Different types of motorhomes

If you want to buy or rent a motorhome, it is good to know the different types of motorhomes that exist and the differences between them. Each motorhome has advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we give you an overview of the different types of motorhomes there are.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of motorhomes? What kind of fuel would you like to have in your motorhome, or should it be all-electric? It all varies from person to person, of course. What do you plan to do with your motorhome, are you going to live in it, or do you want to make an occasional trip? How far do you want to travel and of course how much money do you want to spend on it? These are all questions you need to think about before choosing one specific type of motorhome.

In this article, we will look at the different types of morothomes models and the small details that count so you can buy an RV or rent a campervan according to your preferences and lifestyle. 

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Campervan

A camper van is a van or an old VW van as we know it and then converted into a camper. You can see many people driving around with these camper vans these days and also people living in these camper vans. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Easy to travel withNot suitable for more than two people 
Easy to parkCan get cold in the winter
Cheaper insurance than larger motorhomes

Alcove Campervan

When you go on a summer holiday, you can’t miss the alcove motorhome on the motorway. The alcove campervan is easily recognisable by the funny little roof on the front of the camper. This roof may look odd, but it makes for a very nice extra sleeping space. The disadvantage of the crazy shape is that it will cost extra fuel as the motorhome is slightly less aerodynamic. Most alcove motorhomes do allow for six people to sleep and have a comfortable experience. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Spacious and comfortableIt will cost extra money for fuel
Lots of berths ideal for familiesLarge so more difficult to park
Built-in kitchen
Lots of cargo space

Semi integrated motorhome

The semi-integrated motorhome or sometimes also called the half-integrated motorhome is a spacious, comfortable motorhome that is easy to drive. The fact that the semi-integrated motorhome does not have a nose like an alcove means that gravity is pulled down more, making it more comparable to a normal car. But because of this, there is also a difference in the number of people who can sleep in the semi-integrate. Where in the alcove there is room for 6, in the semi-integral there is room for 2-4 and sometimes 5 people. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
SpaciousUsually only one real bed
Ideal for couples and familiesModerately insulated cabin
Less fuel consumption

Full-size motorhome

The full-size motorhome is a sublime campervan to travel in. It has a luxurious and spacious design which makes staying in the full-size motorhome a pleasure. The half-integrated is also half the price compared to the full-size motorhome. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Great sense of spacePricey
Well insulated Difficult to maintain

Liner 

We have arrived at the most luxurious motorhome there is: the Liner. A liner is built on a truck chassis and is BIG! To drive a liner you often need an extra driving licence and you can use your B licence. You can choose to live minimalist or you can buy a liner and live extravaganza. 

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Difficult to beat in comfortExpensive
Lots of space Extra driving licence
Huge storage space Awkwardly large 
Uses a lot of fuel

Car with roof tent

A car with a rooftop tent may not be a motorhome, but it is becoming more and more popular and might be something for you. It is quite simple: you put a big suitcase like box on top of your car and when you unfold it, you have a tent. This tent comes in many different forms and for more tips about the different roof tents, you can click here.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
It’s a lot cheaper than motorhomes and caravans.It’s not a one-size-fits-all. There are many cars where the rooftop tent fits, but not every car.
Putting up the tent is very easy and takes from 60 seconds – 4 minutesThere is less space to carry your things
You can have a nice view; some roof tents even have a panoramic viewYou have no kitchen, shower or toilet
You don’t sleep on the ground so you don’t get moisture and insects from the groundA rooftop tent is not the same price as a round tent, it is more expensive (1000-10,000 euros)
Roof Tent

Trailer

As the car with a roof tent, a trailer is not a campervan but it is worth mentioning. The big difference between a camper and a trailer is that you need to tow the trailer behind your car. There is one big advantage of a trailer compared to a campervan and that is that you can keep your great spot on a campsite while you leave to explore in your car.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
A caravan can stay on the campsiteTow bar is required
Much cheaper than a campervanCan’t drive on slopes that are too steep
You don’t pay road tax for the caravanMaximum speed is lower because of the trailer

Fuel

Fuel is a subject that comes up a lot lately. As you might have guessed, many motorhomes run on diesel. Diesel is not the most popular fuel these days, but it is more economical than petrol and has more pulling power than LPG. LPG often has lower emissions, but you can drive longer on a petrol tank. So for cars and camper vans, it is certainly possible to drive on LPG or petrol, but for motorhomes, it will usually be diesel. 

Electric driving is becoming more and more available. There are now also semi-integrated motorhomes that run on electricity. The price of these vehicles is still considerably higher, but over the years we expect it to become more accessible.  

What will you choose?

It is all about what you want. If you have a large family with four children, it might be wise to look for a larger option like the alcove motorhome. If you don’t need a lot of space for luggage and you’re only going on a trip with one person. It all depends on what your needs are and what your budget is.

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Sabrina Riechers

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