The Surging Popularity of the Class B RV
Over the past two years, Class B RVs have been the fastest growing segment in the industry. The RV Industry Association tells us that Class B deliveries jumped 43.5% from 2013 to 2014. If you’re considering purchasing or trading (up or down) a motorhome, this post will provide some insights into whether the Class B motorhome fits your family’s needs — or even wildest dreams!
Baby Boomers & Millennials Love Class B Motorhomes
Those in the RV industry point to some demographic trends driving the Class B surge. Let’s start with the generation getting ALL the attention these days: the Millennials.
Millennials (birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) gravitate toward the Class B RV because they are eco-conscious and prefer a motorhome that uses less gas than either the Class A or Class C RV. Also, as indicated by the "Tiny Home" and social entrepreneurship movements, Millennials typically reject the rampant consumerism that led to their parents’ bigger-is-better and he-with-the-most-toys- wins mentality. These days small and less outrank big and brash.
Reaching 75.3 million strong in 2015, the Millennials make up the largest generation in U.S. history. Of course manufacturers want to appeal to this huge target audience. Millennials covet nature and outdoor experiences with family almost as much as their iPhones! With these values in mind, manufacturers are equipping RVs with high tech features that digital natives adore.
And where did the Millennials get the camping/traveling bug? Their parents or grandparents: Generation X or Baby Boomers. Just as grandma and grandpa disappoint everybody by downsizing from the big house with the swing to a yard-work-free condo, they’re starting to do the same with their recreational vehicles. Numbering 74.9 million, Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 11,000 per day until 2029. RV manufacturers long to fulfill the precise desires of this population. Simplicity and access to all areas top Baby Boomer’s wish list for their motorhome.
Class B RV Key Differences
First and foremost, Class B RVs get double, triple or even quadruple the mileage afforded by Class A and C motorhomes. Ranging from 18 to 25 mpg with gas and 22 to 25 mpg with diesel, they put the 10 mpg of Class C's and 7 mpg of Class A's to shame.
Motorhome reviewers also focus on the Class B’s maneuverability advantages over the other two motorhomes. Narrow forest and mountain roads don’t intimidate Class B drivers. The Class B certainly endures less branch damage. Easily parked on the street, in mall parking lots or by the side of the road, drivers and passengers “sneak” sleep with little trouble. Where those interested in maneuverability may gravitate toward trailer RVs, Class B enthusiasts remind them that when leaving the campground for nearby sight-seeing, the kitchen and all clothing and devices come with you.
Finally, the Class B RV can also be easily used as a second vehicle if need be.
The one big drawback: space and privacy. Class A and Class C motorhome owners have the space, doors and curtains to get away from each other for a time. Class C owners escape in the bed over the cab. Class A owners close the door behind them in elaborate master bedrooms to read while a spouse watches television in the living area.
Despite cramped quarters, Class B owners claim that they use the vehicle itself for comfortable cooking, sleeping and clothes storage. Their true living space on the road is the whole outdoors. If that’s your family’s mentality, the Class B could be for you.
Browse New and Used Class B RVs for Your Adventures
Class B RV manufacturers offering models with hundreds of amazing options (slide-outs, panoramic cockpits, computer workstations), every family can build or find the motorhome to make vacations comfortable, convenient and fabulous! Get started by visiting La Mesa RV’s Class B inventory online here. We are happy to sit with you to find your own home away from home. Visit one of our many locations across the U.S.A. for a firsthand look. Nothing like touching the leather seats, laying on the memory foam mattresses and playing with the back up cameras in person!
Can’t decide between Class B and A or C motorhome? Have a few models or floor plans you’re weighing? Feel free to call us at 800-496-8778 or contact us here. We can’t wait to help you get onto the road!