Trying to decide between a motorhome or caravan? Here are some important factors to consider.
- How you holiday: The obvious difference between a motorhome and a caravan is that a caravan requires a tow vehicle and a motorhome doesn’t. For some travellers, a caravan offers greater flexibility, as you can unhitch it and leave it at a campsite while you explore the surrounding area in your tow vehicle. Others prefer the convenience of a house on wheels – stay a night, jump in the driver’s seat and take off the next morning. Motorhomes can also be easier to park and manoeuvre, particularly in suburban areas. Have a think about how you and your family prefer to travel before making the right choice for you.
- Size and layout: Caravans can offer more living space as the length of the van doesn’t include the engine and cab. This can mean more room for popular features like an island bed, dinette, larger kitchen and separate shower and toilet. However, a motorhome can offer larger options if you don’t own a tow vehicle with a tow capacity to accommodate a large caravan. The size of the caravan you purchase can be restricted by the tow capacity of the vehicle you own. It’s also important to consider the size of the area you have to store your motorhome or caravan.
- Cost: In general, motorhomes are more expensive than caravans, as they are have more complex features and include the cab chassis. Caravans are generally simpler and require less maintenance.
- Maintenance: Maintaining a motorhome is more complex than maintaining a caravan. A motorhome requires both mechanical and coach maintenance.
- Physical fitness and towing confidence: Caravans need to be backed into position and hitched up to the tow vehicle. Consider whether you have the physical fitness to manoeuvre a caravan and tow a caravan safely. A motorhome can be a great option for more mature campers or solo travellers.
- Security: In more remote areas some travellers prefer the security of a motorhome where the cab is accessible from the sleeping area. If required, a motorhome allows you to leave an area quickly while a caravan needs to be hitched up to the tow vehicle before departure.