Post by Sam Plusnet Post by Peter Duncanson [BrE] Post by Sam Plusnet Post by Peter Duncanson [BrE]
"horse box": trailer for tranporting horses.
"caravan": a mobile home.
Shouldn't "caravan" equate to "travel trailer"?
Some caravans are motorised and are not "trailed".
Doesn't that make it a "motor home" & not a caravan?
The description "motor caravan" may be mainly historic (for a recent
value of historic) but it is still in formal governmental use.
OED has this in the "caravan" entry:
motor caravan n.
(a) a caravan designed to be towed by a motor car;
(b) a motor vehicle incorporating the features of a caravan.
1909 Daily Chron. 10 June 4/6 The sight-seeing motor-caravans
now yellowing the thoroughfares between London's historic sights.
1957 Motor 28 Aug. 97/2 A vehicle known as the Motor Caravan.
1964 Which? Apr. 35/1 A motor caravan is basically an ordinary
van that has been fitted with windows, beds and cupboards, a
table, cooker and sink.
1990 Internat. H & E Monthly 91 No. 9. 11/1 Caravans are
available for hire..and if you've got your own motor caravan you
can bring that too.
I've not met (a) before.
"motor caravan" is still used in the names of some dealers:
Webbs Motor Caravans are one of the UK’s leading motorhome dealers,
with a large selection of both new and used motorhomes for sale.
Autocraft Motor Caravans Ltd
Suppliers of interior build equipment to the Motor Caravan and
That is "Camper" meaning "Campervan".
"Motor Caravan" is the legal designation of that type of vehicle.
The (UK) Vehicle Certification Agency certifies *types* of vehicle.
Motor Caravan certification
Historically, some European Member States may have operated their
own set of national requirements for Motor Caravans. However,
Directive 2007/46/EC, as amended, introduced a European wide
certification scheme for this kind of vehicle, which is currently
being phased in.
There is an image on that page of a Motor Caravan. Outside that forml
context it would be called a "motorhome".
Peter Duncanson, UK