AnswerID: 472235 Submitted: Sunday, Dec 11, 2011 at 08:55
Member - John and Lynne
A lot depends on how you intend to use your van. If you will be mainly staying in well set up caravan
parks with decent amenities blocks then you don't really need to lose the living space an ensuite takes up. A bathroom also adds a lot of weight. A dirt road van with bathroom and bunks and a reasonable amount of storage and living space for 3 or 4 people would test the limits of your vehicle.
If you plan to bushcamp or generally go to fairly rough campgrounds then it is a great benefit to have your own bathroom - especially for young
children who may freak at a drop toilet and toilets are likely to be far from your camp site! Also you can camp where there are no facilities without worrying about causing pollution problems and digging holes! This does mean carrying more water though and does add to weight. Solar panels for camping also add to weight.
We managed for years with a porta potti for nights and a shovel for day but there is now more and more requirement to be self contained and 'leave no traces'. Our new van has a full ensuite and, as said, we would not do wirhout it now. But it is a sturdy dirt roader set up for two people and the Tare is about 2,2000.
Enjoy your search. I am sure you will get many suggestions. This topic has been widely discussed on caravanersforum. Lynne
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