What's the Difference Between a Campervan and a Motorhome?

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Renting a camper van and making your way around the Ring Road is the ultimate Iceland road trip for many. It’s just you, your home on four wheels, your travel companions, and the open road. The feelings of freedom and adventure are the stuff our best memories are made of. When I talk about campervans, a lot people picture motorhomes. They don’t realize that there is a difference between the two types of vehicles. While both are RVs, they are actually quite different. Each has their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Let’s go further in depth to look at the differences between campervans and motorhomes.

What is a Campervan?

When looking into camper rental in Iceland, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting. Because people tend to use the terms “camper” and “motorhome” interchangeably, let’s clear up that confusion right now.

A campervan, simply put, is like a smaller, stripped down version of a motorhome. It’s usually some sort of tiny van that has been refurbished with a sleeping area, cooking area, and a heating system like a Webasto heater. The cooking and sleeping area are generally not used at the same time, as space is precious. Instead, there’s a small kitchen in the back of the vehicle, usually with a hot plate or gas stove, a little sink with running water, and somewhere to cool or refrigerate your perishable items. There’s a small couchlike structure where you can sit to eat and many times there is storage underneath.

This couch/seating is actually your bed in disguise! When you’ve pulled into the campsite and are ready to rest your head, it’s time to convert this semi-futon into your sleeping arrangements for the night. The bed usually stretches across the length of the back of the camper and is bordered by the sink and mini stove.

It’s all very convenient having everything all in one place.

4x4 Camper Rental in Iceland

One of the biggest differences between campervans and motorhomes, other than size, is that motorhomes very rarely have 4WD. If you’re looking to explore Iceland’s Highlands and backcountry and drive on F-roads in