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Best Vans for Camping

Rahul Thadani
Camping lovers now have the option of taking their home with them, in the shape of vans. These contain everything that a camper could need, and this increases the number of options of places that the camper can visit.
Camping vans are a great purchase for people who love to camp with their whole family. They are also known as Recreational Vehicles (RV), and can be customized to suit you and your family's needs. There are many options that you can make use of, and there are really no limitations on the features and utilities that you can add on these vans.
Depending on the size of the van, and the size of your budget too, you can put a kitchen, plenty of cabinets, maybe even a bed and many other amenities inside them. These features will come in use when you are out on a long trip.
You can even attach a stove, so you wouldn't even have to worry about cooking food. What this means is that you can sit in your RV and take off any time you like, and there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go. These are ideal for people who love nature and long drives.
There are many companies that convert your RVs into full-fledged vans. They will give you various options about all the amenities you can install in it. This service will usually cost you between $20,000 and $50,000, depending on the amenities that you install. You must remember that this is a long-term investment, so you should not hesitate to splurge.
In case you do not already own a van or a camping trailer, you can buy one of the many used ones that are up for sale. Some of these companies even sell them, and then go about redecorating it for you. Given here is the process that you will have to follow.

1. Pick a van for yourself. Your options are as under:
  • Ford.
  • Chevy.
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
2. Pick the body of the van. Your options are as under:
  • Regular body (RB).
  • Extended body (EB).
  • Long body (LB).
3. Add a top to the van. Your options are as under:
  • Penthouse top.
  • Contempo top.
  • Voyager top.
  • Cruiser II top.
  • Penthouse expandable top.
4. Then you will be given various options to enhance the interiors of the vehicle. Here are some of the most commonly used options that you can use:
  • Leather seats.
  • Furnaces and air conditioners.
  • Solar panels and water heaters.
  • Microwaves.
  • Generators.
  • Television sets and many other items.
Again, you must remember that this is an extremely expensive procedure, and a van with all the amenities possible can sell for as much as $75,000. You need to make a choice about various things, and this is why your budget is very important. 

Other Alternatives

If you feel that this price is too much for you, there are some other options open to you as well. The first one is obviously to cut down on the amount of amenities you actually get for your van. You can choose to keep it simple and just attach a bed and a stove inside. This will bring down your cost considerably. 
Another alternative is to look to rent a van or buy a used one. The used ones will be a little run down, so you may have to spend some money in refits and re-decorating the interiors.
Rental agencies are high in demand, especially in peak season. Many people and families like to spontaneously make camping plans and head down to a lake or a resort for a few days. Since they do not own a vehicle, they choose to rent their van. This brings down the cost, and also increases the convenience for them.
At the end of the day, these are very useful vehicles if you like to go camping on a regular basis. You must decide how much you are actually going to use the van before you choose to set aside some money, because this is after all, a heavy purchase.