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Easier to maneuver and maintain, smaller Class B RVs are growing in popularity with both full-timers and weekend warriors. But some folks are still not ready to downsize from a Class C or Class A RV. Smaller size usually means decreased luxury and daily comforts like a dry bath.
Or Does it?
Of course, trading in the size of a Class C or Class A for a Class B RV means you may have to compromise or get creative, about your living space and that definitely includes the bathroom. Not all RV bathrooms are created equally, and the pros and cons of a wet bath versus a dry bath will come down to personal preference.
We’re going to look at 7 Class B RVs that feature beautiful dry baths without compromising on comfort or space.
Why Choose A Class B RV?
There are many different types of RVs, but Class B RVs, or campervans, are growing in popularity, and quickly! Like any vehicle, there are upsides and downsides to Class B rigs, but for anyone wanting a modest-sized vehicle capable of handling some boondocking and off-gridding, Class Bs are a good option to go for.
Owning a large RV has many perks from increased interior space to enhanced features within. However, huge RVs can be harder to drive and manage, especially in tight areas. Class B RVs aren’t typically huge, and tend to be very manageable while driving and camping. It’s also easier to store smaller rigs as they don’t take up a huge amount of space.
Simple RV Maintainance
Ignoring RV maintenance is a gateway to disaster! Treating our RVs to general maintenance is essential for improved performance and longevity on the road. Typically, the bigger the rig, the more components there are to potentially go wrong and need replacing. Class B RVs tend to be simpler to repair and maintain, which is good news for those with limited time.
Ideal For New RVers
Joining the RV world is an exciting time, but new RVers will likely not want to purchase a ginormous RV if they don’t have much experience. Ideal for new RVers, Class B RVs are compact, and easy to drive, along with being full of great features for successful RVing. Even the most amateur RVer can handle a Class B with just a little bit of practice. In fact, 9.6 million households want to buy an RV in the next five years, and 31% of them are first-time owners!
Endless Class B RV Choices
We’ve already established there are many different types of RVs on the market, but as Class B RVs are so popular, the choices feel endless! This is great news for those who haven’t yet decided on a layout, but may make things harder for indecisive RVers!
Why Choose A Class B RV With A Bathroom?
Most Class B RVs come standard with a bathroom which I simply couldn’t live without in my rig! An RV bathroom is probably not something you think about a lot, but it has the potential to make or break an RV experience!
There are two bathroom options, either a wet bath or a dry bath. Wet baths have the sink, shower, and toilet in one convenient space, meaning everything can get wet. Dry baths are more like a traditional bathroom with a separate shower to the sink and toilet.
You can’t argue with the comforts of having a full dry bath in your RV. It’s an extension of your regular home into your camper. With the compact size of a Class B RV, a bathroom will be a little piece of home to bring on the road with you!
What Is A Class B+ Motorhome?
A Class B+ motorhome is a new design and is considered a hybrid between a Class C RV and a Class B RV. The main differences between a Class B RV and a Class B+ rig are the size and available amenities. Class B+ RVs are generally built on a large van chassis, and can sometimes even be built on a bus chassis for even more space!
This allows for additional space to add features such as a dry bath, but it’s still not big enough to be a Class C RV. Despite the extra space of a Class B+, options are still somewhat limited for a dry bath. You may have to consider purchasing a new RV to get this feature, but be prepared to pay extra for the added perk!
7 Best Class B RVs With A Dry Bath
Below is our list of the 7 best Class B RVs with a dry bath, so you can get a better feel for what these types of rigs can offer you! Class B rigs have so much potential and could be exactly what you’ve been searching for all this time! So buckle up, let’s dive right in.
Best Overall: Coach House RV Arriva V24
The Coach House RV Arriva V24 is an attractive Class B RV, with a lot more than just a dry bath to offer! Surprisingly, Coach House have managed to keep the interior so spacious whilst incorporating a dry bath, but as a lover of a separate shower and sink, I’m very appreciative!
