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Do You Have to Insulate a Camper Van? Let’s Find Out

Interior van with finished insulation

When converting a van to be used as a camper van, it can be a challenge trying to figure out everything that needs to be done. It can also be an expensive undertaking and some try to cut corners and reduce the overall cost of the build. Insulation is one of those areas that often gets cut or reduced. Some consider it a necessary part of a build while others may not.

This article will tackle the question of insulating or not insulating a van based on my experience of converting and years of traveling in one.

Do you even need insulation in a camper van?

You don’t have to insulate a camper van BUT insulation is essential if you desire a comfortable, temperature-controlled living space. Beyond helping to regulate temperatures, insulation can also serve as a sound dampener and make the overall experience much more pleasurable.

As someone who has spent a lot of time in a camper van, I consider insulation to be one of the most important steps of a van conversion. This is your opportunity to build a foundation in your van that will allow you to complete a build that will be comfortable to travel in.

There are some who disagree and consider insulation to be an unnecessary step but anyone who has spent a fair amount of time living or traveling in a van will certainly appreciate the benefits of an insulated van versus an uninsulated van.

To further explore why insulation is essential, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of having insulation. While insulation isn’t totally necessary and you do not have to use it, you may agree after seeing the pros and cons that it is a good idea to do it in the early stages while you have the chance.

Pros of Insulating a Camper Van

If you are on the fence and are unsure whether or not you want to spend the time and money involved in adding insulation to your van build, the following pros will help you to decide. I only have two pros for insulating a van but they are pretty big ones and they can make or break your van build in the end.

Better Temperature Control

The obvious reason for adding insulation to a van or any type of structure is to help regulate the temperature. Without insulation, heat transfer can happen without any friction holding it back. Insulation gives a barrier that will slow the heat transfer down.

This will help to keep your van cooler in the summertime as well as keep the interior of your van warmer in the wintertime. If you do not include any type of insulation that has a decent R-value, you will be riding around and living in a big metal box that will get extremely hot in summer temperatures and will not retain heat very well in winter temperatures.

To avoid this, high R-value insulation can be used. Many people choose an insulation type such as wool, Rockwool, Polyisocyanurate foam board, Thinsulate, or fiberglass batt. All of these have a respectable R-value that will do a good job in a van. However, each has its own pros and cons.

four types of insulation on top of one another

It’s a good idea to consider the way you will be living and the environment that you will be in when you make your final decision as to the type of insulation that you will use. Those who live in extreme climates will need more insulation and those who live in more moderate climates will need less.

Noise Reduction

One of the biggest benefits that many people do not even consider is the added bonus of reducing overall noise in your van. Insulation can do an excellent job at dampening the noise whether it be road noise as you are driving or outside noises as you are trying to sleep at night.

Noise-reducing insulation such as Thinsulate will help to muffle sounds and give you an overall better experience. You will hear less outside noise while you are in campgrounds or other loud areas such as parking lots.

When combined with sound deadening material, insulation will give you a quiet ride and will help make the long drives more bearable.

When I first purchased my van, it was just a large metal box and the noise level was pretty high as I drove home from where I purchased it. I was already wondering if it would always be this loud or if there was something I could do. This experience prompted me to research the subject more and come up with a solution that would reduce the noise throughout the cabin and living area so that I could experience more joy in the journey.

When you combine different types of insulation that are designed to do different things, the noise level can be reduced dramatically. I experienced this after installing Noico sound deadening material along with Thinsulate insulation throughout my entire van. The noise level was noticeably less and driving in the empty cargo van was much quieter than it had been on my original ride.

Now, after driving my van and using it for a few years, it has been a pleasurable experience and I attribute a lot of this to the prior planning I did to combat noises like this.

Cons of Insulating a Camper Van

Of course, there are always cons to doing anything no matter what it is. It’s up to you to decide whether the cons matter more or the pros matter more. In my case, the pros of having insulation far outweigh the cons and I am happy I went that route. You, on the other hand, may find a different conclusion. Let’s look at a couple of cons that may arise.

Possible Moisture Buildup

A van is a place where you will be introducing moisture through cooking, showering, and traveling in humid climates. Some worry that insulation will only add to the problem and create areas where moisture and dampness could accumulate. However, this is likely only a problem if ventilation is not thoroughly considered in your van build.

I have never had any problem with condensation or moisture whatsoever. I have built in proper ventilation throughout my van including a roof fan along with a window on the side that pulls air through my van anytime I need additional ventilation.

I even have a shower with a water heater in my van that I use often and even with the moisture that this shower creates, the moisture has not caused any issues that I have noticed. This may be a problem if you insulate your van with a type of insulation that does not do well with moisture such as fiberglass batts.

If your van is not properly ventilated, you could see an issue over time with normal levels of condensation and moisture buildup during cooking, high humidity, and just normal breath when in a non-ventilated area.

Additional Cost & Time Commitment

The second con is the obvious cost and extra time involved in installing it. Many people just want to get to the fun part of the conversion which generally involves setting up the kitchen and living space to look like a dream home.

However, it won’t be much of a dream home if you don’t consider this step and take the time to install insulation while you have the chance. The best time to do this is in the beginning before you have done anything else. Yes, it is an additional cost that can be quite expensive depending on the type of insulation you choose.

However, if you skip on this choice, the foundation of your van may be at risk because the temperature will not be regulated as nicely as it otherwise could be.

This is important for your living comfort, as well as resale value. If you decide to resell your van, many people won’t be happy that insulation is not installed behind the walls because this means that if they want to do it themselves, they will need to rip apart the van and basically start from scratch. Consider this as you build your van and plan your layout.

Including insulation into your van build is just good common sense and is a win-win for everyone.

In my opinion, going with good quality insulation like Thinsulate is worth the cost, and the time it takes to install it is minimal.

Is Van Insulation Worth It?

Insulation in a camper van is more than worth the cost and time that it takes to install it. There are so many benefits that you will notice when you have your van properly insulated. If you want to keep your van cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter, it’s a no-brainer.

It comes down to the type of environment you plan on traveling in.

The weather varies greatly in different parts of the world. I live in the Midwest and often experience very hot summers with lots of humidity as well as cold winters with snow and ice. These temperature swings put you in predicaments where controlling the temperature better inside your living area is important.

If I lived in an idyllic area that was a nice 75 degrees year-round, perhaps the answer to this question may be different. However, this isn’t the reality for most people and van travelers often experience large swings in temperature and weather patterns.

My advice, as someone who has experience with a properly insulated camper van, is to make the extra effort to make your van more comfortable from the beginning. You’ll be glad in the and once you begin traveling and experiencing the fun that this lifestyle provides.

