There is great appeal in the idea of the freedom possible when touring in a motorhome. For those of us who have experienced touring with a car/caravan outfit, the benefits are evident.
Of course, there are drawbacks:
The king of motorhomes, often in excess of 3 tonnes, beloved of American campers. These vehicles are wide and long, usually well kitted out, and as comfortable as a full sized static holiday home and have all mod cons.
The biggest drawback is their size - there are not many pitches big enough on UK camp sites, and it is even more difficult to find a car park space in a town centre. That is why they are often seen with a trailer on the back carrying a small car or motorbike for shopping trips and other visits.
These are built on an existing vehicle chassis and cab. They can be spacious, offering more interior space and facilities than smaller conversions.
They are usually quite tall, with a sleeping space over the driver's cab. For that reason they can be a problem in some car parks.
Built by taking a commercial van and converting it to accommodate caravan type furnishings and seating. They often have a high roof added, or a pop-up or hinged raised part in the main body to make them high enough for a tall person to stand upright. The advantage of these smaller motorhomes is that they are easier to park, and may even fit in a normal home garage. They are a more practical option as a family's single car.
Basically this is a commercial pick-up truck with a shaped caravan 'pod' which is secured on the back. When not required as a motorhome, the pod can be removed and stored. It is even possible on campsites to set up the pod as a caravan, and use the pick-up to run around in.
This is a smaller conversion, using a car or small commercial truck. Being smaller and lower, they will usually have some form of elevating roof.
Their main advantage is that they are small enough, and economical enough to be a family car.
You might think that your expensive new motorhome will come ready to use. Well, you may be wrong! Here we suggest accessories you may need or want to buy before your motorised home is fully habitable on site.