changoloco wrote:Get a VW Westfalia and be done with it. It has all the benefits of having an RV without all of the downfalls that have been mentioned in this thread. In a Westy you have a bed, stove, sink, freezer and fridge. However they are small enough that you won't want to be spending all of your time hanging out in it like it is your own private "VIP" section. Another huge upside is that they get 25+ MPG. I personally think that RV's are, in fact, not very BM like. They are a huge waste of natural resources and monetary resources.
That last sentence is the most ridiculous, Burning Man itself is a "waste of natural and monetary resources"! Wanna be green? Don't go!
I apologize in advance for ranting, but the VW vs. real camper thing tripped my button.
I had a '68 VW Westy pop-top, and there's an '02 VW Eurovan Weekender pop-top in the garage now. I know what they are. They come nowhere even close to having all the benefits of a real camper! They also can't tow more that a jet-ski. And this is coming from a guy who does like Westys enough to own them! By the way, neither my '68 or even the '02 get 25 MPG. VW guys have always been notorious for inflated MPG claims. In reality, most Bugs barely get 25, if that. And yeah, I have one of those too, a '78 ragtop that I keep tuned perfectly. It doesn't get 25 MPG.
My favorite benefit of a real camper is the shower, with very large amounts of nice hot hot water. Try that in a Westy - it would be hard-pressed to even carry the 800 pounds of water. The A/C is great too! And the 72" x 80" bed! And the cabinet space. And the real kitchen. And the fridge/freezer that actually holds enough stuff for a week. And that's all in an 11-foot truck-camper. I had two motorhomes, but the truck/camper is a better tow rig for the 10,000 pound BM-stuff trailer - which no VW can do at all.
I like my VWs, but they don't even begin to replace a real RV for extended living in harsh places.
OK... off to the garage to replace a bad fuel-gauge sender in the ragtop Bug and wash the VW pop-top van.
P.S. I see nothing wrong with going to BM in a Westy if you wanna. It's just crazy to say it has all the benefits of an RV! It doesn't.