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10 Best Camper Vans to Check Out in 2020


I’d like to think camper vans first became
a thing because of the many nights partying that left drivers sleeping in the back. If
you ask any of my southern-bred uncle cousins they’ll tell you stories that hint at that
very truth. I’m Reacher…whether it’s fact or not, there’s
a market stretching back around 70 years. So to carry the torch a bit longer, in this
video we’re bringing you 10 Camper Vans to check out in 2020 Number ten. Expanding on the existing Jumper Biker Solution,
Citroën added a new model to the line offering more room and versatility. The new Biker Solution
Multi measures just under 20 feet long and 6 1/2 feet wide, differing from its predecessor
by utilizing a flat loading floor which allows the van to hold cargo as large as an ATV. Behind the cab area is a small counter with
a flush mounted sink, mini-fridge and a removable dining table. Like the others on this list, the Multi also
serves as a camper, having room to sleep up to four people using the bed in the pop-up
roof and a fold-down bed in the back of the van. There’s also a large awning for those times
when lounging around outside is a must. Number nine. The large white logo on the side of this one
stands out, hinting to everyone that there’s more to it than the plain, black exterior
would have you believe. Inside is a small kitchenette next to the
sliding door, which allows it to be used both inside and outside. Across from this is a
fully enclosed wet bath with a fold-down sink. The back of the van has twin beds on each
side that can be joined, creating a larger sleeping area. Underneath is a storage area
that can be increased via the fold-up headboards. The 19 1/2-foot Yucon 6.0 and its sister 7.0
Lounge model are the first camper vans from German-based Frankia. They’re well known for
their motorhomes so it stands to reason that they’ll make a mark in this corner of the
industry as well. Number eight. Another one that made an appearance at Caravan
Salon 2019 is the Volkswagen California 6.1 Beach. It measures just over 16 feet from bumper
to bumper. A large sliding door opens to reveal a kitchenette with a dual burner cooktop,
sink, and a 42-liter cooler. A removable table that can be attached to the side of the counter
to serve as a dining area. The pop-up roof houses a bed which can be
shut off from the rest of the van using a sliding panel in the ceiling. This, along
with the bench seat in the rear that converts to another bed, provides room to sleep four
people. Number seven. Although it can function as a camper, The
Trakka Buro Kamp ORP isn’t your typical camper van, instead having a set-up geared toward
special purpose vehicles. Sliding doors on both sides provide access
to an interior sporting a cabinet stretching the width of the doorway. This can be used
for multiple purposes, serving as a vendor-style sales counter as well as a meeting space using
the folding table. Dual side awnings provide protection from the elements, allowing the
work to be taken outside if needed. The kitchenette flanks the floorspace having
a sink on one side and a microwave sitting above a mini-fridge on the other. Taking up the rear of the van is a bed that
can be folded away to open up the back for extra storage. Number six. This list wouldn’t be complete without at
least camper van from Winnebago. Built on a Mercedes chassis, the 23-foot Boldt is one
of the newest models the company has to offer for the coming year. Taking up the rear of the van is a wet bath
spanning the width of the vehicle. A sliding door separates this from the twin beds found
directly to the front of it. A flex bed system utilizing a framed series of slats slides
out to connect the two, creating a single queen-size bed. Forward of this, on the driver’s side is the
kitchenette having an induction cooker, a flush mounted sink, a microwave, and a mini-fridge. Not only is the Boldt an all-weather vehicle,
it utilizes the Pure³ Advanced Energy System which provides 11.6 kilowatt-hours of electrical
power. These two features guarantee that no matter the destination, you’ll be comfortable
during and after the ride. Number five. Dethleffs Globevan E.Hybrid was first introduced
to the public at Caravan Salon 2019, creating quite a stir as it’s the company’s first camper
van as well as a hybrid. Although compact, the 16-foot layout provides
everything you’d expect, having a small kitchenette with a glass-covered, stainless-steel sink
and dual-burner cooker next to a 16-liter cooler. Next to this is a bench seat that folds down
into a twin-size sleeper. This provides room to sleep up to four people using the twin
bed in the pop-top as well. Power on this one comes from a 13.6 kilowatt
hour battery coupled with a 1-liter EcoBoost generator that allow for a maximum range around
310 miles. For maximum efficiency, there are four driving modes allowing the driver their
choice of which power source to use. Charging time on this one is 3 hours on a fast charge
