#VanLife is perfect for nomads — those souls whose home is the open highway, who live for white-line fever, a different sunset every night and the sheer thrill of adventure. Yes, the RV and camper van lifestyle is one of intrigue and glamorous sightseeing.
It’s also the life of truck stops, microwaved service-station hamburgers and “black water dumps.”
These RVs below reflect that side of the experience, and were probably designed by someone who spent too much time standing next to said dump hose breathing fumes—
This Scrap Metal-Mangled Mondeo Pooing Out a Twizzy
Back away slowly. Do not make eye .
Johnny Depp’s RV of the High Seas
Is it a pirate ship? Is it a fire risk? Is it proof we all should check on our friends more often? We think it’s all of the above.
We found this pic over on . The handy timestamp lets us know it was taken back in 2001. Rumour has it this RV’s ghost lives on in the little patches of rust on all the other RVs on the road.
Terrible Toyota Prius Conversion
If you are a car enthusiast, you might not think much of the humble Toyota Prius. If you’re a car enthusiast, you also might not think much of heavy motorhomes and caravans. So it’s probably fair to say you won’t like this outfit.
Is it because it looks like a giant over-sized tongue has slowly overtaken the hybrid? Or is it because it costs more than $20,000? For me, it’s the brutal fuel economy.
This Precariously Balanced Mobed Motorcycle Tent
If you have a BMW R1200GS from 2006 to 2013, then do we have the accessory for you! —To avoid, that is.
If you’ve ever wanted to perch precariously 1.5 metres off the ground on a rickety roost and then fall asleep, the MoBed has you covered — by a flimsy canvas tarp that will definitely not protect you when you inevitably fall over, bike, cradle and all. Special bonus points for the marketing photo, which seems to suggest you camp among some jagged rocks.
The MoBed is no longer available. I can’t imagine why.
This Dodgy Old Van
Truth be told, I nearly bought one of these rigs for my own bike this year, but the optics of a nondescript white van, complete with “Check out how special this is inside” pitch, are a bit on the nose. And I don’t need that sort of attention—
This Even-Dodgier-Than-Dodgy Van
Speaking of dodgy— Wicked Campers are a global hire company, famous for wildly painted vans they rent mostly to backpackers. They’re bad, because 90 per cent of them are violently offensive. So offensive the firm’s had vans banned from the roads in some countries. This one, though, is excellent.
Wait! We Can’t Leave You Like This
As an apology for all of those abominations above, let me present the Thunderbird 2! The biggest, baddest sleep-ready rig on the road!