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Sometimes it can feel like RV’ing just isn’t an activity for tall people. Especially if you’re looking to go for smaller RVs like a Class B.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
One of my close friends is 6’6″ and he wants to enjoy the joy of RV’ing in a Class B rig without having to wear a helmet or get a guaranteed back problem by being slouched 100% of the time. So I decided the research the best class B options for tall people and review not just the headroom available but also the size of the bed!
Based on my research, I believe the best Class B RV for most tall people (at least those under 6′ 6″) is the Pleasure-Way Ontour.
But let’s dig a little deeper into everything we considered to come to this conclusion.
What’s Considered Tall?
Tall is of course relative so the first thing we need to consider is what’s tall? When doing my research, I had my 6’6″ friend in mind which by most standard would be considered very tall but in the NBA that’s about average!
According to Wikipedia the average man in the United States is 5′ 9″ so it’s safe to say that anything over 6 feet would be considered tall. But we’ll be looking at each RV from the perspective of not just the tall but also the very tall so anyone between 6 feet and 7 feet should be able to find what they’re looking for.
What Makes a Class B RV Good for Tall People?
We also need to make sure we’re on the same page for what actually makes a Class B RV good for tall people. The most obvious consideration is interior height and while that’s probably the most important factor the length of the bed is just as critical. After all, what good is a 7-foot ceiling if you’ve got a bed that’s five and a half feet long?
Unfortunately, it’s pretty common to see relatively high ceilings but a bed that’s only about 6 feet in length. So while there are certainly Class B RVs that can accommodate a taller person’s need for more headroom, it’s going to be difficult to get a bed that’s the right length.
The other common problem tall people will run into is that while the main cabin of the RV might be tall-friendly other parts of the RV, most commonly the bathroom, aren’t. While this might be a compromise that some tall people are willing to deal with, I’ll be sure to point this out.
I’ll be looking at the entire picture of each RV including bed length, interior height (across the entire rig), and the size of the driving area.
Best Class B RVs for Tall People
I’ve got 5 of the best Class B RVs for the tall folks of the world along with a quick review of each. If you want a sneak peek at the list you can see all our selections here but keep scrolling to check out the full reviews!
- Best Overall: Pleasure-Way Ontour
- Best For Super Tall People (Above 6′ 4″): Regency RV National Traveler
- Premium Pick: Airstream Atlas
- Best For The Tall Adventurer: Sportsmobile 4×4 Classic
- Best For The Adventurer Under 6′ 3″: Winnebago Revel
Best Overall: Pleasure-Way Ontour
- Interior Height: 6’6″
- Bed Length: 77″
- MSRP: $129,805 USD
- Exterior Length: 19′ 8″
- Exterior Height: 10′
If you’re super tall (or what we’re calling above 6′ 4″) then you might want to look at the next rig on our list but for most taller folks the Pleasure-Way Ontour is a clear winner when it comes to the best overall RV for tall folks.
Pleasure-Way has been in the RV business for more than 40 years and they could be considered Class B specialists. In fact, all they make are Class B’s and they have a long reputation for producing quality rigs. At under 20 feet long, the Pleasure-Way Ontour drives like a pickup truck but has a surprising amount of headroom with a ceiling height of 6′ 6″
Even better, the bathroom maintains this height and also has a clearance well over 6 feet. The bathroom features a two-piece wet bath which means it’s missing a sink. This gives the bathroom a lot more room overall which is critical in an RV this small. Some folks might not be happy to brush their teeth in the kitchen sink but when space is at a premium, does it make since to have multiple sinks in less than 20 feet? Personally, I love this change and think it’s a big plus for the big and tall of the world.
The seating area features a moveable table that we see in most Please-Way RVs and I’ve heard nothing but good things about these tables. Unlike other RVs where the tables tend to break or become wobbly after a few weeks, Please-Way makes quality and versatile tables.
Then there’s the bed. Pleasure-Way did a great job keeping the entire rig tall-friendly and you’ll find an exceptionally long 77-inch bed. That comes out to a little over 6′ 4″ and is only 3 inches shorter than a standard king size bed!
Finally, with an MSRP of $129,805 USD it’s not the most inexpensive RV but it’s certainly not unreasonable when it comes to the more expensive Class B RVs.
Best For Super Tall People (Above 6′ 4″): Regency RV National Traveler
- Interior Height: 7′ 4″
- Bed Length: 6′
- Price Range: $80,000 to $90,000
- Exterior Length: 20′ 11″
- Exterior Height: 9′ 3″
Coming in at a close second to the best overall pick is the Regency RV National Traveler. Regency RV certainly isn’t the biggest name in the RV space and compared to companies like Airstream they’re relatively new to the market. But they claim to be the first raised roof Class B that used the Dodge ProMaster chassis which makes them one of the few RVs that is built to cater to tall folks. The raised fiberglass roof brings the total interior height of the RV to an impressive 7′ 4″ which will be nice and roomy for even the very tall.
