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Camper Van vs. Motor Home

camper vanIn a few weeks I’m heading to the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee with a group of girl friends. It will be my 5th year in a row. If you’re not familiar with this type of festival, imagine a huge farm swarming with 80 – 100,000 sweaty dirty people, all having a great time listening to dozens of different bands, and rouging it by camping in tents next to their cars with no water or electricity. Just imagine Woodstock, and you’ll understand.

Most attendees are in their 20’s. They have stamina of youth. My gal pals and I trend toward a slightly older demographic. We have put up with too much in our lives to live without modern conveniences for too many days in a row, and frankly we need to rest easy in order to be able to keep up with our whippersnapper counterparts. So we pay the extra money for the VIP parking and bring our party to the party in a vintage motor home RV. We camp in luxury and sleep in air conditioning!

I’ve often considered the pros and cons of and RV verses a camper van for other road trip vacations. There are lots of places to rent vehicles like these in almost any country you visit, for example check out the Drive Now offers for campervan hire in New Zealand.

In the 70’s and 80’s my family had a big Chevy camper van. It was like a mini RV. It had sleeping areas and a cooking unit, and even a small refrigerator, but unlike its bulky motor home cousin, it had all the convenience of being a more normal sized vehicle. It was much larger than today’s minivan, but unlike an RV, it was easy to drive, easy to park, and easier on gas. We made so many memories in our big “Blue Goose” (the nickname we gave our  van). Not only did our family use it for camping, but my mother used it as her regular  vehicle and literally worked out of it as a soccer mom when we weren’t road tripping.

Camper van or motor home, I’m game for having a good time either way! In fact, I hope I see you at Bonnaroo!

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