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  • Living Our Best Van Life at the Adventure Van Expo: Big Bear Edition

Living Our Best Van Life at the Adventure Van Expo: Big Bear Edition

Courtney McKinnon
Oct 20, 2020

While it's certainly not uncommon to spot lifted 4x4 Sprinter vans cruising Rim of the World highway on the way to Big Bear, California, this past weekend was different. Thousands of van-lifers converged on the small mountain town to attend the (free!) third-annual Adventure Van Expo to peruse new and used camper vans, speak with custom builders, and purchase the latest and greatest accessories. In addition to being invited to explore the ins and outs of the Mercedes Sprinters and Ram ProMasters on hand, attendees were also treated to a variety of alternatives, including lightweight travel trailers from Happier Camper (which can fit motorcycles or dirt bikes) and rugged, overland-style, pop-up truck campers from Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers.

Photo 2/59   |   003 Adventure Van Expo Van Life Rooftop Tent

Those who weren't in the market for a new camper van got plenty of holiday gift inspiration from 30-plus vendors in the form of Vannon's baskets and cupholders, shocks from Agile Offroad, Overland Gear Guy's infamous organizers, Bru Trek's on-the-go coffee solutions, swivel seats, and more.

This year's six-city event series may be over, but Adventure Van Expo founder Neil Morse has big plans for 2021—including increasing the number of cities (he's looking at you, East Coast and Orange County) and adding music and food trucks. Considering all six events this year had great turnouts despite obstacles like the pandemic and wildfires, we're anticipating next year's shows to be even bigger. For info on next year's event, check for updates on adventurevanexpo.com. Until then, feast your eyes on this gallery of adventure rigs of all kinds, from vans to trailers to 4x4 pickups.

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