A camper van opens up endless opportunities to explore the world.
Which model is right for my needs?
In this article, we will provide you with an overview of the key categories and help you make the best choice.
Motorhome holidays are very popular among Swiss people. Since 2000, the number of camper vans has quadrupled, and the trend has only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The flexibility and possibilities offered by modern motorhomes appeal to many people. The range of models is just as wide, and you can easily get lost. To help you, we have compiled an explanation of the key differences between the most common vehicle types.
Let's start with the classic motorhome: the camper van or camper. This is a popular choice for beginners, not least because it is easy to maneuver and can be parked in most garages due to its lower height. Camper vans are compact in size and are equipped with sleeping facilities and basic kitchen facilities, thus offering the essentials needed for traveling. They are perfect for short trips and are also suitable for everyday journeys to work, popping to the store, or for transporting larger goods.
The panel van is similar to the traditional camper van, but offers more space and amenities. This type of vehicle is ideal for travelers who need a little more comfort on the road, but do not want to buy a large mobile home right away. Panel vans usually offer room to stand within them and a slightly more spacious interior.
The term alcove originally comes from Arabic and referred to a bed recess in a living room. In the context of motorhomes, the word refers to the sleeping area above the driver's cab. Alcove motorhomes offer plenty of space and are therefore very popular with families. They are a good compromise between size and functionality, and their practical layout makes them an attractive option for travelers who value comfort.
Another popular option is the semi-integrated motorhome. In this type of motorhome, the living area is partially integrated into the chassis of the base vehicle, offering a little more space and comfort than an alcove motorhome. In addition, these types of vehicles generally have better insulation, which ensures a pleasant interior temperature, and are equipped with high-quality materials and a range of technical features.
Fully integrated motorhome
The fully integrated motorhome is the most luxurious of the traditional options. The premier class, so to speak. With this type of motorhome, the cab is not separate, but is seamlessly integrated into the living space, ensuring greater freedom of movement in the interior. Integrated motorhomes generally have upscale fixtures and fittings.
Finally, we come to the liner – the absolute pinnacle of luxury motorhomes. Liners offer the comfort of a home away from home. They are ideal for long trips with a larger number of passengers and feature amenities such as spacious bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and high-quality entertainment systems.
Choosing the perfect motorhome depends on your requirements and travel plans, the number of travelers, and your budget. You should take the time to consider the various options. A test drive or rental weekend can be a valuable experience to help you make the right decision.