Conclusion

You don’t have to insulate a camper van. There is no one forcing you to do it and you can still enjoy traveling, sleeping, or camping in your van without it. However, if you want to take the experience to the next level, adding insulation to the van is an easy way to level up on your total experience.

Insulation is a tricky subject and there are numerous videos and websites online discussing the good and the bad of it. I speak from experience and know that I am extremely happy that I insulated my van and put extra thought into it.

I went a little overboard on my insulation, mainly because I purchased too much and had a lot leftover and also because I just assumed the more insulation I could pack into it, the better off it would be. This has proven to be a good decision for me but each person is on a different journey and may experience a different result altogether.

Whatever you do, don’t skip over this part and assume it doesn’t matter. Consider the options and make an educated decision before you continue with your build. After all, you can’t easily go back and install insulation once the van has been fully converted. You’ll have to tear it back apart and start over! It’s best to take care of it now.

Having insulation can make a huge difference in a van and make it feel more comfortable, cozy, and professionally made. Buyers will appreciate it once you are ready to put it up for sale.

7 Benefits of Camper Van Travel

Camper van parked in the mountains

Traveling in a camper van is something I have gained a lot of experience in during the last few years and I have come to appreciate the benefits of doing so. Even when I am just traveling and not using the van to live in, it serves a purpose and makes the trip more pleasant. Once you have experienced traveling in a small home on wheels like this, it’s hard not to appreciate the benefits of it.

While the intended use for a camper van is to travel on adventurous camping trips, it doesn’t have to end there. There is no need for it to sit in your driveway only to be used on the next summer vacation. Unlike a larger RV, the size of a van allows you to make use of it in many other ways.

I’d like to share some ways I use my van for travel and some of the benefits I have found over the years. Some of these may not be so obvious unless you are a seasoned van lifer yourself.

1. Convenience

The number one reason for camper van travel has to be the conveniences associated with it. When compared to other RV types, it provides an experience that is extremely convenient to the point that it doesn’t seem like you are even in an RV. Instead, it seems that you are traveling in your personal vehicle–with extra perks.

The convenience of traveling in a camper van is mostly due to its small size.

When you compare the class B RV to a class A motorhome, for example, you can see how convenient it is when driving and maneuvering around as well as parking in small locations. Although the class A will provide a more roomy interior and luxurious sleeping arrangement, one has to weigh the pros and cons of each to determine the best option for their use.

Convenience generally tops the list in the pros column for camper vans and makes them an ideal choice for those who want to travel with less hassle.

Even outside the realm of camping, a camper van can also be used as a daily driver. It doesn’t need to simply sit in a driveway and wait for the next RV trip. Instead, since a van is small, it can be driven for additional purposes beyond the yearly camping trip.

A van makes a perfect solution for full-timers which is why van life has taken off in recent years. It can provide a great living environment with such a small footprint that it can be driven anywhere without much trouble.

2. Less Travel Stress

If you have ever driven a large RV or towed a travel trailer of some type, you may be aware of some of the stressors involved in doing this. Well-seasoned campers may have no issue with it but for the less experienced, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Car towing a large travel trailer

With a large RV, there is always the added stress of being able to find a place large enough to park, turn around, or just get through traffic safely.

With a van, this type of stress is almost non-existent. You can simply hop in the vehicle and head out without much planning. There is no need to worry about a trailer being towed behind you or whether or not your rig will fit into your next RV spot.

3. Ability To Stop & Rest in Comfort

Traveling in a van gives you the opportunity to stop and rest as needed. Of course, you can do this when traveling in anything but the van makes it MUCH easier. The ability to pull into a rest stop or store parking lot and park in any normal parking spot gives you the flexibility to be able to stop no matter where you are.

Even when we are not on a camping trip, we generally drive our van for this purpose alone. It makes for an easier way to stop, get something to eat, take a short nap, fix coffee or food, use the toilet, or do any other thing we might need to do. All of this while parked in a standard parking space.

We have done this many times as we have stopped at grocery stores or restaurants and eaten our food in the comfort of our own van dining area. If you get tired on a long trip, having a camper van with a bed and other comforts gives you the opportunity to pull into locations like this and get some shut-eye. In my opinion, it’s a safer way to travel even if you are using it for other purposes beyond camping adventures.

Even on trips where a hotel or other living arrangement was the end goal, the camper van has served as a great way to travel and offers us lots of comfort and amenities while on the journey.

4. Easy to Park and Blend In

Once you have stopped and settled into your desired location, you will have no problems being parked in an area where other cars are coming and going. Rather than taking up additional parking spaces as a larger RV might do, you’ll be nestled in tightly amongst other vehicles. With a bigger RV, you may not have enough space to even park or could be asked to move if you are in the way of others. You won’t have this issue in a van.

Not only that but you will also blend in with your surroundings easier. Rather than sticking out like a sore thumb, you look as though you’re just another vehicle parked in a parking spot. Some people may not even know whether it is a camper or just a work van.

5. A Camper Van Can Be Used For Multiple Purposes

Unlike a standard RV, a class B van could have multiple uses. I use my van for all kinds of purposes beyond adventure excursions. I am often using my van to haul lumber or larger items that might not fit in other vehicles. It makes it handy when I need to pick up something from a hardware store and it’s raining outside. The van can be used to easily load a larger item and keep it out of the weather while I drive it back home.

Of course, this will depend on the layout of the van inside. Some vans may not be flexible enough to provide an open area for hauling loads. However, many RV manufacturers of class B vans have considered this and often include beds and other areas that convert or can be folded up out of the way.

As an example, the Storyteller Overland van has a rear bed that can be stowed out of the way to make room for a passthrough area. This area can be used for storing large items or simply making it easier to walk through. Check out the van below in the video to see this feature.

Some vans have access space for you to haul a motorcycle or bicycle inside. I have often hauled my bicycle inside my van just to take it on a bike ride somewhere. The van makes it easy to store the bike inside and take it out when needed and I don’t have to worry as much about it getting stolen while I’m out on the road.

Try this in a larger RV and you won’t be able to do it. It’s not likely that you’ll drive your class A RV to Home Depot so that you can pick up some lumber. It wouldn’t be ideal with nearly any other type of RV or motorhome. The van stands out among the crowd of RV types as something that can be used for camping and traveling but also can handle other uses without a problem.

6. A Camper Van Gets Great Fuel Mileage

One of the best benefits of a camper van is the money-saving benefit that it has with lower fuel mileage. You’ll be able to drive further per gallon of gas which, in the end, will add up to a lower-cost trip in the long run. I have often been very surprised at the fuel economy of my van. Even when up and down mountain roads and hilly terrain, my Promaster van gets great fuel mileage for a gasoline engine.

The RAM Promaster 2500 that I have with its V6 engine, generally averages between 15 – 20 miles per gallon.

