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Van Camping on a Budget
Many families and couples go van camping as an economical and comfortable option when compared to RV and tent camping. You can take a trip with just the bare essentials, or you can pimp your van and try to make it a home-away-from-home. The choice is yours, and this article is intended to give you some tips and benefits on van camping.
What Are The Benefits of Van Camping?
- Economical – the van can be sufficient enough to carry all your belongings, and big enough to sleep in. It is also less expensive to rent, purchase, maintain, and fill up (gas), than a recreational vehicle.
- Easy To Maneuver – The van will not handle much differently than your everyday vehicle, so it will be easier to park and handle during your camping trip.
- Convenient – can be used as another vehicle for frequent use.
Tips For Successful Van Camping
- Use a propane heater at night to keep warm
- Don’t just pullover for a nap when you get tired. There are city and state laws that you should abide by such as:
- Vehicles may not be parked in the same spot for extended periods of time.
- No sleeping in vehicles on public parking lots, or on the side of road.
- Park your recreational vehicle in the appropriate rest areas.
- Eat at actual restaurants and avoid eating at the rest stops. I have never paid so much for fast food in my life, as I did when I stopped to eat at the ones available at a rest stop in Ohio. The restaurants take advantage of the fact that you are probably vacationing, in a good mood, and have a few dollars to spend on eating out.
- Take the seats out ahead of time, if you think you will need the extra space.
- Add a U-Haul trailer or tailgate trailer for extra space. They are small and economical to rent.
- Install a roof rack for kayaks, canoes, bikes, etc.
- Use plastic storage bins that can be stacked to keep everything organized and to prevent from taking up too much space.
If you are one of the happy campers that wants to turn their van into a mini version of their home, here are a few links to help you with your vision.
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