As part of Australia’s premier campervan rental company – Apollo Motorhomes Holidays, we are often asked this question: “What is the difference between a motorhome, campervan and a caravan?” We get asked this question so much and often encounter travellers that think these vehicles are one and the same!

To help first time self-drive holiday makers, we’ve outlined the differences between motorhomes, campervans and a caravans. Safe travels!


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These are vans smaller than motorhomes that are outfitted with the essentials to turn it into a self-contained home on wheels, usually basic equipment for sleeping, cooking and washing.

Unlike the much larger motorhomes, there is usually no divider between the driver’s cabin and the living area in the back. These vehicles usually can accommodate 2 to 3 people, and are easier to drive around in.


Motorhomes and RVs (Recreational Vehicles) are larger than campervans, often accommodating 4 to 6 people. Motorhomes are roomier and usually come with a kitchen, dining area, toilet & shower and more sleeping areas. These vehicles are also usually equipped with home comforts such as TVs, DVD player, air conditioning, refrigerator, etc.

Motorhomes are usually the preferred vehicles of people travelling with children or people going on cross country road trips.


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Caravans are not motorized vehicles, they are pulled by a car or a 4WD. It’s a mobile home that you tow to your destination. Like motorhomes, caravans are designed to function as a home, and depending on its size, is equipped with a kitchen, sleeping and wash area.

Though Cheapa Campa doesn’t currently rent out caravans, you can take your pick from our fleet of campervan or motorhomes and get your road trip adventures started. Check out our website today!