It’s not always easy knowing how to choose the best motorhome. There are a wide range of different options available on the market, after all. To help you make the best decision, we’ve rounded up the different types of motorhome vehicle classes that are available in one easy guide, so you can identify the type that suits you and your needs the most.
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. Many come in at less than 6m (19’7”) in length, others at 6.36m.
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, these ’vans are regular low-profiles, but come with an A-class-style drop-down bed in the roof. This design has become ever-more popular in recent years.
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. With the additional sleeping berths, these are popular with families.
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.
Looking for more tips and advice to help you buy the right motorhome for you? Then be sure to head to our Back to Basics – Buying a van category, where you can find plenty of ideas that will help you buy the perfect ‘van for you!
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