Campervan, camper van or camper-van, fitted van are basically vans equipped for sleeping and differs substantially from motorhomes.

Camper vans are usually small and offer the handling and functionality of a second car, promising the freedom, features and comfort of the motorhomes at an economical price… but is it really so?

Camper-vans are now very fashionable among young people... They are in fact highly sought after by couples, families with older children or with only one child. What is it about?

The so-called Camper Vans are traditional vans furnished internally with beds and a kitchenette, sometimes with the addition of a small bathroom. The furniture is attached to the standard metal body of the van which remains almost the same on the outside as the work vehicle.

The external dimensions and driving handling of the outfitted van are therefore approximately those of the standard van, but are the functionality and comfort comparable to those of a real camper?

What are the 9 points to consider when choosing between a camper van and a compact motorhome?

1. Easy driving and easy parking

Certainly the external dimensions of the vehicle are relevant for parking in street stalls and covered car parks, as well as for maneuvering in narrow city streets or mountain curves.

In this sense, Camper Vans are more compact than most motorhomes because they maintain the dimensions of the original van. However, semi-integrated motorhomes of the same size or even smaller are also available such as our Oasi 540 which has a length of only 5.40 meters compared to the abundant 6 meters of the most common van motorhomes.

As far as the width is concerned, it must be taken into account that the relevant measures for traffic are those which include the dimensions of the rear-view mirrors. Therefore it should be considered that every additional centimeter of width compared to the width of the tractor, but less than the maximum width including the mirrors, allows greater interior space without compromising maneuverability.

As regards the handling of the vehicle and the ease of maneuvering, in addition to length, the other variable to be taken into great consideration is the wheelbase of the vehicle.
The longer the pass, the more demanding the maneuvers are, not only in the parking phase, but also in tackling the mountain bends, the narrow streets of the villages and the streets of the city.

2. Climate Comfort

The vans have the same external metal body as the vans and are therefore poorly insulated, heating up a lot in summer and quickly dissipating heat in winter. Some Camper Vans also have an extendable roof (popup) in fabric for the sleeping area, which further compromises the thermal seal. This means that camperized vans are more like cars with the possibility of sleeping than real recreational vehicles. They are usually used for short holidays or for weekend trips, especially in mid-seasons, during which the milder climate allows you to perceive the poor thermal resistance less.

The most luxurious and expensive camper vans are internally insulated with special panels, but the structure of the body and the doors makes it practically impossible to eliminate thermal bridges and the insulation is still not as efficient as that of semi-integrated campers.

Traditional semi-integrated motorhomes composed of assembled panels have greater insulation performance and are therefore more comfortable even in summer and winter, but they cannot completely eliminate thermal bridges and the assembled structure presents problems relating to infiltrations and molds.

The Wingamm monocoque campers are instead made of a single sandwich shell of materials that do not conduct heat: fiberglass and the best insulating material on the market (polyurethane foam).
There is no heat exchange between the inside and the outside and the monocoque acts as a thermal and acoustic shield, guaranteeing efficiency and savings even in air conditioning. For greater comfort in winter, there is also an exclusive patented underfloor heating system that allows you to never get cold feet again.
The Wingamm campers also have the entrance door and the lockers in fiberglass, while the vans have a sliding door which is really unsuitable and uncomfortable for the winter traveler: to avoid letting out all the heat he is forced to use the front doors.

3. Habitability and interior spaces

As seen above, both in the camper and in the van, the reduced length is essential in terms of handling and to enjoy the possibility of parking on the street.

The width of the vehicle, on the other hand, has a much smaller impact during driving and becomes relevant only in the tightest parking lots. However, this component is very important to ensure adequate roominess inside the camper.

The camper vans, as seen, maintain the same external dimensions as the vans from which they derive and the interior habitability is therefore very limited, especially when the van is insulated with internal panels. This makes it difficult to distribute in a congruous and balanced way the areas typically most useful during the holiday: dinette, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area.

For more than 40 years Wingamm has been studying the best layouts, designing all the furnishings and using exclusive patented technologies to optimize every available cm3 to give users comfort, spaciousness, containment and services.

4. Bathroom and tanks

The toilet compartment, extremely important for longer holidays, must be spacious and functional. The cheapest Van motorhomes do not really provide it, the more sophisticated ones offer very small and "interlocking" solutions with uncomfortable bathroom fixtures that move, tiny sinks and no dedicated shower space. Motorhomes usually offer more suitable and functional bathrooms. At Wingamm, even in the smallest vehicles, the bathroom is always very spacious and the shower corner is always separate, without having to move the sink, the toilet or any wall. All moving parts, in fact, during the journey create loud noises and can be damaged.

The tanks in the camper vans find space inside the passenger compartment and are therefore small in size, impractical to maintain, take up storage space and present safety problems especially in relation to the stowage of gas cylinders.

In Wingamm the tanks and gas are positioned outside the living cell and are always insulated. They are housed under the floor so that all spaces in the chest or under the beds are completely free.

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