The perfect balance between compact design and comfort – that’s what Class B+ RVs stand for. Every HYMER model has been designed to meet modern needs. While the highly manoeuvrable HYMER Exsis-t affords you maximum flexibility and ensures nothing will slow you down, you can enjoy pure freedom in the HYMER Venture S off-roader, which comes with exclusive features and equipment.
Discover our range of vehicles and use our buyer’s guide to help you choose a model.
Are you interested in buying a Class B+ RV, but still unsure which model is best suited to your needs? Then what you need is some inspiration and more information. You’ll find both in this practical guide to semi-integrates motorhomes from HYMER – in no time at all, you’ll be able to explore the world in your very own Class B+ RV!
What exactly is meant by a Class B+ RV? And what is the difference between a Class A and Class B+ motorhome? Two questions that frequently crop up when looking for the perfect motorhome and which are easy to answer:
If a motorhome is semi-integrated (Class B+), a high-quality living area has been added to the original cab of the manufacturer’s chassis, which is normally used for vans. First and foremost, the smooth transition between the cab and living area is reflected in the ability to turn the cab seats around to face the seating area, creating a spacious living room. This type of vehicle strikes the perfect balance between a compact, dynamic design and comfort.
Class A motorhomes, on the other hand, do not use the original cab, but have a specially designed front end instead.
In addition, they are often larger vehicles. Class B+ RVs are usually available in lengths of between six to eight metres.
To be able to decide on one of the many motorhomes available from HYMER, it is essential to compare it with other vehicles. After all, you want to know all the pros and cons. You have a choice between camper vans as well as Class A or Class B+ motorhomes.
Below is a brief comparison of the various vehicle types and their advantages:
Compared to Class A motorhomes, Class B+ RVs are usually cheaper. In addition, compact Class B+ motorhomes are more aerodynamic and therefore also more fuel efficient. Their often smaller dimensions and aerodynamic design also go hand in hand with easier handling, which is more similar to that of a car than Class A motorhomes. In addition, the front end inherited by Class B+ RVs from the base vehicle makes them safer, as the crumple zone is slightly larger than on Class A motorhomes.
In terms of insulation, Class B+ motorhomes fare a little worse, meaning that road noise and the cold are more likely to penetrate. Depending on your travel habits, this may be something that speaks in favour of Class A motorhomes as an alternative.
Camper van or Class B+ RV? Comparing these two vehicles with one another reveals that the optional extras and additional space are the primary reasons why you might opt for a Class B+ motorhome. This is especially true if more space is important to you.
Compared to camper vans, however, Class B+ RVs are less manoeuvrable and comparatively more expensive to purchase. A camper van might be the better choice, especially if you intend to make frequent trips into towns and cities.
Generally speaking, a Class B+ RV will be of particular interest if you want a little more comfort and space than you get in a camper van. Longer trips with more luggage are usually a more pleasant experience in a motorhome.
Although Class B+ motorhomes are available in a wide variety of different layouts, they are ideal for couples and families who appreciate travelling in comfort. The HYMER T-Class S and HYMER B-Class ModernComfort T model ranges are an interesting option for trips involving up to five people, for example.
We recommend Class B+ RVs for anyone who wants more than a camper van, yet still wants a vehicle that is lighter, more manoeuvrable and cheaper than a Class A motorhome. If you intend to travel with dogs, a Class B+ motorhome can also offer a greater level of comfort than a camper van.
Size and storage space are key to finding the perfect motorhome. After all, you want to be completely comfortable when on the road and space shouldn’t be an issue. The size of a Class B+ motorhome will depend entirely on your individual needs. Are you travelling as a couple? With children? Or maybe with friends?
The size will also have an impact externally, because the bigger the vehicle is, the less manoeuvrable it will be and the more difficult it can be to find and manoeuvre into a suitable parking space. Larger motorhomes can also result in you being charged higher prices at camping grounds and on ferries.
Although HYMER doesn’t offer a Class B+ RV under 6 metres in length, we do have some suitable alternatives in our ranges of camper vans and small RVs.
Our tip: When designing your motorhome, don’t only consider the purchase cost of the vehicle, but also the insurance, tax and regular maintenance costs.
How big should your motorhome be? Basically, if you’re transporting a lot of luggage or sports equipment (for activities like skiing, snowboarding or climbing), or travelling with children, a longer motorhome will be more comfortable and offer more storage space.
Large motorhomes, which need more space on the roads and in car parks, are vehicles that have a length of over roughly 6.5 metres. This criterion applies to almost every HYMER Class B+ RV. Only the HYMER Venture S is shorter.
When it comes to weight, you have a choice between motorhomes with a technically permissible maximum laden mass of either under or over 3.5 tonnes. The advantage of a Class B+ RV weighing over 3.5 tonnes is that it provides you with a little more freedom in terms of the interior design where the number of seats and berths is concerned, as well as the optional equipment and features.
However, it is important to note that a Category C1 driving licence is required to drive these vehicles. There may also be restrictions associated with the extra weight in terms of speed limits and higher tolls. A small Class B+ motorhome can be driven with an ordinary Category B driving licence and the handling is similar to that of a car.
Note: With regard to the weight of your motorhome, you must always take care not to overload the vehicle, as this can result in fines and points. Needless to say, this also applies to lightweight motorhomes under 3500kg.
You must therefore think very carefully about how many travellers and luggage you are planning to take with you on your trips. The best way to do this is to run through different scenarios in our configurator.
What should go inside your vehicle? Once again, it primarily depends on the number of travellers, because this will make a big difference whether you configure a Class B+ RV for two people, or whether it has four berths. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep in your Class B+ motorhome, you can choose between layouts with a queen-size bed or longitudinal single beds, and an optional fold-down bed is also available. The latter are particularly suitable for groups of travellers and families.
You also need to consider how many amenities you would like to have in the kitchen and bathroom. The same applies to the heating system and how powerful it is.
For peace of mind: If your Class B+ RV is kitted out with high-end equipment, protecting it from burglary and theft is all the more important. That’s why you’ll find helpful tips on motorhome safety in our separate guide.
Your Class B+ motorhome is built on the tried-and-tested Mercedes Sprinter chassis cowl, which is synonymous with a smooth ride and high reliability. The comprehensive standard equipment, numerous assistance systems and state-of-the-art multimedia and connectivity features make it the perfect all-round package.
Our Mercedes motorhomes:
Class B+ RVs built on the Fiat Ducato chassis are characterised by their quality craftmanship and excellent value for money. The sturdy Fiat chassis combined with the modern bodywork technology from HYMER provides the best insulation values, stability and durability and promises a carefree travel experience. This is what the HYMER Exsis-t offers you.
Do you dream of relaxing in remote natural areas far away from civilization? If you do, then self-sufficiency is very important to you. The more self-sufficient your Class B+ motorhome is designed to be with a water tank and battery, the longer you will be able to travel without requiring an external power and water supply. You can have a direct impact on this with your choice of optional extras.
Also keep in mind that the more isolated and less well-paved the terrain is on your trip, the more sense it makes for your Class B+ RV to have all-wheel drive. Our HYMER ML-T can be self-sufficient for up to ten days, for example, and is available as an all-wheel drive motorhome.
If you also intend to use your vehicle in snowy conditions and freezing temperatures, you should definitely buy a winter-proof motorhome. We have good news for you here: all HYMER Class B+ RVs are winter-proof when they leave the factory and score top marks in cold chamber tests!
Our motorhome travel stories attest to this – take the example of a skiing holiday in Tyrol with the HYMER ML-T.