There are a bunch of reasons why the Westy is prefect for our trip:
- It has enough room for both Dave’s and my personal items:
My things take up way more space than his do which is to be expected. I was gently forced to pare down a bunch of what I had planned to take but I still managed to wrangle in a lot considering and it’s fit swimmingly.
- It allows us to save money:
Obviously the savings on hotels/motel stays is huge! Gas is one of the larger expenses but it still would be even if we were staying somewhere other than the van. By necessity I do all the laundry by hand and this saves us money too.
- It has a perfect recovery space for Dave on his breaks and at night:
The bench pulls out into a bed and I keep it out throughout the day. When I meet up with Dave at break time he is able to lie down, stretch out, and we elevate his legs and do stretching or massage as needed.
- It has a cooking space for me to use:
It’s nice that I have a space in which to prepare meals and snacks. This helps by cutting down on the amount of times we go out to eat as I am able to prepare a lot in the van. We do have a heating element but I haven’t gotten around to using it yet.
- It has enough space for all of the items Dave needs specifically for the run:
We had to bring a lot of additional items for the trip such as a first aid kit, all of Dave’s running gear, and a bunch of food that we were lucky enough to have donated to us for Dave by Choices Markets in South Surrey, BC; because of all the storage we were able to comfortably carry all of this with us.
- It’s comfy, cozy and feels like we are camping every night:
I like the van because it’s fun and different. Sometimes I do miss the comforts of my little apartment but it feels like such an adventure to camp out every night and be able to sleep in a different location pretty much wherever we want. When else are you able to go to sleep watching the sunset or wake up to the sounds of crashing waves?