Last Updated November 06, 2016
A resource for the Class B enthusiast dreamer.
Frequently, in comments on the blog, or through email, I’ll get asked, “Have you heard about the Model X from ABC RV?” Often times, I have heard of them, but every once in a while someone finds one I haven’t heard of, and my list grows for the better. It finally occurred to me that I should share my list of RV makers with our readers. Well, actually, it occurred to Stef, and she told me to write this up. And since I always do what Stef says 😉 , I now present you with this list.
But let me quickly explain what this list is – who’s on it, and who’s not. This is a list of current Class B (camper van) manufacturers in North America only. I didn’t include Class B+ (really C), because that pretty much explodes the list to everyone (though some of these manufacturers also make Class C products). I tried to include mainstream manufacturers who have more or less standard Class B RV offerings. Although, in some cases, I’ve included custom makers who we’ve had contact with. I’m sure there are a lot of smaller custom shops around the country that do excellent work. But if I were to include all of them, the list would be unmanageable – and I might even include myself on it… (No. Stef says I’m not taking orders.)
I’m sure I haven’t gotten all of them. And as time goes on, some will fall off the list, and some will be added on. That’s OK. If I’ve left off a favorite of yours, post it in the comments below and we’ll see about adding it! If you find that one of them has stopped making Class Bs, let me know! I intend for this to be a living list.
I’m presenting the list in alphabetical order, because that’s the only way I know how to be fair.
So now with that out of the way, here we go!
North American Class B (camper van) Manufacturers
Based out of Ohio, Advanced-RV makes what we consider to be high-end conversions based on the Mercedes Sprinter van. They work closely with each owner to design the perfect RV for them; so every coach they make is a little bit different. We’ve reviewed one of their offerings before on The Fit RV. They've recently started making some semi-custom models they call "select", which should reduce costs and speed production for hopeful owners.
The shiny travel trailer folks also make the Interstate, which is based on the Mercedes Sprinter van. There are several floor plans to choose from. Their interior styling is particularly impressive.
Chinook RV made some pretty interesting small Class C RVs back in the day. They went away for a while, but now they're back! (Well, at least the name is back.) The reinvented Chinook is making the Countryside RV based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. Interestingly, they have several floor plans available. We haven't seen them at shows yet, but we're watching. If the loyal fans of the original Chinook flock to this new Class B, they could be in for a good long run.
This direct-to-consumer manufacturer from Florida has been making small Class C motorhomes for a while, but they’ve entered the Class B market lately with their Arriva. Since they sell direct, we’ve not seen one on a lot anywhere to review. We did catch up with some owners as they passed through Salt Lake City, and we filmed a quick walk through of their home on wheels.
Coachmen has gotten into the Class B RV game with its Galleria. We reviewed the Coachmen Galleria at its retail debut at the Pomona RV show in 2015. This motorhome, built in two floor plans on the Mercedes Sprinter 3500 chassis, boasts some of the best cabinetry we've ever seen in a Class B.
Creative Mobile Interiors
Definitely a custom shop, but they do make Sprinter conversions (in addition to just about anything else on wheels you can think of). We check in with each other about every six months or so. One of these days, it’s on our agenda to have a visit with them in their Columbus, OH area facility.
European motorhome manufacturer Hymer has made its entry into the North American Class B market with their AKTIV model, based on the Dodge Ram ProMaster. Since we encountered them at last year's RVIA show, they've acquired Roadtrek, and have begun selling RVs here in the US. For now, we're listing Hymer and Roadtrek as two separate entities, but there's clearly a good bit of technology sharing going on between the two.
Midwest Automotive Designs
In addition to custom coach (think airport limo) and other Sprinter conversions, Midwest Automotive Designs also does what we think of as more typical RV conversions. Check out their Weekender and Daycruiser models for that. They're based in Elkhart, so they should be easy enough to check out if you're in the RV capital of the country. Recently, we've even spotted them at the Pomona RV show, so they may be making more of a push into the "regular" RV market.