Built on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, this Class B rig is high-quality, reliable, and capable of providing any RVer with a comfortable and luxurious rig for full-time living or vacations. It has two twin-sized beds that fold into a king-size bed, ideal for couples who need a little extra space. There’s plenty of smart storage throughout the Arriva, thanks to large overhead cabinets and wardrobe storage.
Some RVs don’t offer a wardrobe space, but I love this addition as it allows me to keep coats and longer clothes crinkle free! The dry bath even includes storage with a closet and two medicine cabinets. The shower is opposite the toilet in this rig, and since this is a dry bath, both can be sued without interfering with one another.
Along with having incredible functionality, this Coach House Class B RV is also luxurious inside. There’s a choice of five different interior designs, useful day and night shades for privacy, and theater-style recliners perfect for a post-adventure brew! The exterior is unique and may not be to everyone’s taste, however, I think the Arriva looks pretty funky!
With two factory body paint color options, I love that I can make so many decisions with this camper, and tailor it to my style. One of my favorite features of the Arriva is the large window in the dry bath, in the exterior back door. It’s tinted to provide privacy, but it lets enough natural light in to give the illusion of a bigger space.
The fresh water tank can hold 31 gallons which is a decent amount for a couple of people, but not enough to last several days with heavy usage. Although the fresh water tank capacity may not be as large as other Class Bs, it’s a decent amount that can last at least a few days. The layout of the Arriva is creative for a rig of this size, and it’s the bed and bath at the rear that allows for ample kitchen and walking space.
Best For Full-Timers: Airstream Atlas
It’s no secret – I’m a big fan of Airstream Trailers, but what about their rigs? Well, technically the Airstream Atlas RV is built on a Class C chassis, but it’s considered a Class B+ and is a fantastic full-time camper. The Atlas provides a little more space and power but without compromising on the perks of a Class B RV. This is a Mercedes Benz Sprinter that’s been met with Airtstream’s ingenuity and classy design.
This rig is complete with a power slide-out, a Murphy suite bed, and the best dry bath I’ve seen in a long time in a Class B+ RV! In this Airstream motor, the dry bath spans the entire rear of the RV with a corner shower, curved shower door, and a tankless water heater for hot showers, even in winter. There’s only 1 floorplan for the Airstream Atlas, which doesn’t result in the wide range of choices some RVers may be looking for.
However, the layout is spacious, with luxurious features such as a hideaway Samsung TV, and a residential-style dry bathroom that can’t be beaten for full-timers. Along with modern stainless steel fixtures, there’s a shower, storage, toilet, and ample floor space to move around comfortably. The dry bath takes up a considerable amount of space, but this doesn’t bother me!
In fact, for full-time living without compromising on comfort, the bathroom in the Atlas is top-notch. Airstream have added a slide-out to help enhance the space further. Since the interior headspace is 6′ 6″ this is a rig well-suited to taller folks, and also means there’s no cramped feeling in the shower, which is something I always look to avoid.
Along with luxury features, the Atlas also has a pretty high-end price! This may be a dealbreaker for some campers, but if you have the budget, the Atlas is a worthwhile investment promising adventure-fuelled travel for years to come.
Best For Boondocking: Thor Motor Coach Compass
Continuing with Class B+ RVs, the Thor Motorcoach Compass is a lesser-known model that doesn’t get enough credit! These lesser-known models really don’t get enough credit! The big draw of the Compass is its AWD system, which is rare to come standard on a Class B RV! This capability means better boondocking and off-road camping, which are two things I love to do on the open road.
Along with being more affordable than the Airstream Atlas, this Thor rig has 3 floorplans to choose from, ranging in length from 23′ 7″ to 25′ 10″. This is a humble length for even beginner RVers and allows for stealth parking and straightforward maneuverability in tight areas. Floorplan dependant, the Compass has a full wall slide-out with a fold-up queen bed, ample storage, a homely design, and a spacious kitchen.
The dry bath in this camper isn’t quite as impressive as the Airstream Atlas, but it’s functional and gets the job done! Since the dry bath is more compact, it’s a little bit of a squeeze, but nothing a bit of shuffling around can’t handle. Though it doesn’t have the spacious feel that accompanies the Atlas and Arriva, the standing shower with an above skylight helps make the bathroom feel bigger.
