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THE CAMPERVAN VS THE MOTORHOME

There’s no doubt about it, if you want a camping experience in nature, get a campervan.  Because the van is smaller you will spend more time ‘living’ outside, and isn’t this just the point of going camping?  Sure, it is, if the weather’s good!  In a motorhome, because the cooking is already set up inside you will prepare food and cook inside.  Sometimes you’ll even eat inside just because it’s easier than setting up camping chairs and table outside…. If you are going away for a weekend or a few weeks and you want to ‘escape into nature’ you will get more of this experience in a campervan. 

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VW T6 SWB Social Butterfly

So why would I buy a motorhome?  Because having your own proper bathroom with private toilet gives you ‘one less thing to think about’ on the road and when you are doing this longer term, you don’t want ongoing worry about where to pee!

VW Crafter Motorhome toilet

VW Crafter Motorhome toilet

There are also some craaazy people out there (and many of them my good friends!), who hate camping, or have never tried it, and don’t ever want to!  If this is you, a motorhome is your thing.  It’s your mini motel room on wheels.  It also gives you more floor space which means more ‘space’ in general if you are 2 or more people.  If the weather’s bad, 3 people could comfortably hang out all day in a motorhome, however in a campervan bad weather is going to affect you more.

The negatives of a motorhome are obviously the overall much higher cost to purchase initially plus the height meaning you can’t park in undercover parking.

Volkswagen Crafter Motorhome

Volkswagen Crafter Motorhome

The motorhome has a hot indoor shower which is great if the weather’s not, and if your caravan park facilities are less than ideal.  We do seem to use the hot outdoor shower more than the inside one (and this is available in both motorhome and campervan).  No cleaning up and how often can you have a hot shower outside in nature?! (although don’t get me wrong, it takes about a minute to wipe the floor dry inside too!).  But truly, I would love to know, what percentage of motorhome owners actually use the shower inside their van often, if at all?   The general consensus seems to be, it’s just easier to use facilities where you are staying.  But if this is your plan, what’s the point of having a motorhome?

VW Crafter Motorhome bathroom

VW Crafter Motorhome bathroom

CONCLUSION

If you want to go camping, get a tent.  If you want to go camping in comfort and luxury – get a campervan.  If you want to travel and sleep in nature in your own mini mobile home, get a motorhome.  If you are doing this longer term, if you want to spend months travelling in your van, the extra space and comforts that come with a motorhome make longer term life on the road more sustainable, and if this is you – we’re super jealous, you’re living the dream – LUCKY YOU!

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VW T6 LWB Social Butterfly

VW Crafter Motorhome

VW Crafter Motorhome

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Fridge options for your Campervan

We know how confusing it can be to decide what fridge to get in your campervan so we’re going to break it down for you so you can understand the difference between each fridge.

Firstly, the most important question….

 

Will your campervan be a Long Wheel Base or Short Wheel Base?

The answer to this question will determine to an extent the fridge that will fit in your campervan.

If you are getting a SWB campervan the only fridge size that will fit will be a 50 litre due to the shorter length of the van.

If you’re getting a LWB campervan you can choose between a 50 L, 65 L and 80 L fridge.

 

50 Litre Fridge

This fridge can fit in either a SWB or LWB campervan. This is the standard fridge size offered in our campervan conversions and (having used one on longer trips with a toddler on board) we do believe this size will suffice on the majority of camping trips.

Dimensions: 380 x 534 x 500 mm

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50 L Fridge (SWB campervan)

 

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50 L Fridge (LWB campervan)

 

65 Litre Fridge

This fridge can ONLY fit in a LWB campervan.
Dimensions: 448 x 525 x 545 mm

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65 L Fridge

 

 

80 Litre Fridge

This fridge can ONLY go in a LWB campervan.
Dimensions: 475 x 640 x 528 mm

 

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80 L Fridge

Drawer Fridges
If you don’t think the above will suffice we also offer an additional 20 litre Drawer Fridge which we can fit either inside or accessible from under the tailgate depending on your campervan size and feature choices.

 

Fridge Interior
All three fridge sizes have the same interior layout. The side door has a shelf at the bottom to hold drinks and a little component at the top to hold eggs, cheese and everything small.

The main section of the fridge has a controlled fan speed to reduce noise. The layout of the fridge is similar to your fridge at home, with a few shelves/racks and a crisper at the bottom for veggies.

The best thing about these fridges is they have a removable freezer compartment at the top. It’s super handy to keep frozen food or ice cream and when you don’t need it you can take it out and make the fridge area even bigger.

You’ll be amazed at how much you can fit in these fridges. If you want to see what we can fit in our 65 L fridge click on our video link below.
https://achtungcamper.com.au/how-to-videos/how-we-pack-our-vw-lwb-campervan/

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80 L Fridge (LWB)

 

 

What if I don’t always use the fridge or I’m using my van purely as a passenger vehicle for a while?
Once you finish travelling there’s a defrost button inside the fridge. There’s also a little plug at the bottom of the fridge where you can let out the water, it then drains outside your campervan through a custom-built outlet.

If you only use your van occasionally, the fridge also has a vent. When you aren’t using the fridge turn on the vent function. This locks the front fridge door ajar to ensure air flow when not turned on, this prevents mould and bad smells.

We hope you’re now less confused about your campervan refrigeration options. For further information about the fridge’s we use visit the link below and scroll down to the Dometic Coolmatic fridges. You can also click ‘compare’ and find out the exact difference from net weight to performance details. Click here: https://www.dometic.com/en-au/au/products/food-and-beverage/refrigerators/boat-refrigerators