New to Motorhomes? Here’s a Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to the world of motorhomes! For many people, they simply cannot live without this one vehicle. It’s their “home away from home.” For others, it’s a vehicle that gives them shelter and comfort for months on end throughout the year. No matter what you desire in a motorhome, there are models available that will suit your purposes. Here is some information about the types and styles of motorhomes to give a motorhome beginner an overall view of one of the world’s most popular past times!

The Different Classes of Motorhomes

There are several different classes of motorhomes, with the main differences in size. It’s important that you get the best-sized motorhome to fit your needs. What looks fantastic in the showroom may not be the best vehicle for your lifestyle. Here are some of the most popular classes:

  • o Micro: As the name implies, this is the smallest motorhome. Using a small van chassis, there is usually a bed, a refrigerator, water, and possibly a toilet or washroom. Despite the small size, it can be quite comfortable for two people and there are some that will take on an annexe to add more room. 
  • o Van Conversion: These motorhomes take on a look all their own. Manufacturers add windows, high roofs, additional seating, washing and cooking facilities, and end up with a vehicle that has a lot more space than a micro. There are usually quite a few popular features and equipment, as well as adequate storage. 
  • o Compact: This is the latest class of motorhomes, and sales show that this is a very popular vehicle, indeed. In most cases, they are less than 6 metres in length. Inside you’ll find the layouts and facilities that were once only found in the larger coachbuilt models. With a significantly lower price tag than an “A” class motorhome, many families turn to the compact models for the space, comfort, and style. 
  • o Coachbuilt: This class of motorhome has the ceiling, floor, and walls built upon a chassis cab. Most of the chassis today are Ford, Iveco, VW, Renault, and Fiat. There is a bed over the cab area, which in turn leads to the term “overcabs.” With a spacious interior and tons of features, these motorhomes are ready to hit the road for the long haul. 
  • o Low Profile: This is built the same the same as a Coachbuilt, but there is one difference. There is no overcab bed. It has has a lower roof than a Coachbuilt and the bed is usually fixed and lower. 
  • o “A” Class: This is the king of the road when it comes to motorhomes. Usually a custom order, these impressive travel vehicles can be fitted with every possible amenity. Some of these features include extra large lounges, storage areas, full washrooms, and very stylish exteriors. These are the most expensive motorhomes you can buy. 

While this is not a completely comprehensive list of motorhome classes, it does touch on the most common. Each has its own advantages and will suit a particular lifestyle. Now that you, as a motorhome beginner, know about these classes, it will narrow down your search requirements when you choose the right one for you and your family.

Motorhome Beginner Tip #1

It is important to learn as much as you can before you visit the dealers. This will keep you from being talked into a motorhome that is really to big or too expensive for your needs or budget.

Motorhome Beginner Tip #2

Check into insurance and licensing fees before you make your purchase. You may also need to find storage for your motorhome if it is not feasible at your home.

Motorhome Beginner Tip #3

Some of the older motorhomes still have a lot of life left in them. If you are working within a smaller budget, check out the used motorhomes. You are likely to get a lot more for your money.