There’s an outdoor shower that’s ideal for rinsing gear like wetsuits and can also come in particularly handy for post-muddy door walks! As for humans, the tankless water heater promises a toasty hot shower which is one thing I’m not willing to give up on my RVing journey!
The interior is complete with all the amenities I need on the road, and the exterior is just as good. The HD-Max graphics package creates a fresh, sleek look that’s hard to ignore. I find the patio awning with integrated LED lights a job, as it means the party isn’t over just because night rolls in!
While the Thor Compass doesn’t have the luxury title of the Airstream Atlas, this Class B+ is a great price and offers an abundance of useful and impressive features too. The Compass was manufactured to get RVers visiting national parks, off-roading, and parking up in the best spots ever throughout the camping season!
Best For Drive Power: Nexus RV Viper
The Nexus RV Viper is the only Class B+ on our list with a V8 engine for ultimate power behind the wheel! The Viper is built on a Ford V8 7.3L chassis, and with an all-steel composite construction, I feel like this camper is truly built to last. Not only is this rig durable, but as the superstructure contains steel, I know leaks will be kept away and my rig will benefit both through thermal and sound insulation.
The Viper is the perfect fit for RVers wanting a luxury, powerful Class B RV, equipped with a dry bath, and functional features to keep everyone happy on the road. There are 4 floorplans to choose from, though I feel the 23V offers the most spacious bathroom, which is what my partner and I need living full-time in on the road. The shower is large, measuring 24″ x 32″ with the toilet and sink far enough away for the bathroom to feel like a residential one!
I like that I have control over some of the aesthetics of the Viper, such as the exterior color, since there are a few different options. The deluxe paint paired with the fiberglass front columns, and seamless fiberglass wraparound roof together create a strong rig, from the foundation up. This Class B+ is also fantastic throughout all four seasons, thanks to some of the high-quality features fitted by Nexus RV.
The 13,500 BTU low-profile rooftop AC, 30,000 BTU furnace, heated holding tanks, and above-floor heat ducts mean the Viper is ready to perform, no matter what weather Mother Nature is conjuring up! I need this security as the weather can change suddenly, and no one wants a leaky RV and soggy belongings! When the weather is cold and rainy, there’s plenty of comfortable seating available throughout the Viper.
Some floorplans offer sofa-style seating with a table or a dinette, and other layouts have single sofas instead. Regardless of the floorplan, Nexus have thought about everything and have achieved a camper that’s a joy to spend time in with loved ones.
Most Economical: Phoenix USA RV Phoenix TRX
The Phoenix TRX is a sociable, well-rounded Class B+ RV built on the 350HD AWD Ford Transit chassis with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine. This is an economical RV by Phoenix USA RV that performs just as good as it looks! With aerodynamic, curved sidewalls, a fiberglass one-piece walk-on roof, and a smooth gel-coat fiberglass exterior, this Class B is sleek, modern, and eye-catching.
There are 4 floorplans to choose from, each with small changes that completely transform the entire space. Inside the Phoenix TRX are comfortable seating areas either in the form of a dinette or theater seating, a classy kitchen with glossy, light-reflecting countertops, a corner dry bath, and lots more. Unlike some of the other options on our list such as the Airstream Atlas, the TRX doesn’t have a slide-out, so it’s a little more on the compact side.
The biggest limitation of the TRX for me, unfortunately, is the bed. The leather seating folds out into a decent-sized bed but as the fabric is quite chunky and has seams too, this may make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep! This can be managed with thick bedding, however, and the design means there’s ample space throughout the camper all day went the bed isn’t being used.
The dry bath is on the small side too, but it’s complete with a three-piece suite and door for ultimate privacy and comfort. As the dry bath in this Class B rig is nestled into the rear corner, it keeps the floorspace very open which I love. Nothing is worse than having to shuffle around constantly to move around inside an RV.
