Campervan vs caravan: Which should you pick?

Many love the idea of owning a mobile home and having the ability to get away at the drop of a hat without looking for suitable, often expensive, accommodation. Camping holidays continue to be popular across the UK, but should you choose a campervan or a caravan for your next adventure?

They both allow the flexibility of hassle-free trips with everything in one place – basically a second home on wheels that’s great for exploring the UK or Europe. Campervans and caravans can be easily tailored to your specific needs, but there are a few major differences that might sway you one way or another. 

You’ll obviously need to think about your budget when it comes to the type, the model and any extras you want, but we’ve explored some of the other main points to consider.

What is the difference between a campervan and a caravan?

The biggest difference is that a campervan is a vehicle that contains everything you need to stay overnight in, whereas a caravan is a separate entity that is towed by a car.

This can be the main deciding factor for some people. If you prefer the idea of having a self-contained van or don’t like the thought of towing, a campervan could be the right option for you. 

An advantage of a caravan is that you can leave it at your base once it’s set up and head out around the local area in your vehicle without the burden of taking all your belongings.

Which is better?

Camper vans

What’s right for you depends on how you plan on using your mobile home. Arguably, you could have more freedom with a campervan as it makes spontaneous road trips and camping breaks a bit easier. With everything on board, you’ll just need to set off and find a suitable (legal) spot!

They’re also more convenient for longer trips. With no need for towing, your journey could be quicker and easier. There are also many kits available to convert vans into campers too, so you shouldn’t find it an issue to tailor one to your needs. 


A caravan could suit you better if you plan on taking shorter trips or prefer a base in one location on your holiday. They also tend to have a bit more room, ideal for families or bigger groups, as well as better facilities, purely because a caravan has just one purpose: to provide a home from home. 

You’ll often have to plan with a caravan and book campsites in advance because it’s not as convenient to park up for the night. You’ll also need to find somewhere suitable to store it when you’re not using it. 

But if comfort’s your thing and you like the idea of having a base from which you can explore, a caravan might be just what you’re looking for. 

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