Who doesn’t love camping? Of course, everyone’s definition of “roughing it” is different. Some relish time spent sleeping on the ground, fighting off bugs and other pests. Some are content, as long as there is an actual bathroom with running water provided. For others, however, only the best will do and they’re willing to pay for it. That is when camping becomes “glamping”.
In fact, there is a whole new class of high-end deluxe buses and coaches that are as expensive as many people would spend on their houses. Offering all of the most contemporary amenities, they are likely more than most RVers require or even want, but they sure are fun to look at!
With raised-rail chassis and a larger size, these beasts are heavy, so they usually require diesel as their fuel of choice. The engine is often in the back, which is why they are referred to as “diesel pushers”. Most come equipped with an onboard generator for dry-camping, as well as running the air-conditioner, refrigerator, and television, while it’s driving down the road. Additionally, many have solar panels that also charge the house batteries.
Luxury Living Space
The living space of these higher-end RVs is more reminiscent of a decently-sized, luxuriously furnished apartment than of a camper. The ceilings are higher than typically found in a motorhome, and with multiple slide-outs the area is quite spacious. Granite countertops, hardwood cabinets, leather upholstery, and marble floors are the norm. Some models feature fireplaces and it isn’t uncommon for the floors to have built-in, radiant heating. Few apartments can boast that!
Flat-screen TVs can be found throughout: in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and over bunks. These often retract into a counter or cabinet, so they’re out of the way when not in use. The televisions and stereo use a wireless surround sound system. These, along with the temperature and LED lighting—at the floor, ceiling, and within cabinets—are controlled from one central electronic tablet for ultimate convenience.
The Deluxe Kitchen
There is no “making do” with one burner and a compact mini-fridge in a glamping coach. These contemporary RV kitchens rival those in the most modern homes with a residential refrigerator, dishwasher, and garbage disposals. They are equipped with microwave/convection ovens, and induction ranges, as well as barbecues and coolers installed on the outside to make outdoor entertaining easy and no-fuss.
Along with full slide-out pantries, wine cabinets, and a wet-bar, many also include a washer and drier. These aren’t always found in the kitchen. They may be in one of the bathrooms or closets instead.
Gloriously Impressive Bathroom
In most models, there is no need to strategically time bathroom use; most boast a bath and a half. The sometimes hand-crafted appliances are made of glass, marble, and tile with multiple shower heads, and residential toilets. Plus, with an on-demand water heater, you minimize energy use, as well as eliminate the annoying period of waiting for the water to heat up.
Many of these provide multiple sleeping areas with fold out sofas, bunks for kids, and a master suit. The beds are often Sleep Number Beds or memory foam, and they often come equipped with their own TVs and individual controls. There is also ample closet space and even lighted vanities or mini-offices.
For some, glamping combines the absolute comfort of home with the adventure of travel and makes a full-time RVing lifestyle a deluxe experience. Whether you are considering upgrading, are curious about glamping, or just enjoy checking out the homes of others, touring one may be worth your time. See what all the fuss is about. You can pretty much bet that when you see a celebrity bus, it offers features such as these.
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