The Class C Sprinter motorhome is a downsized fuel sipping RV that has everything a big Class A motorhome has, but in a more compact and maneuverable package. This increasingly popular motorhome is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and achieves 15-20 mpg. Yes, that's no typo, 15-20 mpg!
The equipped V6 turbo diesel engine is one of the cleanest burning diesels around. It's matched to a 5 speed automatic transmission. The motorhome has a tight turning radius and at 25 feet in length it's able to navigate backcountry roads and congested city streets with ease. Even U-turns are possible.
Impressed? Then lets dig a little deeper into the world of go-anywhere fuel saving motorhomes. Get ready to drool over some of the sexiest designs in the RV industry.
I'm going to cover each manufacturer and give you the scoop on unique floorplans and features available with this impressive lineup of compact RVs.
But first I'll list a few similarities. Here are some optional features that are fairly common among Class C Sprinter motorhomes:
From here the options and designs run the gamut. Follow me for a peek through the windows for a better view.
Leisure Travel Vans produces two Class C Sprinter motorhomes. The Serenity and the Unity.
Great features that can be found on both models include:
The Serenity features an eye-catching molded fiberglass curved body. The aerodynamic body reduces wind noise and improves fuel economy. Its low profile makes parking in most garages easy.
Inside, choose between a rear corner bed or a dual purpose power sofa. The power sofa is outfitted in Ultra leather and adds additional living space during the day. When it's time to hit the hay, the sofa converts into a bed padded with comfortable memory foam.
An "L" shaped sofa dinette located in the mid-section features Ultra leather and converts into a bed for additional sleeping.
The Unity Sprinter motorhome is Leisure Travel Vans most popular model. It's available in 3 floorplans...
This non-slide floorplan features a walk-around island bed in the rear. The U24IB has a generous 60 cubic feet of exterior storage space and includes a pass-through exterior storage compartment. The front dinette converts into a bed.
The U24CB features a rear space-saving corner bed and a booth dinette slideout, both of which provide for a larger living area. The dinette can be swapped for a Flex-O-Bed (sofa that converts into a queen sized bed with air mattress) or a U-lounge. A euro recliner chair across from the dinette makes a comfy spot to kick back.
The star of the U24MB Sprinter motorhome is the unique queen-sized murphy bed (wall bed) located in the mid-section slideout. By hiding the bed in the wall you have a living room by day, and a bedroom by night. And since there's no bed in the rear, this space is devoted to a bathroom with a size that rivals those found on large Class A motorhomes.
The living area has two reclining "theater style" seats with a view out the window on the opposite wall. And when you tire of the view outside, a 26" LCD TV pop-ups from the counter. The recliners can be swapped for a U-shaped lounge if desired.
Winnebago offers two Class C Sprinter motorhome models, the View and View Profile. Features that stand out on both models include:
The View is available in 2 floorplans. Both include a front overhead bunk with ladder and privacy curtain.
The 24J View is designed with a rear full-time corner bed. A slideout houses the booth dinette. The booth dinette can be swapped for a sofa dinette that converts into a bed. And instead of a cabover bed, you can opt for a front entertainment center or storage cabinet.
The 24M View features a full wall slideout which houses a bench dinette and a Comfort Sofa Sleeper. The sofa sleeper folds out into a bed with an inflatable mattress. By omitting a fulltime bed there is plenty of room in the living area. The rear bathroom is quite spacious too. Other benefits are a larger wardrobe and larger galley area. A front cabover storage cabinet is optional.
The View Profile has a sleek low profile exterior and is available in one floorplan, the 24G. This Sprinter motorhome features a rear slide with a walk-around queen bed. The rear bedroom also includes a nice sized wardrobe. Another slideout houses the Comfort Sofa Sleeper with movable table. A 26" LCD TV mounted on a swiveling stand is situated opposite the sofa sleeper above the galley counter.
Fleetwood RV has four Class C Sprinter motorhome models. The Jamboree DSL and Tioga DSL (which vary only in branding) and the Jamboree Sport DSL and Tioga Ranger DSL (which again vary only in branding).
The Jamboree DSL/Tioga DSL come in 2 floorplans. The 24D floorplan features a fulltime corner bed in the rear (as shown below) and a slideout houses the booth dinette and refrigerator/pantry. The 24R arrangement has a rear slide with a fulltime walk around bed, in addition to a sofa dinette slide.
These Sprinter motorhomes are decked out with dual pane windows, a whole coach water filtration system, and a recessed 3-burner cooktop.
Both floorplans feature a cabover bed or the optional cabover entertainment center with 32" LCD TV and home theater. The cabover bed features a privacy curtain and sliding side windows. It's perfect for sleeping an extra guest or 2 little ones.
Other nice features that come standard include:
Fleetwood RV offers 2 floorplans for the Jamboree Sport DSL/Tioga Ranger DSL. The 24L has a rear gaucho sleeping sofa with table and a slideout housing another sofa. The rear gaucho can be swapped for a queen bed if desired. The 24R has a rear slideout with a fulltime walk around bed in addition to a sofa dinette slide.
Nice touches include:
Coach House offers the Platinum II with an impressive 8 floorplans, each available with or without a slideout. The company prides itself on its sleek one-piece fiberglass shell.
Nice features that come standard with this Sprinter motorhome include a tankless water heater, front privacy drape on overhead track, heavy-duty R-18 insulation, and a 26" flat-panel HD TV with DVD player. Optional features include:
Thor creates the Citation Sprinter and Siesta Sprinter motorhomes, which vary only in branding. There are 2 floorplans. The 24SA features a corner bed and booth dinette slide. The booth dinette can be swapped with either a hide-a-bed sofa and table, or a U-shape dinette. The 24SR has a rear bedroom slide featuring a walk around bed, in addition to a sofa dinette slide.
Nice features that come standard include:
Forest River builds the Solera and offers 2 floorplan choices. The 24MS layout features a murphy bed (wall bed) and the 24S has a corner bed.
The 24S also includes a flush floor dinette slideout and 67 cubic feet of exterior storage, pretty darn good for a Sprinter motorhome. The 24MS boosts a large living area with electric reclining theater seats. At the touch of a button a queen size Serta mattress drops from the wall, transforming the living room into a bedroom.
Nice standard features include:
There you have it, a great selection of compact fuel sipping Class C Sprinter motorhomes to whet your appetite. Now you'll just have to decide what your priorities are...
As you've seen, each manufacturer has a different approach to cramming the most livability into a limited amount of space. It's a balancing act when deciding how much storage, living, and sleeping space goes into a small motorhome. More living space usually means less storage space, and vice versa.
You may have to make a few compromises when going small, but with all the benefits like awesome mpg, superior maneuverability, excellent reliability, and the sexiest looks of any RV out there, the Sprinter motorhome truly has no competition.
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