A few weeks ago, when our island town was still crowded with visitors, I spotted this vehicle.
I admit that it’s not a great shot. But it does capture what I wanted to know. This 2-berth, Dodge RV, by JUCYUSA, is advertised to provide all that you need to sleep and cook for two people. Hmmm, it doesn’t seem much larger than our SUV. (Jucy 17.3′ x 7.3′ x 6′ vs Jeep Patriot 14.4′ x 5.7′ x 5.4′).
I backburnered that thought. Earlier this week, a friend invited Richard and me to join her on an overnight tenting trip. “Our nearby camping site is now available on a first-come, first-served basis,” she informed. “The weather is still awesome,” she reminded. “It would be fun. We can cook, lounge, have cocktails, tell stories….and roast S’mores around the campfire.” Her arguments were compelling (especially the part about the S’mores). What better time to try out S.U.Vamping?
With some creative thinking (and ‘The School of YouTube’), Richard was able to turn a gutter-grate ($3.50) into a perfect side window vent that allows for evening airflow, without annoying bug flow). We already had an air mattress that fits perfectly in the back of our SUV.
Just for fun, we were able to make a hammock out of an old sheet and twine. It was surprisingly comfortable!
Our 24-hour camping adventure was filled with beach time, chill time, game time, cocktail time, friendship time and tons of laughter.
Going forward, Richard and I can think of a few opportunities where S.U.Vamping may provide a low-fuss, low-muss and low-cost option for us. Of course, we have already thought of a few tweaks we would make the next time. (e.g. prepare a camp-list and check it twice…we forgot the S’mores!).
Best of all was waking up to this morning’s brilliant view (shown in the featured photo). It’s incredible what an extra-dose of nature can do for the mind, body and spirit.