Types of Motorhomes
When it comes to the purchase of a motorhome the instant and most common question is, ‘What type of Motorhome should I buy?’. With there being so many different types of motorhomes on the market we know how difficult it can be to take your pick and know which one would be more suitable for you. – Well below is a simple guide to all of the different types of motorhomes that you will come across:
Typically, A-Class motorhomes are considered to be at the very top of the motorhomes tree. These are the high-end, luxury vehicles that are on the extremely expensive scale. However, the number of more affordable options are growing and becoming increasingly available. Costs widely vary and the sky is the limit on what you could pay for a bespoke A-Class.
The Pros are that the interior is more spacious due to the improved cab integration into the rest of the motorhome; The cab is usually part of the accommodation and many have pull-down beds which offer more flexibility. Many are ‘flagship’ models, meaning they have spectacular furnishings and specification levels, also with improved insulation. Due to the size often being so big, most A-Class motorhomes have huge garages; some being large enough for a small car.
However, many cons come along with this prestige motorhome also. As these motorhomes are at the top end of the market, they often come with price tags to match! The fact that the windscreen is so large means that these are extremely expensive to repair if damaged in any way. These motorhomes tend to be very wide on the road and can weigh more than 3.5 tonnes, so a long test drive is recommended to make sure you are comfortable with the vehicle and some licence entitlements may not cover vehicles this heavy. – Check before buying! One last thing that may put you off of buying an A-Class is that some older versions only have a driver’s side door.
Sometimes known as a C-Class, these motorhomes seem to take up the bigger proportion of motorhomes on the market. The manufacturer used the chassis and cab of the base vehicle and builds a new body onto the back of it. These have an ‘over-head cab’ or ‘luton’ that extends over the cab, this is often a sleeping area, however adults may need to make sure that there is sufficient space as head room is often limited. An alternative is a ‘low-profile’ which has a much smaller over-head cab which you would only be able to use a storage area.
This is a dual-purpose motorhome and is considered the perfect compromise between an car and motorhome. A demountable motorhome is a specially made body that fits onto the pick-up bed of your standard pick-up truck/type vehicle. These have the advantage to ‘demount’ the body at a campsite and then use the pick-up vehicle as a regular car to use for daytrips.
There are three main types of van conversions; all however are conversions made from a standard panel van, the manufacturer fits the windows and interior.
Fixed rood – The body of the van itself has no alterations meaning that the low height of some base vehicles can often get under those annoying height barriers! However, unless you are very short, this may be a big disadvantage.
Elevating of rising roof – Aka: ‘pop-top. The van manufacturer cuts away the roof of the van and fits a roof section (usually made of fiberglass) that can be raised when the vehicle is stationary to increase head room. Typically, extra bunks are fitted in this rood section but usually only suitable for children. This type of motorhome has the advantages of fixed roof conversion yet giving you the option of both.
High top – This type of motorhome is similar to the elevating roof motorhome, except this high roof is a permanent fixture made by the manufacturer.
5 questions to ask yourself before choosing your Motorhome – 1st time buyers guide:
- Why do you want to buy a motorhome?
- What is it that you want to do?
- Where would you like to go?
- Is space important?
- Has it got enough seatbelts for all those travelling?