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Message posted by SGThomas on 04/10/2017 at 8:32am
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I was asked

"What is the difference between a campervan and a motorhome?"


For example in Ficklejade's post on the problems on Mull she says "There are relatively few motorhome owners on island, though a fair number have campervans"

Haven't been able to give a definite definition.

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Motorhomes are bigger. campervans are like VWs or similar? that's what I think anyway but may be wrong.

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Motorhomes are of a coach built construction with more facilities on board. A campervan is usualy a standard van size vehicle, converted to do some of the things a coach built will do, but not all.

Motorhomers also wave to other motorhomers when passing, campervaners don't.

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Hard to give a definitive answer, but I would guess at

Campervan - a panel van, with its interior converted/equipped for camping.

Motorhome - a vehicle with living accommodation constructed separately and mounted on a 'Chassis cab'.

There are others, such as A class which are built specially from the chassis up as motorhomes (or RVs).

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Motorhomes are very very expensive.
Campervans are just very expensive.

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This question has crossed my mind on several occassions but my views are that a campervan was defined in the early days as a van with windows and basic facilities installed such as a sink and cooker. As time progressed they designed a van which the total area was big enough to install all the facilities needed identical to that of a caravan so had to be built on the same lines of construction which they called coachbuilt. Because the new redesigned camper was more home from home status and built on a chassis complete with engine they decided to call it a motorhome.
The difference in my opinion is that a camper is a van with a steel shell and a motorhome is constructed from timber frames, aluminium and GRP and sealed to make it waterproof.

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Depends on who you talk to. Our club is called the Renault Trafic Motorhome Register but most of the vans are what are described above as campervans.

My van gets called either, if it has living accommodation and has a motor then it a motorhome as far as I'm concerned. Sometimes I call it a campervan though.

You could go on splitting hairs and separate Day vans, Hightop PVCs, Poptop PVCs, Luton coachbuilts, Lowline coachbuilts, Monocoques, A class's, Demountables, 5th wheels, RVs etc. etc...

But why bother?

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As already mentioned, camper vans are converted motorhomes are purpose built.. but in the eyes of the DVLA there all motor caravans

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If you look on manufacturer websites they are all motorhomes. Even small campervans are referred to as motorhomes. So call converted panelvans of any size campervans & coachbuilts motorhomes or all of them motorhomes as you wish. Or call them campingcars...

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Once had this discussion with a work colleague:
Her - we've got a campervan.
Me - oh, no toilet then?
She (affronted) - yes, we've got a toilet.
Me - we've got a Motorhome.
She - oh, they're enormous.
Me (affronted) - no, it's only 5.3 metres.
Turned out her campervan (van conversion) was over 6.0 metres. So we were both had misconceptions about each other's vehicle.
As Johnnie Boy says, we're all motor caravans.


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In my view it's mainly about size. If it fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, it's a campervan. If it doesn't, then it's probably a motorhome. If it has a toilet and/or shower I would call it a motorhome.

I doubt whether there is an official definition, so it's all a matter of opinion I suppose.

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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 04/10/2017
In my view it's mainly about size. If it fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, it's a campervan. If it doesn't, then it's probably a motorhome. If it has a toilet and/or shower I would call it a motorhome.


Mine fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, also has a toilet & shower.

So what would you call it?

Frank

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If it doesn’t leak it is a camper van

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Quote: Originally posted by boxerman on 04/10/2017
Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 04/10/2017
In my view it's mainly about size. If it fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, it's a campervan. If it doesn't, then it's probably a motorhome. If it has a toilet and/or shower I would call it a motorhome.


Mine fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, also has a toilet & shower.

So what would you call it?

Frank


Doesn't really matter what I would call it, it's how you think of it that's important.

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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 04/10/2017
In my view it's mainly about size. If it fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, it's a campervan. If it doesn't, then it's probably a motorhome. If it has a toilet and/or shower I would call it a motorhome.

I doubt whether there is an official definition, so it's all a matter of opinion I suppose.



According to my wife, size isn't everything

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Quote: Originally posted by SGThomas on 04/10/2017
Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 04/10/2017
In my view it's mainly about size. If it fits in a normal supermarket parking bay, it's a campervan. If it doesn't, then it's probably a motorhome. If it has a toilet and/or shower I would call it a motorhome.

I doubt whether there is an official definition, so it's all a matter of opinion I suppose.



According to my wife, size isn't everything



Your wife probably has a point!

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