For those not so inclined to spend the night on the hard ground but don’t have access to an RV with all the comforts of home, there is an in-between option offered by the Australian company, Jucy. Their tagline is literally “everything including the Kitchen sink” and it pretty accurate. The vehicle is built on a standard family van (such as a Plymouth Caravan) with a passenger seating area that can transform into a cozy dinnette and then transform into a double bed. A popup on the roof of the van (called the Penthouse) can sleep two more. The kitchen sink is found in the rear of the van along with a really decent mini fridge, pull-out camping stove and a compartment to store the included plates, cups, cookware, and utensils. The only thing really missing is a bathroom, but I’m kind of glad they didn’t try to squeeze that in there as well. Because it is a standard van, it drives really easily and has decent gas mileage (around 20 mph) and can easily fit in a parking spot or drive up camping site you might find.
We had rented the Jucy van a couple of years ago for a West Coast adventure that took us from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada and it was an awesome experience. We rented a Jucy van again this Spring for a northern California / Southern Oregon trip that was another pleasant experience. I highly recommend checking them out (Jucy Van) if you’re thinking about a roadtrip with some added comfort and convenience. You can always pack your tent and sleeping bag if you want to rough it as well.