Motorhome Classes Explained

For newcomers, a good starting point for learning the lingo is to become familiar with some of the names used for different models and builds of RVs.

Different classes of motorhomes

For those familiar with the world of motorhomes you’ll know there is a whole vocabulary set aside for ‘Motorhome talk’. For newcomers, a good starting point for learning the lingo is to become familiar with some of the names used for different models and builds of motorhomes.

Motorhome model names

Camper Vans / Van Conversions

As the name says these models originally start life as commercial vans but are then converted into fantastic mini motorhomes, many have all the same features as motorhomes apart from the smaller VW’s that generally do not have bathrooms. Generally pop top sleeping roofs are an option creating 4 berth / 4 seatbelt models .

Coachbuilt or Alcove

These models have been built on standard chassis with original cab design and generally with Luton or Alcove bed designs over the cab area. Probably the oldest and best known of all the motorhome models and still going strong today mainly as this design allows for more berths including bunk beds and appeals to the larger families, due to this these models will generally be offered at the lower price points.

Low Profile or Semi Integrated

These models have been built on standard chassis with original cab design but instead of a large overcab bed area, there is a streamline fiberglass moulding normally housing additional internal storage. Now the most popular design of motorhomes Europe wide and the largest amount of choice of models, layouts, chassis brands, lengths and specifications.

‘A’ Class or Integrated

These vehicles are immediately and visually differentiated by their appearance at the front where the manufacturers have built on a bare chassis and created their own fiberglass front cap design that integrates the entire internal motorhome space. This procedure is more expensive than building on a standard chassis with original cab design and therefore these models are generally offered at a higher price point. This generally leads to A class or Integrated models also being offered at longer overall lengths and with higher specifications