These terms can be confusing when people get started in the hobby because they can overlap and are often misunderstood. Let’s try to define these and clarify.
Let’s start with what is vintage? Our club defines vintage very specifically as Trailers/Motor-homes built from 1946-1969 are to be considered “VINTAGE”
Now let’s define the differences between a trailer, camper, motorhome and RV.
An RV or camper are generic terms:
- Camper – Also called pickup camper, truck camper. a truck like vehicle, van, or trailer that is fitted or suitable for recreational camping, or a pickup truck on which a structure fitted for camping is mounted. The term “camper” typically refer to trailers that are towed by trucks, or ride on the back of trucks.
- RV – When people refer to RVs (Recreational Vehicles), they usually mean either a motor vehicle or trailer equipped with some of the amenities of home.
Trailer and Motorhome are more specific terms:
- Trailer – A trailer is a house on wheels that can be moved by pulling it.
- Motorhome – A motorhome (or motor coach) is a type of self-propelled recreational vehicle (RV) which offers living accommodation combined with a vehicle engine.