What are the Differences Between
a Campervan and a Motorhome?
Local Australian Uses
Discovery Campervans refers to campervans and motorhomes the same way nearly all Australians and New Zealanders do. A campervan and a motorhome are interchangeable terms, that both refer to vehicles which can be driven and slept in.
Both images on the right hand side are referred to as campervans (or motorhomes).
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The More Correct Meanings
Motorhome - A motor vehicle built on a truck or bus chassis and designed to serve as self-contained living quarters for recreational travel. There is normally a divide between the cab and the living quarters behind, which contain sleeping space, ablution and kitchen facilities.
Campervan - a van equipped as a self-contained travelling home, they are normally smaller than a motorhome. There is generally no divide between the cab and the living quarters. It has basic facilities for cooking, washing, and sleeping.
Caravan - a mobile home or trailer, fully equipped with household accessories and towed behind a vehicle. It is designed to be occupied as a house would and depending on its size contains sleeping quarters, ablution facilities and cooking facilities.
Camper Trailer - This is a trailer equipped for occupancy that is towed behind a wheeled vehicle. Much smaller than a caravan, it normally consists of a tent that folds out of the trailer, where other essential living items are also packed, and facilities such as sinks and cookers are kept. A lot of its appeal lies in its compactness and light weight.
RV - RV stands for 'recreational vehicle', and is a term with a fairly wide range of meaning that includes all of the above definitions. It refers to an enclosed piece of equipment used as a means of travel and as a temporary home.
Winnebago - Although a brand name for an American manufacturer of RV's,because the brand is so popular it has become interchangeable with RV and therefore is often used to refer to any recreational vehicle.