If you’ve settled on the decision to explore the open road with the freedom granted by travelling by campervan there are so many options available to you.
What are the different types of campervan or motorhome classes?
Campervans or motorhomes tend to fall under one of three categories: Class A, B or C. Whilst some people use the various terms for different recreational vehicles interchangeably, there are some key differences that determine their class and whether they are defined as a motorhome or campervan.
What is a Class A campervan?
Class A vehicles are not actually classified at campervans, but rather motorhomes. They are the most prestigious of the motorhome family and have been affectionately coined ‘King of the campground’. These vehicles typically ooze luxury, have plenty of space and are the largest of the motorhome range.
In Europe, Class A motorhomes are generally up to 25 feet in length but can reach up to as much as 40 feet, although those on the larger end of the scale are more typical in the USA. Due to their large size, Class A motorhomes have a wealth of amenities due to the luxury of extra space that isn’t afforded by other recreational vehicle classes.
All this extra space makes for incredibly comfortable living and is ideal for holidaying with large groups or families, with some sleeping up to eight people.
What is a Class B campervan?
Class B vehicles are the only true campervan and can include purpose built or van conversions. They are the smallest of the family of recreational vehicles and are highly popular with younger travels looking to experience ‘van life’. These vehicles have limited living space and operate more as a van with sleeping space than a home on wheels. Most include a small kitchen and dining space, a double or two single beds and limited storage. In some larger models or self-converted vans there may be a toilet or wet room facility, too.
Built on a van chassis, the Class B’s smaller stature makes them more nimble and easier to get around in, providing the flexibility to visit more remote destinations and away from the main tourist trails.
Being the smallest of three classes of vehicle, usually no longer than 25 feet, they are the most fuel efficient, cost less for maintenance and repairs and provide the most freedom for campsite selection and exploring.
What is a Class C campervan?
Class C are also motorhomes and not campervans. Unlike their gigantic cousins, they are more compact and offer slightly more limited levels of luxury but are still comfortable for travelling short or long term.
Class C motorhomes are more commonly purchased by those entering the recreational vehicle market and looking for plenty of comfort without the huge price tag of a Class A motorhome. They are the mid-size option between Class A and Class B vehicles, generally ranging between 20 – 33 feet in length, ensuring there is still plenty of space in the living quarters.
Classes A and C fall within the motorhome category, while Class B pertains to campervans.
When you’re trying to decide which class of recreational vehicle is most suitable for your travel plans, using the ‘try before you buy’ method might be the best option.