Let’s clear up two things. First, best is subjective. These are what I consider best to go places I would like to go, and take what I would like to take, and I tend to be drawn to the less is better way of thinking. I love these five choices. Others, including my wife, may not.
Second, camping at its best needs to be affordable. There’s something here for every budget. Follow the links and check these out. At the very least, you may be inspired with ideas for your current gear. Also, every one of these has a price range posted on their website or on Amazon.
5 Best Adventure Vehicles, According To Tom
Sportsmobile Ultimate Adventure Vehicle
Sportsmobile gets its roots from building those old VW camper buses, but they’ve sure evolved. Although they build more tame and refined motor homes than this one, You’ve gotta love a 4×4 motor home that can sleep four and go anywhere. These things start out at about 90 grand, but what a ride.
Another thing I love about Sportsmobile is the ability to custom order. You can but the features you need now, then add options down the line. It’s not unusual for them to have two or three year old units being brought in by their owners to add options. Follow the link and take a look at the Sportsmobile ultimate adventure vehicle. Also, check out Sportsmobile.com for the rest of their lineup.
Phoenix Popup Jeep Rubicon
Phoenix Popup Campers is a custom camper builder. They’ve built campers for nearly everything. Chevy Avalanche, Freightliner, you name it. But the one that caught my eye is the Jeep Camper. Yes, they build campers for Jeeps. Cherokee, Rubicon, they’ve got it.
What’s not to love about finding a perfect used Jeep with low miles and just the right equipment. Then, have Phoenix Popup custom build your camper, just the way you like it. Starting out just under 20 grand, you could find the right jeep, add the camper and be in it less than many mid sized cars.
Although it’s compact, you can go anywhere. Fuel mileage will be reasonable and you can use it as a daily driver. Check it out at phoenixpopup.com. Check out some of their other stuff, too.
Ursa Minor Vehicles is another great option for the bring-your-own-Jeep option. Less features, less money. They also make popup sleeper tops for the Honda Element. I can’t tell you about the Element option, but the Jeep Wrangler pop top that sleeps 2 starts out around $4,500. Again, this is an add-on to a Jeep you already own.
Their fold-over camper is another great option, and there’s room to sleep 4. It also allows a little more flexibility in how you set up the back of your rig.
You have to bring your own camping gear, but this is a great option for quick getaway and easy camping. Check out ursaminorvehicles.com to see the choices for Jeep Wrangler owners.
Napier Backroadz SUV Tent
The Backroadz SUV tent doesn’t take up any more room than a traditional tent. It only has 3 poles and is easy to set up or take down.
You also have the ability to serve tailgate meals without worrying about rain. A great way to get more bang for the bucks you spent on that SUV or minivan.
Napier Pickup Bed Tent
Yet another way to “run what you brung,” the Napier pickup bed tent keeps you off the ground and out of the mud and dirt when you sleep. It may be a little tight for more than two people. If you like to travel light, be thrifty and enjoy tent camping without the rain in your sleeping bag, this just may do the trick. Not bad for under 200 bucks.
I know there are many more options to choose from, but I do think these all serve a purpose. In fact, they make a statement. Any of these tell your family, friends and other campers that you’re doing this camping thing at its best.
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