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If you are planning to purchase a camper, you are probably going to want to know how many square feet the camper has.

The size of camper that you use or purchase will depend upon your needs and how many people plan to travel in the camper.

The square footage of a camper will vary depending on the length of the camper. You will multiply the length of the trailer by the width to get the square footage and because campers come in a wide range of sizes, the square footage will not be the same for every camper.

Traveling in a camper can be a fun experience and allows for traveling all over the country. It is important to know approximately how many square feet of camper space you need in order to travel comfortably.

Being aware of your square footage requirements in a camper is important before spending the money on a big purchase such as a camper. Information found in this guide has been provided by industry experts to ensure you know how to properly calculate your camper square footage.



Camper Size Overview

When planning to purchase or rent a camper, it is important to take into account what your needs are for the camper. It will depend upon how many people are going to be camping in the camper, how often you plan to travel, and how much extra space you wish to have.

Campers come in a wide range of sizes and typically are anywhere from 12 to 40 feet long. The larger that the camper is, the more space you will have for multiple people to reside in the camper. Some campers that are closer to the 12 foot length will be quite small inside and are best for only 1 to 2 people. However, campers that are closer to 40 feet in length will be better suited for families and will typically have a master bedroom along with bunk beds or a pull out couch of some sort so it is comfortable for multiple people.

How Many Square Feet Does A Camper Have?

The square footage of a camper is going to vary based on the length of the camper. Most campers are approximately 8 feet in width so you can multiply the length of the camper by the width to get your square footage. Therefore, a camper that is 30 feet in length will be approximately 240 square feet.

Is More Square Footage Better?

There are many options when it comes to square footage in a camper and there are pros and cons to having something with more square footage versus a smaller camper with less square footage.


Dry Camp For Longer

A larger camper will have a large freshwater tank and therefore will allow you to dry camp for longer without having to worry about hookups for water and power. A larger camper will also have more battery power, which means that you can also run your appliances for longer without hookups.

More Living Space

With a larger camper that has more square footage, you will have more overall living space to move around within your camper and can have more people traveling with you. Campers that are larger will typically have a full-size kitchen so you can also cook more frequently in the camper.

If you have a large family, a larger camper will be ideal as they can typically sleep a larger family comfortably. Depending on the size of the camper, it could potentially have two bathrooms as well, which is important to some people especially if it is a larger family.


Energy Requirements

A larger camper is going to require more energy to run. Therefore, unless you have power hookups when you stop, you will require more battery power and a larger generator if you choose to go that route.


A larger trailer is going to be harder to park, especially dependent on where you are wanting to camp. Many National Parks have limits on the size of campers and RVs that they will accept and allow to park within the National Park campgrounds. It is important to check ahead of time to make sure that the campground you plan to stay at can accommodate a larger camper.

Driving Route

Aside from just needing to pay attention to parking with a larger camper, you also need to be aware of the size of the roads you plan to travel on as well as the height of any tunnels you might drive through. A larger camper can pose a problem if the road is too narrow or the clearance is not high enough for the height of the camper.


The larger the camper, the more that the maintenance costs will be. For some people, the cost of maintenance on a large camper is more than they want to spend. Maintenance on a camper includes checking the tires frequently, ensuring all fluid levels are normal, checking the battery status, checking the roof for any leaks or damage, and winterizing your camper as necessary.

Does A Motorhome RV Have More Square Footage Than A Camper?

The square footage of a motorhome RV is calculated the exact same way as the square footage of a camper. You will still multiply the length by the width to find out what the square footage is. Both motorhomes and campers have a wide range of sizes that are available and you can typically find a camper that has comparable square footage to a motorhome RV and vice versa. However, the largest class of motorhomes will be larger than most campers depending on the size you purchase and you therefore can potentially get more square footage out of a motorhome than what is possible with a typical camper.

Class A RV

The class A motorhome RV is going to be the largest. This is the type  that will come to mind when you think of a motorhome. They usually range in size from 20 to 45 feet or more. The largest class A motorhome can potentially sleep up to 10 people, which makes it a good option if you have a large family or are wanting plenty of extra square footage.

Class B RV

Class B motorhome RVs are known as camper vans and are the smallest in size of the 3 classes of motorhomes. The square footage in these is going to be quite small and some people prefer to have a camper that they tow in order to get more square footage for the same cost. A class B motorhome will usually have a small kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area.

Some people prefer the ease of a class B motorhome due to it being a small size so it is easy to drive and can be parked in a lot of places that a class A motorhome cannot.

Class C RV

If you are wanting a motorhome with plenty of square footage space, but do not want to drive something as large as a class A motorhome, then a class C motorhome is a good option. It is an in between in terms of size and amenities that class A and class B.

The class C RVs are on a regular truck chassis, which makes them easier to drive than the large Class A motorhomes. They will still have a good amount of square footage and come in a wide variety of sizes in order to fit your needs.