Monday, September 21, 2015

Why get a campervan

Why get a campervan is the first question I get asked when people find out we have one. John and I looked at everything from travel trailers to large RVs before deciding to get a campervan. Converting a Chevy Express into a van camper isn't for everyone, but it's almost become our second home and it absolutely shines on mission trips.

One of the reasons why I wanted to get a campervan was maneuverability. We chose the Chevy Express 2500 because the towing package and eight cylinder engine means it climbs the Rockies and pull a trailer without breaking a sweat. Our Chevy also fits into the average parking garage and spaces. Large RVs can be too tall, too long or both and a fifth wheel or travel trailer impossible.

One of the reasons why we decided to get a campervan was to build it for our needs, not for someone else. The van is designed to maximize space. The van camper platform overflowed with mission trip supplies and we still had a clear aisle. Storage underneath the platform has space for a wheeled cooler, gear and lots other supplies.

Is it ever affordable! A van is less expensive than an RV to own and maintain. It almost eliminates lodging. John and I just got back from a month-long mission trip to Alaska. Are you ready to hear what we spent on lodging with the camper van? It will shock you! By taking advantage of free and cheap places to stay, we spent $79 on lodging for the entire 11,000+ trip! Not bad for 30 days. And of course, we save a ton of money on meals.

After all this, are you still asking why we decided to get a campervan? Take a look at our YouTube video and get more answers.