This is the type of fuel mileage that you might expect from any full-size vehicle which makes it similar to driving a personal vehicle around. When compared to larger motorhomes, you’ll find that a class B is going to give you the best bang for your buck in terms of fuel mileage.

7. Easier Maintenance

Another great benefit of owning and traveling in a class B van is that you can generally take them anywhere for service. Rather than finding an RV dealership, these can generally be taken to any dealership or mechanic that can do the job. Oil changes are easy no matter where you are. The only problem that I have run into with my camper van is the high roof. I have taken my van to one dealership that didn’t have a high enough bay to service it.

This usually isn’t a problem as most dealerships have at least a few tall bay doors to accommodate higher roof vehicles like this.

Otherwise, the standard maintenance items that you would expect on any type of RV are easy to maintain on a camper van. Since they have a smaller footprint, there is less maintenance required and the roof is easy to reach, systems are generally small and easy to work with.

Man pressure washing top of a class B RV

Beyond maintenance, washing a van is considerably less work than washing a large RV.

Bottom Line

There are many benefits to owning and traveling in a camper van. It’s a no-brainer if you are interested in adventure travel and want a small home to carry along on the journey with you. Having a larger one presents some issues that many people don’t consider.

Anything larger than a class B RV will often require you to tow another vehicle so that you can have a drivable car when you get to your destination. With a van, you have the benefit of being able to drive away in your van at any given time which eliminates the need for a towable car.

If you are looking for convenience and a way to travel lightly while reducing travel stress, a van may be perfect for you. It has been an amazing journey as I have traveled in my van and often feel grateful that I do not have the struggles that come along with driving a large RV or towing a large camper trailer.

It’s nice to be able to have the convenience of a motorhome in the small footprint that a van provides. Because of this convenience, many have been able to enjoy van life and the ability to travel freely to destinations all over the globe.

What Size RV Do I Need? Size Comparisons of Each Type

Multiple Class B RVs on dealer lot

Choosing the best RV can be a difficult task! It isn’t always easy to pick the perfect solution on the first go-around, especially if you are new to the lifestyle. I drive a camper van but it may not be the right choice for you. There are times when I think it’s not even the right choice for me. I often think about owning a more spacious solution but the benefits of the Class B keep me content.

There are benefits to owning the Class B that I own and the same can be said for all the rest of the different RV types. Each has its pros and cons list and different things matter to different people. If you are unsure or still on the fence, this article will help you decide by looking at the different types of RVs and their sizes while laying out the good and bad of each.

RV Size at a Glance

RV TypeTypical Size (length)Who’s It For?
Class A25ft – 45ftfamilies who want a luxurious, spacious experience
Class B17ft – 25ftsingle people or couples who seek adventure over comfort, those who want an easy-to-drive rig
Class B+22ft – 25ftcouples or small families who want a small, drivable option
Class C20ft – 35ftfamilies who want a small drivable, affordable RV
Truck Camper10ft – 15ftsingle people or couples who already own a capable truck and seek off-road adventure
Small to Medium Travel Trailer8ft – 20ftsingle people or couples who own a standard vehicle and want to spend less and don’t require much space
Large Travel Trailer20ft – 35ftfamilies that need space but want a more affordable option than a motorhome
Fifth Wheel25ft – 45ftfamilies that want lots of room and owns a capable vehicle to tow it

Drivable RVs (Motorhomes)

Motorhomes offer a ton of benefits with my favorite being that they provide an all-in-one solution. You can move between the driving and living areas without ever leaving the vehicle. This provides more convenience and safety.

Class A

Class A RV driving down the road

A class A RV is going to be the largest of all of the drivable types of RVs. This is the one you want if you have a large family or you want a lot of room inside so that you can get comfortable. It’s like a small house on wheels that has all the room and amenities inside that you can imagine. These come in all sizes and some of the largest ones can be upwards of 45 feet in length.

Some of the smaller class A RVs can be 25 feet in total length. However, even with this short length, these are often very accommodating with a well-thought-out floor plan and also may include slide outs that add additional living space inside.

These are usually gas hogs and will cost a lot of money to operate and drive long distances. If you are looking for an RV that will fit you, your family, and all of your belongings while maintaining a comfortable living space, a class A may be a good choice for you.

There are some downsides such as being more challenging to drive, being very expensive, and having to tow a vehicle behind for personal use.

Pros

  • A class A RV has lots of living space inside
  • A class A RV has all of the amenities you could expect for a comfortable living setup
  • It’s drivable
  • Gives you a luxurious, homey feel no matter where you go

Cons

  • You will likely need a towable vehicle to pull along with you
  • They are big and challenging to drive
  • They are the most expensive type of RV that you can buy
  • They are expensive to operate
  • They require a lot of space for parking

Who’s It For?

The class A motorhome is for those who want luxury at its finest! You’re the type who has a lot to spend on an RV and wants to make sure you are comfortable no matter where you go. You’re the envy of every other camper in the campground as they look at your massive rig in amazement of all the space you must have inside. You’re not looking for the camping experience but for the feeling of traveling in comfort and style.

If you have the money, a small car to pull, and no fear of driving one of these big rigs, you’ll love it!

Class B – Camper Van

Class B van parked at campground

Class B RVs are the complete opposite of the Class A’s mentioned above. You won’t find lots of elbow room inside one of these RVs but you will find a lot of other conveniences. A class B (camper van) is an amazing vehicle for being able to get you into places that larger RVs just can’t go. Besides that, you can use it like a car without the need to tow an additional vehicle with you.

While you won’t find the space inside comparable to a larger motorhome, you’ll appreciate just how nimble a motorhome of this size is.

Pros

  • Small and nimble, easy to drive and park
  • No need for a towed car
  • Fits into nearly any parking spot
  • Resale value higher than most classes of RVs
  • Good fuel mileage

Cons

  • Small living space
  • Expensive for what you get

Who’s It For?

A camper van is for someone who is looking to be able to travel far without the inconvenience of a large vehicle. A camper van can go nearly anywhere so this type of RV or for those who are a bit more adventurous and aren’t concerned as much with spacious living arrangements.

A camper van is great for one or two people but may be a challenge for a family. This type of RV has been my preferred choice for a few years now and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. While there are times that I wish I had more room inside, the benefits of driving a small home around like this outweigh any comfort issues.

Class B RVs can be quite expensive with some in the range of $200,000 or more. Most of them sell for over $100,000 brand new with only a few on the market that are below this amount. You can find used ones for a decent price but they do keep their value pretty well for an RV. You may be better off converting your own as I did if you want to save money.

Class B+

If a Class B is too small for you but you still want a small footprint, the class B+ is a good compromise. These are also built on a van chassis but usually have a custom-built living area that is larger than the van itself. Because of this, you get more living space inside which can be a game-changer for this small of an RV.

