Why go for a normal road trip when you can go campervanning?
Dallas is great and all with its historical attractions, green spaces, and top-notch restaurants, but no one is going to fault you if you want to leave the city behind for a bit and see what else the state has going on, particularly in the nature department.
While you could pack what you need into your car and find some accommodations along your route (or maybe endure some uncomfortable nights sleeping in the backseat), there’s also the option to campervan your way across Texas and beyond.
With the convenience of a campervan, you have the freedom to go and stay as you please, allowing for more spontaneity on the road and, frankly, more room for adventure. It’s also a good option for people who want to spend more time outdoors but really aren’t pumped about doing the whole tent camping thing.
Up to sample van life for yourself? Let’s hit the road. Here are the best campervan rentals in Dallas for when you want to experience a different kind of road trip.
1. Tiny Beast
Why you should rent: Big enough for a family, this campervan comes fully stocked with equipment and amenities.
- Sleeps: 4
- Minimum stay: 4 nights
- Rates from: $325/night
The Tiny Beast isn’t really that tiny seeing as it has tall ceilings and can sleep a small family (and pets are welcome too). There’s room enough to make either two twin-sized beds or one king-sized bed inside and then space for two to sleep in the pop-up tent on top of the van.
The sleep arrangements are comfortable, but they’re not the only comforts since the van is equipped with extras like bed linens, towels, kitchenware, and camping chairs. Coffee lovers rejoice because they have the stuff you need to make your morning brew too including a pour-over, French press coffee maker, and milk frother. Don’t feel left out tea drinkers because they’ve left some different teas for you to enjoy as well.
This campervan comes with 200 miles free per day as well as four generator hours free per day, both of which should be pretty suitable for average use. If you’re planning to be on the road for seven days or longer, you’ll be happy to know that you get a 20% discount on your booking. Savings with your campervan equals more spendings for all the fun you’ll come across on your adventure. Note: You can take that fun to a tailgate, but not to a music festival. Oh, and one last thing: Don’t expect to use the van’s awning since the owner has specified not to.
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2. Winnebago Solis 59PX
Why you should rent: There’s no mileage or generator cap on this new campervan with space for four.
- Sleeps: 4
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
- Rates from: $290/night
With the Winnebago Solis 59PX, a small family or group of friends can spread out between the interior murphy bed and the pop-up loft (if you have kids, they’ll probably run to call the latter for themselves). The van is new, and it looks like it too inside with its modern fittings, including a stainless steel sink and two-burner cooktop. There’s also a rooftop air conditioner for whenever it gets sweltering out, as it’s prone to do in Texas.
You can create a little breezy indoor-outdoor action thanks to the bug screen on the back doors and side sliding door, bringing you one step closer to nature. Really want to go off-grid? The van’s rooftop has solar panels and there’s a generator so you can still keep the power going.
The cassette toilet and shower situation (there’s an option indoors and another outdoors) also make off-the-grid traveling less of a hassle. Another incredible thing about choosing this campervan is that there’s unlimited daily mileage and generator usage allowed, which is definitely not the standard.
If you’re a state or municipal employee, make sure to ask about the discount you’ll get when booking!
3. 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van
Why you should rent: This deluxe campervan has massaging chairs and a private bathroom area in the back.
- Sleeps: 10
- Minimum stay: 4 nights
- Rates from: $450/night
Thanks to things like its spaciousness, sleek interior, and cushy seats, this 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van looks and feels a bit fancier. The more you look, the more you’ll find to love like the upgraded sound system, Apple TV, and fridge with an ice box. Even the seats are above average seeing as they’re massaging chairs complete with USB ports and reading lights.
Want to know what one of the best luxuries in this vehicle is though? Unlike some campervans where the bathroom is just there in the middle of everything, this campervan has it all arranged in the back so it’s a separate, private space. Any kind of privacy you can get while sharing a campervan is a bonus.
To accommodate all of those amazing features, you’ll notice that the van is a bit longer, but that doesn’t make it difficult to drive. This type of campervan is known for being easy to steer, and because it’s the same width as your average SUV, you shouldn’t have too much trouble maneuvering it around.
Remember: You can always rely on the lane assist and back-up cameras when you’re not feeling confident. Yes, the price is high compared to other campervans but in addition to everything else you get, you also have free unlimited mileage so you can drive on and on and on and on…
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4. 1988 Ford Econoline
Why you should rent: This old-school campervan is full of charm with its well-designed interior.
- Sleeps: 2
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
- Rates from: $185/night
For a more affordable option, check out this 1988 Ford Econoline, which has the lowest per-night cost of any on this list. Despite it being from an older year, the campervan does have a newer motor and the interior isn’t stuck in the past. In fact, the bright, inside space is tastefully designed with wood paneling, accent tiles, a cute hanging light, and a couple of plants making it feel extra cozy.
It’s just the right vibe for a couple embarking on a romantic road trip. Putting those romantic daydreams aside to talk about the bathroom situation: there’s a toilet inside, but the shower is outside, which honestly can make the whole campervanning adventure more fun depending on what kind of traveler you are.
Let’s take a minute to talk dos and don’ts: Do bring your pup with you since the campervan is pet-friendly. Don’t bring this campervan to a music festival since it’s not allowed, but you can take it tailgating. In general, just keep an eye on how far you’re going with it since you just get 125 miles free per day before the surcharge starts kicking in. While the mileage may be limited, your generator usage is not.
5. 2021 Mercedes Sprinter RV
Why you should rent: Cruise around in style in this modern campervan with two TVs.
- Sleeps: 3
- Minimum stay: 1 night
- Rates from: $495/night
Professionally converted, this stylish 2021 Mercedes Sprinter RV is truly a campervan of our modern times with the convenience and ease of the touch-screen interfaces up at the front. It’s the perfect choice for those who feel like just because they’re living on the road for a bit may doesn’t mean they’re ready to say goodbye to all the comforts they had at home. You won’t have to sacrifice with this campervan seeing as it has extras like multiple televisions, Apple TV, and WiFi, making it easy to keep in touch with the rest of the world even if you’re out in the middle of nowhere.
If you want to bring a pet, be sure to discuss it with the owner beforehand, and if they give you the go-ahead, be prepared to pay an additional pet deposit. Anyone who chooses this campervan should plan their itinerary according to the fact that taking it tailgating is okay but heading into a music festival is not.
Another thing to keep in mind when planning out your journey is the fact that there’s a 100-mile-per-day limit. Of course, no one is going to stop you if you want to go over that, you’ll just have to be ready to pay $1 per extra mile. What you won’t have to worry about are tolls since those are included.
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