Morehead Design Lab
This one is sort of unique, but they've been around a while - making custom camper vans (and anything else you can dream up) from their shop in North Carolina. Enough people have suggested them to me that I've added them to this list. Definitely custom, and we've never seen one in person. This kind of seems like the kind of shop I might start up myself (except I'd have a kickin' website to go with it). Interesting ideas and design approaches. Check them out!
Falling more on the custom side of things, Outside Van works with several different van platforms from their Troutdale, Oregon HQ. Mostly, I put them on here because they have some really creative and drool-worthy bike storage options. Check out their pictures to see what I mean.
Another family-owned RV manufacturer from north of the border. Pleasure-Way makes several models of Class B based on either the Mercedes Sprinter, or the Dodge Ram ProMaster from their facility in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We’ve reviewed a Class C Pleasure-Way before, but not specifically one of their Class B offerings. We’ve also chatted it up with Dean, their CEO. They do have an outstanding warranty, which they’re pretty confident you won’t need.
The RV factory
Besides travel trailers and fifth-wheels, the RV factory makes the Avion motorhome based on the Mercedes Sprinter. They’re a factory-direct outfit, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see one on a lot anywhere to review. They have at least one floor plan where the sleeping is cross-coach in a Sprinter – that's pretty uncommon in the US.
Regency RV is relatively new to us. They make the Concept One Sprinter based motorhome. We've not seen one out in the field, but this appears to be a luxury Class B with an interesting offset twin bed arrangement. If we ever do catch up with one, you can bet we'll get in for a review.
Roadtrek produces nothing but Class Bs from their facility in Kitchener, Ontario. They have floor plans on several different gas and diesel van platforms. We’ve taken a quick look at their E-Trek model before. Since that initial look, they've continued to work on their E-Trek systems. Though they've been acquired by Hymer, they remain a distinct product line, so we're continuing to list them here.
We've yet to see one of these live "in the wild", but they're still around on the internet. And they have their own domain name now, so things must be looking up for them (at least in the IT department)! Still, I love the out of the box thinking of the patio deck model they have. Seems like it would be the ultimate tailgating machine.
A creative Class B (and small trailer) manufacturer from Quebec. They make Class Bs on platforms from GM, Mercedes, and Dodge. They’ve got some really creative features that they can incorporate – like motorized, adjustable-height beds. I’m unclear exactly how a US resident would get one… I’ve heard you have to buy your own van and bring it to them in Quebec? That seems strange. Could that possibly be right? Anyway – one of our longtime readers is set to get one. If we get to meet up, we'll finally have one to review.
Sportsmobile are pretty unique – they’re another maker that works with each customer to make the Class B motorhome that is right for them. They can build on chassis from Mercedes, Dodge, Ford, Chevy, or Nissan from 3 facilities across the United States. From what we can tell, their facilities each have different capabilities. Even if you don't actually get one of their vans, their site is interesting for the variety of floor plans they publish on it. (You could spend hours on there daydreaming!)
Definitely a custom maker, Van Specialties works with a variety of chassis from their Portland, Oregon area facility. If going custom is something you’re thinking of, you should check out their gallery for some inspiration.
And finally, we have the makers of our own RV, the Travato! But besides the Travato (which is based on the Dodge ProMaster), Winnebago also makes the popular ERA on the Mercedes Sprinter platform, and now the Paseo on the Ford Transit platform. We’ve reviewed two models of the Travato (three, if you count our own RV), the 59G and the 59K. Winnebago continues to refine and develop the Travato almost as fast as they can make them. We had to create a new video just to keep up. We're thrilled that the Travato - which is geared toward the active and outdoorsy crowd we hope our readers are - has been such a hit!
So there you have my list. These are the ones we currently follow.
If I’ve left your favorite off the list, sound off in the comments below and help us grow this resource!