Some of the best on the market include the Leisure Travel Vans Unity and the Airstream Atlas. While these are classified as Class C, they are smaller than the typical class C and more akin to a van than most. This is an expensive option but worth the price if you intend to travel and use it a lot.

Pros

  • Good size without being too small or too large
  • High-end features that rival that of a larger RV

Cons

  • You may need to tow a vehicle
  • Expensive
  • Hard to find due to the popularity

Who’s It For?

This type of RV is for those who like the small footprint of a class B van but find the van alone to be too small. A B+ van will allow for more living space inside and be more comfortable to travel with. They maintain a small footprint but open up inside to a more spacious and luxurious living environment.

If you have a small family but want to stay small with your choice of RV, this size will fit perfectly. You will truly be traveling in style and will be able to drive and maneuver the rig without the troubles of a much larger one.

Class C

Class C RV parked in the desert

The Class C RV is the most popular of all the motorhomes on the road. This is mainly due to their spacious floorplans and affordable prices. You can find these on the new market at a good price but used ones for even better. These RVs come in all shapes and sizes and vary in total length.

Whether you are looking for a small one or a large one, you’ll find a huge range of sizes between manufacturers and models.

Pros

  • Affordable motorhome option
  • Variety of sizes and floorplans readily available
  • Lot’s of living space inside
  • Comfortable to drive, usually on a van chassis

Cons

  • Lower priced models can be inferior in quality
  • You will need to tow a car if you want the freedom to explore an area once you set up camp

Who’s It For?

A Class C RV is a great choice for a small family who wants to travel with a spacious living area. These often are designed with multiple sleeping areas and usually always have an extra bed over the cab. This area works great if you have children or other visitors while you are camping.

These range in size from about 20 – 40 feet in total length.

They usually have slide outs and the space can be opened up further for an even larger living space. They are often affordable and easy to acquire as most RV dealers have a wide range of this type of RV in stock.

Truck Camper

Truck camper driving on road in desert

Unlike the other motorhomes mentioned above, a truck camper requires you to have a vehicle in order to use it. This is a good thing since you can choose the exact model of truck you wish to drive. Many people use a four-wheel-drive option for this and a truck camper serves as an excellent adventure vehicle.

You can drive into locations and enjoy it where you might not be able to drive other RVs. These come in a range of sizes and the size you choose will be determined by the type of truck you have. There is a truck camper that will fit almost every truck model on the market including the most compact trucks, all the way up to the most capable trucks on the road.

Unlike the other motorhomes mentioned above, you’ll need to exit the truck in order to access the camper in the back of the truck.

Pros

  • It can be removed from your truck as needed
  • Affordable
  • Small and easy to store when not in use

Cons

  • You must have a truck that can handle it
  • Layouts and interior space is minimal
  • Larger models can extend up high making them top-heavy

Who’s It For?

If you already own a capable truck, finding a camper to put on the back of it may be a great choice for you. This is especially true if you only camp occasionally and it’s only you or you and another person. The space is limited inside one of these so you won’t be able to comfortably fit a family inside in most cases.

For the person who wants to get away on off-road adventures, and camp for the night, a truck camper makes a great choice.

Towable RVs

Towable RVs are generally more affordable and offer spacious living arrangements for the size. You’ll need a vehicle to tow one and you’ll also have to get out of your vehicle in order to access the RV.

Small to Medium Trailer

Teardrop trailer in campground

A small travel trailer such as a teardrop trailer or a pop-up camper is an affordable option that allows anyone with a capable vehicle to tow it to a camping destination. While these aren’t very spacious, they do provide all that one needs to be able to enjoy a comfortable getaway in nature.

The main benefit of these types of RVs is that they are small and affordable. Not only that but they do not require a large vehicle to be able to tow them. Many SUVs and small passenger vehicles can tow a small travel trailer with no problem. This makes it a great choice for a family who already owns cars and just wants an RV to be able to go camping occasionally.

These range in prices but a small teardrop trailer can be purchased for as low as $15,000 and a small trailer that you may be able to walk around in such as the R-Pod, can run up to $30,000 and beyond for a brand new model.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Can be towed with almost any car
  • Once camp is set up, your car can be used to drive freely
  • The used market is full of them

Cons

  • Not very spacious
  • Requires a vehicle to be towed rather than being drivable

Who’s It For?

A small travel trailer is great for someone who wants to get away on camping trips but doesn’t want to spend the money for a drivable option. The interior in small travel trailers can often be compared to a smaller class C or class B van. They are easy to maneuver around even though they do require towing.

If you already have a capable vehicle, a small travel trailer can be an instant way that you can become an RVer. They are affordable and with many of them on the market, you can purchase used for deep discounts.

Large Trailer

Large travel trailer being towed by truck

A large travel trailer can provide the space needed for real family fun. These are larger than the smaller ones mentioned above but can be perfect if you are wanting more room with more luxurious amenities during your travels. These often come decked out with features and provide a great experience at an affordable price.

A large travel trailer ranges in size from about 20 feet to 40 feet. There is something for everyone but some of the larger ones will require a more beefy vehicle to tow them. Some of the large trailers can weigh over 10,000 pounds so will need something that can do the job of towing it.

These are popular and you see them all over campgrounds. They are easy to find and purchase and are readily available at an affordable price.

Pros

  • Spacious interior with a homey feel
  • Class A motorhome size at a more affordable price
  • Insurance is cheaper than a motorhome
  • Lots of used options are available

Cons

  • A larger vehicle is needed to tow it
  • No easy access to the trailer while traveling
  • Size may be too big for maneuvering in small campgrounds

Who’s It For?

If you like the size of a class A motorhome but don’t want the costs associated with one, a large travel trailer will be a great option. If you already own a vehicle capable of towing a travel trailer of this size, it may be the perfect solution for you.

For people who have families and need a large capacity RV, a travel trailer is a good route to go.

Fifth Wheel

Fifth wheel RV parked at campground

A fifth wheel is a behemoth of an RV that requires a vehicle with a large towing capacity. These RVs are amongst the largest on the market and are like a luxury home that you are towing around. These require a fifth wheel hitch and are considered safer to tow than traditional trailers.

With a fifth wheel, you will have a small turning radius even though it is such a large rig. This is helpful when needing to back in or maneuver around in small areas. These are not cheap and when combined with a truck capable of towing them, becomes a very expensive package.

The interiors of fifth wheels are among the nicest that you will find in an RV. They contain all the essentials and plenty of room for families to not only stay in but stretch out and be completely comfortable.

Pros

  • Large capacity living area
  • Easy to tow if you have a capable vehicle

Cons

  • Requires a vehicle with a fifth wheel hitch capable of towing it
  • Requires a lot of parking space for camping and storage

Who’s It For?

