Campervan 101

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By: Faith Phares | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 11:11 PM, Jun 28, 2022 Updated: 1:32 PM, Jul 22, 2022

After being cooped up for over 2 years, travel is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. So, let’s look at the newest travel trend – Campervan life.
“When you have a vehicle like this, you can have more fun. You can slow down, you can enjoy, and you don’t have to stay parked in just one place. You can kind of go from various locations,” says Emily Kaufman, The Travel Mom.

RV-sharing websites are like the Airbnb of the open road, where RV owners let you rent their vehicle. But, it’s not one size fits all. Before you consider renting one, let’s go over what you need to know.

First, figure out your specs.

Some things to consider: Is there a kitchen? How many people does it sleep? Do I need to know about the water? Are there showers and toilets? Is there anything else I need to understand before I drive off? What’s the plumbing like? If all of that seems intimidating, don’t fret. The owners walk you through and take you through everything. And it’s surprisingly easy to connect power and to connect your water.

Next, map out where you are camping.

Our national parks all require reservations ahead of time, and you also have to purchase a national park pass. Every state is different so keep in mind that many of the state campgrounds require reservations as well.

Lastly, check the mileage arrangements on your rental.

Make sure you know what your maximum is, and make sure that you’re planning your trip accordingly. The beauty of RV share is that you know that ahead of time because the filters will tell you if you have unlimited mileage, kind of like a rental car, if there are limited, maybe around a hundred miles. So check out all that information ahead of time.