Rig Roundup: Class B+ Motorhomes Worth Considering 

Mar 23, 2022 | Rigs

Rig Roundup: Class B+ Motorhomes Worth Considering 

Learn more about Class B+ RVs and find the perfect rig for your needs in the category.

By Kerri Cox

Photo courtesy Airstream

If Class C motorhomes are too big and Class B vans are too small for your lifestyle, a Class B+ might be just right for you. Class B+ rigs are easy to drive and relatively compact, while offering an impressive amount of living space. 

What Is a Class B+?

Class B, Class B+, and Class C motorhomes are all built on the same type of van chassis. To describe a Class B+, let’s look at the difference between a Class B and a Class C. Class B vans look very much like regular vans from the outside but are outfitted with special equipment and interiors for RV camping. Class C motorhomes are built on a van chassis, but the regular van walls are replaced with a bigger box, which bumps out the living space behind and over the cab.

The Class B+ fits somewhere in the middle. Though it has a big box built around the van chassis, it doesn’t have the overhead bunk of a Class C, and it’s typically smaller and sleeker. Motorhomes in this category usually cost at least $100,000 and may run up to $300,000.

Important Features to Look for in a Class B+

Despite being a niche rig type, you’ll find quite a few Class B+ models on the market. How do you decide which Class B+ motorhome is best for you? Here are a few features to consider.

Off-Grid Capabilities

Class B+ manufacturers understand that their nimble rigs appeal to those wanting to travel off the beaten path, so units are designed with a range of off-grid capabilities. Expect to find solar power systems, water filtration, cassette toilet options, and more, either standard or as optional upgrades. 

Platform

Do you want your rig to run on diesel or gasoline? What engine size do you want? Which van manufacturer do you prefer? These elements all relate to the Class B+ chassis, which provides the platform on which the rig is built. Class B+ motorhomes are primarily built on a Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, or Ford E-350-450 chassis and come with both diesel and gasoline engines. You can also find items like all-wheel drive and automotive handling features. There can be more than one platform available from the same Class B+ manufacturer. 

Style

Within the Class B+ motorhome category, you’ll find a range of exteriors to suit your taste. Some exteriors are stylized more like traditional motorhomes, with graphic swirls and bright colors. Others use a single color for the exterior. 

Class B+ Floor Plans We Love

Here are eight Class B+ models ready for weekend road trips or full-on vanlife.

Interior seating and kitchen area of a Class B+ RV
Photo courtesy Leisure Travel Vans

Leisure Travel Vans Unity U24RL 

The versatile rear lounge makes the Unity U24RL a standout. Easily convert the generously sized L-shaped sofa into a desk, recliners, or a bed—thanks to the concealed Murphy bed. Floor-to-ceiling windows and modern decor help brighten the space.

SPECS:
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Fuel Capacity 24.5 gallons
Exterior Length 25 feet, 1 inch
Exterior Height 7 feet, 11 inches
Fresh Water Tank 25.6 gallons
Black Tank 30.6 gallons
Gray Tank 35 gallons
MSRP Starting at $201,370
Floorplans of a Class B+ RV
Photo courtesy Leisure Travel Vans

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Unity’s lighting, awning, water heater, inverter status, and other features are easily controlled by the Dometic Interact, a robust Smart RV management system accessible via tablet or phone.

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Exterior of a Class B+ RV with storage units open and a ladder going up to the roof
Photo courtesy Winnebago

Winnebago Ekko 22A

The Winnebago Ekko won several awards after its 2021 debut, and it’s easy to see why. The Ekko comes standard with impressive features like the Truma AquaGo on-demand water heater and a rear storage garage that’s capable of holding a mountain bike. The Ekko saves space by creating a dry bath in a wet bath space, thanks to an innovative pivoting wall. 

SPECS:
GVWR 11,000 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Gasoline
Chassis Ford AWD Transit
Fuel Capacity 31 gallons
Exterior Length 23 feet
Exterior Height 10 feet, 6 inches
Fresh Water Tank 50 gallons
Cassette Toilet Capacity 5 gallons
Gray Tank 51 gallons
MSRP Starting at $171,845
Floorplan of a Class B+ RV from Winnebago
Photo courtesy Winnebago

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The pop-top roof top canvas tent increases the sleeping space and adds to the retro appeal of camper vans. The tailgate package adds an outdoor kitchen. Optional roof racks increase storage potential.

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Interior of a large Class B+ RV with a kitchen, sleeping, and dining space
Photo courtesy Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach Compass 23TW

Thanks to the full wall slide-out, Thor’s Class B+ Compass 23TW feels more like a Class C inside. The built-in skylight above the cab lets in extra light, and the 80-inch ceiling height enhances the roomy feel. 

SPECS:
GVWR 11,000 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Gasoline
Chassis Ford Transit
Fuel Capacity 25 gallons
Exterior Length 23 feet, 7 inches
Exterior Height 11 feet
Fresh Water Tank 31 gallons
Black Tank 19 gallons
Gray Tank 37 gallons
MSRP $142,050
Floorplan of a large Class B+ RV from Thor
Photo courtesy Thor Motor Coach

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

For a modern look, swap out the traditional cabinets for high-gloss, Euro-style cabinetry with hidden hinges and smooth lines. The all-wheel drive chassis features AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control), giving the Compass the ability to traverse more rugged terrain.