A fifth wheel is perfect for someone who wants the largest RV that they can get in a towable solution. If you already have a truck with a fifth wheel hitch or one that is capable of handling one, these make a great option. If you don’t mind towing around a huge trailer, these can feel like you are in a luxury home at the campground.

Bottom Line

There is an RV for everyone and each person will require a different solution. This all depends upon personal preferences and the type of camping that you will be doing. It also depends on how many people are involved and the amount of space required for a comfortable experience.

My suggestion is to rent some RVs to find out which one may be perfect for you. If you have never been inside the different types and sizes of RVs, go look at some on a dealer’s lot. Just don’t get suckered into buying one before you are ready! Figure out which sizes you are most interested in and look into a few rental options. Only after spending some time camping in them will you know the type that you prefer and will work best for you and your family.

9 Best Weapons For Camping

Axe at campsite

Camping is a relatively safe experience. I have been a camper for most of my life and have never had an issue where I felt that a deadly weapon was necessary. However, that doesn’t mean that it will always be that way. Having some way to protect yourself when things go wrong is just good common sense.

When many people think of carrying a weapon for protection, a gun may be the first thing that comes to mind. While this is certainly an option if it’s legal and you obey the laws, there are many other options that are less deadly but extremely effective.

Different rules apply depending on where you are on whether or not you can carry a gun. I choose not to go this route but I do have a keen sense of my surroundings and am generally prepared for bad things that might happen.

If you camp regularly and are looking to beef up your defenses, there are some common items that will work very well as weapons. Many of these are already at your disposal and you will simply need to be more aware of them.

When considering a weapon, you need to first establish what you are trying to protect yourself from. It could be wild animals or it could be the most dangerous of all; other humans with bad intentions. It’s good to be prepared for both in case something goes down that threatens your well-being.

If you are going to use a weapon, it should be a last line of defense. Some weapons could get you hurt if you don’t know what you are doing. For example, someone with a greater skill set could take a knife away from you and use it against you instead. Only consider a weapon as a last resort when your back is against the wall and you have to protect yourself from serious harm.

Let’s look at some great weapons to have on hand while camping that can help ensure your safety. These are in no particular order EXCEPT the first one.

NOTE: if you choose to carry any type of weapon when camping, make sure it is legal to do so and you understand any consequences involved in using it.

1. Your Brain / Awareness

The number one way to stay safe while camping is with the weapon you have right between your ears; your brain! Being aware of a situation and using your brain to direct your actions is the first step in ensuring your safety.

Our intuition can help us avoid something that might cause us harm. The trick is to listen to that intuition and avoid getting caught in dangerous situations. Not only that, but it also takes awareness to understand how and where to park your RV or pitch your tent.

Avoiding bad areas or other places where you just don’t feel comfortable will go a long way in protecting you.

Being aware of your surroundings and prepared in the best way that you can should be the first action. Only then does it make sense to even discuss weapons.

2. Pepper Spray / Bear Spray

Hand holding pepper spray

Pepper spray is a great way to protect yourself against other humans who are up to no good. It’s an easy weapon to carry with you and can easily be kept in your pocket at all times or in a location in your RV that’s easy to get to. With numerous varieties on the market, it’s easy to find an effective pepper spray that will protect you from intruders and other sketchy people that come around.

Pepper spray is designed to incapacitate an attacker long enough so that you can get away. Don’t expect it to take someone down for good.

Bear spray is great to have on hand as well if you camp in areas where bears and other wild animals could cause Harm. While bear spray isn’t designed for protecting yourself against humans, it can be highly effective in the event of a bear attack. It’s good to have both of these on hand on a camping trip and use them accordingly.

With both of these, it’s a good idea to understand how to use them and what the spray bottles are capable of. You don’t want to get caught in a situation where you need to use one and be fiddling around with the spray nozzle. Even worse, spraying towards yourself rather than the intended target.

3. Knife / Axe

Folding knife at campsite

Every camper should have a knife on hand. Not only for protection but for the practicality of having one. There are so many things you need a knife for while living off the land. A folding knife can easily be carried in your pocket at all times and it’s great to have on hand for those times when you just need a knife. You may need to open a package, cut a cord, slice up some food, or even protect yourself.

A sturdy pocket knife can be a great way to arm yourself and provide you with a weapon if you ever encounter a situation where when is needed. In an RV, you may have a plethora of knives sitting around for cooking and other needs. These may also be used if someone breaks into your RV or someone is up to no good and you need to ward them off.

Similar to a knife, an axe is also effective as a potential weapon. Axes are sometimes needed on a camping trip in order to cut firewood or chop something down. While you hope to never use such a thing, it’s an option that can do a lot of damage and protect you from unwanted visitors if needed.

4. Fire Extinguisher

If you are an RVer, you likely have a fire extinguisher handy in your RV. While a fire extinguisher is meant to put out fires, it may also serve another purpose if your back is against the wall and you need a weapon to ward off an intruder. If you can locate your fire extinguisher in a timely manner and be able to spray it in the vicinity of the person or other being in question, it can potentially save your life.

The CO2 that is emitted from a fire extinguisher can serve to temporarily incapacitate a person and make it easier for you to get away. Not only that but a fire extinguisher could serve as something that can be used to hit someone over the head.

This would be a last resort measure but since most RVs are, or should be, equipped with a fire extinguisher, it is something to consider as a possible life-saving weapon.

Even tent campers should have a fire extinguisher on hand in case a fire starts burning out of control. Keep it close by and easy to grab and use whether it’s to put out a fire or to run someone away from your campground.

5. Trekking Poles / Walking Stick

Woman holding trekking poles

Campers are often hikers and hikers often carry trekking poles or some type of walking stick. If you don’t, it’s a good idea to start! A walking stick or trekking poles can serve multiple purposes. The most obvious is giving you a stabilized place to hold onto as you walk across areas that could be potentially slippery or dangerous. A trekking pole gives you a place to hold onto as it firmly pushes into the ground while you hold tightly to it as if it’s a handrail.

A stick like this can also be used in the event of an emergency or if someone is trying to harm you. Not only a person but it can also ward off wild animals that have wandered upon you as you can use it as a weapon to poke, prod, or swing in order to hit the assailant. Having trekking poles like this provides a great additional barrier of protection that can be of help during an encounter with a crazed individual.

Besides being handy for keeping you stable as you are hiking, these trekking poles can become your best friends in times of danger.

6. Rocks

You’ll find plenty of rocks out in nature while you’re camping. After your campsite has been set up, a few select rocks from around the area can be positioned inside your tent, RV, or sleeping area. These rocks may come in handy if you were to hear rustling weeds or a person drawing near that shouldn’t be there.

Having a selection of rocks nearby gives you some weapons to throw or hit onto something. This can provide you with some additional protection and could buy you time so that you can acquire another weapon, run away, or call for help.

