Last updated on April 20th, 2022 at 02:59 pm
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Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway motorhome or wanting to make the leap to full-time living, couples everywhere are buying Class B RVs. It’s easy to understand why, their easy maneuvering and overall smaller size make them ideal for traveling the country and experiencing everything from the backroads of national parks to the busy energy of a big city.
But before you make that leap, it’s important to really consider what you and your partner are wanting in your RV, as every inch of space in a Class B is valuable (and somewhat costly) real estate!
Luckily the demand for Class B RVs is so high, that there are hundreds of models with innovative designs out there to consider and one is definitely going to check every box for both you and your partner! Below we’re going to look at eight of my favorites, but first, let’s go over some of the key features you want to consider when looking for your new RV!
What to look for in a Class B RV for Couples
There are so many advantages to a Class B RV and they have easier handling which is great for beginners or those wanting to move around in their RV frequently, as they’re really made for start and go. Class B’s are also easier to park and store, so if you’re a weekend warrior you don’t have to worry about a large parking space or an unsightly RV in your front driveway. Most Class B’s can be parked on the street like any other vehicle without running the risk of a zoning violation.
While they aren’t quite as spacious as even a lightweight toy hauler, they’re still great for holding toys like bikes, kayaks, or skis! Many can also handle towing with ease, such as a trailer for an ATV.
But of course, all those perks make for some pretty significant disadvantages, many of which will directly influence how comfortably two people can coexist in a Class B. Here are the main areas for potential problems between you and your partner:
Because space is at a premium, most Class Bs feature convertible space in every aspect of their design. So your bed may double as your table, seating, or storage. This can lead to an uncomfortable mattress, additional storage for bedding and linens, and a significant setup/tear-down process every morning and night.
Luckily, there are some really impressive design options, such as a Murphy Bed feature in certain models. But you and your partner still need to consider your sleeping styles when looking at your next RV. If one of you is a morning person and the other sleeps late, can you still utilize the needed aspects of the RV while your other half is sleeping?
How much space do you need while sleeping? Most Class B RVs feature a full-size bed. That’s a tight fit for two people! A restless night due to cramped quarters with your partner could really ruin an awesome weekend getaway or start to make you pretty irritable if you’re a full-timer.
Some people have found twin beds help with cohabitating, so an RV with a convertible twin to full mattress works well for them.
Bathrooms are going to be tight in a Class B no matter what, but you might be shocked to see some of the impressive bathroom setups in a campervan. A full dry bath might be needed if you and your partner are needing to both utilize the bathroom at the same time, or a wet bath may be okay as long as it’s fully enclosed for privacy. Some Class Bs use portable toilets and a minimal shower setup that’s designed for just a quick rinse.
If you’re going to be spending more time at a campground, having a full bathroom with plumbing may not be a huge priority as campgrounds often offer these amenities. However, if you’re a full-timer, having onboard plumbing with a toilet and shower is going to be much more important. Using hotels, rec centers, or campground services can add up cost-wise pretty quickly and requires a lot more planning on your part.
One of the biggest mistakes I made when moving into my RV full-time was underestimating how much stuff I had! The idea of doubling that for two people seems like a huge challenge! But the great thing about Class B’s is their creative storage solutions. Most are compatible with a rooftop storage compartment and have a fair amount of overhead cabinetry and storage.
That being said, you and your partner will still need to take a hard look at what you need to have on your campervan. Things like clothing, bedding, electronics, toiletries, and food add up very quickly. If you’re traveling with your pet, don’t forget to factor in their supplies as well!
Water, Waste, and Power
A standard freshwater tank for a Class B RV is usually around 20-30 gallons. That’s enough for me, but I live alone! Many of the RVs we’re going to look at today have larger tanks and other inventive features, but factoring in the size and ability of your hot water heater, fresh water, and waste tanks is going to be imperative.
Although some Class B’s come with extra insulation to handle tougher temps, most can get very hot and very cold! Though air conditioning and heat are pretty advanced in newer models, they can use a lot of power to manage and you’re never going to get that perfect climate inside. You and your partner may really struggle with this if one of you is constantly cold or hot. And because of the limited space inside a camper van, it’s not like someone can crack a window and not have it impact the other.
