The semi-integral: sturdy and comfortable


With its rugged appearance, the half-integral (or semi-integral) is a popular motorhome. Not for nothing is more than three-quarters of's fleet a half-integral. He is a mix between the alcove and the integral. With the semi-integral, the cabin and the living space merge smoothly, creating a better streamlining compared to the alcove camper. This also reduces the overall height of the motorhome and therefore fuel consumption. The lack of the steel roof of the control cabin creates a spacious passage between the living room and the cabin. The cabin seats are therefore involved in the interior in almost every layout. With the seats turned over, a cozy seating area of ​​sofas and loose seats is created.

The bed layouts

Half-integrals always have a fixed bed in the back. This can be a cross bed are a French bed, an queen bed or two single beds. Do you not want to travel with two but four people? Then choose a variant with a pull-down bed above the seating area. That is a bed that is attached to the roof of the camper and which you can easily lower down if you want to sleep in it. The pull-down bed in combination with a less high camper does of course have consequences for the headroom, which usually remains below 2 meters.

Lowered chassis

Due to the fixed beds in the rear, the semi-integrated is on average longer than an alcove. A garage can also be created under these beds that is accessible from the outside. The floor of these garages is often lowered, bringing the back of the motor home closer to the road surface. Therefore, be very alert to (or avoid) high bumps and steep mountain roads. A lowered chassis also has an important advantage. This also lowers the center of gravity of the camper, which results in better driving characteristics.

Remember your load

The semi-integrated with fold-down bed (4-person) is equipped with a lot of equipment as standard, but all those extras also count towards the maximum payload. Options such as awnings, a larger refrigerator, powerful motors and an automatic satellite dish add up to 100 kilos of extra weight. Are you considering purchasing a motorhome? Then keep that in mind, because the maximum payload is 3,5 tons. That's good to know all types of campers van have a curb weight up to 2.900 kilos, a few more. That means that you can still take 500 to 600 kilos with you.


The pros and cons

Number of persons: suitable for 2 to 4 people.
Dimensions: 6 to 8 meters long, at least 2 meters high.
Pros: driving characteristics, streamline, fuel consumption, sporty image.
Cons: less (sleeping) space, headroom, garage closed on road, load capacity.