The particular conversation-starting camper vanBy Michelle BaranSAN FRANCISCO -- You can't help and yet giggle when you pick up your Jucy camper van from one of the motifs . in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Vegas. The thing looks a little laughable, handcrafted in bright green and reddish, with an image of a pinup youthful lady on the back, blowing a make out to passersby. Personally, I wasn't able to wipe a stupid grin back my face when I picked up key Jucy (pronounced "juicy") camper vehicles this winter for a weekend spin dished up compact recreational vehicle (RV) product in which it arrived stateside just last year. "It gives people the permission turn into playful, " said Tim Alpage, who founded Jucy in Newer Zealand in 2002 and introduced the compact-camper-van concept in the O. S. in 2013. "The completely is getting a lot more well known in the O. S.... We're so obvious. You can't simply miss it. It creates a real regional community. People start waving to each other whether they see each other on the road. It's a really ice-breaker. " Indeed it is. Whereas my fiance and I headed to San Luis Obispo in our Jucy, we would momentarily forget about the vehicle's external surfaces and wonder why people on the path were staring at us, then try to laugh and say, "Oh, it's the Jucy. " We did cross driveways with one other Jucy along the way, in addition to the honk-and-wave was inevitable. And in the office we stopped, people asked everyone about the camper van. They perhaps even asked if we would pop all trunk so they could see the pantry that has been built into the back of each auto or truck. Curiosity about the Jucy followed everyone everywhere we went. One benefit of Jucy camper vans is they come as either a converted 2010 The chrysl iPhoneer Town & Country or a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan. In other words, they may be regular minivans with some fun other features, so they drive like a car. Its compact RV concept was a wanted feature when we drove up the certainly windy Highway 1 back to Bay area. I would have been very nervous a lot of that road in anything bigger than a minivan. Unfortunately, it was small chilly to try the pop-top room. At night, we blasted the heating unit to warm up the inside of the car and truck, then slept on the inside chairs in addition table area that convert inside a flat bed. I'm not sure I would personally want to sleep on that memory foam bed for much more than a couple of days. Kids would love this thing founded, especially climbing the exterior ladder in addition sleeping on the roof in the pop-top. It might be like a Volkswagen Westfalia Camper two . 0. And of course, the fact that it's a smaller sized camper van means relying on campgrounds for restrooms and showers, the opposite facet that would have been enhanced by just warmer temps. All told, all Jucy makes for a fun adventure that creates fodder for a good story in which it begins the minute you pick up the conversation-starting camper van. Follow Michelle Baran on Twitter @mbtravelweekly.
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