Are you looking to get into the great outdoors or have a custom passenger transport vehicle but you don’t want to sacrifice your creature comforts? Search no more! We’re highlighting some of the best luxury travel vans that will help you get on the open road in style.
What Is A Luxury Travel Van
- In the motorhome and RV industry, a travel van is considered a ‘Class B’ vehicle. Class B vans often are 19′ to 24′ in length, they are 8′ to 9′ wide, 8′ to over 11′ tall, they may or may not have slide outs, and they are built on existing van platforms and chassis from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Fiat, etc.
- Luxury travel vans usually have more non-standard features than the mass-produced stock, travel vans and often they are a model with a smaller annual production number or run due to their ability to be highly customized by the client.
- Due to the current nature of the RV industry, price is not often a key indicator of luxury. However, many luxury travel vans are more expensive when compared to other standard RV’s and mass-produced Class B’s. Luxury travel vans can cost anywhere from $130,000 up to well over $200,000.
- The level of finish and types of features set luxury travel vans apart from standard travel vans or other typical Class B RVs. Luxury travel van manufacturers have the skilled trades persons and resources to provide their clients custom finishes, unique materials, and non-standard interior and exterior features that are uncommon to standard Class B vans.
- While there are large RV manufacturers that offer luxury travel van models, typically luxurious travel vans are produced by smaller, dedicated custom RV and Class B companies.
Features To Consider When Buying Luxury Travel Vans
Luxury Travel Van Intended Use
The first thing to consider when customizing or purchasing a luxury travel van is what is your intended use or intended mission for the vehicle. For example, are you purchasing or having a custom luxury travel van created to be used more like a high-end RV for roadtrips and outdoor adventures and activities? Or, are you using the travel van as more of a high-end, custom people-hauler to transport your friends, family, or guests between destinations? Moreover, are you looking for a luxury travel van that is a multi-use vehicle accommodating a hybrid of the aforementioned uses? Understanding your luxury travel van’s intended use will greatly impact the type of van you purchase and the added interior and exterior features you may require.
As with many luxurious, custom, or unique items the price of a luxury travel van can vary greatly. In many ways it’s the difference between a standard finish boat versus a custom designed yacht. Depending on your budget, the sky is the limit with respect to the level of custom finish you intend your luxury van to convey. In general, however, new luxury travel vans – depending on the model and manufacturer – start in the $130,000 price range with more customized conversions going for well over $200,000. There are many factors driving the final cost such as: level of finish and customization, types of interior finishes, the type of Class B van chassis utilized, the amount of technology incorporated into the design, the size of the Class B van, the size of fresh, black, and grey water tanks, the ability to be both on and off the grid during your travels, will your travel van be utilized on highways or does it require a lift kit and 4×4 off road capabilities, etc.
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Number of Passengers
When designing or purchasing a luxury travel van, one should consider how many passengers – on average – they plan to bring on their typical journey. This not only factors into how many seats with seatbelts one requires in their travel van, but it also factors into how many one plans to sleep on your adventures. It should be noted, for every person the travel van can sleep they will be required to have a dedicated seat with a seatbelt.
Fuel Type: Gas or Diesel
The type of engine and fuel type is another high-level feature you will want to consider when customizing or purchasing your luxury travel van. Related to this subject is the max weight of the travel van – inclusive of the base Class B van plus any additional interior or exterior fit-out features added plus the number of intended passengers and cargo carrying capacity – will factor into the engine and fuel type. Another feature that will affect your fuel and engine type – gas versus diesel – is if you plan to tow any small vehicles or trailers behind your luxury travel van.
Features and Level of Finish
The level of finish and number of interior and exterior features you plan to incorporate into the design of our luxury travel van will affect not only the price, but the weight of the van. For example, if you plan to incorporate more exotic or solid wood cabinets and millwork into your van, or utilize gold trim accents versus brass, or you want to utilize premium leather seat covers and accent panels versus synthetic or man-made leathers; all of these – an many more – features should be considered and factored into your dream luxury travel van’s design. Other features to consider are: does your travel van need a bathroom and toilet and kitchenette or will you mainly be transporting guests instead, does your luxury van experience need additional technology such as satellite connectivity, premium sound systems, Wi-Fi and 5G cell connectivity, or premium television or theater-like viewing options.
Production Lead Time
As previously noted, many of the luxury travel van manufacturers are smaller companies that solely focus on custom van models with lower annual production run numbers of their models. This affords the custom travel van companies the opportunity to deliver higher quality and unique designs for their clients. Because of this, the client may incur a longer lead time for delivery of their luxury travel van when compared to larger, mass-produced Class B manufacturers.
