Dreaming about Van Life? We were too! After making the transition from home owners to living full time in a van (2 years and still loving it), we highly recommend camper rental before taking the leap. Here are 5 reasons why!
Reason #1 For Camper Rental: Reality Check
Aspiring influencers use their special skills to sugarcoat reality and make you believe 95% of vanlife is spent bikini-showering in the back of their van, watching the sunset from their bed or having romantic candle light dinners.
After 2 years living in our van, it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about the reality of Vanlife. Sometimes it’s like the Instagram, sometimes it’s more like:
Rent a camper and experience the real Vanlife, so your expectations meet reality!
Reason #2: Decide on a Van Layout
What you think is the perfect van layout could turn into a less-than-functional box. You see, creating a functional kitchen (or living room, or bedroom) is totally different in 100 sq.ft. than in 1800 sq.ft. You’d be surprised!
Keep in mind that everyone has different needs. For example, we mountain bike or snowboard almost everyday so we optimized our layout around that. If you like to hike, or paddle, or play video games, you might not need all that garage space and you’d need a completely different van layout than us.
So look around and take notes on different layouts that people have (check out Vanlife Ideas on Instagram and check our own Van Tour). Then go for a camper rental that fit your interests the most; it might take 2 or 3 iterations, but it’s a wise investment if it means finding YOUR perfect layout!
Reason #3 to rent a van: Learn what are your irritants
Devil’s in the details. Small irritants can affect your Vanlife in a bad way, especially if they’re repetitive. It gets into your head. Here is a list of weird irritant you might not have suspected:
Reason #4: Get to know the vanlife routine
It’s all fun and games until the routine kicks in… Being off-the-grid means you’ll necessarily run out of water at some point; and being nomad means you’ll necessarily spend some time looking for water, which can sometimes be nerve wracking as water is SO essential. Here are more routine stuff to expect:
Reason #5: Build (or buy) Once
Getting your dream camper van is a big investment of money and time (if going the DIY way). Not convinced? We tracked down all the cost and labor of our entire van conversion; we also obsessively documented all the build process in our Build Journal (step-by-step). That’ll give you a good idea of what you’re getting into if going the DIY way:
A perk of travelling in a van means meeting other Vanlifers; van tours are almost part of the routine! 🙂 There’s a story that we hear all the time: people building (or buying) a van, only to find out they’re unhappy with it… and they start all over again! We’d rather be travelling than building or shopping for a new van.
There you have it. Camper Rental is without a doubt a good time and money investment if you're serious about getting into Vanlife!
How to find a cool Camper Rental Near You
Outdoorsy.com is often referred as the “AirBnB” of Camper Rental (or RVing). It’s a community-based (peer-to-peer) platform that connects owners (“hosts”) to renters (“travellers”).