Motorhomes are often confused as being one and the same. However, there are both major and minor differences between them. Each comes with their own advantages and disadvantages – but what exactly are coach built motorhomes, the main differences between them, and why should you consider purchasing one? Let’s find out…
What is a Coach built Motorhome?
A coach built motorhome is essentially a motorhome that has been built on a coach built chassis. Coach built motorhomes are individually built for each customer, and each is completely unique. In other words, a coach built motorhome is essentially a customised motorhome that has been built around a coach built chassis. A coach built motorhome is built from the ground up as a unit, whereas a motorhome is built on a chassis that has been designed with the idea of being able to be retrofitted with a living area.
The Differences Between a Coach built Motorhome and a Motorhome
As we’ve already discussed, coach built motorhomes are essentially ready-made motorhomes that have been built around a coach built chassis. In other words, they are built from the ground up as a unit. When comparing these two, there are a number of key differences. The main differences between these two are listed below.
– Design – The design of a motorhome can be retrofitted onto a coach built chassis, whereas a coach built motorhome is completely designed around and built onto a coach built chassis. This means that the coach built motorhome is built with the chassis in mind, and the chassis has been designed to take the living and sleeping quarters into consideration.
– Brand – Motorhomes are manufactured by a wide range of different brands, whereas a coach built motorhome will always be created by a single, specific coachbuilder. This means that the coach built motorhome is completely unique, whereas a motorhome can be completely different from one model to the next – even if they have the same brand name.
– Quality – Even though there are many quality motorhomes, the design of these motorhomes means that they can only be retrofitted onto a coach built chassis. In other words, they can’t be fully customised. On the other hand, a coach built motorhome can be fully customised to include a living and sleeping quarters, etc. – and the entire design of the motorhome has been built around the chassis to ensure everything fits together perfectly.
Why Buy a Coach built Motorhome?
There are a number of reasons to consider purchasing a coach built motorhome over a motorhome. The main reason to purchase a coach built motorhome is that they offer far more customisation options than motorhomes do. With a motorhome, you can choose the model and the options you want, but you can’t fully customise it to include a living and sleeping quarters, etc. On the other hand, with a coach built motorhome, you can choose the chassis (based on your budget), the design and the layout of the living and sleeping quarters, etc. In other words, you can customise the coach built motorhome to your exact specifications.
Who Should Buy a Coach built Motorhome?
As we’ve already discussed, anyone who wants a fully customised motorhome that has been built from the ground up as a unit can benefit from purchasing a coach built motorhome. However, there are a few specific groups of people who will particularly benefit from purchasing a coach built motorhome. If you have a large family, for example, and want to be able to fit everyone inside the motorhome, purchasing a larger chassis can help. If you have a specific design in mind, or have specific layout requirements, purchasing a coach built motorhome can help. In short, everyone can benefit from purchasing a coach built motorhome – it’s just that larger families and people with specific needs can benefit even more.
How to Find the Right Coachbuilder?
Finding the right coachbuilder can be one of the trickiest parts of the process when purchasing a coach built motorhome. After all, this is the person with whom you will be working throughout the build process, and they will have a direct impact on the final product. Here are a few tips that can help you find the right coachbuilder.
The first thing you should do is to make a list of the things you want your coach built motorhome to have. What kind of chassis do you want? What kind of design and layout of the living and sleeping quarters do you want? What kind of options do you want to be included? The more specific you can be with your list, the better.
Next, you should do a bit of research to find out which coachbuilders are near your area. You can use the internet to find coachbuilders near you by searching things like “coachbuilders near me” or “coachbuilders in my area”. You can also use Google to search for motorhome forums, where you’re likely to find a coachbuilder or two advertising their services.
Ultimately, coach built motorhomes are essentially custom motorhomes that have been built around a coach built chassis. The main differences between these two are that coach built motorhomes are fully customised, whereas motorhomes are retrofitted, and coach built motorhomes are built from the ground up as a unit, whereas motorhomes are built onto a chassis that has been designed with the idea of being able to be retrofitted with a living area.
If you’re in the market for a motorhome and want to be able to fully customise it to include the living and sleeping quarters of your choice, then purchasing a coach built motorhome is a great idea. Just make sure that you do your research and find the right coachbuilder before you make a purchase decision.
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