Editor’s Note: The following is a report appearing in USA Today looking at a trend toward smaller, more maneuverable RVs.
Within minutes of pulling into space 12 at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, my neighbors rush over to welcome me.
Rather, they charge toward my bright green and purple campervan, which is emblazoned with signage promising it “comes with everything … including the kitchen sink.”
Jennifer Beall confirms that there is a kitchen sink and a gas cooker and a refrigerator — albeit miniature ones. They are all in the trunk. The back seat folds down into a bed that can sleep two at night. It also converts into a dining area. On top of the car is the “penthouse,” a pop-up container that sleeps another two. Below the seats is a storage area, which I dub the basement.
“This is a lot easier to drive than that big thing there,” says Beall, pointing to the 29-foot Fleetwood Jamboree RV she and her husband have traveled in from southern California. It may be hard for her to drive, but it’s still better than a hotel, she says.
The Jucy RV campervan, based on a Chrysler minivan, is part of a new generation of RV campers. Travelers, especially younger ones, favor smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles over the trailers and motorhomes that have populated American roadways for decades. Rather than getting around in a condo on wheels, many road trippers are settling for a living room.
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