Of course, any ‘best’ list is subjective, and this list of the best small RV camper vans is no different! Following is a list of the best small RV campers from around the world, that are available in 2020.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love small RVs, and one of my favourite RV types is the camper van.
I dream of being able to go anywhere I want while taking my whole life with me.
Whether it’s pulling up to a beautiful beach for an afternoon swim and then deciding to stay there for dinner and a few wines, before snuggling into my comfy bed for the night.
Or heading across country to spend time with family.
There is something so romantic about the nimble-ness, yet comfort, of a well-designed and well-made camper van.
In this list, I’ve included only new 2020 campervans.
Just the best small RV campers that you could go out and buy today.
Just to be clear, a Class B and a camper van are the same thing. Just a different way of calling it… like every other RV type, it has multiple names.
You’ll no doubt know that most manufacturers have multiple models of RV, and since I’m looking at ‘small’ campervans, I’ve decided to show the smallest camper vans of their available models.
Oh, and only models that include a bathroom.
Revel – by Winnebago
Let’s start with the big guns of the RV world; the Revel by Winnebago. I’ve seen lots of other bloggers write about how much they love this little number. Here’s some blog posts that give you a look at how this camper van works for RVers in real life.
I love the layout of the Winnebago Revel, and it’s obviously positioned as an adventure vehicle for those that like to get out and enjoy outdoor activities.
Just personal preference, but I wish they hadn’t used that limey green as the highlight color.
Interstate Nineteen – by Airstream
Hailed as a luxury campervan the Interstate Nineteen is the smallest of the Airstream camper vans. Measuring just, you guessed it, 19ft, it packs a luxurious punch in the camper van market. It seems weird to call it a camper van… in my head, camper vans look more like VW Kombi’s with flowers painted on the outside.
While I’m not totally keen on a seating / bed combo (I always feel like the joins in the cushions must be a bit horrible to sleep on) it does make this van quite multifunctional.
Below is one of those dealer videos, but this one gives a good feel for what the space is like when you’ve got someone in there.
SS Agile – by Roadtrek
What an appropriate name ‘Agile’ is for this little van. Another diminutive 19ft van with all the normal stuff of these camper vans, including the bed that converts to a seating area.
This is the kind of review video I like; not trying to sell you on the van, but just showing you all the features and how it feels when you’re in the van and using it. For example, this guy talks about how you may need a mattress topper on the bed and that while you’re sleeping you may end up kicking the cabinet/countertop that is above your feet.
Nova – by Coachman
The Coachman Nova is another camper van that seems to be trying to appeal to the outdoor adventurer (I make this assumption totally based on their exterior van shots which show the van with a kayak and a bike). But it’s not 4WD like other ‘adventure camper vans’ such as the Winnebago Revel
It also has a very clean and minimalist interior which would appeal to those who don’t like fussy interiors.
This video is a kinda simple walkthrough, but it gives you a good idea of the space.
Irok – by Fleetwood
In my opinion, the Irok fits perfectly in the luxury camper van category, especially with those plush leather seats.
This one also has the lounge area in the back but has one major advantage over others like this, and that’s the loft bed that lowers down over the seating area. Genius!
At the time of this writing, I couldn’t find any video walkthroughs that included to loft bed, but this walkthrough of the 2019 model shows the loft bed as an optional feature. You can view that part at 13:10.
Patriot – by American Coach
This model of Class B appears to be very similar to the Irok (well, they’re all pretty similar, aren’t they), including a loft bed that comes down over the rear seating area.
However, the feature that will make this campervan even possible for families, is the ability to add two more passenger seats upfront.
I haven’t been able to find a video walkthrough that wasn’t either a sales pitch, or a very boring video so I haven’t included one for this camper. If I do find a good video though, I’ll be sure to update this post with it.
So the Class B / Camper Vans that I’ve listed above are all available in North America. For those of us in the rest of the world there is not a lack of choices either!
I’m going to have a look at the two other big markets for the RV industry, Australia and Europe.
Let’s start with the Europeans, as they’re already great at making smaller RVs and, in my opinion, they have great syling.
Small Camper Vans | Europe
Select – by Swift Motorhomes
At 6m long (which is 19.6ft) the Swift is not too dissimilar to the North American Class B’s we’ve featured above.
The promo video on their website shows a few more pics than are available on their website, but it’s not like a proper walkthrough or anything.
V-Line by Auto-Trail
This little beauty is only 5.4M (17’9”) so it’s the smallest of this group. But it has all the ‘campervan’ requirements including a bathroom.
Here’s a video walkthrough of an older model, but not much has changed.
Twin Axess – by Adria
Another small campervan by the Europeans, the Twin Axess by Adria is also only 17’9” but, to me, it looks more luxurious than the V-Line above.
This video walkthrough is not the greatest quality, and doesn’t include an informative commentary, but it gives you a good idea of its size and features.
Avenir – by Danbury
I hadn’t heard of this campervan manufacturer prior to doing research for this post, but it seems to have taken its design cue from all the other luxury motorhome. Nothing new here, but it’s still a very nice, compact motorhome.
Small RVs and Campers | Australia
Wattle – by Horizon Motorhomes
I love these Class B campervans by Horizon Motorhomes.
I think it may be because I follow the Horizon Instagram page and they show pictures of people out in the Australian landscape, just enjoying all the beauty on offer. It totally makes me want to be out there too. And it makes me want one of their vans. Good marketing I s’pose.
While I don’t have a video walkthrough to share with you, I do have this pretty comprehensive magazine review (by Ballina Campers) of the 2019, that may be helpful to you.
Conquest – by Jayco
Jayco must be one of the biggest manufacturers of caravans here in Australia, but they’re not nearly so well known for their motorhome and campervan range. However, their popular name and huge dealer network for the caravans probably helps them get these campers out there too.
The only thing I’m not too keen on with this campervan is that when the bed is made, there is no seating within the living area. The front seats don’t swivel around and the bed takes up the only other seats.
Rialta – by Sunliner Motorhomes
I’ve previously gone a bit gaga over the Sunliner fifth-wheels (as in, I think they’re great) so I’ll have to put my bias aside for a second while we look at the camper vans in their range.
Those aqua blue highlights (used on the cabinet fronts and the splash back) seem to be a Sunliner standard, so I’m glad it’s a color I like!
Since Australia is a much smaller market than our American and European friends, I’m finding it hard to find video walkthroughs or reviews of these campers.
This is the promo video by Sunliner themselves, but it’s actually pretty good at showing you all the features of the Rialta.
Do any of these small RV camper vans fit your requirements?
Or do you have any others that you think I should add to this list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it in.
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