If you’re looking to buy a motorhome, it pays to do your research and seek out the best motorhome manufacturers. A new motorhome is a significant purchase. Fortunately, there is plenty of choice and many excellent motorhome brands out there, so have a look online, go to a show see the products and meet the motorhome manufacturers in person. Here’s our round up of the some of the biggest brands – whether you’re looking for a A-class Hymer motorhome, a continental Chausson or a smart Adria we’ve got the contacts you need.

If you find the sheer number of motorhomes out there bewildering, fortunately help is at hand. There are UK shows you can visit where you can see a wide variety of motorhome from many of the manufacturers covered here, and all in one place. The two biggest happen at Birmingham’s NEC, with the larger show in October when the season’s new models are launched, and a smaller one in February. Two shows at Glasgow’s SECC take place around the same time for those north of the border. There is also a smaller show at EventCity in Manchester in January.

20 best motorhome manufacturers

ADRIA

Drury Drive, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 1WH 01787 888980
www.adria.co.uk
One of Europe’s largest motorhome manufacturers, this Slovenian company produces everything from space-conscious van conversions to top-of-the-range A-classes. Now part of the Trigano Group.

AUTO-SLEEPERS

Orchard Works, Willersey,nr Broadway, Worcestershire  01386 853338
www.auto-sleepers.com
A long-standing and well regarded British brand that mainly focuses on van conversions but also makes Peugeot- and Mercedes-based low profiles. Sister company to Marquis Leisure, now also owned by Trigano.

AUTO-TRAIL

Trigano House, Genesis Way, Europarc, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN37 9TU 01472 571000
www.auto-trail.co.uk
A popular British brand producing van conversions, low profiles and overcabs under the Auto-Trail and Tribute names. Ultimately owned by Trigano. Look out for the Auto-Trail umbrella included in many models!

BAILEY

South Liberty Lane, Bristol BS3 2SS 0117 966 5967
www.baileyofbristol.co.uk
One of Britain’s biggest caravan manufacturers, Bailey only started producing motorhomes ten years ago, but already has three ranges of low profile vans.

BENIMAR

Willersey,nr Broadway, Worcestershire  0800 026 7777
www.marquisleisure.com
This Spanish brand has been reintroduced to the UK exclusively by fellow Trigano subsidiary Marquis Leisure. It currently comprises three ranges – the Fiat-based Mileo and Primero ranges, and the Ford-based Tessoro.

BURSTNER

Weststrasse 33, D-77694, Kehl/Rhein, Germany 00 49 7851 850
www.buerstner.com
A longstanding German brand, now part of the Erwin Hymer Group, Burstner produces the full range of van conversions, low-profiles. A-classes and huge overcabs.

CARTHAGO

Cathago Ring 1, D-88326 Aulendorf, Germany 00 49 07525 9200 0
www.carthago.com/en
Upmarket Carthago is one of the few German motorhome brands that is still privately owned. It produces well-built low-profiles and A-classes, while its more budget sister brand Malibu also does van conversions.

CHAUSSON

CS 69003 07302 Tournon sur Rhone, France 00 33 04 75 07 55 00
www.chausson-motorhomes.com
French brand Chausson celebrates its 40th anniversary this season. It is one of the best selling continental brands in the UK, with a range of highly innovative low-profiles. Part of the Trigano Group.

DETHLEFFS

Arist-Dethleffs Strasse 12, D-88316, Isny im Allgau, Germany 00 49 07562 9870
www.dethleffs.co.uk
Dethleffs is one of the Erwin Hymer Group’s more upmarket brands, producing everything from compact low-profiles to huge overcabs with a strong focus on innovation.

ERWIN HYMER UK

Delves Lane, Consett, County Durham DH8 7PE 0371 964 2113
www.elddis.co.uk
Erwin Hymer bought Elddis, one of the UK’s biggest brands, two years ago – about the same time that Elddis itself had resurrected the Compass brand in motorhomes. Since then it has moved into highly innovative van conversions too.

FRANKIA

Bernecker Strasse 12, D-95509 Marktschorgast, Germany 00 49 09227 7380
www.frankia.com/en
Owned by Pilote, Frankia produces uber-luxurious A-classes and low-profiles including the popular Plus models, with beds that drop down over the cab. You can choose between Fiat- and Mercedes-based models.

HOBBY

Green Meadows, Bradshaw Lane, Greenhalgh, nr Preston, Lancashire PR45 3HQ 01772 737273
www.hobby-motorhomes.co.uk
German brand Hobby, the largest caravan manufacturer in Europe, also produces every type of motorhome except for A-classes. It has a particular focus on family vans.

HYMER

Holzstrasse 19, D-88339 Bad Waldsee, Germany
www.hymer.com
The flagship brand of the Erwin Hymer Group, Hymer produces luxurious A-classes and low-profiles with a distinctive exterior profile, as well as Fiat Ducato van conversions. It has just started building its own chassis too.

KNAUS

Helmut-Knaus-Strasse 1, D-94118, Jandelsbrunn, Germany
www.knaus.com
Part of the huge Knaus Tabbert Group, Knaus motorhomes have a relatively low profile in the UK but are expanding rapidly.

LAIKA

Via Certaldese 41A, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, 50026 Firenze, Italy 00 39 055 80581
www.laika.it/en
A motorhome brand named after the dog that went into space? Why not? Tuscan brand Laika, part of the Erwin Hymer Group, produces A-classes and low-profiles with typical Italian flair and great attention to detail.

MOBILVETTA

Willersey,nr Broadway, Worcestershire  0800 026 7777
www.marquisleisure.com
Like Spanish brand Benimar, Italian brand Mobilvetta has been reintroduced into the UK exclusively by fellow Trigano subsidiary Marquis Leisure. Its K Yacht Tekno Line range of A-classes has a distinctly nautical feel.

PILOTE

Route du Demi Boeuf, 4310 La Limouziniere, France 00 33 02 40 32 16 00
www.pilote-motorhome.uk
French brand Pilote produces A-classes and low-profiles with a wide range of spec levels. It also produces the Le Voyageur range of top-class liner motorhomes.

RAPIDO

414 rue des Perrouins, CS 20019 53101 Mayenne, France 00 33 02 43 30 10 70
www.rapido-motorhome.co.uk
Rapido produces the full range of motorhomes under its own name, as well as more budget priced Itineo A-classes and low-profiles, and highly innovative camper vans which in the UK are branded Dreamer.

ROLLER-TEAM

Trigano House, Genesis Way, Europarc, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire DN37 9TU 01472 571000
www.rollerteammotorhomes.co.uk
Distributed in the UK by fellow Trigano Group subsidiary Auto-Trail, Roller-Team is an Italian motorhome manufacturer with a strong focus on family vans. It is also the only A-class producer to include UK-oriented cab doors.

SWIFT

Dunswell Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 4JX 01482 875740
www.swiftgroup.co.uk
Britain’s largest leisure vehicle manufacturer has been producing motorhomes since 1985. Perhaps best known for its family-oriented Kon-tiki range, it is an almost entirely Fiat-based manufacturer.

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