The terms ‘pusher’ and ‘puller’ motorhomes are used to describe a the position of the engine inside a given motorhome. Derived from the United States, the terms are useful to know when researching. Knowing the difference between pusher and puller motorhomes will help you choose which type of motorhome is best for you.
Pusher motorhomes are sometimes referred to as Diesel Pushers and have a diesel engine mounted at the rear of the vehicle. Pushers are usually more luxurious, larger, over 7 .5 tonnes in weight and is built on a bus chassis.
For those travelling in groups of large families it is worthwhile remembering that pushers are more powerful and they are more fuel efficient than pullers. If you are travelling long distances then it is good to have a larger than average sized tank that a pusher offer as well as the strength to tow while maintaining low fuel costs.
Running costs are higher in pushers and getting in and out of restrictive areas can be difficult at times. However, most owners of diesel pushers are aware of these things before they buy and often place more importance on the luxury, desirability and durability of their motorhome.
The basic difference with a puller motorhome is that the engine is at the front of the vehicle. Pullers are usually lighter and are usually built on a van chassis.
Diesel engines are, by definition, noisier than petrol engines and this noise is sometimes more audible at the front of your motorhome. The look and design of a puller is defined by its truck-like appearance at the front.
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