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If you’re not feeling too confident about your chances to tour England in a van, we’ve got another option for you to check out. Sure it might not be free and you won’t be the contest’s big winner, but you’ll still be able to practice living off the land—or at least living off the grid.
Hertz is now getting into the motorhome business, as they’ve partnered up with Just Go Motorhome Hire to bring RV rentals to the masses over in the United Kingdom. Sure there’s plenty of great spots to visit within the country’s cities and towns, but there’s also plenty of stunning English countryside to check out. Once you get over that driving-on-the-other-side-of-the-road thing, we’re sure maneuvering an oversized vehicle through narrow roads and lanes is just the the kind of relaxing vacation that you’ve always dreamed about.
Thank god the summer of the "staycation" has finished. Boy, was that depressing. So now with 2010 to look forward to, and hopefully a slew of actual trips for everyone, it could be worthwhile to check out the options in RV Travel, especially with icons like Airstream reentering the scene.
Thanks to see-sawing gas prices, the decreasing popularity of good old family vacations to national parks, and a drop in coolness, we're thinking that the days of the monster "King of the Road"-style RVs are coming to an end. Who wants to maneuver a gas-guzzling behemoth when Smart Cars and hybrids are flitting about, with trunk space enough for camping equipment? Instead of heading to "Wayne's RV World" then, how about just hooking a little trailer onto the back of your vehicle? Airstream is betting that this trend will come back in 2010, since they've just released two new models: the 16' Sport and the 30' Flying Cloud.
Most campers and RV's on the road are unattractive and plain. They're unwieldy, lumbering beasts that function well enough as a mobile living space, but fail in the looks department. But fortunately for caravan enthusiasts, a gust of fresh air has blown in from Austria.
The Mehrzeller caravan concept by Christian Freissling and Theresa Kalteis from Graz University of Technology, looks like no other camper you have ever seen. Think cool space ship not beige metal box.
Made up of angular planes and organic cells, the Mehrzeller can be infinitely customized to your needs with an online design tool. Just tweak the settings, hit send and your one-of-a-kind RV is on the way.
The interior is a minimalist, modern mix of light wood and white paint, and is well appointed with everything needed for comfortable living--except a gas card.
· Mehrzeller [Official Site]
· A New Angle on Camping, the Mehrzeller Concept Caravan [Core 77]
· Design Travel coverage [Jaunted]
Staying in hotels is nice and even hostels can be decent. Camping in a tent is down right thrifty. But if you ask the folks at RV Travel they'll tell you the 10-wheeler is the only way to go.
It turns out despite high gas prices and insane summer traffic, people still love the great American Road Trip. It's just these days they like knowing what they're getting into. Just listen to this:
People don't get into RVing to save money...they do it so that they can go places they want to go where there are NO motels...and so they can sleep in their own bed and use their own bathroom. (Have you ever seen the reports on TV where they've gone in with a blue light and shown the stuff that's still all around the room even after it's been cleaned? It's disgusting!)
Turns out avoiding bed bugs and worms tops the list of RV travel positives. (And seriously, we've all seen that Dateline.) But those in the know say it's best to avoid KOA camps, too. After all, there are plenty of places that let you park for free. (Word is Wal-Mart's a good place to try). But past that, they've been a thorn in RVer's side for way too long.
Our reason for avoiding KOAs is a purely political one: KOAs, along with ARVC, are usually behind the "can't park any place but an RV park" ordinances in local communities. We refuse to support any business or organization that tries to push these.
We say if you can handle one of these rigs on the open road, more power to you. But for us? Well, we'll stick to backseat driving on this one.