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5 Hacks For Camper Vans | Mid Florida RV

Updated: Apr 23

Camper vans are currently on trend in tiny home living and camping for 2021. These days, camping and living tiny comes in all shapes and sizes. Over time, people have discovered creative ways to utilize smaller design layouts for camping. So, we thought we might share five great hacks for people to make the most out of camping in a van.

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What Is A Camper Van?

A camper van is a small, streamlined and ready to roll Class B motorhome. Nimble and more fuel efficient than Class Cs, they offer living space buest suited for small groups often only two people. They are built using automotive vans or panel trucks.

Overall more affordable, compact and economical, the camper van is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors especially if you loathe the idea of living large such as a travel trailer or ginormous Class A motorcoach RV.

Benefits Of Camping & Traveling In A Camper Van

An obvious benefit to a camper van is because you’re using less fuel and you save money for other necessities such as food, activities and unexpected vehicle repairs. They are incomparably more fuel-efficient than a fifth wheel or Class C motorhome. For example, if pulling a fifth wheel, you’re paying double the fuel for the towing vehicle and the trailer itself.

Another advantage is the absence of stress in finding a location to camp. You don’t have to worry about the length of the camper van as most places can only accomodate up to a certain size.

And, of course, the people you meet, the friends you make along the way make your journey priceless. You’ll meet those that understand the RV lingo as well as pick you up when you’re struggling.

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Best 5 Hacks For Camper Vans

While cruises offer all-inclusive luxury with very little planning, you may decide to go totally rogue and enjoy in some wanderlust - going where the wind blows you so to speak. When you take an RV, you’re able to get on the open road, go places you’ve never gone, see things you’ve never seen, and so on. So, pick a random place on the map and go on an adventure!

  1. Create a Multi-Functional Layout - Space is at an absolute premium when you’re camping in a camper van. Depending on the brand and style, you may have less than 100 sf to work with which means creativity and vision are key. A valuable rule of thumb is to always find ways to maximize your space creatively and to push yourself to think outside the box. Perhaps building a modest collapsible table alongside the end of your kitchen counter. This can serve as both an eating area and a cutting board.

  2. Store Items in Clear Totes - Clear storage totes are fantastic for storing miscellaneous items for several reasons. They come in a variety of styles and sizes — both long and short — allowing for you to store anything from clothing to repair tools. Bonus points if you find the stackable ones.

  3. Get A Portable Solar Generator - If your camper van doesn’t already have one, you can purchase a portable power station to emit energy in a multitude of ways. The effects from noise and fumes are kept to a minimum without sacrificing performance.

  4. Make Privacy Curtains - While blackout curtains can help your rest, they can also make your camper van feel a bit confining. Consider adding lighter curtains with personality for a touch of style and character while at the same time ensuring your privacy.

  5. Bring Along an Outside Setup - The number of accessories you can bring with you on your travels adds value to your camping experience. Think about bringing an outdoor oversized ground mat that would help in collecting rocks, sand and debris. Or if your camper van doesn’t have an awning, may we suggest an overhead canopy for shade or to still enjoy the outdoors in the rain. Another option is to bring a thick white sheet and your projector for movie night! And, don't forget the camping chairs!

Perhaps you’re thinking about becoming full-time RVers? We highly suggest taking a test drive first! With the variety of RVs available now, it’s sometimes overwhelming to choose between a Class A Motorcoach, Class B Camper Van, Class C Motorhome or even a Travel Trailer - different sizes, layouts, features, etc. Take your time, rent an RV or two or three, and see which one you like best. You may choose to take a new adventure in a new RV every time, or maybe you’ll find your forever home.

Now that you're ready for a camper van adventure, it's time to head over to Mid Florida RV Rentals! You can rent an RV and hit the road! Call 866-MID-FLRV (866-643-3578) for your RV rental needs!