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Top Vans for Solo Senior Campers: Finding the Perfect Fit

This post was updated on January 8th, 2024

Exploring Comfort, Efficiency, and Accessibility in Mobile Living for the Independent Senior

Class B RVs, known more colloquially as camper vans, are perfect options for solo senior campers. They have plenty of space for one person while still being easy and fun to drive. But with so many options on the market, which do you pick?

Let’s take a look at the top vans for solo senior campers and what to consider when shopping. 

1.  Winnebago Travato – The Top-Selling Camper Van

The Winnebago Travato is North America’s top-selling camper van, and it’s an awesome choice for solo senior campers. The van is based on a Ram Promaster chassis and has everything senior campers need for amazing adventures. 

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The cozy corner bed is roomy and easy to get in and out of. Have a guest coming along? The Travato also includes an inflatable bed that’s supported by the cab seats. 

This van also features a wet bath (no need to use gyms to shower!) and a fully equipped kitchen. The interior of the Travato is also nice and spacious, with plenty of room to move around.

2. Pleasure-Way Ascent TS

As Pleasure-Way themselves put it:

“The Ascent TS is Proof that good things come in small packages.”

This compact little camper van is ideal for solo senior campers because it’s based on the small and easy-to-drive Mercedes Benz Sprinter and packs in tons of great features.

The interior is chic and cozy, with a rear lounge area that converts into a queen bed at the push of a button. No need to mess with annoying fold-outs or platform beds! The lounge area also features a TV, ottoman, and table so you can kick back and relax. 

Inside, the van has a fully equipped galley kitchen with an induction stove, microwave, and fridge. A space-saving pull-out pantry lets you store all the necessities without sacrificing space. 

Despite this van’s small size, it also still packs in a wet bath. That means you can have a bathroom all to yourself and shower in the privacy and comfort of your own home-on-wheels. 

3. Roadtrek Zion – For Solo Senior Campers Who Want Luxury

Looking for a luxurious van with tons of interior space? You’ll love the Roadtrek Zion.

The “open concept” layout of the Zion is ideal for solo senior campers. You’ll have plenty of space to move around, and the van even has space for things like e-bikes to help you stay active. 

In the van’s “daytime” layout, the rear of the van is a comfortable lounge with your choice of two sofas or a forward-facing power sofa and two chairs. When it’s time for bed, the lounge converts into a luxurious king bed. 

The van’s galley is fully equipped with a fridge, propane stove, microwave, and flip-up counter extension. It also has plenty of storage, including a slide-out pantry and a large pot drawer. 

4. Airstream Interstate 19

The Airstream Interstate 19 is the nation’s best-selling diesel camper van and for good reason. Solo senior campers will love the luxurious amenities and extensive safety features in this awesome van. 

The van is based on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis for an easy and fun drive. Whether you’re on city streets or a rural highway, the Interstate will get you there. Plus, it comes standard with awesome safety features you’d expect, like a backup camera. 

In the rear of the van, you’ll find a cozy lounge area with leather seating. An included TV lets you can catch up on all your favorite shows. When it’s time to get some shuteye, the lounge converts into a best-in-class 66” x 73” bed.

The galley comes equipped with a microwave, fridge/freezer, and a 2-burner cooktop. Also inside is a spacious wet bath. Plus, thanks to the efficient Truma furnace and water heater, you can enjoy unlimited hot water. 

5. Winnebago Roam – Perfect for Solo Senior Campers Who Have Mobility Issues

Do you use a wheelchair or other mobility device, but you still want to live the van life? Don’t worry: the Winnebago Roam has got you covered.

This awesome van is based on a Ram Promaster chassis, and it includes a remote-controlled wheelchair lift for easy access. The interior of the van is designed to be easily navigated and has tie-downs to secure your mobility device while in transit. 

The great features don’t end there, though. The Roam also features a spacious wet bath with shower and cassette toilet and a fully equipped, accessibility-friendly kitchen. Interior storage in the Roam is designed to be easy to access while seated, so you’ll have no trouble storing your things. 

A rear seating lounge converts into a bed for a comfortable night’s sleep. And if you have guests, the van also features an optional pop-top tent to provide extra sleeping space (perfect for grandkids!).

Factors To Consider When Choosing a Van for Solo Senior Camping

There are a few things to consider when shopping for a van as a solo senior camper. Let’s take a look at each. 

Comfort and Convenience

When you’re a senior camper traveling solo, you want a van that’s comfortable and convenient.

Look for vans with quality upholstery (real leather is a great sign) and spacious beds. Vans that have easy-to-convert or otherwise easily accessible beds are ideal. 

Many vans also have electronic controls for various things in the van to provide extra convenience. Convert beds, deploy the awning, and even control the lights, all at the push of a button. 

Safety Features

A van with plenty of safety features lets you relax and enjoy the ride without worrying about accidents. Back-up cameras, collision prevention systems, and other great features help you stay safe on the road. 

Mobility and Ease of Use

Different solo senior campers will have different mobility needs, and it’s essential to find a van that meets them.

Look for a van with a spacious floor plan so you can get around the van easier, without worrying about bumping into furniture. Other features that make the van more accessible and easy to use include power doors and steps as well as handrails. 

If you use a wheelchair or other mobility device, look for vans like the Winnebago Roam. These include wheelchair lifts and other accessibility features made with you in mind. 

A smaller van is also ideal for solo senior campers. This help ensures the van is easy and fun to drive. 

Camper Vans and Solo Senior Campers: A Match Made in Heaven

The right van has everything a solo senior camper could need. Enough space for your things and to move around a kitchen and bath, and a place to lay your head at night. With the right van, you’ll be able to live out your van life dreams!

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