storage, and a spacious full bathroom with shower.
Airstream Interstate Grand Tour
Cost: Starting at $165,878
Key Features: Airstream might be best known for its chic designs of the classic "Silver Bullet" trailer, but a new line of touring coaches is upping the ante on Class-B mobile luxury. The Interstate Grand Tour van sleeps two, can haul seven people in seat belts, boasts a top-of-the-line kitchen, and includes other luxury amenities like heated seats, remote-controlled shades, and adjustable LED lighting.
Key Features: With seating for five people and removable RV components, the more affordable ModVans are billed as “full-featured camper vans, family vans, and work vans all in one.” Using the Ford Transit van as its base, the ModVan CV1 sleeps up to four adults and two kids while also boasting a 2-burner propane stove, an under-mount sink, furnace, air conditioner, fridge, and toilet. All of the cabinets and RV components can be completely removed so that the van can also be used as a cargo van. Head over here for more.