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By keef & annie, Apr 25 2012 07:30PM

There are a bewildering set of types and names associated with Motorhomes / RV. We have trawled the internet and offer these types below. Clearly there will be more so feel free to add to the list via the comments below, thanks in advance for your help!


Motorhome: Always a coachbuilt and never a Campervan.


Panel van conversions: These motorhomes are based on a commercial metal-panelled van, sometimes known as Campervans.

Coachbuilts: Here, the manufacturer takes a chassis and cab from the commercial vehicle manufacturer, but fits their own (usually fibreglass) body to the rear.


'A' Class : A completely custom motorhome body (including cab) mounted on a chassis supplied by a truck manufacturer. Normally the most expensive motorhomes. A purpose built body with integrated cab provides the maximum spaciousness and usually includes beds which can be left permanently made up such as an over cab 'pull-down' double bed above the front seats.

'C' Class :A custom motorhome body mounted on a conventional chassis and cab supplied by a truck manufacturer, usually with a fixed in place bed or storage area over the cab, although this space can sometimes be to claustrophic for Adults as headroom is limited and may be more suitable for children. Also known as C-Class. The manufacturer uses the chassis & cab of the base vehicle and builds a new body onto the back of it, these make up the largest proportion of motorhomes at present although A Class ownership numbers are rising fast. The part of the body extending over the cab is known as the 'over-cab' or 'luton'. An alternative, called a 'low-profile' has a much smaller over-cab space that is used purely for cabinets & storage purposes

Campervan : A smaller motorhome with either a fixed roof (high-top) or an elevating roof (pop-top / high-top). Broken down as follows:- High Top The alternative motorhome, which takes the whole of a kombi base vehicle, kits it out with an assortment of necessary fixtures and fittings and then adds standing room via a high roof.

Elevating Roof: The elevating (or raised) roof motorhome also uses the equivalent kombi base vehicle to the "high top" and has a similar layout and equipment. The roof can be raised when on site to allow the use of the available standing room and then lowered for travelling and storage.

Demountable / Slide-on : A demountable motorhome shell, usually with wind-up or hydraulically operated legs, installed on a ute, truck, or flat-tray. A dual purpose motorhome, a standard 'pick-up' type vehicle with a specially made body that fits onto the pickup bed. These have the advantage that you can 'demount' the body at a campsite and then use the pickup for day trips etc.

5th Wheeler : An extension on the front of the motorhome section extends over the tow vehicle, and usually mounts onto a turntable, or "wheel" - hence the name "5th Wheeler"


RV (Recreational Vehicles): These are the huge American equivalents to their European cousins. Usually much larger in almost all dimensions. Some have accompanying popout/slideouts (Hydraulically operated sections of the motorhome that expand) which allow for increasing living space when the vehicle is on site / stopped.


I'm sure they are more! but those are the ones that immediately come to mind.


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A-class ? read our blog and find out, thanks
A-class ? read our blog and find out, thanks

By keef & annie, Apr 7 2012 08:13AM

Here are some examples of early motorhomes we like. Its interesting how man & womans' desire to get away from having to be under canvas has developed.


Love the progression from bikes to old van conversions, plus the upgrades to some of the more expensive variety of vehicle.


Do you have any old examples you would like to share. Then post your comments and links below, let us all have a look. Maybe here at Motorhome-travels we will choose the best / most amusing and give it an award.


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just love this airstream
just love this airstream
and this merc!
and this merc!

By keef & annie, Apr 5 2012 03:43PM

Whilst at the recent "small business sunday" #sbs awards event hosted by BBC's Dragons Den stalwart Theo Paphitis because Annie's biz had won back in June 2011 we came across Loving Outdoors who had also been commended by Theo plus tales of their interesting GUV van. Here's an extract from them


" Award winning online outdoor retailer Loving Outdoors are heading to the hills and beyond in their distinctive new motor home. Clad in Astroturf, ‘The GUV’ or ‘Grassed Up Van’ as fans have dubbed it, will take the Loving Outdoors team to outdoor events, festivals and popular walking routes across the country where they’ll be on hand with expert outdoor advice, drinks and snacks, fun activities and plenty of chat."