RVs can be tricky to drive, but the Phoenix TRX has a 10-speed automatic transmission and a GVWR of 11,000 lbs. It’s economical, easy for beginners to drive, and has everything on board from a dry bath to a well-equipped kitchen, and air conditioning!
Best For Long Distance Driving: Chinook RV Summit
The Chinook RV Summit is a Class B+ built on a super reliable Mercedes Benz Sprinter. This Class B has a dry bath, is 4-season certified, and boasts an attractive premium vinyl padded finish, making it a stylish rig, I’d be proud to own. The Summit has 2 floorplans, both measuring 23′ 9″, and are equipped with a 4-point leveling system, KIB electronics multi-plex system, and app-controlled features for ultimate freedom on the open road.
Chinook has created a rig that’s a pleasure to drive and spend time in, with 2 sofas that convert into a king bed, a single sofa, a booth dinette, and more to provide a little luxury, no matter the location! The kitchen isn’t as glorious as the Airstream I mentioned earlier as there’s only a single induction cooktop. However, since this is removable it means I can do some alfresco cooking with ease over summer!
There’s also a convection microwave in the kitchen, along with prep space for putting together some fresh, healthy meals. When I need a little privacy, the day/night shades are a dream! They’re simple to use, and provide instant privacy from the outside world – something we all need from time to time in our RVs!
The Summit has a pleasant dry bath, with plenty of features to encourage a home-like feel such as an inset sink with a side medicine cabinet and storage below. I also like the vanity lighting that’s a useful addition to the bathroom and brings some soft brightness. Paired with the tile backsplash, the overall aesthetic is modern and clean with the shower separate from the toilet and sink.
Class B RVs are known for not being the cheapest RVs available, and the Chinook Summit is no exception! However, it has a lot to offer, and with a trusty Mercedes chassis, this mighty rig is fit to go to any destination, no matter the time of year!
Honorable Mention: Winnebago Era 70M
Winnebago doesn’t currently produce any Class B RVs with a dry bath. But they did! The Winnebago Era 70M was produced from 2017 to 2019 and included a great dry bath. There are still some Era 70Ms out there in the used RV market, and you should definitely consider one if you find it.
Winnebago is well respected and one of the most popular RV brands, especially for Class B RVs and boondocking, so it’s disappointing they haven’t continued the dry bath option in the newer Era models as shown in the video above. In the older Era 70M, the dry bath is a good-sized space boasting a large shower with sliding doors and inlay shelving for keeping things organized and tidy.
Rumor has it there were some issues with the slide-out for the Murphy bed, which tends to rattle during driving. This is a frustration for many RVers as the disturbance is directly behind the driver’s seat! But despite the rumor, there are still many used Era 70M RVs available and they are popular rigs I see at the campground to this day!
The newer Winnebago Era Class B RVs are still awesome rigs, able to sleep 2-3 people depending on the floorplan. With a length of 24′ 3″ and an affordable price tag, the Era is worth considering. The most recent layouts of the Era only offer a wet bath option, however, so if you’re set on a Class B RV with a dry bath, you’ll need to do some digging for a used rig!
So, Is A Dry Bath In An RV Worth It?
We’ve looked at a variety of Class B and Class B+ RVs with some great dry bath options at differing ends of the budget. However, finding a Class B or Class B+ RV with a dry bath is pretty hard! Most RV manufacturers use wet baths for their space-saving benefit. I hope we’ve reassured you that it’s possible to find a dry bath Class B RV, it just may take you a little time surfing the web.
Finding a dry bath rig may be hard, but it comes down to personal preference. Does the idea of taking a shower with your toilet make you cringe? Then definitely keep a dry bath at the top of your list of wants! If a wet bath doesn’t seem like a major annoyance, there are many more Class B options available to you!
It’s really an exciting time to get into the RV world! Just a few short years ago there were only two Class B options with a dry bath! Now, there are many more options to help make your RV a true home away from home. For those considering full-time RV living, the added comforts of a dry bath are incredibly valuable.
If you’re traveling with two or more people, being able to have someone showering and another brushing their teeth is important! We hope our list of the best dry bath options in Class B and Class B+ RVs helps get you excited for your RV journey!