Now that the weather is finally warming up, 'tis the season for traveling—summer vacations, long holiday weekends, family trips. The call of the open road is getting louder. Do you hear it? If so, there's only one thing to do: Plan an epic road trip!
Of course, being the design-savvy traveler you are, you'll want to hit the road in something a little more stylish than a ginormous eyesore of an RV. That's where Outside Van comes in. The innovative Portland, Oregon–based company designs and builds sleek vans that are customized to the hilt for your own personal travel needs, whether it's biking trips, hiking trails, or just family camping fun with a little something extra. And oh, what extras there are: electricity and running water, yes, but also Wi-Fi, real kitchens with custom cabinetry and high-end finishes, high-tech entertainment systems, enough beds to comfortably sleep the whole family, genius storage solutions, and Nest smoke/CO2 alarms for safety.
Outside Van's engineers and craftsmen can help convert a van you already own or create one for you from scratch, using a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or a Ford Transit model as a base. Every van they make is a one-of-a-kind traveling home: Each one starts at a base price of $19,000 for the "premium interior package"—think of it like the foundation of a traditional house—which includes insulation, sound damping, infrastructure, flooring, wall paneling, overhead lighting, and a safety package. This is what makes the van drive well and hold up to any adventure you throw at it. After that comes the really fun part: personalization. Storage can be optimized for bikes, skis, kayaks, surfboards, or whatever gear you need, and the sleeping, lounging, kitchen, and bathroom possibilities boast more clever space-maximizing tricks than any tricked-out tiny house on HGTV.
So go ahead and get your road warrior on this summer. Just imagine cruising the countryside in your rolling home all day, then cooking dinner on your induction stove and relaxing with a movie in bed, all without leaving your car! These vans let you check out national parks, scenic coastlines, and all manner of natural beauty in total comfort—and style.
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