Don’t skimp on the power system within your RV. It’s easy to dismiss some of the upgrades available for generators, solar panels for common appliances, or battery upgrades. But these can make or break your RV-ing experience, especially with two people! Repairs are costly and dealing with frozen waste tanks is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy!
Now that we’ve talked through some of the most important aspects of co-living in a campervan, let’s look at seven of the best options out there!
Seven Best Class B RVs for Couples
Best Overall- Winnebago Ekko
- Interior Height: 6’8″
- MSRP: $171,845
- Exterior Length: 23′
- Exterior Height: 10’6″
I love everything about the Winnebago Ekko, even its boxy design! Winnebago is well known for making amazing class B RVs but this is a really unique model, especially for Winnebago, who usually sticks to the classic campervan look. It’s definitely larger and has an unbelievable amount of interior space, 6’8″ of headroom! This can make a huge difference for couples, as it alleviates the cramped feeling you can sometimes get inside a Class B RV.
The Ekko also has all the features we expect from Winnebago, such as a V6 gas engine that’s AWD ready, off-grid compatibility, lithium-ion batteries, and solar panels. It has all-season insulation throughout, interior water lines and tanks, dual-pane windows, and insulated exterior storage. The Ekko can truly say it’s ready for any weather!
The Ekko also has a great sleeping setup. Winnebago has a twin bed with a flex bed system that allows you to combine the twins into a 60″ x 80″ queen-size mattress! The Ekko also has an option pop-top sleeping area which would be lovely to have if one of you sleeps hotter than the other and wants to enjoy a fresh breeze.
The bathroom is also an exciting feature, with both wet and dry usage, allowing a pivoting wall to separate the shower from the toilet and sink. This design minimizes the space needed for the bathroom while also keeping the toilet, sink, and storage dry while the shower is in use. All you have to do is push the pivoting wall against the wall and you have a decent-sized shower. This is a newer design for Ekko, so there’s not a lot of information is out there yet as to whether it’s as exciting as it seems.
One downside, depending on your personal preference is the cassette toilet. Some people love the ease of a cassette toilet and have no issues with dumping and maintaining them. Other people, myself included, not so much! The Ekko uses a cassette toilet and most people really like it. Its waste take is hidden away from view, with a panel access door from the exterior of the rig and the waste container itself is sturdy and has a big capacity. It’s also easy to remove, empty, and replace. This is great for boondocking and off-grid living where you might not have access to a dumping station for a few days.
The Ekko does great on storage, with overhead cabinets throughout the whole cabin and sneaky storage under the bed. It also has a great gear garage, accessible through the rear exterior hatch that’s great for heavier equipment or gear such as bikes, backpacks, etc. It’s also heated!
The exterior storage of the Ekko is equally impressive with three points of access to the gear garage, two canopies, and an outdoor propane cooktop and cooler.
The Ekko is also built with two or more people in mind with a 50-gallon water tank, Truma AquaGo continuous hot water heater, and 51-gallon gray water holding tank. More than enough for two people on a weekend off-grid trip!
It also comes standard with three solar panels and lithium-ion batteries to cut down on generator dependence. It also has good power and handling and lots of safety features such as cruise control, a lane-keeping system, pre-collision braking, and blind-spot monitoring. These are nice features if you and your partner have different comfort levels around driving a RV to help keep the burden of driving primarily on one person.
What I love: The great interior headroom (which makes a great class B for taller people), built-in cookout system, expanded awnings, wet/dry bath design, and loft-like feel of the bed and pop-top puts the Ekko at the top of my dream campervan list! I also like that Winnebago put more home-like features in this van, as opposed to some of their other models which can have a very rugged feeling.
What I don’t like: The Ekko is bigger than most campervans, making it feel a bit more like a Class C or Class B+ rig. But that’s not a deal-breaker as it seems to handle well and not be too burdensome to maneuver. I’m also a little disappointed in the dinette seating, as I think that space could be better utilized or at least convertible. And I’m nervous about that cassette toilet.
Best Luxury RV- Coachmen Galleria 24A
- Interior Height: 6’2″
- MSRP: $194,299
- Exterior Length: 24’3″
- Exterior Height: 9’6″
The Coachmen Galleria 24A is a popular motorhome for many reasons, but the luxury feel at a more affordable price is what makes it stand out. It has a Mercedes 3.0L V6 diesel engine and has additional space for overhead storage, a bike rack, or even a tow trailer for toys or additional supplies.
