What Types of Motorhomes are There? Which is the Best for Me?

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There is a wide variety of different types of motorhomes, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. Some of your requirements, such as size and layout, will refine the choice. They can look like tiny houses or mansions, have all the luxuries, and outshine even other larger RVs when it comes to square footage. Like everything in life, each class has its pros and cons, but here do not look for the definitive guide as such, but an idea that can help you clarify some doubts, if you have them.

Here we are going to explain you everything about motorhome/motorhouse:

What is a Motorhome?

According to current legislation –Directive 2001/116 / EC–, a motorhome is referred to as “any special vehicle of category M manufactured in such a way that it includes a living area with the minimum equipment to be habitable with a set of several seats and a table, beds that can be formed by converting the seats, a kitchen, and a closet. This equipment will be securely attached to the living area; although the table can be designed to be easily removed”. That is a house on a relatively small scale.

Taking as reference Annex II of the General Regulation of Vehicles of the General Directorate of Traffic (Definitions and categories of vehicles), a motorhome is defined as a “vehicle built for a special purpose, including housing, and containing, at least, the following equipment: seats and table, beds or bunks that can be converted into seats, kitchen and cupboards or similar. This equipment will be rigidly fixed to the living compartment. The seats and the table can be designed to be easily disassembled”.

What is the difference between a caravan and a motorhome?

caravan is essentially a trailer with four walls and a roof converted to accommodate a living space. A motorhome often called a motorhome or recreational vehicle (RV) across the pond, is traditionally considered a vehicle made up of a hybrid body between a van and a caravan, offering a living room, bedroom, and bathroom been built on the chassis of an existing vehicle.

Therefore, a motorhome provides both transport and accommodation, and they have a cabin that facilitates autonomy for its users by having all the essential spaces, services and technologies to carry out the activities of daily life, see a dining room-living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and, at least, a bedroom, in addition to what is the driver’s cabin and the engine and transmission compartment. Although it should be borne in mind that our legislation does not allow the loading of goods.

Types of Motorhomes

As per RCC Auto Transport , it can classify motorhomes into four classes:

nasturtiumprofiledintegral and camper. Of course, there are many more types depending on the layout of the interior areas, size, bodywork’s shape or if they have to be adapted for people with reduced mobility. The world of motorhomes is as extensive as that of passenger cars, where new segments appear every day that, in reality, are defined by different marketing strategies.

Regarding the technical data sheet, motorhomes weighing more than 3,500 kilos are considered such for all purposes, but it is essential to have a type C driving license to drive them. The dimensions vary between 5 and 7 meters in length, 2.15 and 2.25 m in width, and 2.80 and 3.15 m in height. On the other hand, the curb weight handles a fork of between 2,500 and 2,800 kg, never exceeding 3,500 kg to avoid having to resort to a truck driving license.

Nasturtium

The classics par excellence. They are those that have a dedicated space for a bed above the cabin. While headroom can be tight for adults and access stairs can be unsightly, this area also makes a great study and bedroom for kids. Unlike a low-profile roll-away bed, it leaves the living room area quiet; the bedroom’s situation on the cabin allows to have the bed fixed. They are usually ideal for comfortably travelling up to a maximum of seven people.

Profiled

Despite being remarkably similar to nasturtiums, there is a wardrobe instead of a bed above the cabin, making the set noticeably more aerodynamic thanks to a lower profile and condescending with the wind. That means they are also more comfortable to drive, faster and more efficient in the speed-fuel ratio. As a general rule, they are usually manufactured to accommodate two or four people who continuously make long trips.

Integral

It is a complete motorhome; it does not share any body panels with the base model. They are potentially better designed to be even better suited to their tasks with better-utilized space in a more aerodynamic package, but they are generally quite expensive. Today, they are about 2.2 meters wide and often have a double transverse “practicable” bed stored in the roof above the front seats. They also usually have three bunk beds, but there are models of up to six.

Camper

In 90% of cases, they take their base from an existing mid-size van, such as the Volkswagen Transporter, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, or the Ford Transit, which are called in their “camper” versions California, Marco Polo and Custom Nugget, respectively. The driving position is kept intact for the occasion, but the rear part is fully conditioned to condition it as a motorhome. It is ideal for two people, but it can also be adapted for four, depending on what you are willing to pay.

What is the best design for a motorhome?

Apart from the type and size of the motorhome that best suits your needs and your driving abilities, choosing the design is one of the most important decisions to be made. You should see it in the same way that you would when buying a house, that is, how much rest space do you need? What type of dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom best fits what is required?

The bunk beds are probably the deciding factor when deciding which one to choose. How many people will need to sleep in it? Our bed and mattress comfort of the utmost importance, or will the bed be made in scheduled rest areas? Also, remember that the length and width of the bed can be a compromise in some RVs, so bring a tape measure with you. Once that decision has been made, you can trace the layout of the rest of the motorhome.

When it comes to cooking, ask yourself what will you use on your vacation. Need that four-burner oven, grill, and hob? You will have more storage space if you decide to live without them. 

Also, consider how many people need to sit at the table at mealtimes. Some lounges (the smallest of European style) can accommodate three members comfortably, although four can sleep and travel without significant problems, but perhaps not so comfortable.

With restrooms, what are you most likely to use? Just a portable toilet for midnight emergencies, or are you going to need a full bathroom with a fixed toilet, sink, and separate shower? Most campsites have excellent facilities these days, so unless you plan to camp in true wilderness style, are you sure you need a full-equipped bathroom? Of course, it all depends on the fund of the portfolio, as each motorhome can be designed practically to individual taste.

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