How to Pick a Camper Van for a Road Trip

You are not by yourself. The van life movement is taking off worldwide, and renting a camper van is one of the best ways to hit the road and have the time of your life with family and friends. Again, this resource is primarily for those curious about van life or want an amazing, one-of-a-kind campervan road trip experience without purchasing or building their rig. As a result, the majority of the advice in this article focuses on the ins and outs of camper van rentals. Before we go any further, here are a few things you should be aware of. When getting a vehicle rental hire from LeisureRent, there are things you need to consider, and we are going to talk about them down below;

1. Sufficient storage space

Storage is by far one of the most important considerations when selecting a van. You will not enjoy your road trip if you live, cook, and sleep in a pile of your clothes and gear. Every van should have storage compartments for the necessities, such as;

  • Your entire wardrobe (think bulky jackets)
  • Food (pantry space).
  • Hiking boots, sneakers, and wet jackets are examples of filthy clothing.
  • Ingredients for cooking (pots, pans, cutlery, kitchen utensils, etc.).
  • Backpacks, daypacks, and suitcases.

2. A freezer

You will need a fridge if you are in a van. Do not worry; most vans for hire include this as standard equipment. A small 2020-gallon 2V fridge is more than adequate for road life.

3. A Comfortable mattress

Okay, you probably will not find orthopaedic mattresses in camper vans. But that does not mean you should be sleeping on cardboard. If you want to enjoy your road trips, look for vans with good comfort ratings. Several van bed layout designs worked. Fixed beds with under-bed storage or fold-down double beds (best for smaller vans) that convert into a table and living space during the day are available.

4. Suitable electrical system

A battery setup and van electrical system capable of charging your devices carrot too much to ask nowadays. If  you are thinking about renting a van without a separate house battery, do not do it. You do not want to have to pay to stay at a campground every night. Just charge your phone. Van electrical systems can range from massive inverter setups that power induction cooktops to simple, 100 amp hour batteries with 12V and USB connections.

5. Two water tanks

You will need two water tanks: one for fresh water and one for gray water. Let me explain the distinction. A freshwater tank will be used to store and access clean water for drinking, cooking, and dishwashing. The size is not too important because freshwater taps and clean drinking water are almost always available in the United States.

The dirty water from your dishes is collected in a gray water tank, also known as a sullage tank. If you choose a van without a gray water tank for a road trip, you may encounter problems in National and State Parks if you simply dump your dirty water on the ground.


Renting the right van for yourself to travel in is quite difficult, and this article helps you know what you need to look out for when buying a rental van.