Rachel and her brother experienced vanlife complete with hikes to alpine lakes and desert towers
Rachel Tierney, a software engineer at Lightship, felt a bit intimidated by the prospect of towing. So she opted to rent an upfitted Dodge Ram ProMaster campervan for a LightTrip with her brother, Jack, to Southwestern, Colorado, and Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.
For the most part, the van was great; it drove like a large truck and was easy enough to get in and out of tight spaces. However, its suspension wasn’t calibrated to the extra weight of the camper’s interior so every drive down rural, dirt roads rattled her to the bone.
All of these discoveries proved to be a stark reminder: staying in most RVs or travel trailers tends to be an exercise in learning to accept what can’t be changed. Like broken latches. If she didn’t close the cabinets in a certain way, she’d be met with a chorus of rattling doors whenever she drove. Even worse, the latch on her pull-out fridge had broken and it wanted to fly off its rails with every sharp turn.
Overall, Rachel and Jack loved their setup, and especially appreciated having a comfortable bed and climate-controlled shelter from the elements. “I tend to get cold easily, so I got much better sleep than if I was in a tent,” Rachel shared.