December 8th, 2022 by

What makes a great Class B Camper Van?

RVs have long been a popular choice for weekend adventures, vacations, and cross-country excursions. Today, taking center stage in the world of RVs are camper vans. A Class B RV, camper vans are smaller than Class A vehicles, making them a great pick for off-road and off-the-grid adventures. With the rise in popularity of adventure vans and van life, numerous styles have hit the market. So what exactly is it that makes a great adventure camper van? Let’s take a look at the 11 must-have features that make a camper van stand out from the rest.

1. Off-Road Capabilities

An adventure van should be designed to allow for ultimate exploration. It should be equipped with the best wheels and tires available to ensure your safety no matter where the trail takes you. For this reason, choosing a camper van that is off-road capable will allow you the most freedom in choosing where you traverse. Off-road capabilities allow you to explore more and make it easier to find camping spots in busy tourist destinations. When your van is capable of traveling down rough roads, you can leave the crowds behind. Look for an all-wheel-drive (AWD) van with upgraded wheels and tires.

2. Off-Grid Capabilities

Being able to travel down a rough road means you can spend time exploring remote locations. Pairing this with off-grid capabilities means you are no longer dependent on a campground for amenities. Look for a camper van with a solar setup that will provide ample power. By harnessing the power of the sun, you can embrace dispersed camping and spend more time in the woods without sacrificing the luxury and comfort of electricity.

3. Built on a Trusted Chassis

A camper van will only ever be as reliable and capable as the chassis on which it’s built. An excellent choice for a trusted chassis is the Ford Transit. The Ford Transit has long been a trusted chassis for commercial applications, and its reliability makes it an excellent choice for an RV. With a 5,200-pound towing capacity, this camper van chassis is capable of hauling boats, trailers, and other recreational equipment. Additionally, because a Ford Transit is a common chassis, it’s easy to get serviced no matter where you traverse.

4. Designed With Ample Storage

When you head out on a camping adventure, you want to have ample space to store your equipment and gear. Look for a camper van that can carry equipment both inside and out. From roof racks to interior closets, a quality adventure van should feature plenty of space for bringing along food, clothes, and recreational gear.

5. Ideal for Powering Remote Work

With more and more people shifting to a remote work lifestyle, the possibility to live full- or part-time on the road is becoming a reality. If you’re thinking of becoming a digital nomad, look for a camper van that features a dedicated seating area for work. Comfortable seating, a desk or table surface, and an area to plug in are all must-have features for the remote work lifestyle.

6. Equipped With Standard Upfits

While camper vans are smaller than their Class A RV counterparts, they can still pack ample amenities and features. When shopping for an adventure van, look for the following standard upfits:

  1. Roof rack
  2. Step bumper
  3. Power awning
  4. Bug screens/privacy screens
  5. External shower port
  6. On-board air compressor
  7. Roof vent
  8. Refrigerator, cooktop, and sink

7. Crafted With a Quality Interior

When you purchase a camper van, you’re purchasing a space to relax and unwind. Make sure to choose a camper van that features an interior designed with high-quality materials, not flimsy fiberboard. A quality interior will last longer and be more comfortable and usable. Additionally, a quality-built interior can endure off-road terrain and driving, holding up wherever the road takes you.

8. Make the Most of Space With a Modular Design

With their smaller design, camper vans must be constructed to make the most of the space available. For this reason, a modular design is an ideal way to ensure maximum usability. For example, a bed area that folds up into the wall and converts into a dining area is far more practical than a static design that cannot be transformed. With a modular design, you can customize your space throughout the day to match whatever activity is taking place.

9. Comes With a Warranty

Ideally, you’ll drive your camper van off the lot and never have to worry about a single mechanical issue. However, if something does go awry, having a warranty is the best way to protect your investment. Choose a camper van that features at least a one- to two-year warranty. Additionally, picking a camper van built on a common chassis, such as a Ford Transit, will make it easier to find a dealer for parts and maintenance as needed.

10. Great for Any Adventure Style

Adventure vans come in a variety of sizes and styles. However, the greatest van builds are designed to provide comfort for any adventure style. For example, the Pikes Peak adventure van by Antero Adventure Motors can be used by families, couples, or solo adventurers. Its flexible and versatile design makes it a great fit for numerous camping experiences.

11. Fits Your Particular Journey & Needs

Van life is all about finding your own journey and path. When choosing a camper van, make sure to pick one that fits your specific needs. For example, if you want to bring along your mountain bike, make sure the van you purchase makes it possible to transport your bike with ease. Conversely, if you’re all about spending time relaxing at your campsite in comfort, be sure to choose a van with a built-in awning to provide shade and protection from the rain. The goal is to pick out a camper van that offers the luxuries and amenities you need to enjoy yourself on the journey ahead.

Talk to Us About the Pikes Peak

When it comes to a great adventure van, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more reliable and versatile than the Pikes Peak. The Pikes Peak adventure van is built on the Ford Transit chassis and features a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder Eco Boost Gas as well as AWD. This camper van is the perfect home away from home and has been equipped with all the best features, including a kitchen, comfortable sleeping area, convertible workspace, and dining area. With an off-grid power system, upgraded tires and wheels, and a versatile layout, this adventure van will allow you to explore more without sacrificing comfort. Interested in learning more about the rugged Antero Pikes Peak Adventure vans? Talk to us today at Transwest Trucks of Sioux Falls. We offer long-term financing, industry-leading warranties, and more. Your adventures await!

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