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Choosing the perfect motorhome can be tricky. To aid your decision making process, here’s a brief overview of the six different types of motorhome available.
ER Elevating-roof van conversion
The smallest motorhome available, the ER is also the most car-like to drive. Space inside is at a premium, but an ER ’van will fit into a standard-sized parking space.
HT High-top van conversion
High tops tend to be slightly longer than their ER cousins, and offer more internal headroom – they’re an excellent compromise between size and comfort. Most come in at less than 6m (19’7”) in length.
LP Low-profile coachbuilt
The majority of ’vans are coachbuilts: a prefabricated caravan body is mounted onto a base vehicle. The LP version has a sleek front with no Luton, giving two fewer berths than an OC.
LP (RB) Low-profile roof-bed coachbuilt
Worth its own sub-class and all the rage for 2010, these ’vans are regular low-profiles, but come with an A-class-style drop-down bed in the roof.
OC Overcab coachbuilt
Also a coachbuilt ’van, the overcab differs from the low-profile in that it has protruding bodywork (‘the Luton’) above the cab area, which usually houses a double bed.
The height of motorhome luxury, A-classes are built from the chassis cowl upwards. All the space within the ’van is utilised for comfort. Most A-class ’vans have a drop-down bed, and cost significantly more than their coachbuilt cousins.