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Exterior image of a silver Class B+ RV with an extended slide out
Photo courtesy Airstream

Airstream Atlas

If you want a luxury Class B+, the Airstream Atlas is an impressive option with a plush interior. Here, the materials and styling matter. The Atlas is only available in one floor plan, which features a Murphy bed located on a power slide and a hidden TV. 

SPECS:
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Fuel Capacity 24.5 gallons
Exterior Length 24 feet, 9 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 6 inches
Fresh Water Tank 20 gallons
Black Tank 27 gallons
Gray Tank 31 gallons
MSRP Starting at $276,106
Interior floorplans of a Class B+ RV from Airstream
Photo courtesy Airstream

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Atlas comes outfitted with 300 watts of solar panels. Purchase the aftermarket cockpit bed to add another sleeping space.

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Exterior of a large 29-foot Class B+ RV
Photo courtesy Nexus RV

NeXus Viper 29V

One of the largest Class B+ rigs available, the NeXus Viper 29V has a massive interior, thanks to the triple slide-outs. Constructed from steel, foregoing wood in the walls, NeXus RVs are strong, safe, drive smoothly, and are less likely to have water damage. 

SPECS:
GVWR 14,500 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 7,500 pounds
Fuel Type Gasoline
Chassis Ford V-8 E450
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Exterior Length 30 feet, 8 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 7 inches
Fresh Water Tank 40 gallons
Black Tank 28 gallons
Gray Tank 28 gallons
MSRP $168,772
Interior floorplans of a Class B+ RV with slide outs extended
Photo courtesy Nexus RV

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Viper 29V includes a combo convection microwave instead of a propane oven to optimize kitchen storage space.  

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Interior of an RV with kitchen, fridge, seating and driver's cab featured
Photo courtesy Coach House

Coach House Platinum II 241XL

This Coach House Class B+ stands out for two reasons: The Platinum II is constructed from one piece of carbon fiberglass, and the manufacturer uses a factory-direct sales model. The 241XL comes with either a rear queen-sized or two twin-sized beds, with differing layout options for the front slide-out, including recliners, a sofa bed, or dinette.

SPECS:
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Fuel Capacity 26.4 gallons
Exterior Length 25 feet, 9 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 8 inches
Fresh Water Tank 31 gallons
Black Tank 25 gallons
Gray Tank 28 gallons
MSRP $199,182
Interior floorplan of a Class B+ RV with optional interior upgrades
Photo courtesy Coach House

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

If you purchase a new Platinum II from Coach House, the manufacturer will reimburse you for up to $850 in travel expenses to visit the factory and pick up your new coach.

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Interior of an RV with a sink, oven, microwave, fridge, dining area, and driver's cab featured
Photo courtesy Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream BT Cruiser 5210

If you’ll be working or roadschooling from your RV, consider the BT Cruiser 5210, which features two opposing jackknife sofas with a large table. At night, remove the table to convert it into a sleeping space. This is a smaller B+ model, but white cabinetry and large windows make it feel more spacious.

SPECS:
GVWR 12,500 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 7,500 pounds
Fuel Type Gasoline
Chassis Ford E-350
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Exterior Length 22 feet, 6 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 6 inches
Fresh Water Tank 41 gallons
Black Tank 26 gallons
Gray Tank 26 gallons
MSRP Starting at $104,000
Interior floorplan of a Class B+ RV from Gulf Stream
Photo courtesy Gulf Stream

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

Upgrade to the 5230 floor plan that features a slide-out in the main living space. 

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Exterior image of a Class B+ RV
Photo courtesy Entegra

Entegra Coach Qwest 24T

While the Entegra Coach Qwest is advertised as a Class C motorhome, you have the option to swap out the loft bed for a smaller Class B+ front cap. Four differing floor plans are available, including the 24T, which offers rear twin-sized beds. The luxurious cockpit and interior are sure to impress, and this unit comes ready to go off the grid.

SPECS:
GVWR 11,030 pounds
Hitch Weight Rating 5,000 pounds
Fuel Type Diesel
Chassis Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500
Fuel Capacity 24.5 gallons
Exterior Length 25 feet, 2 inches
Exterior Height 10 feet, 11 inches
Fresh Water Tank 43 gallons
Black Tank 31 gallons
Gray Tank 31 gallons
MSRP $188,993
Interior floorplans of a Class B+ RV with seating, sleeping, dining, and bathroom space
Photo courtesy Entegra

FEATURES AND OPTIONS WE LOVE:

The Truma AquaGo Comfort Plus tankless water heater, 190-watt solar panel, black flush tank, and water filtration system come standard. The Girard armless patio awning is a unique amenity that opens your campsite views. 

More information on this Class B+ can be found here.


Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by THOR Industries, Inc., of which Airstream, Entegra Coach, and Thor Motor Coach are subsidiaries.

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Kerri Cox

Kerri is a teacher and freelance writer. The decision to buy a travel trailer (christened Birdy) in 2015 changed her life for the better. You can follow her journeys at Travels with Birdy. She lives in Missouri with her husband and teenage sons.

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