With so many types of touring vehicle on the market, buying a motorhome or campervan can be confusing. There's plenty of new lingo to get to grips with, and it's important to go to your dealers armed with as much information as possible to ensure you come away with the best RV for you and your family.
We have listed below the most popular types of motorhome and campervan on the market, as well as each of their advantages and disadvantages.
A-class Motorhomes & American Style RV’s
Coachbuilt A-class motorhomes or American RV’s are generally the most luxurious, spacious (and therefore expensive) motorhome types. A-Class motorhomes can be big enough to fit integral garages, with room enough for a small car. A-Class Motorhomes have no separate cab, and the body including the driving area is coach built. These types of motorhomes, therefore, look similar in shape to a transit bus, with huge square front windows.
Many of the A-Class Motorhomes are custom built, allowing the owners to kit out their touring vehicles with a multitude of modern gadgets. Many of the latest models include full bathroom suites, multiple slideout gadgets including flatscreen tv’s, surrounds systems, dishwashers & ice machines.
The size and weight of these A-Class motorhomes mean that the owners are likely to need a special licence to drive them.
Although these motorhomes are at the top of the tree when it comes to luxury and installed kit, the sheer size of these motorhomes means that they are not ideal for many terrains and small British roads, and so the holiday destinations owners can drive to in these touring vehicles are somewhat limited. Owners of these vehicles will also need plenty of space for storing the motorhome when it’s not being used. The weight if these vehicles also mean that the fuel cost for moving these motorhomes does not come cheap.
Fixed roof campervans
Fixed roof campervans are usually the most basic campervan conversions. These vans tend to be regular vans with very little or no external modifications to the van chassis. These motorhomes will have no rising roof, and therefore no room for further extension.
These vans will be relatively inexpensive and provide a flexible and compact touring vehicle for their owner.
Because of their small size, fuel costs for these types and campervans will be relatively low, and as an owner, you won’t be restricted by destination because of the size of your camper.
Although not hugely spacious, clever design has allowed many owners to fit in basic kitchen facilities, and therefore these types of vans can provide just enough comfort for long weekends, short stop overs & festivals; where the owner is only planning on using the van for sleeping and basic food preparation.
High top campervans
High Top campervans are now one of the most popular campervan touring vehicles. These high roofs are either built in by the manufacturer or, the high top is fitted by the campervan convertor.
The high top camper allows for higher headroom and storage than its counterparts, and they are built with a full range of internal layouts. The space inside these campers allows the owners to choose which facilities to install, and many of these types of camper have enough room inside for well-equipped kitchens, toilet facilities, and one or two nonfixed beds.
Rising Roof Campervans
Rising roof campervans or elevating roof campervans are typically regular van conversions with flat or slanted roofs that can be erected when the van is parked up or stationary. The small size of this camper means the fuels costs are fairly low, and the van can be driven on most terrains. The extra room provided by the rising roof creates extra space for extra beds or more storage. As the sides of the rising roof are made of canvas, heat can escape through the sides when it is erected, however with short-stay trips, and enough bedding and blankets this shouldn’t cause any discomfort for the owner.
Overcab motorhomes are typified by having coach built body’s and retaining the base van’s front cab. They also will generally contain an extra section (called a “Luton”) over the top of the cab containing a bed, or sometimes extra storage space.
Manufacturers and Types of over cab motorhomes include Auto-sleepers, Auto-trail & The Swift Group.
These motorhomes are big enough to fit a good range of kitchen facilities, beds, a toilet & shower as well as plenty of storage. The higher end models will be kitted out with modern gadgets and technology as well as a greater range of kitchen gadgets.
These types of motorhome are great touring vehicles for longer holidays with family and friends and are usually comfortable enough to drive for long periods of time.
JC leisure stock a huge range of over cab motorhomes in our Sussex dealership.
Micromotorhomes are often based on small vans, cars or people carriers. These small touring vehicles are great for short holidays and trips for one or two people and certainly provide an economical vehicle to tour in.
These motorhomes usually have enough room for one or two beds, basic cooking facilities. JC Leisure stock a range of micro motorhomes at our Sussex dealership.