Types of Motorhomes

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types of motorhomes

Motorhomes are a great way to travel and explore new places. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours – even some really cool designs!

If you’re thinking about getting one you should first consider the different types of motorhomes available.

Motorhomes – Coachbuilt

  • Over-cab
  • Low Profile
  • A-Class

What Does Coachbuilt Mean?

Coachbuilt is a purpose-built motorhome, whereby a whole new body has been made to build onto a chassis.
It would be typical for a motorhome manufacturer to purchase a chassis and then build the motorhome living area onto the chassis.

There are three different types you may choose from – Over-cab, Low Profile and A-Class.

These different types of ‘Coachbuilt’ motorhomes are the ones that you mostly see being enjoyed in the UK or Europe.

Over-Cab

  • Can be otherwise known as a ‘Luton.’
  • Can be available in 2 to 6 berth models- a good option for families.
  • The over-cab section is used as a sleeping area and can be very spacious.
  • Over-cab can be used for daytime storage too.
  • The living area has extra space, better layout.
  • Kitted out with a small bathroom or toilet compartment.
  • Larger and heavier than a Low Profile.
  • Potentially more challenging to drive and manoeuvre than a Low Profile.
  • The engine needs to be powerful to enjoy a pleasant drive.

Low Profile

  • The motorhome body has a low profile, meaning it’s not much higher than the cab area.
  • Type of motorhome more suited for 2 people to live and sleep in.
  • The over-cab area is usually a storage area or a small area to sleep in (not double).
  • The over-cab is small and limited by space in comparison to the ‘over-cab’ version.
  • It’s smaller and lighter.
  • Road handling and fuel economy is better than the ‘over-cab’ version.
  • There is a version with an elevating roof section on the continent, which is a great option to squeeze under some restricted areas!

A-Class

  • The luxury end of the market and suited for long-distance touring.
  • The manufacturer builds the motorhome into the chassis.
  • Much more space and comfort.
  • Typically have swivelling driving and passenger front seats to form part of the lounge area.
  • Greater vision when driving than Over-cab or Low Profile.
  • Usually a ‘dropdown’ style bed for the ‘over driving’ area.

Motorhomes – Conversions

  • High Top
  • Fixed Roof
  • Elevating Roof (campervans)

Converted motorhomes are usually adapted from small or larger panel vans.

What does conversion mean? Simply that, a van has had modifications and builds with its existing body.

There are three different types to choose from High Top, Fixed Roof and Elevating Roof (campervans).

High Top

  • The most luxurious of the conversion options.
  • The rooftop height is permanent.
  • Generally, the high top gives you 2 metres to stand up in.
  • They sometimes have fitted shower or toilet areas.
  • The roof has better insulation than other converted types.

Fixed Roof

  • Ideal starter motorhome for first-timers.
  • The lower roof is better for storage, maybe in your garage.
  • Probably only available as a 2 berth.
  • Restricted standing room.
  • Little in the way of facilities, i.e. – a washroom
  • Insulation is not generally as good.

Elevating Roof – Campervans

  • Usually, a commercial (light) van that has been converted.
  • Seating, cooking, eating and sleeping facilities have been added.
  • Wide range of Campers available from £3000 up to £100,000.
  • Much smaller, therefore; effortless and light to drive and park up, compared to other conversions (and Coachbuilt).
  • The living area is restricted in campervans, but the pop-up or ‘elevating roof’ helps create more space and extra bunks to sleep in!

RVs

  • Coachbuilt or A-Class
  • Motorhomes – Coachbuilt

Lastly, a quick mention of RVs – Recreational Vehicles, mainly manufactured in the USA for the USA!
It is possible they can be either coachbuilt and A-Class, but the most obvious thing here is they are rather large.

  • Best suited for the USA, keeping in mind everything from the roads, parking and camper sites are so much bigger.
  • Exceptionally well-equipped interiors and big on comfort.
  • Many have extended sliding mechanisms for even more space!
  • Difficult to manoeuvre and park up in the UK.

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