Best Luxury Travel Vans
The Ultimate Traveler by Ultimate Toys
Ultimate Toys’ Ultimate Traveler luxury travel van offers first class quality that stands above its competition. Constructed on the 3500 170” EXT Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis, with seating for up to 10 people.
The Ultimate Traveler has many standout features such as: a full wet bath, a full kitchen area, four finely appointed captain’s chairs, two convertible sofa/beds, a lighted cabinet bar, two TVs, and much more all in a 24′ long cabin.
The interior design and feel of the Ultimate Traveler is like that of private jet. The open floor plan is both spacious and naturally lit with the numerous windows that run nearly the full length of the van. Everything inside the Ultimate Traveler feels bespoke including its premium entertainment and sound system, the interior lighting package, and hand-crafted woodwork.
Supreme Sprinter by LCW Automotive Group
The Supreme Sprinter manufactured by LCW Automotive Group is on the cutting edge of all that a luxury travel van can offer. LCW Automotive Group has forty-plus year history of creating luxury vehicles extending back to the 1970’s when they started created luxury limousines.
One can choose from multiple floor plans when purchasing their Supreme Sprinter luxury travel van. You will immediately see the custom-crafted interior finish in their custom passenger transport vans are unlike anything on the market today.
LCW says it the best, “Our Supreme build includes state-of-the-art features such as orthopedic captain seats that keep you snug and comfortable on long trips. Our Optional Rear Luxury Powder room and dual independent air conditioning systems make sure you have all the amenities of home. All of this is supported by Smart TV’s, Apple TV & digital master cabin control to truly make you feel like you are flying above the clouds.“
The Sanctuary by Thor Motor Coach
If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in style, then you should check out The Sanctuary by Thor Motor Coach. This luxury travel van rides high on a 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis that is equipped for the adventurous travelers to get out into the wild.
The Sanctuary luxury travel van offers owners solidly constructed interior finishes that are suited to those living the active outdoor lifestyle. All the creature comforts – a wet bath and kitchen area with living space – are available in two distinct floor plans.
We personally love the exterior features provided on The Sanctuary, such as the rugged off road tires complimenting the 4×4 lift kit package, the additional exterior LED light-bars, the Thule accessories, and roof mounted solar panel to assist in topping off your luxury travel van’s house batteries.
Unity by Leisure Travel Vans
Leisure Travel Vans are one of the most popular and well known luxury travel vans in the industry. Manufactured in Canada but sold all over North America, the Unity by Leisure Travel Vans is one of their most popular and well-appointed models.
Currently, the Unity line of travel van models offers five different floor plans. Some with and without slide outs and three different types of bed arrangements including a Murphy bed, a corner bed, and twin beds layouts. All of the Leisure Travel Van Unity’s are on the premium Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis boasting their rugged 3.0L V6 turbo Diesel engine.
There are many features we love about all of the Leisure Travel Van models. However, two that stand out are the level of detail and quality of finishes the Unity models offer as well as the spacious bathroom layouts – some of the largest in this size of luxury travel vans.
Interstate by Airstream
Nothing is more synonymous of road travel in the United States than hearing the word Airstream. One immediately conjures up visions of sleek, aluminum trailers whisking down the American highways. For those looking to embrace the heritage of an Airstream but are looking for a more luxurious solution beyond their iconic travel trailer, then you should explore Airstream’s Interstate luxury travel vans.
The Interstate models of luxury travel vans are a true Class B solution built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. The Interstate line of travel vans offer a nimble and well-appointed RV solution with a fit and finish you would expect from Airstream but leveled-up to meet the standards of their typical buyer.
Airstream’s Interstate line of luxury motor coaches offer a variety of floor plans, lengths, seating configurations, and amenities to suit your specific travel needs. One thing is certain, the build quality of all Airstream’s some of the best in the industry which is prevalent on the Interstate line of travel vans.
Patriot by American Coach
The Patriot manufactured by American Coach is one of the most elegant and luxurious travel van manufacturers in North America. American Coach is a part of the REV Recreation Group, a transport vehicle company providing some of the best, high-end Class B and RVs in the industry.
American Coach offers to model lines of the Patriot: The American Patriot and the American Patriot Cruiser. Within each of these luxury Class B van lines are various iterations and models with floor plans and layouts that can accommodate nearly every final intended use you can imagine.