While the global pandemic has gotten less severe, many people still don’t feel safe staying in unfamiliar hotels. Camper vans are perfect for this; in fact, some of these vehicles have living areas bigger than a cheap hotel room. One of the camper vans that gives you the best value is the Serenity from Leisure Travel Vans.
Even during normal times, having a functioning bathroom and kitchen inside your own “tent” is a great perk in the wilderness. However, if you’re new to the world of campers, it’s hard to know if you’re getting the best deal. Here’s why the Serenity was classified as the best Class B RV for your money by Outdoorsy.
Superior camper van construction
Most RVs have steel frames, but the Serenity camper features a fiberglass body. Since it weighs less than a metal RV, it’s more agile on the road. Fiberglass RVs also have a higher payload capacity and aren’t as vulnerable to corrosion.
The Serenity camper is built on the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Cab. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel capable of 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque plus a seven-speed transmission. While the Sprinter van hasn’t been professionally reviewed in recent years, earlier models received a lot of praise. The diesel engine will also get the best gas mileage, which is essential for a vehicle as large as a camper.
Luxe living quarters
The Serenity camper features two large living spaces: a kitchen and a bathroom. The kitchen has a functioning stovetop, refrigerator, sink, convection microwave, and even a pull-out pantry. It also has a built-in dining area so that riders can enjoy their meals in the comfort of the camper.
The dry bathroom comes with a china vanity and toilet, a stand-up shower, and a stainless steel sink. Dry baths are larger than the wet baths in most RVs, plus they make less excess water on the floor. The bathroom also has a roomy medicine cabinet and a vent to keep the area smelling clean.
The Serenity doesn’t have a dedicated bedroom, but a power sofa is available as optional equipment. This sofa can also fold out into a standard queen size bed complete with a memory foam mattress.
Everything inside the Serenity luxury camper van is built with premium materials. Even if you don’t opt for the sleeper sofa, the synthetic leather chairs are still very comfortable and supportive. The cabinets are all made from genuine wood, available in three different colors. The countertops are made with Corian solid surface material, which is more durable than granite.
The Serenity camper is kept cool in the summer months thanks to its standard fan and air conditioner. It also comes standard with a furnace, which is especially useful during chilly nights in the wilderness. An optional generator is also available in case of power outages due to severe weather.
Lots of standard entertainment
The Serenity camper comes with a 28-inch LED TV, a cable TV hookup, a pre-wired satellite dish, and a smart Blu-Ray player. A Bluetooth soundbar is also included for better audio. The van comes with a Wi-Fi extender along with multiple USB ports to charge your smart devices.
The Serenity also has the standard MBUX infotainment system in the cabin, complete with a 10-inch touchscreen. It has smartphone integration, navigation, and satellite radio. The Serenity is also loaded with a few key safety features, like adaptive headlights and active braking assist.
Luxury camper vans usually cost around $160,000 to over $170,000, so they’re definitely not cheap. However, if you’re a frequent traveler or want to live in your camper full-time, the Serenity may suit your needs nicely.