What is a van camper?

You've never driven a camper van before? We'll explain it to you, so don't worry. These are van-derived camper vans that are used for optimum mobility and can accommodate many people for sleeping. They are even utilized in daily living. Their sales and rents are on par with those of motorhomes, and their demand is only increasing annually.

Camper vans and motorhomes are comparable in size, with a focus on mobility rather than comfort and room. For this reason, they are sometimes referred to as caravans or forgo caravans, even though they are not the same thing.

Historically, the adaption to turn the van into a living vehicle was made by the German company Volkswagen in collaboration with the German brand Westfalia. As a result, Volkswagen held a larger share of the market. Mercedes-Benz purchased Westfalia to modify its Vito and Viano vans.

Certain manufacturers provide incredibly small camper vans that come equipped with a kitchen, a double bed (often with a lift-up top), and a convertible lounge bed. However, they lack a bathroom or shower.

In recent decades (and years), several manufacturers of motorhomes and caravans have entered the camper van market. These independent manufacturers offer a fully equipped vehicle with beds, a full kitchen, a refrigerator and freezer, a toilet and shower, etc.

Do motorhomes and camper vans share the same equipment?

Despite their relatively tiny size, this kind of vehicle is unique in that it has all the camping features of a motorhome.

In certain nations, campers are van additions that cover the back end and come in a range of styles and materials. Although they can also be made of wood or aluminum sheets, fiberglass is the material used most frequently.

One characteristic that sets camper vans apart is their lack of visibility; most of them don't have any external signage indicating that they are equipped to sleep inside, which is against the law in several towns. Due to this benefit, camper vans are quite popular among outdoor enthusiasts since they can be parked in many urban areas and used for camping in locations that are not suitable for motorhomes.

Comprising a van is an additional trend that is becoming more and more common. The process involves converting it into a residential vehicle, which calls for an engineering project, authorization papers from the vehicle manufacturer, and a trip to the technical inspection of cars to complete the necessary homologation.