Did you know that the vanlife is useful beyond a road trip? In the midst of this global pandemic, we must use our creativity to keep in touch with loved ones. We found the solution for you: visit your loved ones in complete safety while staying in a campervan in their backyard! It allows you to keep your distance and to be completely autonomous. Don’t have a campervan? No problem, you can rent one with RVezy for a weekend or the whole summer!
RVezy is a user-friendly online platform where you can rent campervans. It’s super easy: you have to enter your dates and the location where you would like to pick up the van. It’s kind of like Airbnb! Rest assured, you don’t have to be a qualified bus driver to rent an RVezy as some vans are easy to drive. From the mini-trailer to the classic converted van, there is something for everyone on RVezy.
As always, we encourage you to follow all public health guidelines. That being said, we are optimistic that we will be allowed to gather outside next summer (while respecting social distancing, of course). Personally, I want to protect my parents as they are getting older. Since they do not live in the same region as me, I haven’t seen them all year. Renting a campervan is, therefore, the ideal way, in my opinion, to make up for the lost time. It’s the best of both worlds: we can visit our parents and our friends while respecting social distancing rules. Plus, most RV owners offer a discount if you rent weekly or monthly.
Remember that the goal here is to respect the sanitary measures and not enter your parents’ (or friends’ homes). Here are five things to consider before you park in their yard:
When renting the van, make sure that the kitchen is functional. You will need a minimum amount of space to cook. You will also need all the kitchen essentials: stove, utensils, dishes, etc. A refrigerator is also a must. It can get heavy in the long run if you only have one cooler. With a refrigerator, you can keep food for a long time without it spoiling.
2. The toilet
When booking, choose a van that includes a toilet. It really is one of the most important things to consider in your rental. Remember that it will not be possible to sneak into your parents’ loo, so you better be well equipped. Some van toilets are portable, which will allow you to empty the contents into a regular toilet (Sorry, Mom…)! If the toilet is not portable, you will need to find an approved dump station. The iOverlander app can help you with that.
Skipping the shower for a few days is fine, but going without one for a week to a month might cause concern. It’s good to have a little respect for your loved ones. Make sure when booking your RVezy van that it has at least one outdoor shower.
When making your reservation, check that the van is equipped with a sink for washing dishes. Also if you are going away for a long time, bring enough clothes so that you do not have to wash them. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a load done for you, but you shouldn’t rely on that too much.
5. The restrictions
We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and our motto is “go with the flow.” Even if we remain optimistic, we must be flexible. If outdoor gatherings are banned next summer, our plan will unfortunately not hold water. Find out about your campervan’s cancellation policy. RVezy refunds you the entirety of your payment (minus service charges) if you cancel 30 days before your departure. If you cancel between 30 days and 8 days before, you will receive 50% of your payment (less the service charge). Good to know!