A motorhome is a self powered, self
contained unit driven from a cabin and with easy access
from the cabin to the rest of the vehicle.
This easy access from the body of the
vehicle to the cab can provide a sense of security in
that you can easily jump into the cab and drive off, if
concerned for your personal safety without having to
leave the vehicle.
Is a Special Driver’s Licence
Required for a Motorhome?
You may have to consider obtaining a
special licence depending on the type and weight of the
motorhome you acquire. To be eligible to obtain a
licence you must have held a full car driver’s licence
for a minimum of one year.
In Australia there is a national
classification of licences and the following is a brief
description of three of the classes. Further enquires
should be made with the manufacturer and your state or
territory transport licencing authority.
Car: Any motor vehicle no more
that 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
Long Rigid: Any motor vehicle more
than 4.5 tonnes GVM but no more than 8 tonnes
Medium Rigid: Any motor vehicle
with two axles and more than 8 tonnes GVM
Motorhomes usually come appointed
with swivel driver and passenger seats, dining, sleeping
and shower/toilet facilities, hot water system,
refrigeration, air-conditioning, television, washing
machine, solar panel(s), deep cycle batteries,
generator, inverter, water tanks
including black and grey water tanks, an awning and other
Motorhomes also vary in length.
There are numerous floor plan designs, some of which
include slide out rooms that double the space of the
living area. Manufacturers have standard floor plans
however will assist you with a design
to suit your needs. If you have not owned a
motorhome before, consideration should be given to
hiring before buying.
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Two well known brand names are
‘Winnebago’ and ‘Swagman’.
What are the Different "Classes" of Motorhomes?
“A” Class –
a complete custom motorhome body mounted on a chassis
supplied by a truck manufacturer. They are larger
and more luxurious motorhomes that look like a coach.
“B” Class –
a custom build motorhome mounted on a truck chassis
where the dinette converts to a bed or the bed is in the
“C” Class –
a custom motorhome body mounted on a conventional
chassis and cab supplied by a truck manufacturer,
usually (but not always) with a bed and storage area
over the cab. An example is the Jayco Fiat Ducato.
Although the bed over the cab leaves
more ‘liveable’ space in the motorhome it can be a
challenge for the less agile to navigate the steps.
There is also very little head room above the bed.
A conversion of a passenger bus,
coaster type or coach to a home on wheels.
4WD Motorhomes/4WD Buses and Coaches
There are now companies who manufacture and custom build
4WD motorhomes and 4WD buses and coaches to help you
achieve total freedom. They are designed specifically
for outback touring and off-road use. One such company
is Amesz Design Pty Ltd in Western Australia and another
is Trakka at Mt Kuring-gai just north of Sydney.
of Engines Do Motorhomes Have ?
Engines can vary from make and
model. Some of the most common engines in the larger
motorhomes are Mercedes Benz, Cummins, and Isuzu.
Petrol or turbo/diesel. Diesel is
common for larger motorhomes.