Rocks can be thrown, as long as you have a good aim, and will likely make a wild animal run away or stop a human intruder in his or her tracks.

7. Dog

Dog next to man sitting in chair at campsite

We campers love our dogs and besides being a best friend, a dog can be a great security system! Depending on the dog you have, you may have a partner that can fully protect you or you may have a partner who will only alert you of danger. Either way, having a best friend on hand that has some sharp canines and an instinct to protect, will go a long way in providing you with a weapon that intruders would not want to tangle with.

Even if your dog is not a powerful breed that can take down a large person, he or she will likely still be a fighter that will stand up for you and protect you in times of need. Not only this but a dog can help to draw attention with its barking and possibly alert others who may be around in the campground or nearby.

8. Stun Gun / Taser

A stun gun or taser might be a weapon that you haven’t considered before but can be highly effective if something tries to harm you. If a person comes into your campground causing a ruckus or breaks into your RV and puts your life in danger, a stun gun or taser can be used to stop them in their tracks. The high voltage of these devices is designed to shock and temporarily disable a person as it gives you time to get away or figure out your next move.

A taser is great for taking someone down from a distance, typically 15 to 25 feet away. However, a stun gun can be highly effective if an intruder is upon you and you are fighting for your life. A stun gun temporarily can disable a person if activated while making contact with their body.

The video below shows what happens when a stun gun is used.

There are laws regarding these depending on the locality that you are camping in but in general, are legal to use in most US states and can provide some additional protection when you need it most. Learn more about stun gun laws.

9. Personal Alarm

A personal alarm is something that is more of a deterrent than a weapon. While there won’t be much you can do as far as injuring someone, a loud piercing alarm that you can push when in danger will alert others in the area and potentially cause the intruder to disappear.

Animals may not like the sound either and can be startled enough to run away when the alarm is sounding. These types of personal alarms can be carried in your pocket, on your keychain, in a purse, or backpack. It’s best to have them in a place that is easy to get to without much difficulty.

Having an alarm like this hanging from your backpack strap as you are hiking for example gives you a way to instantly press it in a time of danger. The WETEN Personal Alarm Keychain (affiliate link) is a great option that is easy to use and can be carried on your keychain.

Bottom Line

Overall, camping is a safe experience and there may be no need to worry about carrying a weapon. However, it’s good to know that there are some objects easily accessible that can be highly effective. When your back is against the wall and you are fighting for your life, these items may come in handy as long as you plan in advance.

As the saying goes, expect the best but prepare for the worst. This is just good common sense! It’s better to think about these things now and be prepared when you need them rather than not knowing what to do when the time does come.

6 Reasons Why Renting an RV Is a Good Idea

Parked RV with interior lights on

Purchasing an RV can be quite an expensive undertaking! Not only is it expensive but also requires space in which to park it. Many people just don’t have the room for a large RV sitting in their driveway or out in the street. In this case, there is another option for you to enjoy all that an RV has to offer.

Renting an RV is an option that allows anyone to enjoy the RV lifestyle without the downsides associated with owning one. The RV lifestyle is fun but comes with drawbacks to consider before deciding to purchase one. Renting an RV allows you to “test the waters” before you leap into ownership.

After you have gone through the rental process, you may even decide that you don’t want to own one. The occasional camper will probably be better off renting rather than owning since there is a high cost to owning and maintaining an RV. Renting is not for everyone and those who use their RV often or intend to live or travel in it will obviously not be satisfied with renting.

However, there are certain times that renting an RV is a great idea. It can be expensive depending on the type of RV you choose but in the end, it can allow you to experience the lifestyle without committing to a large purchase that will likely go down in value.

Let’s look at 6 reasons why renting an RV is a good idea.

1. It Gives You a Chance to Try It Out

Renting an RV is perfect for those who have never experienced the lifestyle. If you have always dreamed of having an RV and traveling, or living in it, renting one will give you a firsthand look at what it is really like. Rather than depending on what you see on social media, spend a little money to test out the waters for yourself to see if the lifestyle matches up with the way you think it will.

If you go and purchase an RV only to find out that you don’t like the lifestyle, you are then stuck with an RV that you have to turn around and sell and likely lose money on.

If you rent an RV and do not like the lifestyle, you can simply turn the rental back in and go on about your life. The only thing you will take from it is an education and an experience to remember.

Renting is great for this type of person and in fact, it might be a good idea to rent more than once before you decide on ownership. Renting different types and classes of RVs may be the best choice as you can figure out what you like and don’t like before you commit.

You may start with a class B van only to end up needing more space and feeling more comfortable in a class A. In this case, you’ll be glad that you rented multiple times so that you could discover just what it is that you need.

2. Helps You Decide Which RV Type Is Best for Your Needs

Woman driving an RV

Choosing the best type of RV for you and your family can be a difficult task. You may think you know exactly what you need but until you experience it on an actual trip, you won’t know for sure if it meets your needs or not. Class B camper vans are great small RVs to travel around in but they certainly are not for everyone.

However, van lifers make it look amazing online so you may assume that you could just make it work. However, once you begin traveling in one, you may have a completely different opinion of it.

Likewise, all of the room inside of a class A motorhome seems wonderful but once you experience the challenges that go along with that, you may long for something smaller and more maneuverable. All of these considerations are things that you won’t know until you experience actually being inside whatever RV it is you are interested in.

Once you have taken it out on a road trip or a local camping trip, you will be able to decide with greater confidence whether or not this is the RV type for you.

Renting RVs of different types allows you to experience them all and make a better decision.

3. No Commitment to an Expensive RV Purchase

An RV can be a very expensive purchase. Not only that but they almost always lose value so if you are not happy with what you have purchased, you will have lost money after driving it off of the lot. To avoid making a mistake like this, renting an RV is a good choice, especially for those who only want to go camping occasionally.

If you are someone who wants to take a trip once a year for a few days, there is no need to purchase a camper for this. You can find nice rental units from online services such as Outdoorsy or RVShare, or Cruise America.

The costs associated with an RV don’t just include the purchase itself but also all of the other things that go along with it including insurance, registration, maintenance, and storage. There are lots of additional costs that you might not think about when the RV bug has hit you.

If you are renting an RV, you don’t have to worry about any of these costs after your payment is made for the rental time. You can simply pay the rental fee, be on your way without the weight of all of these additional costs being on your shoulders.

4. No Maintenance Required

Man cleaning the roof on a camper van

Once you have purchased an RV, there is maintenance that goes along with it if you want to keep it running in tiptop shape. It will have to be treated like any other vehicle with basic maintenance items. These regularly scheduled maintenance items could include:

  • Oil changes
  • Tire replacements
  • Tire rotations
  • Wheel alignment
  • Cleaning
  • Recharging or replacing batteries
  • Repairing water leaks
  • Re-caulking and sealing windows, vents, and other openings where possible leaks could occur
  • Winterizing / De-winterizing

And the list goes on and on and on!