What makes the Galleria 24A great for couples is its unique bed design. It has a partially elevated bed across the entire rear of the unit, allowing for gear storage underneath. The bed is 68″ x 74″ and has power incline seating. So you can lower each side of the bed down flat, or use it as a recliner. It’s a nice feature to allow for relaxing in your RV without feeling like you’re in bed or stuck in the cab.
The Galleria has a decent wet bath with a 27-gallon freshwater tank and a Truma Combi furnace/water heater system. The bathroom is fully enclosed and is spacious. It definitely has room for you or your partner to lift your arms up and extended your elbows without hitting the walls. It has a 22 gallon gray water and 19 gallon black water tank, which is a pretty average size. It would be perfect if you spend most of your RV time plugged in at an RV park. But it could be limiting if you prefer to be off-grid for multiple days.
Storage is excellent in the Galleria 24A, with lots of overhead storage throughout the cabin. The heated gear garage under the bed is a great perk, and even nicer is the small access door from the cabin. So you could easily grab something without having to go all the way around the outside of the RV. The Galleria also has a larger fridge and pull-out freezer door, which is great for two people.
The Galleria 24A packs a lot of power, through an Onan 2500 LP generator, 3 110-watt solar panels, and a 330 AMP battery. The Galleria even has a dedicated C-PAP machine outlet! Extra insulation throughout the cabin and in the floor ensures a comfortable environment regardless of outside temperatures and motion sensor lighting and soft close hinges in the overhead cabinets are all small little details that help ensure a comfortable cohabitating space.
What I love: The sleek, luxurious feel of the Galleria would be hard to pass up. This rig definitely prioritizes a home-like feel and would be great for campground living.
What I don’t like: I wouldn’t do much dry camping in the Galleria. The amenities are great, but they are a power-suck and I think that would become burdensome when off-grid. If I had consistent access to shore power, I’d be very happy in the Galleria. This rig is also very long, longer than most Class Bs and I would be a little nervous about parking it and maneuvering through tight city streets.
Best for Going off Grid- Antero Longs Peak and Pikes Peak
- MSRP: $143,657
Antero is a smaller RV manufacturer based in Colorado that used to be called Summit Adventure Vans. I may be a little biased, as I’m a Colorado native, but Antero has a really creative approach to campervan design and it’s definitely worth checking out the Antero Longs Peak and Pikes Peak.
What makes these vans so unique is that the entire living space is convertible and customizable. When you first look inside, it seems a bit bare-bones, but that’s intentional. These vans have a smart floor system with L-track insets that allows you to tie down additional seating, equipment, or outdoor gear.
These vans are designed for off-grid camping and the outdoor enthusiast! The Pikes Peak is built on a 3.5L, V6 Ford chassis that’s AWD, and the Longs Peak is a 3.0L, V6 Mercedes Sprinter, diesel that’s 4×4 ready. Both have 210 amp hours of Lithium-Ion batteries, 180 watts of solar, and a plug-in for additional solar power if you so choose. Antero is so committed to being off-grid, that an air compressor comes standard on both models, in case you need to pump up your bike tires or the rig’s tires after a long day of rough terrain. Neither uses propane anywhere in their design.
And it’s no surprise that Antero adopted their name to reflect the off-road capabilities of these vans. Mt. Antero is the 10th highest mountain in Colorado and on it is Mt. Antero Road, a 9-mile long 4WD only road that will take you all the way to the summit. If this excites you, think of how nice that smart floor system will be to tie down all your gear as you go bumping along!
But let’s get back to why it would be a good option for you and your partner.
The bed splits down the middle and folds up along each wall, with a table area underneath and ample gear storage. The bed is a decent size but could be a bit cramped for two people, especially if either of you is over 6′ tall. But it converts easily and smoothly and has an overall weight limit of 300 lbs.
Antero does not include a full bathroom on their vans, instead of including a modular toilet that also doubles discreetly as a footstool. It can be tied down and moved around easily. The shower is just a nozzle head attached to the rear exterior doors for a quick rinse-off in nature!
The Galley is quite nice for this small, minimalist van with a deep bar sink and cutting board cover. There is one induction cooktop and efficient storage throughout. The kitchen area also includes a large magnetic board for additional storage or to hang important documents or pictures.
