10 Best Camper Vans for Getting Away and Traveling
A camper van is one of the best ways to get out and see the country. Many people are more comfortable driving a camper van as opposed to a full-size RV, and the van will usually come with a lower price tag, as well. If you are thinking about purchasing a new or used van to kick start some fun adventures with family and friends, we’ll explore some of the best camper vans for 2022.
Sportsmobile Sprinter 4×4
As the name indicates, this is a van with four-wheel-drive capabilities, so it’s a good pick when you plan to get out and explore plenty of dirt roads. While it doesn’t come standard on this model, there is the option for a pop-up sleeping area in this van, which can make it feel much bigger than it would otherwise.
Fiat Ducato Base Camper Van
The Fiat name is traditionally associated with rather small vehicles, but this van steps things up and offers plenty of space for your adventures. This camper van is a great option for those looking to customize later. As an added feature, this van can actually be purchased with a manual transmission so you know you’re ready for any road.
Thor Motor Coach
If you have the space in your budget to spend a bit more, you’ll get a ton of great features and luxury touches with this option. As far as comforts go, this van has you covered. It comes in a couple configurations that include a fixed double bed, or a setup that allows more space for entertainment, a full kitchen and more. It’s also hard to beat the onboard air conditioning system that promises to keep you cool and comfortable no matter what the weather on the outside has in store.
Jayco Terrain Van
Like many of the other options on this list, the Jayco Terrain model is built on a Mercedes platform, which is always a good start. As the “Terrain” name would suggest, you will be well-positioned to head off the road when you go with this as your camper van of choice. In addition to off-roading, you can also relax outside under the awning and even tow a small trailer behind the van, if needed.
Airstream Interstate 24X
You probably don’t need any introduction to the Airstream brand, as it is a long-standing favorite among RV travelers. In this case, it’s not a trailer but a van that Airstream has brought to the market, and this model certainly lives up to the luxury reputation of the shiny Airstream brand. This is one of the more expensive vans on our list, but the inclusion of a bathroom takes it to a higher level not achieved by some of the competitors.
Storyteller Overland Beast Mode 4×4
This is not the van to look at when you plan to stay on the highway and visit popular parks and campgrounds. On the contrary, this van is a great pick when you want to explore areas where most other vans–and vehicles in general–simply can’t go. While it is a rugged machine, there are also creature comforts to make your travels enjoyable, such as climate control and comfortable sleeping quarters.
If you are looking for a compact van that will allow you to pack the basics and sleep comfortably without taking up too much of the road, look to the Citan Tourer from Mercedes. This is a great pick when you’ll only be traveling solo or with one other person, and it still manages to include a built-in kitchen despite its modest dimensions.
Loef Camper Van
In contrast to the modest size of the Citan Tourer from Mercedes, the Loef Camper Van goes in the opposite direction and maxes out on space. This is a downright massive camper van that spans 24 feet end-to-end and offers luxury touches on the inside. You’ll have the ability to cook outside, and a great place to sleep at the end of the day.
Interested in owning a Winnebago brand product but don’t want a full-size motorhome? The Boldt is a great pick as a camper van that sneaks countless great features into a more compact form factor. At 22 feet long, this van features living and sleeping areas and a fully functioning kitchen. It also boasts an onboard shower, allowing travelers to stay clean even after a long day out exploring the wilderness.
Your Own Creation!
That’s right, we are going to reserve the last spot on our list to pay tribute to all of the custom camper vans out there on the roads today. If you don’t find anything that perfectly fits your needs among what is on the market, or if you just want to take on the challenge of creating something yourself, a custom van conversion could be a dream project.
While you probably want to spend more time out of your van than in it while traveling, it’s still nice to have a comfortable spot to lay down your head at night and recharge for what comes next.
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With one of the vans listed above parked under a carport and ready to go, you’ll always be prepared to sneak off for a new adventure whenever the opportunity arises. Have fun and travel safely!