Americans love to camp. Camping can be a great way to get outdoors and experience everything that nature has to offer. There are over 10,000 camp sites in the United States and there are even more that can be found off the beaten path. It is estimated that one in five Americans go camping every single year, and some will go more than once a year.
It may be for a quick vacation or it could be a way to experience the world. Either way, there are more people camping each year. Some people choose to rough it with a tent and a backpack, and others choose to go camping in style with a conversion van. Here are some things to consider before you decide to go camping in a conversion van.
Is a Conversion Van a RV?
There seems to be some argument about this question. Many people will say that a conversion van is simply a van that has been converted and that is exactly what they are. However, there are some conversion van models that are classified as Class B Motorhomes. These include any van that has been converted or manufactured to have basic living accommodations. Some models will even include a raised roof that provides additional headroom and more space for amenities. One of the most popular is the Arbogast Airstream. You could think of a conversion van as the affordable cousin of a full-sized RV. A full-sized RV will have many added expenses that push them out of the average person’s price range. A conversion van is the affordable alternative, overall.
Organization is a Must.
Camping will always require a fair amount of organization skills. Having a conversion van will give you more room for storage, but that does not mean that you don’t have to be organized. In fact, the extra space will require even more organization if you want to have a fun filled exciting camping trip. It may take a few trips to really get everything organized perfectly. There may be some things that you bring with you that you never even use. Scratch them off the list for the next trip. Plastic storage bins are also a great way to get a little better organized. They are affordable, easy to stack, easy to conceal underneath things, easy to move and most of them have rainproof lids.
Save Money By Packing Your Own Food.
One of the fun things about camping is stopping in to taste some of the local foods, but this can get very expensive, very fast. Conversion vans offer more space for storing food and groceries. Some models will have plenty of space for storing dry foods, and some models even have a refrigerator. The added space of a conversion van will give you more room for a larger cooler. Packing your own food for your camping trip is a great way to stay within your budget.
Plan Your Trip Accordingly.
No amount of extra space will benefit a poorly planned camping trip. There are some basic things that should be planned out long before the conversion van hits the highway. It is always a good idea to know where you are going, what is the best route to get there and what stops need to be made along the way.
It is also a very good idea to have some information on hand about the place you plan on camping. A conversion van will give you plenty of better options for camping than a full-sized RV would. They are smaller and they can easily squeeze into much tighter spots. If you need the modern conveniences of power, then make sure that the campground can supply you with electrical hookups.
Heating and AC
Not all conversion vans will offer the ability to keep things warm or cold when you need them. This can be a challenge for some people when they are camping. It is not really a good idea to leave your van running to heat or cool the inside. There is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are planning on camping some place that is cold, make sure to bring plenty of blankets and warm clothing. If you are planning on camping where it is hotter, bring some fans to keep you cool at night.
Camping in a conversion van is a great way to have all of the comforts of home. You don’t have to worry about getting wet in the rain and you don’t have to worry about wild animals raiding your food storage like you would if you were tent camping. They are a more affordable alternative to the more expensive full-sized RVs in every imaginable way!
About the Author: Jim Morris is a contributing author who loves the outdoors and has two young sons to follow his example. He and his family are currently planning their next camping excursion to the Rocky Mountains.