What types of motorhomes are there?

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A camper is a great solution for people who love traveling and independence. Campers are not only a fashion for cheap travel, they are also a lifestyle and a way to explore the world without having to worry about booking accommodation. However, in order to enjoy comfort and independence while traveling, you must properly adapt the camper to your needs. The long-standing fashion for traveling in a car that also serves as a place to sleep has made the offer of this type of vehicles quite wide. Many types of campers mean that everyone can adapt it to their needs. They can be both bought and rented at many points throughout Europe.

If you are considering renting a camper and are looking for a company that provides camper rentals in your area, check out our database of professional caravanning companies - camper rentals .

Usually, a camper looks a bit like the traditional van on which it is built (this applies to the chassis and the driver's cabin). Its interior is adapted to transport people and larger luggage, and also provides a place to sleep and prepare meals. Campers are most often equipped with a gas stove, a refrigerator, a washbasin, a bathroom with a shower, a chemical toilet and a living area (i.e. several sleeping places and a seating area). The permissible total weight of these vehicles usually does not exceed 3.5 tons, so you only need a category B driving license to drive them.

What types of campers are the most popular in Europe?


Types of campers - camper

More and more often, we can see smaller campers on the roads, which are based on a suitably adapted, mass-produced common bus, the so-called We can divide them into two types:

  • Mini campers produced on chassis of brands such as Renault Trafic, Volkswagen T5, T6, etc.
  • Campers produced on larger chassis such as Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Sprinter, Volkswagen LT, Crafter, etc.

The advantage of such vehicles, apart from lower fuel consumption and higher speeds, is the ability to enter places that are inaccessible due to the size of larger campers and the possibility of overnight parking in places where standard campers are prohibited. The downside is, unfortunately, less space for luggage, sleeping and resting. However, if there are only two of us traveling in such a vehicle, this should be enough.

In our database of campers for rent and purchase you will find CAMPERVAN campers

Campers with alcoves

Types of campers - alcove

Alcove campers are the most common on European roads. These are campers in which an additional sleeping place is located above the driver's cabin. In such a superstructure, or alcove, there are usually two sleeping places . Underneath the additional bedroom there is, of course, a living area with its basic equipment.

Campers with alcoves are very popular in rental companies because they can accommodate the most passengers. This type of camper can accommodate up to seven people. During the day and while traveling, the recess can be used as a place to store luggage or other items that make it difficult to move around the living room during the day.

A wide and comfortable bed allows you to relax, which is also important when traveling. These features make recesses have many supporters.

However, there are also those who complain about certain inconveniences associated with such a camper. The biggest disadvantages of using a camper in a recess include relatively high fuel consumption resulting from the lack of a streamlined body of the vehicle and the inconvenience of climbing into the bed using a ladder.

Semi-integrated campers

Semi-integrated campers

Caravans with a semi-integrated design are also available. These are vehicles in which the living area is partially integrated with the cabin. The cabin is mass-produced here, and the living area protrudes slightly beyond its outline.

There is no recess above the driver's cabin. It is a camper that has its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages are the small sleeping area and the lack of space above the driver's cabin that could be used as a place to store larger, although light, items. The small amount of space in the vehicle is compensated by the ability to drive faster and reduce fuel consumption thanks to aerodynamics. Semi-integrated campers are also slightly lower than alcoves, making it easier to travel under bridges and tunnels.

Semi-integrated motorhomes can be found on our motorhome finder.

Integrated campers

Integra campers

The most luxurious solution is integrated campers . Their structure is connected to the cabin, and the vehicle itself creates a uniform shape.

Their biggest advantage is the increased living space at the front of the vehicle and the same width along its entire length.

Many manufacturers of such campers produce products taking into account the individual preferences of customers. This is what Niesmann+Bischoff, known for its top-class campers, does. The most important advantage of integrated campers is maximum use of space and extraordinary comfort.

The disadvantages of this solution are the higher price than in the case of solutions in which the cabin comes from the base car and the higher curb weight, which also reduces the payload. Integrated vehicles are most often found as 4-person campers.

If you are wondering what type of camper will be right for you, in the article " Buying your first camper - a set of questions before purchasing " we have collected some questions that will help you make a decision.

Camping extensions for pick-up off-road vehicles

Possibility of pick-up from the campsite extension

For people who value off-road trips and in difficult conditions, the solution is ready-made structures for loading into the cargo space of pick-ups .

This solution allows you to sleep under a roof and use a small toilet and kitchenette. There are two types of such structures, foldable and rigid, which do not require any work before overnight stay.

American campers

American campers

Motorhomes manufactured in the USA constitute a separate class and type of camper. Like everything in America, they are huge and designed primarily to increase comfort and ease of use in every way.

Unfortunately, the conditions at most campsites in Europe do not even allow entry to their area, they are simply too small, so to travel around these villas on wheels, it is best to fly to America, rent a camper in the USA and see a slightly different continent.

CampRest rents campers in the USA and Canada, please visit USAkamperem.pl , where you can check the current prices of campers for rent in America .


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