This additional height also gives you more storage as Regency RV decided to add a second bank of cabinets throughout the RV. Still, the National Traveler isn’t so tall that you can expect to have problems with clearance and the entire rig comfortably fits in a standard parking space.
So is this is the perfect Class B RV for super tall people? Almost, but there are some major issues that keep it from being 100% perfect.
First, is the shower. On the standard floor plans, the shower doesn’t have a raised ceiling which means it measures only 5’10”. While that might not be considered especially short by RV standards, my 6’6″ friend would have to crouch eight inches to fit! That’s going to lead to a serious space problem as the three-piece combination wet bath isn’t exactly spacious.
In this case, tall folks would be better off showering while seated on the toilet and that might not be a compromise that everyone is willing to make. But there is hope! Regency RV explains that the Explore SPT floorplan for the National Traveler features 7-feet of headroom in the shower. That, of course, changes everything! Even at 6’6″ my friend will have plenty of headroom in the cabin and the shower.
But then there’s the bed. It seems that in most RVs that get headroom right there’s always a problem of bed size. Unfortunately, the National Traveler isn’t any different and for some reason, they’ve combined an impressive 7′ 4″ of interior headroom with a 6-foot bed! While a single tall sleeper will be able to snag the center of the bed and let their feet hang or go the diagonal route if you’re sharing the bed it’s going to be tough for everyone to comfortably fit.
Still, the National Traveler is going to be the best option for super tall RVers- even with the less than ideal bed. You’re going to be hard-pressed to find another non-custom rig with this much headroom and with floor plans that address the shower height. When you combine all that with a typical price range between $80,000 and $90,000 it’s easy to see why I’ve picked this RV as the best overall option for super tall folks and a great runner up to the best overall option.
Premium Pick: Airstream Atlas
- Interior Height: 6’6″
- Bed Length: 6′
- MSRP: $238,071
- Exterior Length: 24′ 9″
- Exterior Height: 10′ 6″
Airstream is an American Classic and the RVs are still being built in Jackson Center, Ohio to this day. While they’re well known for their aluminum trailers, they also produce a variety of Class B RVs. One of the taller options is the Atlas which comes in at an interior height of 6’6″. That makes it a great option for most taller folks but the big problem is the bed. The Airstream Atlas features a murphy bed that saves on space but it only measures 73 inches by 73 inches. That comes out to just over 6 feet which might be a little uncomfortable for taller people.
If you’re around 6’4″ you’re probably used to your feet hanging off some beds. Luckily, the Atlas does have some room for this if you sleep side to side instead of front to back. So while this bed will work it’s not going to be a perfect fit.
The bathroom in this larger Class B is great and very tall friendly. It doesn’t have the drop in height that we see in so many rigs and overall it’s wide enough to allow for a decent wingspan.
Overall, the Airstream Atlas makes a solid option for folks around 6′ to 6 4″. Once you hit 6’5″ you’re going to be pushing it and shoes could push you over the clearance. You’re going to have more problems with the bed at that height.
However, the Airstream Atlas is one of the more expensive Class B RVs on the market with an MSRP of $238,071. That’s why I had to put this as our premium pick for the folks that want tall-friendly luxury no matter the price.
Best For The Tall Adventurer: Sportsmobile 4×4 Classic
- Interior Height: Roughly 7′ 10″
- Bed Length: N/A
- MSRP: $175,000 to $225,000
- Exterior Length: 19′ 3.9″
- Exterior Height: 7′ 10″
Sportsmobile is one of a handful of companies that create almost 100 customizable conversion vans for RVers that know exactly what they want. But that also makes it a bit hard to really pin down the exact specs for any of these rigs since it truly depends on the preferences of the individual buyer.
Built on a Ford Econoline cutaway chassis, the Sportsmoble 4X4 Classic features a huge pop-up roof that they appropriately call the penthouse. Fully extended, the penthouse brings the overall height of the rig to 7′ 10″ with an interior height that’s not much shorter which makes this a great option for the very tall RVer.
But that’s not all the Sportsmoblile brings to the table. It’s a rig that’s ready to take on tough terrain and if your idea of a good RV trip is posting up the campsite for a few days this probably isn’t the RV for you. But if want to boondock and spend some time “roughing it” and you’re on the tall side then it’s a match!
That’s because this RV features a heavily modified Ford chassis that’s been converted to a 4×4 vehicle. Because Ford doesn’t actually make a 4×4 Econoline, this is all done aftermarket by Sportsmobile. They also add several other features to make this rig offroad ready like custom Fox suspension and additional tire clearance.
With extensive solar support, this RV can go off-grid for weeks at a time and not have a problem. But it won’t exactly be a luxury experience since the rig doesn’t have a standard bathroom. Instead, you have space for a mobile porta-potty but you’re probably going to be better off going au natural if you have the opportunity. The backdoors can open up to create a nice shower space but if you’re trying to share a populated campsite you might have problems keeping a low profile!
