The allure of van life was on the rise even before a pandemic pushed humanity closer to its I Am Legend endgame. With socially distant vacations driving enormous growth in RV rentals, a survey by the home relocation site Move.org found that a meaty portion of the populace is ready to get away. From everyone. Think Kerouac’s On the Road but with a bed and minus the benzedrine. #VanLife, like any good van, offers a number of doors for entry. If one of your resolutions for 2021 is role-playing Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley , here’s your primer: WHAT KIND OF VANLIFER ARE YOU? The life you plan to lead over the horizon determines which conveyances you should consider. Will you stick to paved roads and well-tended dirt paths? Or will a lucid dream of the Dempster Highway have you burning gas for the Arctic Ocean faster than you can say “belugas and bears”? Do you plan to lay up in national parks and truck stops? Or do you need off-grid survivability for days on end? Decide what you will actually do, not dream of doing. A Pan-American expedition rig on 35-inch mud terrains gets you loaded for bear. It’s also a hideous waste of money and resources if you know you’ll never stray more than two hours from a Denny’s. GO BEYOND THE VAN What exactly qualifies as a van? Merriam-Webster defines it as “a multipurpose enclosed motor vehicle having a boxlike shape, rear or side doors, and side […]