How to Pick the Right Small Camper Vans in 2021

May 31, 2021

The pandemic-induced lockdowns have made people yearn for the great outdoors more than ever. Huge crowds have gathered in streets all over the world once lockdowns in their areas were lifted. For some though, the streets won’t suffice; they need to get out to the wilderness. Small camper vans fit that bill perfectly.

They are small enough to be agile and nimble for easy tripping and large enough to carry all of your camping essentials. Their rugged build lets them take you over a vast array of terrains. The best part, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get one that will suit your needs.

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Clamping Down On the Right Camping Van

There are plenty of camping enthusiasts around who wish to enjoy the camping life on a budget. Manufacturers have responded with a bevy of small camper vans to suit every type. If you’re finding it hard to find your type, you can refer to this guide to select it.

The Class

“Camper van” is a general term applied to many classes of vehicles that fall in this category. The different classes, when arranged in increasing order of their sizes, look like this:

  • Volkswagen Vans
  • Cargo Vans
  • Conversion Vans
  • Sprinter Vans
  • Class B
  • Class B+

The most popular one is Class B. B+ is the former’s bigger version. A conversion van is one that existed as a different vehicle previously but has now gotten converted into a camper van.

Your usage style will decide which one you’ll be buying. If you plan on heading to rough terrain intending to explore it, then the top ones are best. If camping on dedicated grounds and RV parks is your thing, then the B category should be your choice.


An oft-neglected factor while deciding to purchase a van, the vehicle’s weight plays a significant role in how your life will be with it. A heavy one might bear the brunt but will fail you on fuel economy and load-carrying.

A lighter one will let you carry more stuff and allow you to go places but may get its structural integrity compromised sooner. Again, your use case will determine your choice in this matter.


There are two aspects to cost when it comes to vans. The first is the upfront cost during purchase. The other is running costs, which include maintenance, fuel, etc. The latter point is especially valid in the case of RVs because of how they get used.

Old ones like VWs need regular upkeep due to their age. Class B, B+, and sprinters tend to last long reliably if bought new. When they require repairs, you might have to shell out a bit extra for specialist parts.

Do note the fuel efficiency of the van since that will determine your fuel charges for running it.


A quality manufacturer will produce a product that will serve as it’s advertised, or at least come very close. If buying from independent creators, make sure you inspect every aspect of the vehicle before spending your money.

Whether you want an adventurous getaway or a quiet one, RVs are a must-have. Small camper vans, in particular, will get you in and out of tight spots without putting you in a financial predicament. You only have to choose the one that best suits your needs.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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