One of the best things about owning a camper van is being able to go just about anywhere, in all weather conditions, and your options for where to camp are almost endless.
These days, many camper vans come with extendable awnings, making it easier to spend time outside when it’s raining or if the sun is too intense.
We’ve found 7 great camper vans with awnings that you should know about:
1. Airstream Interstate 24GL
Airstream Class B camper vans have become really popular in recent years due to their elegant design and clever features.
The Interstate 24GL is a luxury camper van built on a powerful Mercedes 3500 diesel chassis. This van seats up to 9 people and can sleep up to 4 with the option of an extra bed that fits over the front seats.
The Interstate has a really cool awning that extends via the vehicle’s Multiplex control panel, meaning you won’t have to fuss with rods and tie-downs. Best of all, the awning has sturdy stabilizing bars that allow it to withstand high winds without becoming damaged.
Other features of the Airstream Interstate include Ultraleather seats, a kitchen with Corianders countertops, 2 widescreen TVs, and a good-sized bathroom.
2. Winnebago Revel
Next on our list is the Winnebago Revel, which has quickly become one of the most popular Class B motorhomes on the market.
The Revel is a powerful 4×4 camper van, built on a Mercedes Benz chassis, and has been designed with adventure in mind.
The Revel features a small kitchen, wet bath/gear closet, and a power lift bed. Adventure-bound couples love the huge storage under the bed, which is big enough to fit bikes, skis, and whatever else might be needed to explore the great outdoors.
The Revel is perfect for relaxing after a hard day on the trail. The powered awning creates valuable extra living space at the touch of a button and features cool LED lighting.
3. Coachmen Galleria
The Coachmen Galleria is another Class B camper van that adds a touch of luxury to any excursion.
Built on an extended Mercedes Sprinter chassis with a BlueTech turbo-diesel engine, the Galleria is spacious and powerful.
Although the Galleria only sleeps 2, there is plenty of room to stretch out, and the central kitchen allows for plenty of seating.
Features like the Truma Combi furnace/hot water heater and a memory foam powered sofa mean you’ll always be cozy and comfortable in this van.
The galleria comes with a huge 13′ motorized awning that will keep the sun at bay and your outside camp dry in the rain. A really cool feature of the awning is that it will automatically retract when it senses over 15 mph wind speeds.
4. Pleasure-Way Ontour 2.0
The Pleasure-Way Ontour 2.0 is another camper van designed to provide a luxurious experience while traveling off-grid.
The Ontour 2.0 is built on a Ford Transit 2500 chassis and is one of the more fuel-efficient vans on our list, thanks to its 3.5L EcoBoost engine.
The interior is elegantly crafted and features everything you would expect from this highly regarded company, including a bathroom, a queen-size power sofa, and a kitchen with a fridge/freezer and microwave.
The exterior features make this an excellent van for camping just about anywhere. The awning is motorized and has LED lights, and there’s also an outside shower.
200Ahs of lithium batteries power everything via the 2,000 Watt inverter. Add in 200 Watts of solar capacity, and this is truly an off-grid machine.
5. Roadtrek Zion
The Roadtrek Zion is built on the rugged and dependable Ram ProMaster chassis, which means that it is significantly wider than some of the other camper vans on our list.
The Zion has been designed with indoor/outdoor living in mind and comes with a large retractable power awning that makes creating shade as easy as pushing a button.
Another standard feature of the Zion is a heavy-duty magnetic bug screen that mounts onto the sliding door.
The Zion is famous for its one and spacious floorplan that allows for plenty of gear to be stored in the center aisle. There’s a permanent bathroom, a good-sized kitchen with a huge fridge, and a super comfortable bed at the rear.
Keeping cool in this camper van won’t be a problem – there’s an 11,000 BTU roof mount air conditioner – and a whopping 330 Watts of solar makes for a camper van that can go off-grid for long stretches.
6. Embassy Traveler
The Embassy traveler is designed to be the ultimate Class B camper van.
This thoughtfully designed van has an open concept interior design that places all of the seating and sleeping areas at the front of the vehicle and the bathroom and storage at the rear.
The powered sofa bed converts at the flip of a switch, making it easy to transition from daytime to night use. With a large 12V fridge and 32″ ceiling-mounted hide-away HDTV, the Embassy Traveler recreates all the comforts of home.
The Embassy has the option of a large 8′ motorized awning that uses wind sensor technology to retract automatically during adverse weather conditions. Perhaps the best option, though, is a huge porch with a tent enclosure that can fit at the rear of the vehicle.
7. Leisure Travel Unity
The final entry on our list of camper vans with awnings is a few feet longer than the rest, and this extra length means that this camper van is on a different level in terms of comfort.
The Unity comes with the option of several different floorplans, including one that features a queen-size Murphy bed and another with a walk-through bathroom.
A couple of floorplans even offer slide-outs for extra living space.
The Unity comes with all the features you’d expect from a luxurious Class B camper, including a huge dry bathroom, abundant storage, ducted air conditioning, and a massive fridge/freezer.
The materials used for cabinetry and trim are of high quality, and the lighting is tasteful and well placed.
Unity is a fantastic camper van for actually camping, too! As well as the large motorized awning with LED lighting, there’s an extendable outdoor table and a quick-connect hookup for a bbq grill.
Unity is a great option for couples or families who want to travel in luxury and enjoy the outdoors.
Morten is the founder of GoDownsize. He has filmed and interviewed people living in tiny houses and RVs since 2011. He grew up on the coast where his dad took him boating from a young age. He has completely rebuilt two RVs in which he travels with his family for months at the time. Read more about Morten here.