So why not find out more about it and where you can see it. Nice people *smile*


What do you think of it? as a concept? and as a talking point? Have your say here, just leave a coment to get the discussion flowing. I'm sure many folk will have views. We certainly lean towards the 'green' as they say.


PS We've included an alternative pic of a 'green' van , lol!


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Motorhome-travels RECOMMENDS Loving Outdoors


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the GUV
the GUV
seen in santa barbara
seen in santa barbara

By keef & annie, Apr 5 2012 09:07AM

We found this great set of people with a lovely history of the classic VW on Facebook.


Why not give them a look, and maybe even a like, if you are that way disposed.


Some brilliant pictures.


Quoting their synopsis "VW Samba: VW Bus history, stories, culture & evolution. Join us and celebrate the most iconic vehicles ever produced. " Have your say, were they? We like them a lot , they are classic to look at and whilst our motorhome is a VW autosleeper , which we love, we are just not sure that we could cope in an old classic on a long trip now that our hippie days are over *smile*


The VeeDub is a classic! FACT


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at the seaside
at the seaside

By keef & annie, Apr 2 2012 05:06PM

Have your say, what do you think? Is it a good or a bad idea?


Whilst we think it looks sleek and may be a clever idea we are just not sure it will be stable even with the rear steadies and hey its a bit too much 'stretch hummer' for the motorhome world for us but it may be perfect for others.


Thats the great thing about choosing a motorhome, don't you think, there are so many options and as we found after 2 years you finally get the right one for you.


Oh PS ... Its in the £55-57k price band!


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By keef & annie, Apr 1 2012 05:36PM

We met these lovely people at the #sbs small business sunday event in birmingham on 30/3/2012 run by Theo Paphitis (Dragons Den) and Rymans for Annie's small business Serendipity Girls Designer Dresses


Just love this vw conversion aptly named 'theo'


If you want to learn more about Harrogate Motorhomes please visit their website.


They are RECOMMENDED by motorhome-travels


Maybe have a look at theopaphitissbs.com as well to see what its all about!


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double vision - theo!
double vision - theo!

By keef & annie, Feb 24 2012 12:40PM

Even if these just need washing to freshen them up after a few years of travelling taking down your curtains in a VW motorhome and /or van can be a nightmare. Even delicate female fingers found this a challenge and as for my porkers well I wasn't even at the races.


We had had some advice from a guy who worked on upholstery for autosleepers for a long time and his advice was DON’T or be very very careful, the track holders are fiddly, small and inaccessible and each end has 2 minute fitted metal screws to hold the last one from either sliding off the rail or right across when you pull them.


So we approached our new VW Autosleeper Clubman Anniversary with some trepidation. He was almost right, DON’T but we had to as we are replacing the fabric covers in the van as well and need something to match. Sure enough one of the little metal ends fell on the green carpet at the front and was hell to find, we did eventually.


So getting them off was hard. Putting them back on eventually we guessed would be a breeze, nope almost impossible. I was hunting the internet to see if it was possible to find a replacement set of hook & eyes to make the job similar to hanging normal house hold curtains and low and behold l found VW curtains dot com, we have compared the two side by side and tried them out, perfect and although we haven’t made the new curtains yet or hung them in the van my guess is we won’t be calling up the divorce lawyers *smile*


We will let you know here via commentary how it went when they are finally up.


Does anyone else have any experience of this ‘problem’, if so we would love to hear from you. One of our aims of this website is to start meeting more people and sharing ideas for a better ‘motorhome’ life. i.e more time to enjoy the travel / place than concentrating on the motorhome, which of course is fun anyhow.


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replacing old with new on a vw anniversary clubman
replacing old with new on a vw anniversary clubman