Antero makes smart use of their power without a reliance on propane, which is safer and cheaper, especially if you’re off-grid. The 2.5 gallon hot water heater is a bit small, but considering the outdoor shower, that should be just enough!
What I love about it: If you’re looking for a rugged campervan without the hefty price tag of a Winnebago, this is it! I love the no-nonsense design, but equally considerate features such as the magnetic board in the kitchen and a small, narrow drawer specifically designed as a spice rack! The simple design makes it fun and easy to personalize to you and your partner’s individual tastes while hitting those rugged backroads.
What I don’t like: Well there’s that cassette toilet! And an outdoor shower only? Definitely not a good rig for full-time living.
Most Versatile- Roadtek Zion
- Interior Height: 6’2″
- MSRP: $163,660
- Exterior Length: 20’9″
- Exterior Height: 9’5″
The Roadtek Zion is a great hybrid between leisurely vacation-ready vans and rugged, off-road rigs. Built on a Ram ProMaster 3500 chassis, this van has all the features to meet both your and your partner’s needs and wants! This Class B has also made many of our top lists, including our list of the best Class B’s for winter.
The bed option in the Zion gives great flexibility. It can be a side-facing power sofa that converts to either twin beds or a 74″x76″ king-sized bed. I love the options this gives, as you aren’t committed to one sleeping setup. Being able to choose each night between a separate or shared bed can really help to take the edge off when you or your partner are maybe feeling a little claustrophobic or if it’s a particularly hot night.
The bathroom is a fully enclosed wet-bath. There’s nothing particularly exciting about this bath, but it does have two swing-style doors as opposed to one sliding door. This is a nice feature as it creates a privacy barrier when you are done showering, as the two doors swing out into the center aisle, so there’s an extra barrier between you and the world outside your front windshield. This gives a little extra room for you to dry off and get dressed. Lots of rigs have privacy shields for your front and rear windows, but they are an extra step I’m often annoyed by. And when you’re sharing your rig with another person, these little privacy features really make a big difference.
The Zion has decent storage with overhead cabinets throughout and drawers under your bed. There’s also a small wardrobe closet and a tall, narrow pull-out pantry for your food and supplies. It features a 5 cu.ft. refrigerator, microwave, and a propane stove, though an induction burner is optional.
Power-wise, the Zion is a decent contender with others on this list. It has 330 watts of solar power, a 400 AMP lithium battery system, a 22L propane tank, 16,000 BTU furnace, and an 11,000 BTU roof-mounted air conditioner. It’s going to keep you comfortable and could definitely keep up with a few days of off-grid living.
The 37-gallon fresh water tank and tankless water heater is a good size for two people, but there is only 14 gallons of gray water and 8.5 gals of black water capacity.
Why I love it: I love the sleeping setup of this rig! The flexibility of a twin to king setup would be ideal for two people and this is one of the few Class B’s that offers it. I also love its off-grid capabilities and its home-like amenities.
What I don’t like: Zion doesn’t have great insulation built into it, so it’s not ideal as a four seasons RV. It’s drafty in the cabin, which you can help mitigate with a space heater or added insulation, but your water system is off-limits if you run into freezing temperatures.
Best with a Dry-Bath- Renegade Vienna 25RML
- Interior Height: 6’7″
- MSRP: $173,718
- Exterior Length: 24’11”
- Exterior Height: 10’11”
The Renegade Vienna has four different floorplan models and two fit into the classification of a Class B+ RV, and just barely! But that larger size allows for tons of amenities and features that make the Vienna an amazing motorhome, especially for a couple!
The Vienna 25RML is the only RV on this list to feature a slide-out. This allows for a really spacious, comfortable layout and a queen-sized Murphy Bed. This bed definitely has the most home-like feel on this list as it’s a standard mattress as opposed to a coach fold-out. It also features overhead cabinets on each side, as well as USB and power outlets for each person. When the slide-out is pulled in, the bed converts to a nice leather seating area.
The dry-bath on the Vienna is stunning! It takes up the full rear area of the rig, with a glass shower door, ample storage, and a porcelain toilet. It also has a 22″x50″ full-length wardrobe closet inside the bathroom!
Storage is also great in the Vienna, with overhead cabinets throughout, an expansive kitchen galley with an 8.0 cu.ft. refrigerator, microwave, and 2 burner gas stovetop. The slide-out also includes the standard dinette area which features a large table and two bench-style leather seats.