and just 5 1/2 hours on a standard wall socket. Number four. Located in Willoughby, Ohio is Advanced RV,
a company that offers upgrades to existing vehicles along with custom-built camper vans. Built on a Mercedes Sprinter Chassis measuring
almost 23 feet long, the silver paint scheme is a misleading contrast to the bright colors
found throughout the interior. Upon entering, the first thing that pops out
is the contrast of the lime green against the original black decor. The cab of the vehicle
offers a roomier feel due to the inclusion of a large touchscreen integrated into the
dashboard. Directly behind this is the side entrance
which has the microwave and a 6.8 cubic-foot fridge/freezer directly opposite. A centrally
located wet bath with a stainless-steel accented sink is located across from an extra-long
stainless-steel countertop and sink that includes a folding, slide-out extension. The rear of the van houses the lounge area
which has an electric sofa that converts to a sleeper. Supplementing the six-cylinder turbo-diesel
is an 800 amp-hour battery bank for those off-grid moments. Number three. This second entry from Australian based Trakka,
the Torino 4S is their most compact camper van. Built around the Fiat Ducato XLWB, this
21-footer still has plenty of space for all the needed amenities. Starting in the back, there’s a fold-down
double bed running in an east to west configuration. When it’s raised, it provides an extra lounge
area that can be used as an alternative dining space. Directly in front of this is the galley having
an induction cooker and a flush mounted sink. Sitting opposite is a microwave mounted above
a mini-fridge while next to that is a fully enclosed wet bath with an electrically controlled
retractable toilet. The front has seating for four using the rotating
captain’s chairs and the bench seating. A removable table allows for this to be used
as a dinette as well. Hanging around outside becomes easier thanks
to the remote controlled, electric awning and the table that can be mounted on the side
of the van. Number two. Offering the quality one would expect from
German-based Knaus, the Boxlife 630 ME is an upgrade built around a 21-foot long Fiat
Ducato Chassis. Located directly behind the cab is the dinette,
which has an adjustable, extending table. Moving back finds a centrally placed wet bath
with a rotating toilet and fold-down sink. The shower is unique, located in the middle
of the floor and utilizing a sliding-door to curtain it off from the living space. Across from this is the kitchen, having a
flush mounted cooker and sink, multiple drawers for storage underneath, and a 90-liter fridge/freezer
with a chilling drawer below. The rear of the van houses the main sleeping
area. An upper, almost queen-size bed can be lowered as needed while below is a king-size
bed. The rear beds are versatile with the lower
one being able to be stowed away to create space for two bicycles as well as converting
to extra seating in the form of a couch. Number one. You might call it a concept but the company
built a prototype so there’s that designation. Feel free to debate that one in the comments
as you see fit. When Hymer designed the VisionVenture, they
chose to forego the standard conversion kit, instead building on a heavily modified Mercedes
Sprinter. The rear houses a lounge area that has twin
couches on each side, flanking a dining table that folds down and lowers telescopically,
then retracts under the seat to offer a clear floor space between. This area can be expanded
and opened to the elements by raising the large panoramic window and lowering the gate
to create a small terrace. A small, slide-out electric grill is hidden away underneath the
sofa, complementing the outdoor element. Forward of this is a transforming bathroom
that utilizes an expanding wall and a sliding partition that keeps the shower separate from
the vanity and toilet. Directly across is a centrally located kitchen
with a flush mounted induction cooktop, a large, basin style sink that has a faucet
coming out of the wall, and a refrigerator drawer underneath. Next to this is a staircase mounted to the
sidewall that leads to a loft-area created by the pop-top roof. The roof of the pop-top
is covered in solar panels, taking care of the electrical needs along with any off-grid
moments. Another small but handy feature is the inclusion
of a workstation behind the passenger seat that includes a fold-down desk and built-in
LED lighting. Citing this one as a study in design, the
company has stated that some of the features in the VisionVenture will find their way into
future production vehicles. Alright, folks. There’s a few camper vans
to get the coming year started. If you have a favorite or any you think should’ve made
the list, feel free to let us know in the comments. And if you have any stories from
the past about your camper van days, throw those in as well. I’m Reacher, and we’ll see you on the next
one!

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