View of the sand dunes in Big Sur.

Family Trip to Big Sur in a Camper Van

When photographer Marilyn Diaz-Norris took a family trip in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter called Brandy, she knew just where to head: Big Sur.

Originally from California, the state and all its iconic destinations holds a special place in Marilyn’s heart. And as a new mom, Marilyn knew she wanted to build memories to last a lifetime. This was her and her husband’s first time traveling with their toddler.

As is the case with all GoCamp rentals, Marilyn’s trip started with a quick demo from the van owner on how to use the van’s various features. Apart from the camping systems, which were straight forward, Marilyn was pleased to discover the van drove much like a regular car.

“Driving the van towards the central coast was a lovely training course on acclimating ourselves to how the van drives. And to our surprise, she was easy to drive and even fit in standard parking spaces. We loved the ability to pull over for a quick diaper change, or make a stop for a beachside nap.”

father holds toddler while standing by the van's open back doors

After some beach time in Capitola, the family was ready to head to Big Sur. And they weren’t in a rush, so from hidden gems along the highway to dips in crystal clear rivers and campsite tacos, Marilyn and her family enjoyed every step along the way. 

Thanks to the camper van’s extensive storage space and kitchen appliances, they were able to pack all their necessities and enjoy home-cooked meals while on the road. 

“One of my partner Patrick’s favorite features was the storage rack under the bed. Originally intended for bringing a bicycle along your trip, it also doubles as a super convenient way to access all of our stuff without having to crawl under the bed. Most days when we set up camp we would extend the rack fully out so we could have maximum space inside the van for hanging out, cooking, and accessing the storage drawers.”

Marilyn and her family enjoyed a final view of Big Sur and some tasty treats on their way to drop off Brandy. Because of GoCamp’s simplified rental process, returning the camper van was just as easy as picking it up!

“We thoroughly enjoyed our experience using GoCamp and renting Brandy for this trip. We absolutely will be doing it again. Now we just need to consider where the next trip should be!” 

Read Marilyn’s full review of Brandy and more about her family van camping trip.

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