Camper Van, RV, or Somewhere in Between?

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Despite Covid-19 and all the restrictions that come with it, the desire to travel the country is as strong as ever. Not everyone feels safe using traditional travel methods such as airplanes, and wearing your mask on long flights can be uncomfortable. So, many people have been flocking to the adventure vehicle life, the safe and comfortable way to travel. Even though the urge to get one of these rigs is strong, not everyone knows what they want or even where to begin looking, so we’re here to help! 

Adventure Vans, Motorhomes, Trailers, and so on. There are many options to choose from and so many places telling you why to buy their product over another with very little realistic information. Let us help you settle the debate between all these options and hopefully you’ll be able to find the right fit for you!

The Positive Side of Things

Adventure Vans:

Our personal favorite, adventure vans, have a lot of benefits! To start off, they are highly customizable and you can up fit them to fit your exact needs. Whether you want something rugged or something more cozy there are plenty of options, products, and add ons that will help you achieve your dream van. The Van Life is also perfect for people who want to really get into the woods. Most vans will have the option to purchase in a 4×4 which will allow you to take your van off road, near overlooks, on the beach, and really wherever you want to set up shop. You aren’t limited to a campsite with adventure vans. Vans are also very user friendly. They might be big, but they are a smooth drive and fit fine in city settings and parking lots, unlike larger RV’s. Adventure vans are super durable as well. The aftermarket products are built to last and built to withstand about anything you put them through. There is very little replacing when it comes to vans, maybe some tune ups here and there, but over all your up-fit will remain tough.

These are also DIY friendly! Not only do we install parts, we sell them to people who want to do it all on their own and we have plenty of installation help videos for various products to assist you. Plus the Van community is so close that someone will always have an answer to your questions on van forums, groups, and pages. We also pride ourselves in being reachable, even if we aren’t building your van we’re happy to help people out who have decided to do it themselves.

RVs and Motorhomes:

RV’s also have their perks. If you plan on traveling with many people an RV might be your best bet. They tend to be spacious with plenty of room to sprawl out, as much as you can in a home on wheels. They are overall more comfortable for larger groups. There’s a reason they’re called motorhomes, they offer most of the comforts of home while on the road. They typically have full bathroom space, kitchen amenities, and multiple sleeping spaces.

a few negatives

Adventure Vans:

Adventure vans are a more rugged, self contained option versus an RV.  At FreedomVanGo we stick with the K.I.S.S. method and design simple, yet reliable systems to make sure you have no issues in the middle of nowhere.  For us that means no indoor showers, and either a cassette or no chemical style toilet such as the wrappon green.  We design our vans around adventure, travel and the outdoors.  Extended periods off grid and self reliance are a focus.

RVs and Motorhomes:

Often seeming less expensive, and more luxurious, RVs for the most part are super hit and miss.  General quality control, electrical systems, and construction materials are mostly subpar and bare minimum.  They look nice but wear horribly.  Creaks, rattles and leaks plague the RV community across the board.  Just ask the guy down the street that is always working on his! Thats not to say there are a few outliers, but RVs are meant to stay on the road and in campgrounds. 
 

A Happy Medium

FreedomVanGo 2020 Winnebago Revel Ladder

If you’re somewhere in the between these two, let us introduce you to the Winnebago Revel. It has most of the upsides of an RV condensed into a Sprinter. It includes shower, toilet, galley kitchen, and an adjustable bed in the back. Revels and other vans like them are great for people who want to have the freedom of a van and the comfort of an RV.

You can also customize them like standard camper vans, to a certain extent. You can deck out the exterior with carriers, lights, racks, wheels and tires, suspension, and more. The interior is a little more set in stone, but maybe you want to upgrade the power system to a RoamRig, add on some new storage and/or pouches, or even include the Canyon Adventure Vans Garage Lounge Storage System for 2020+ Revels.

RoamRig Installation

There are a few downsides to these seemingly perfect rigs. All those awesome amenities are relatively squished in there, after all it is a fully built out camper inside a sprinter chassi. This means there is less space for moving around comfortably, so consider that awning so there is plenty of outdoor living space to make up for lack of interior space. Since the Revel is already built out, interior customizations are few and far between, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it yours, it just means you need to enjoy the stock products. 

Still Stuck? Talk to Us!

If you’re still on the fence or have further questions, contact us! We may be building out sweet camper vans, but that doesn’t mean we’ll pressure you into buying one, we just want to help you figure out what will best fit your individual needs. 

If you do end up with a Van of your own, give us a call! We’re excited to help you with the building process whether total DIY, individual project help, or full build out!

Start designing your custom camper van or bathroom van today.

Our team is available to help you choose the best solution for your next van build project. Schedule a call with one of our builders.