The Vienna has a 34-gallon freshwater tank, tankless water heater, and 29 gallon black water and grey water capacity. It has a 13,500 BTU air conditioner, 18,000 BTU furnace, and a 3.6KW generator. There is one standard 175w solar panel to which you could easily add supplemental solar power to.
What I love: The interior of this RV is just so nice! I love the open feel of the RV and the full dry bath in the rear. This is truly ideal for two people looking to live in their RV full-time. It’s also much more affordable without compromising on luxury.
What I don’t like: I struggle to call this a campervan. The Vienna is big and as such, would not be ideal for frequent travel. Also, this would definitely be a power-suck. This rig is best for long-term camping with a shore power connection.
Best for Affordable Luxury- Coach House Arriva V24
- Interior Height: 6’2″
- MSRP: $163,785
- Exterior Length: 24’2″
- Exterior Height: 9’8″
The Coach House Arriva V24 brings all the luxury of the Galleria or the Vienna in a compact, mobile design. Though it is a very long motorhome, it doesn’t have a slide-out or the extra weight of some other models. Built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis with a V6 diesel engine, the Arriva is reliable and powerful.
Like the Zion, the Arriva has a flexible sleeping space with either twin beds or a fold-out king-size, memory foam mattress. It also features a full, bright, and spacious dry-bath along the rear, and has lots of storage overhead, under the bed, and in the dry-bath.
There’s a 15,000 BTU roof air conditioner, 19,000 BTU LP gas furnace, and 2 Lithium Ion batteries. A 31 gallon fresh water tank, on-demand hot water, 20 gallon grey water, and 13 gallon black water tanks are decent for two people and would be comfortable for a few days of off-grid living, but not much more.
The Arriva has a 2 burner gas stove, microwave, 6 cu.ft. refrigerator and great storage throughout the galley.
What I love: The dry-bath of the Arriva is spacious and less narrow than some others. I also appreciate the outdoor flat screen tv, so you can be outside and still enjoy a movie or show. Overall the Arriva feels sleek and easy to maneuver.
What I don’t like: I wish the Arriva would include solar panels standard, which they do not. And though the Arriva says it’s four season ready, I’d be concerned about insulation in the colder months. However, interior heated water and waste tanks are included!
Most Overall Affordable- Jayco Swift 20T
- Interior Height: 6’2″
- MSRP: $131,550
- Exterior Length: 20’11”
- Exterior Height: 9’3″
There are a lot of mixed feelings about Jayco in the RV world. Many people love their Jayco RV, have used it for years and never had a single problem. Others have felt that the construction is cheap and you’ll have nothing but expensive issues.
I included the Jayco Swift on this list because of a couple reasons. One, they are everywhere! So if you are looking to find an affordable, used RV, you’re in luck! Two, I think Jayco is a decent, affordable motorhome for first-timers looking to get into the RV world.
The Jayco Swift 20T is on a Ram ProMaster 3500 gas chassis. Dodge Ram isn’t the most common chassis for campervans, but they handle well and are easy to maintain.
The Swift also has the twin to king convertible bed option and a full rear wet-bath that also includes a waterproof wardrobe closet.
Storage is on par with others on this list, with overhead cabinets throughout, the full wardrobe in the bathroom, and under-bed storage. The galley is small and minimal, with a 3.1 cu.ft refrigerator and a two-burner induction cooktop. A microwave also comes standard in the Swift.
The Swift has a 13,500 BTU air conditioner, 2, 12V AGM batteries, 190W solar panel, and a 6 gallon propane tank. A 27 gallon fresh water tank, 14.5 gallon grey water tank, and 13 gallon black water tank are enough to get you through a few days off-grid.
What I love: I love the simple design of the Swift without all the bells and whistles of some other rigs. There’s more room for personal touches and flexibility, so you and your partner can each feel like you’re at home.
What I don’t like: I’d be a little nervous about Jayco’s reputation for longevity, but it wouldn’t stop me from checking one out.
Setting out on adventures with your partner sounds romantic and fun, and being able to take your home along on the journey makes it all that much sweeter! I hope you both found an RV on this list that checks all your boxes for what your campervan needs. Remember to double-check that the bed, bathroom, storage, and tank capacities will meet all of you and your partner’s wants, and then hit those open roads!