Are all caravans the same width?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Are all caravans the same width? We will explain caravans’ dimensions and help you choose the right size for your future caravan.

Are all caravans the same width?

Not all caravans are the same width. While most caravans are 2.35 meters wide, many manufacturers are starting to produce motorhomes with a lower width, ranging between 2.1 and 2.2 meters. This is a subtle difference that makes driving much easier, especially on those back roads where crossing with another vehicle can be inconvenient.

The maximum allowed width of a caravan is 2.5 meters, excluding:

  • The rearview mirrors, lamps and reflectors;
  • Devices mounted on wheels, tyre pressure gauges;
  • Curtain-side devices or other permanently fixed devices. 

Are all caravans the same length? 

Not all caravans have the same length. The standard measurements of motorhomes are usually between 5 and 7 meters in length, although it always depends on the model since there is a wide range of vehicles with different lengths.

 Vehicle type camper vans tend to be around 6 meters long, although they must be differentiated from the style of Volkswagen California, which are usually smaller and narrower than the other models.

Profiled motorhomes and integral motorhomes are normally larger than camper vans, reaching 7.80 meters in some cases. These motorhomes are characterized by being the largest on the market. With an average width of 2.50 meters and lengths that can even reach 8 meters, they are the vehicles with the greatest storage capacity and a number of seats.

Are all caravans the same height?

Not all caravans have the same height. Caravans do not usually measure more than 3.30 meters nor are they usually less than 2.50. The smallest camper on the market can measure 2.20, but the normal thing is to have a little more height.

Caravan weight and measures explained

Our caravan measurements can affect us on a day-to-day basis, so it is very important to know exactly the length of the vehicle because when passing through certain narrow places, tunnels or tolls, we will have to be safe to avoid unwanted accidents.

It is also essential to know the dimensions when parking on public roads since the motorhome must be correctly parked without invading more space than it should or could penalize us. As is logical, a smaller vehicle will allow us to manoeuvre and circulate more comfortably in confined spaces.

You have probably wondered if you can drive on motorways with a motorhome greater than 3.50. The answer is yes, at least on most roads. Nowadays it is common for trucks, buses, etc., to even exceed 4 meters in height, therefore the maximum length on highways and highways is around 5 or 6 meters in height. However, in populated areas or regional roads, we must pay special attention to prevent possible accidents.

How much does a caravan weigh?

Most manufacturers adjust the weight so that it can be driven with the B license. This requires that the vehicle does not exceed 3,500 kg. We can find camper vans, profiled motorhomes, RVs and integral motorhomes in the market with weights around 3,000 kg of empty weight, to which we will have to add the extra weight of the water tanks, auxiliary batteries, driver or passengers.

For vehicles that are between 3,500 and 7,500 kilograms in weight, it will be necessary to be in possession of the B+E license.

Choosing the right size for your caravan

The first important aspect to consider will be how many people will usually travel in it to determine the number of seats that we will need. Something widespread is to think about “in case someone comes”, but we must be sensible and weigh whether they will be places that are going to be occupied since space in a motorhome is their most precious asset. 

On the other hand, it is convenient to be forward-looking and think about the nearest future: if our intention is for the family to increase or if, on the contrary, the youngest of the house begin to become independent, we will have to opt for totally different vehicles.

In this second case, as in the case of couples who eventually like to travel with friends, choosing a two-seater vehicle, with the possibility of having a second bed, which we can achieve by folding it down or transforming the living room, can be a very interesting option, as it will allow us to choose a vehicle that suits our needs, but with a more compact size.

When we are clear about the type of vehicle that best suits us and the use that we are going to give it, we must choose its dimensions. Length is one of the aspects that are most often taken into account and, although it will not have much influence on driving, it can be decisive on the most complicated mountain roads, where we can even find length limitations in some sections.

Likewise, it will entail an extra cost in the payment of Ferries or tolls on some bridges, in which the rate usually varies depending on whether the vehicle is greater or less than six meters in length. In fact, although the majority of motorhomes are between 6 and 7 meters in length, more and more vehicles are below six meters, as this lower height leads to greater ease when parking in conventional car parks.

Height is another factor that we must look at, as it is the height that usually brings us the most inconvenience to circulate since in addition to a consumption penalty, it forces us to be very aware of areas with height limitation or in which there are trees and we have to manoeuvre. Also smaller vehicles are more aerodynamic and therefore perform better in windy conditions.

Conclusions

Although the length and height are the dimensions of a motorhome that are most often taken into account, our vehicle’s width will be an aspect that will greatly condition its manageability. In this sense, most motorhomes are around 2.35 meters wide.

However, many manufacturers are starting to produce motorhomes, both profiled and integral, with a lower width, which can range between 2.1 and 2.2 meters. This is a subtle difference that makes driving much easier, especially on those back roads where crossing with another vehicle can be inconvenient. 

A clear example of this is the camper-van vehicle whose width of 2.1 meters greatly facilitates driving, this being one of the aspects most valued by its users.

And so far, some simple but important tips to choose the right size of your motorhome, since its size will probably be one of the most important factors that will determine the level of satisfaction you will have when travelling with it.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on the content. 

FAQ on Are all caravans the same width?

What is the maximum width of a caravan in Australia?

The maximum width of a caravan in Australia must not exceed 2.5 meters (excluding rearview mirrors, reflectors, lights, etc).

What are the dimensions of a caravan?

The most common dimensions of a caravan run between 3.3 metres (11 feet) and 7.3 metres (24 feet).

What is the standard width of a caravan?

The standard width of a caravan is around 2 meters wide. While most caravans are 2.35 meters wide, many manufacturers are starting to produce motorhomes with a lower width, which can range between 2.1 and 2.2 meters. 

Are all caravans the same height?

Not all caravans have the same height. Caravans do not usually measure more than 3.30 meters nor are they usually less than 2.50.

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