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28.01.2022

Motorhome types and classes

We make it easy for you to get started! And have explained all motorhome types simply and clearly so that you can easily find the perfect motorhome for you.

The thought is there: a motorhome or campervan would be great! The first step towards your own mobile home, a holiday on wheels, experiencing vanlife, being 'at home on the road' as well as being flexible when planning trips and holidays ... At this point the questions arise: what types of motorhomes are there and how do I find the one that suits me and my holiday plans? To make it easier for you to get started in the world of motorhomes, we explain all the motorhome types available at Adria below. 

The campervan

Often, different terms are used for the vehicles in this category, which then have a slightly different definition. You will come across the terms campervan, camping bus, camper, compact camper or simply van. This refers to a vehicle that retains the bodywork of the basic vehicle all round and is converted into a camping vehicle on the inside. 

A campervan has two decisive advantages: the smaller dimensions of height, width and length compared to the partially integrated, fully integrated and alcove motorhomes, as well as its suitability for everyday use. It can be used as a recreational vehicle for holidays, weekend trips, city tours or overnight stays with friends as well as like a car - just a little bigger - for the way to work or shopping.

At Adria, the 'Vans' range comprises three different series: ACTIVE, ideal for all those who are looking for an everyday car and campervan in one // TWIN, a campervan with which you can enjoy the van life. // TWIN SPORTS with an innovative pop top roof are made for adventure, perfect for sporty people with outdoor equipment, but also for holidays with children.

Semi-integrated motorhomes 

The definition of semi-integrated motorhomes is somewhat simpler, as there is only this one  term that is used by most motorhome manufacturers. 

In this type of motorhome, a vehicle chassis with a driver's cabin is combined with a motorhome body, whereby the original driver's cabin of the basic vehicle is retained and is added as living space by rotating the driver's and passenger seats. Each motorhome manufacturer produces the motorhome body itself. At Adria we have developed the so-called 'Comprex' construction for the superstructure and perfected it with decades of know-how, in which the torsional strength of wood, the durability of polyurethane and the moisture-retardant properties of polyester are optimally combined. 

Semi-integrated motorhomes are larger and therefore naturally more spacious and comfortable than campervans. Equipped with a bedroom in the rear, a fixed bathroom - sometimes with an integrated shower, sometimes with a separate shower room - a seating group that can usually be converted into a sleeping area and, in some cases, a fold-down bed in the front, semi-integrated motorhomes are suitable for two people as well as for small families or groups.

Another difference to campervans: the semi-integrated motorhomes usually have a garage in which bicycles or other equipment can be easily taken along. 

But there are also differences within this motorhome category: there are 'compact semi-integrated motorhomes', which with their narrow vehicle width do not differ significantly from the width of campervans, or semi-integrated motorhomes, which with a vehicle width of around 2.30 m and vehicle lengths of 6-7.50 m already have significantly different dimensions than larger cars or vans. 

COMPACT ideal for couples or small families who do not want to do without a certain amount of comfort and space in their motorhome, but who want to be flexible and spontaneous in their travel planning. // CORAL, ideal for two to four people, for example if you are planning longer trips as a couple or occasionally take your grandchildren with you. // MATRIX is ideal for all families with two children who prefer the more elegant appearance and the driving characteristics of a semi-integrated motorhome to those of an alcove motorhome!

Alcove motorhomes

This type of motorhome has a fixed construction with sleeping area above the driver's cabin, which is usually designed for 2 people. This means that many layouts can accommodate up to 6 people in total, which is why alcove motorhomes are particularly popular with families. 

Historically, an 'alcove' refers to a bed recess or a small side room in which there was sleeping accommodation. They usually did not have a window and were so small that you had to sleep in a sitting position. The name and function of the alcove has remained the same in a motorhome, but windows, ventilation and a bed length of up to 2 m are standard in Adria alcove motorhomes. 

The bodywork is comparable to that of semi-integrated motorhomes: here, too, a chassis with driver's cabin is chosen as the base vehicle, onto which a motorhome body is then built. The driver's cabin is also retained and is included in the living space. In contrast to the semi-integrated models, however, the fixed alcove body is added instead of a roof bonnet. 

Due to their external dimensions, alcove motorhomes take some getting used to; the driving behaviour is noticeably different from that of a car or van. In addition, you have to keep an eye on the height of bridges and low passages. But you quickly get used to this and in return you get a comfortable mobile home where even the children have a fixed place to sleep and where everyone has their own little retreat.

CORAL XL ideal for family holidays or friends who want to go on holiday together.

Integrated motorhomes

In the case of integrated or fully integrated motorhomes, only the chassis with the cab platform, the dashboard, the controls and other individual parts remain from the basic vehicle; the cab is not used. Instead, the front of the vehicle as well as the rest of the body is a special construction designed by the motorhome manufacturer himself. 

The advantages are obvious: the driver's cabin can merge seamlessly into the living area, there is more space and a much greater feeling of spaciousness. Even compact fully integrated motorhomes with a short vehicle length offer plenty of space inside the motorhome. From the outside, fully integrated motorhomes look more attractive, as the entire exterior design is a single entity and can be determined by the manufacturer. 

The so-called royal class of motorhomes usually impresses with its high-quality interior design and a wide range of equipment options. Comfort is a top priority, and when it comes to storage space, integrated motorhomes are ahead of semi-integrated and alcove motorhomes. 

Depending on the manufacturer, most integrated motorhomes have a front fold-down bed so that the motorhome is comfortably designed for holidays with 4 people - and thus also for families. However, integrated motorhomes are often chosen by couples who do not want to do without comfort and performance on holiday or who are planning longer trips. 

SONIC for those looking for a comfortable mobile home for all seasons.

And now it's your turn: which type of motorhome are you enthusiastic about? Which one suits your travel plans and holiday plans best? Take your time to look around our homepage, watch the videos and virtual tours and find out about the data and technical details. Our authorised Adria dealers will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with individual advice and offers!

Would you also like to find out more about the Adria Lifestyle? Then take a look at the latest issue of our Inspirations Magazine. Enjoy reading it! 

https://inspirations.adria-mobil.com/10/