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What’s The Difference Between a Motorhome and a Campervan?.

Campers, Motorhomes and Caravans

Image: Apollo Euro Deluxe

Image: Apollo Euro Deluxe

 

To those outside the self-drive holiday industry, terms describing rental vehicles can be confusing. Words such as camper, motorhome, campervan, RV (recreational vehicle) and caravan can all be used to describe different vehicle types available for hire.

 

So, what is the difference between a motorhome and campervan, or an RV versus a caravan? We have compiled the list below to help you understand the various terms:

 

 

RV (Recreational Vehicle)

 

RV is an umbrella term popular in North America used to describe motorised vehicles used for camping. RV can be used to refer to both motorhomes and campervans.

 

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Image: CanaDream Motorhome

Image: CanaDream Motorhome

 

 

Camper

 

Another generic term for a motorised vehicle. See definition of RV above.

 

 

Motorhome

 

Motorhomes are larger 2 to 6 berth vehicles, generally built on a long-wheel base. Motorhomes usually include kitchen and bathroom facilities, as well as other features typically found in a home (e.g. television, DVD player, air conditioning).

 

The Apollo Euro Deluxe is an example of a motorhome.

 

Image: Apollo Euro Deluxe

Image: Apollo Euro Deluxe

 

 

Campervan


The term campervan usually refers to a smaller 2 to 3 berth vehicle. While many campervans include bathrooms and kitchens, they are typically more compact than the average motorhome.

 

The Apollo Hitop is an example of a campervan.

 

Image: Apollo Hitop Camper

Image: Apollo Hitop Camper

 

Caravan

 

A caravan (also known as a trailer or mobile home) is generally an unpowered vehicle, pulled by a powered vehicle.

 

Apollo doesn't currently rent Caravans, but they can be purchased from Apollo dealerships. The Windsor Genesis 220MD is an example of a caravan. 

 

Image: Windsor Genesis 220 MD

Image: Windsor Genesis 220 MD

 

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