Maintenance like this requires a regular commitment. You will have to stay on top of it in order to make sure your RV lasts for an extended amount of time.

A rental RV comes to you with all the maintenance done! Even if the maintenance isn’t done, it isn’t your responsibility so you won’t care. This gives you a freer feeling as you rent your RV not having to worry about whether the oil needs to be changed or if the RV is going to break down.

5. No Parking Space Needed

An RV requires a lot of space to park depending on the size of the unit. A small camper van like I own doesn’t require much and sits in my driveway when not can use but a larger RV would be in the way most of the time. Unless you have a dedicated building for your RV, it may be a challenge to find a place to park it without it being an eyesore and in the way of others.

You may have to resort to paying for a storage location if you do not have the space. This introduces an additional cost and inconvenience. A class A RV can be anywhere from 25 to 45 feet long and that large of a footprint requires a big amount of space. Similarly, a travel trailer such as a large trailer or a fifth wheel will be just as large and will need to be parked somewhere when not in use.

By renting an RV, you won’t be required to have a parking space for it. Once you pick it up from where you are renting it from, you will be on your way and then simply drop it back off once you are finished. Whether you live in an apartment or a home that has a tiny amount of space for parking, you won’t have to worry about it if you choose a rental RV.

6. It Gives You a Unique Family Fun Adventure

Man and daughter enjoying RV life

If you travel on family vacations occasionally, renting an RV is another way to add some variety to the mix. Rather than the same trips to hotels and vacation homes, why not try an RV trip?

Renting an RV and going camping or traveling across the country is a great way to introduce something new. It will allow you to experience vacations in a new way. Trips like this can be fun for families as it allows a family to travel comfortably and stay together, spending lots of healthy family time together.

If you have never taken a family trip in an RV, perhaps renting is a great way to start. You can choose the size of unit you need based on the size of your family and enjoy a few nights away. This could turn into something that you do yearly or you may decide that one time was enough. Either way, you aren’t out any more money than the cost of the few nights you paid to rent the unit.

Best Places To Rent RVs

There are numerous websites that are dedicated to matching up people who want to camp with people who own RVs. These websites offer rentals from real people who own RVs and want to rent them out in order to earn some extra money. Many times, RVs sit dormant in a person’s driveway for much of the year. Renting it out becomes a win-win for both parties involved.

Here are a few locations that you might consider if you would like to rent an RV directly from another individual.

These companies allow users to list RVs for rent in order to earn extra income. You can take advantage of this and find nearly any type of RV you are looking for. Chances are, you’ll find one close by and for an affordable price.

If you are wanting to take a more traditional approach and rent directly from a company dedicated to RVs only, you might consider Cruise America. You’ll find motorhomes of all sizes here. You’ve probably seen these before because they usually have large amounts of advertising on them. No big deal though because you are only renting and it’s a good way to see what the RV life is all about.

If you know you want to rent a camper van, there are many companies that are dedicated to this type of RV alone. Many of them are regional so they may be hard to find nearby. However, Escape Campervans has quite a few locations throughout the US and Canada and may just have what you are looking for to experience a few days of van life.

Bottom Line

Renting an RV can be a great way to decide whether or not the lifestyle is for you. Even for those who just want to go on a camping trip occasionally, renting is a perfect way to make it happen without the commitment of ownership.

Renting an RV is comparable to renting a vacation home a week or two out of the year. Rather than just buying a home, you get to pick and choose where you stay and do not have to deal with the downsides of owning the property. You wouldn’t buy a vacation home in an area that you’ve never been before without first testing it out, would you?

Why buy an RV when you can rent one first to make sure you are making a good choice?

If you are in the market for an RV and are looking to spend a lot of money on one, it just makes sense to rent a few first to make sure you will be happy with the choice. It’s better to decide against it when you are renting an RV than to realize you made a bad choice after purchasing one.

Why Is Camping So Popular? 7 Reasons To Consider

Camper van with the side door open

When I was young, I used to wonder why anyone would enjoy camping! We had a family camping trip every year but it was because my parents enjoyed it and I just tagged along. I couldn’t imagine actually choosing to do this on my and assumed that I would have no interest in it once I “grew up.”

Fast forward 35 years and now it’s one of my favorite things to do! There are just so many things to love about it and as you mature in life, you tend to appreciate all the good things camping can bring to your life.

Camping is popular because it offers an escape from the modern world and allows you to recharge. It’s an affordable way to travel and experience nature up close and personal. Social media has also made it very attractive as people post alluring photos of their glamorous camping lifestyles.

Whether it’s glamorous or not, it certainly helps me to overcome brain blocks and anxiety issues as well as a host of other problems that I, as well as many other adults, encounter in life.

Let’s look at some of the reasons why camping has become so popular.

1. Social Media

It’s not hard to find a plethora of camping posts on all sources of social media. It seems to have become a popular thing to post adventurous photos of camping and other outdoor, adventurous activities in amazing locations. Because of this, people have swarmed locations in search of that perfect social media post. This has made camping seem like a glamorous lifestyle and as if you are truly living the life!

Many of these photos are a misrepresentation of what camping is really like but it has made camping more and more popular for all of those who constantly see it in their social media feed.

It makes you want to go out and do it on your own and experience it yourself. Camping has become a popular activity amongst people of all ages and even younger people are taking hold of the idea. Whereas camping used to be a lifestyle that more mature adults enjoyed, younger people are starting to see the value that it provides.

A camping trip can have many wonderful benefits and is great if you just want to get away from it all. Social media posts have proven that the lifestyle can be amazing but be careful because everything you see online isn’t true.

These posts are often faked or at least set up to look more glamorous than it actually is. A photoshoot set in a perfect scene may have taken a user a long time to get that perfect shot. Most likely, if you could see the location and spot where the picture was taken, it wouldn’t look as attractive as the picture had led you to believe.

However, nature is beautiful and amazing locations are found in all corners of the Earth.

Social media has provided the world with a glimpse of the possibilities while camping. It’s been the motivator that has put the idea in many people’s minds and caused them to try it out. This has caused the popularity to rise in recent years and only time will tell how it plays out.

2. Camping Provides Affordable Fun

Woman enjoying cooking while camping

Camping provides an affordable fun adventure. As the cost of living continues to rise and people are looking for ways to make their money go further, camping is a good way to ensure that you can still enjoy adventures while not spending tons of money. It’s a way to get away and still be considerate of the amount of money you are spending.

A night in a campground, will be much cheaper than it will be spending it in a hotel room or other type of rental.