The penthouse can open up to greatly extend the interior ceiling giving even the tallest folks plenty of room. While this isn’t ideal for someone who wants to go the stealth camping route, it’s not a problem if you’re looking to boondock. The extra ceiling also reveals an additional second bed so this rig can sleep more than most Class B RVs.
The bed length is unclear and I wasn’t able to find any specifics online. I did reach out to Sportsmobile to get an answer but I’m still waiting on the reply. That being said, it’s important to note that Sportsmobile has built its brand on custom solution RVs. I have little doubt that if you wanted to fork over the cash for an extra-long bed, you could get it done.
Because these RVs are custom-built, it also means that pinning down a price can be difficult since it can vary so much based on the options you select. Sportsmobile explains that the typical range for these adventure van RVs range from $175,000 to $225,000. That makes it a higher-end RV and some folks will have a hard time paying that much for an adventure van that doesn’t actually feature a bathroom.
But if want a durable Class B RV that can give you plenty of headroom and handle difficult terrain then this it. But if you’re not super tall (under 6’3″) and want an adventure van, check out our next option.
Best For The Adventurer Under 6′ 3″: Winnebago Revel
- Interior Height: 6’3″
- Bed Length: 6’4″
- MSRP: $185,838
- Exterior Length: 19’7″
- Exterior Height: 10”
Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis, the Winnebago Revel is a 4×4 Class B RV that drives more like a truck than a home on wheels. While this isn’t the right RV for the super tall person, if you’re around 6′ tall then this RV will still have plenty of headroom while giving you everything you could want in an adventure van. So if you liked the Sportsmobile RV but you don’t’ need a 7′ 10″ penthouse extension then keep reading!
The Revel is designed to be an adventure van for people who want to hike, bike, climb, and ride! The diesel heating system is a bit more reliable and certainly more available than your traditional propane-based systems which makes a great option for folks that like to boondock.
But one of the most unique features of the Revel, and the thing that sets it apart from other adventure vans, is the bed. It can be raised to almost be flush with the ceiling. That gives you a ton of space inside the cabin to store just about anything you’d ever want to take along. There are even built-in tie-downs which are perfect for folks that want to bring a dirtbike along with them.
But that’s not the only unique feature about the bed. It’s also a lot longer than you’d expect thanks to some well-placed bump-outs that bring the overall width to an impressive 6’4″. That also means that you’re sleeping lengthwise in this RV so you can take full advantage of the bump-outs. This is one of the only RVs I’ve ever seen that have a bed that’s longer than the actual ceiling clearance!
Unlike the Sportsmobile Classic, this RV has a proper wet bathroom that can also double as extra storage. I don’t see many RVs trying to take advantage of the storage opportunity within the bathroom but some folks may this as a bit more unnecessary than helpful.
It’s also 4×4 ready and even though we have two vehicle on this list with 4 wheel drive it’s actually pretty uncommon to see in an RV!
There really is a lot to like about the Winnebago Revel and even though it has a relatively “short” clearance of 6′ 3″ I think it still deserved a spot on this list. Besides the less than expectation headroom, the Revel may be out to the price range for some adventurers with an MSRP of $185,838
But if you’re tall (but not super tall) and you’re looking for a rig that can handle any kind of adventure you throw at it, this might be the perfect RV for you.
Should You Go For A Popup Ceiling?
It’s something that any tall RVer has to consider…but does a popup ceiling actually make sense for you?
Like most things in the world of RV’s it totally depends on your and how you plan on using your RV.
If you plan on staying in urban areas or even living in your RV full time then a popup option might not make sense for you. That’s because you’re not always going to be able to actually leave your RV and hang out outdoors. If you’re going the urban route, you might need to stealth camp occasionally and a popup top is really anything but stealthy!
But if you’re going to spend most of your time boondocking there’s no problem with a popup roof for the extra headroom. In fact, it might make for the best option since you won’t need to keep a low profile.
The last consideration is how tall you really are. If your ceiling only goes to shoulder height without the roof popped up then it just doesn’t make sense. But if you only need a few more inches of headroom then a popup ceiling might be perfect.
Should You Go For A Custom Built Class B?
The other big consideration is whether or not you should go custom.
There are many companies that specialize in producing custom Class B RV’s but it’s not going to be cheap. Still, if you’re already investing in an RV it might make sense to pay the extra amount and go all the way!
If you’re over 6′ 5″ tall then custom options can start to look really appealing as it’s more than headroom you’re dealing with. At that height, you’re also going to be dealing with short beds, counters, and sinks.
The other factor is how do you plan on using your RV? If you’re going to live full-time for a few years then the custom option makes a lot of sense. But if you’re using your rig a few months out of the year and maybe renting it the rest of the time then paying to elevate every surface in the RV probably doesn’t make sense.
The fact is, that even if you’re tall (like very tall) you can still find a Class B RV that works for you! Tall folks don’t have to be excluded from the joys of RV living!
Let me know what you think and if there’s a tall-friendly Class B I missed let me know in the comments below.