What is the difference between a campervan and a motor home?

Motorhomes for hire

As simple as this may seem, there are many people who don’t understand the difference between a motorhome and a campervan. Sure, you can take both of them out on the road and you can enjoy your travel adventure on the road. However, if you plan to hire a camper or a motorhome, do you know what the difference is and what you are actually paying for?

Let us break down the differences for you below.

What is a campervan?

Wikipedia describes a campervan as a self-propelled vehicle that provides both transportation and accommodation. A campervan is usually quite compact and can sleep 2-3 people.

Most campervans will contain a sleeping area, kitchen facilities and do not contain bathroom facilities. They are often less luxurious than motorhomes.

What is a motorhome?

Wikipedia defines a motorhome as a self-propelled vehicle that offers living accommodation. These vehicles are more luxurious and contain bathroom facilities and are generally well-powered, so they can stay at non-powered campsites.

Motorhomes can sleep 2 to 8 people.

What are the main differences between a motorhome and a campervan?

  • Campervans are noticeably smaller than motorhomes.
  • Motorhomes are usually equipped with bathroom facilities such as toilets and a bathroom, whereas a campervan isn’t. (Or if it is, it is smaller)
  • Campervans are usually the size of regular vans and blend in well on the road. Motorhomes are easily noticeable.
  • Campervans are easier to drive compared to motorhomes.

For a more insightful understanding of campervans and motorhomes, you can check this resource which describes the different motorhome classes.