What is a Campervan or Camper van

What is a Campervan

What’s the difference between a motorhome and a campervan?

What is a campervan? A campervan (or camper van), sometimes referred to as a camper, or a caravanette, is a self-propelled vehicle that provides both transport and sleeping accommodation. The term mainly describes vans that have been fitted out for use as accommodation. Being smaller than motorhomes or RV`s they make it easyer to travel around in cities and towns.campervans

What’s the difference between a motorhome and a campervan?

Motorhome
A motor vehicle built on a truck or bus chassis and designed to serve as self-contained living quarters for recreational travel. 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).
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. There is generally no divide between the cab and the living quarters. Campervans usually have basic facilities for cooking, washing, and sleeping.
The camper van is sometimes considered to be a model of motorhome although it is typically smaller, less luxurious, and most often not equipped with a bathroom. Campervans are more similar to caravans than motorhomes because camper vans are typically simply a van with cooking and sleeping amenities. Usually, a camper van is a great deal smaller and more affordable than a motorhome and can be much easier to drive as well. Typically, a camper van only includes basic amenities such as a hob and a sink and may or may not be equipped with an oven. Sleeping arrangements are typically either a bed situated in the back of the van or fold-out sofa beds.

Bigger vans are converted too and are sometimes known as ‘panel van’ conversions. These offer more room so it’s easier to fit a useful sized washroom and a more impressive kitchen. They are big enough to offer standing headroom and some have a fitted double bed across the back of the van. It’s best to check the length of these transverse beds as they can be a bit tight for taller sleepers.

Campervan Features
Campervans may be equipped either with a “pop-up” roof which is raised during camping or a fixed roof, either shared with the commercial van that forms the basis of the vehicle (commonly a “high-top” model), or as part of a custom coachbuilt body.camper vans

Campervans usually have a small kitchen with a refrigerator (which is often powerable by a choice of gas, battery, or mains electricity) and a two-burner gas hob and grill. They generally have dual-voltage lighting which can work from either a dedicated battery (other than the van battery) known as a deep-cycle or leisure battery, or from AC power, supplied at a campsite via a hook-up cable. Larger models may include a water heater, space heating and air conditioning, a portable toilet and even an internal shower. Smaller models often carry a “porta-potty” portable toilet, and sometimes an external shower which operates within the privacy of an awning.

The term “Dormobile” is sometimes used generically in the United Kingdom thanks to a once highly popular conversion brand, and “Kombi” is used in Australia and other countries. The popularity of this type expanded in the 1950s after Volkswagen commissioned the Westfalia company to use the Kombi version of their Type 2 transporter as the basis for a campervan.

Off-road variations of campervans
Often called a 4WD camper or 4×4 camper, these vehicles are perfect for going off the beaten track and exploring unsealed roads. Some models include expandable tents mounted on the roof while others have pop-up roofs for additional sleeping space and storage.off road campers

Pop-up roof campervan variants share certain design elements with roof tents as sometimes fitted to more robust four wheel drive off-road vehicles intended for expeditions rather than relaxed camping. A compromise between these two worlds is sometimes reached by basing the conversion on an off-road vehicle. Sometimes the conversion is demountable from the back of a pick-up truck body.

Source – Wikipedia