Of course, you still have to consider the cost of your camping equipment whether it be an RV or a primitive tent set up. There is always a cost to enjoy things but once the initial cost is out of the way, camping can be enjoyed for many years and can save money over the long run.

You don’t need a lot of gear to enjoy this type of adventure. You can trek into the backcountry with a small tent on your back and enjoy the peace and serenity of nature for almost nothing!

RVs can be rented or small units can be purchased at an affordable price. My camper van has allowed me to enjoy lots of adventures for very little cost once the initial cost of the camper van conversion was complete. I am always amazed at being able to stay out in the middle of nowhere in my camper van while having most of the amenities that I am used to at home.

There are times when I stay free at places and times when I have to pay a small fee depending on where I am parked at. Either way, it is less expensive than I would pay if I were traveling via car or airplane and then shacking up in a hotel.

Camping can certainly be enjoyed while being cautious of how much you are spending. This is especially true if you have a family and would like to go on adventures with them. Everyone can pile into an RV and stay comfortably and it will be a journey that will not easily be forgotten. The children may not like it now but they will come to appreciate it as they mature.

3. Camping is Stress-Reducing

We are stressing ourselves out nowadays and not taking the amount of time off that we should. There is more to life than just working away and stressing over things that we can’t control. Camping provides a little relief from this. When out in the wilderness or at the campground, life moves at a slower pace and it gives you time to reflect and re-center yourself.

It’s the perfect time to prioritize your values and the time spent in nature can be very healing.

Woman relaxing in a hammock while camping

A camping trip will likely be less stressful than one where you are running through airports, catching planes, driving long distances in a small car, and checking in and out of hotels. The camping experience allows you to slow it down a bit and leave the stress at home. With camping, there is nowhere to be but in nature.

You can chill in your tent or spend a nice relaxing day or night in your RV while the worries of the world just drift away.

It’s not to say that camping is always smooth sailing. There will be times when camping can become stressful as you race to check-in or out on time at campgrounds. However, in my experience, the stress relief that I get when I go on a camping trip is always amazing and I come back refreshed and wishing that it could’ve lasted longer.

If you are looking to reduce the amount of stress in your life, it’s an inside job and the time spent camping and appreciating nature allows us to go inside our minds, reflect, and go about our lives in a different way. A good camping trip is what you need if you are currently stressed out and feeling as if you need to rethink some things in your life.

4. It’s an Escape From Everyday Norms

Life can get quite boring if you just do the same thing day in and day out. While we are living with more conveniences than we ever have before, it’s still nice to break away from the norm and do something different occasionally. Sure, you could go on a beach vacation or travel to Disneyland or some other destination but that will just give you more of the same.

What’s good about camping is that it completely breaks the sameness that we experience daily. Rather than just another trip or just another vacation it’s a vacation that challenges us to think differently and live outside the box a little further.

While camping, we will experience things that we would’ve never experienced from our offices or another work environment. It forces us to think differently and appreciate things more than we would otherwise. Many of these things you don’t even think about until you are in that moment.

When I go camping, I delight in the abundance of nature around me as I dig deeper to appreciate and find gratitude in my life. Being in nature just does something for me that is a healing experience.

The normal routines of life can get boring and if you are looking for a good way to break up that boredom, camping will add some excitement and adventure and perhaps a little unknown to the mix.

5. Camping is Perfect for Social Distancing

Man camping alone beside campfire

With all the recent outbreaks of pandemics, we have become accustomed to social distancing and there is no better way to social distance while still being able to do something than camping. Camping, by nature, is a great way to get away from others and surround yourself with the quietness and stillness of nature.

Whether you are looking to social distance from others so that you can avoid getting sick or you simply want to social distance because you’re sick of people, it will happen naturally when camping.

During the covid-19 pandemic, people continued to choose camping. In fact, it was one of the busiest camping seasons that the US has seen in quite a while. This time was perfect for those who enjoy the camping lifestyle and they were able to continue enjoying trips and vacations without as many regulations or worries about getting sick.

I traveled more than usual during the pandemic and was rarely around anyone else. That’s just the nature of how it is when you are traveling in a camper van, RV, or another type of camping setup. Camping only requires that you go to your location set up your camp and then enjoy it.

You don’t have to converse or be around others if you do not choose to. Of course, this will also depend on where you go and things you do while you’re out camping but in general, camping is one of the best ways to avoid other people and enjoy time alone while you are out.

6. It Provides a Sense of Roughing It

We live in a society where modern conveniences have made everything easy for us. For as long as humans have existed, we have had to make our way through difficult times living in rough environments, working with our hands, and warding off predators and other natural enemies.

However, in today’s world, almost all of these things are only found in the history books. When camping, you may experience a small similarity to that old rough lifestyle that our ancestors had to endure.

When you are camping, you will likely get your hands dirty, sweat a lot, be stinky, encounter wild animals or bugs aplenty! You will need to fend for yourself out in the wilderness or even in the campground. While campgrounds often have running water and bathrooms, it’s still a little rougher life than you would experience in your home.

This rough experience may be just what the doctor ordered if you live a sterile lifestyle that leaves you with little worries. Sometimes it does you good to get your hands a little dirty. A week of “roughing it” will give you an appreciation for the simple convenience as we do have as humans these days.

7. Your Dog(s) Can Join You

Small white dog lying in a camping chair

Perhaps the best thing about camping is that you can bring your furry friends along with you. The camping community is a dog-friendly community and nearly any campground you visit will allow them to stay.

People who own dogs want them to come along with them on trips but can’t always make that happen. Camping is the exception and your best friend can jump in the RV with you and will enjoy the getaway just as much as you will.

With over 38% of US households owning a dog, many of them are looking for ways to include them into their travel plans. Camping fits the bill in this regard and makes a logical choice for those seeking to spend some quality together rather than leaving them behind.

Conclusion

Camping has become very popular and for many good reasons. There are just so many places to go and explore and camping is one of the best ways to implant yourself directly in the middle of nature in order to appreciate it all. Whether you travel long distances on a camping trip or stay close by, it can be a fun experience that will allow you to take a different approach than you would on other types of trips.

If you have never been a fan of camping, similar to me when I was a child, now is a great time to give it a shot. You can rent an RV or buy a cheap tent and find a great place to park it or pitch it. Places such as Hipcamp, and Harvest Hosts, or just any ole campground will allow you to get off the beaten path and add some variety into your life.

The conveniences available for campers nowadays are amazing. You can pitch a tent and have electricity and other essentials just as you would in your home.

Perhaps this is the year for you to add camping into your lifestyle if it’s not already. If you enjoy the scenic pictures that obliterate social media networks then it likely speaks to you. It speaks to a lot of people as they have given camping a try and have made it more and more popular.

Join in the fun and make the lifestyle even more popular by getting out, exploring what nature has to offer, and gaining a new sense of appreciation in the process.