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When I set out to find the perfect camper rental for my road trip to Utah, I never thought I’d find a vehicle that fit the Travel Fashion Girl motto: fashion and function. Introducing Jucy Campervans!
The Ultimate Glamper-Van!
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This stylish “glamper van” company is as affordable as a standard rental car, as functional as an RV, and as cute as can be. I felt like a rockstar driving this purple and green fun-mobile.
What I Loved About Jucy
Beyond all the ultra-functional and convenient features listed below, my favorite part about this camper rental was the one that saved me the most money: IT WAS GREAT ON GAS.
At about $4 a gallon, we filled up the tank for about $80 which lasted as the entire drive from LA to Vegas. A regular compact car would have consumed the same amount of gas and a standard size RV would have consumed twice as much. The savings in gas on a road trip was a HUGE benefit for me.
In total, the cost of gas to drive from LA to the Arches National Park and back to LA with stops at Canyonlands, Zion, and Vegas was about $350. Not too bad for a 1500 mile round trip!
Also, at 5’2″, this was a super smooth and easy vehicle to drive! Previously, I’ve driven a luxury 40′ RV for 3 months around the USA and it was much less cumbersome to drive a Jucy. Maneuvering a large RV can require a lot of effort especially on windy days!
Room for Improvement
How can Jucy improve its features? Well…it doesn’t have a bathroom.
However, not having a toilet isn’t really a big deal because it’s not like you can use the bathroom and drive at the same time (unless you’re a guy with a cup and steady hands).
Seriously, though, As someone that only camps once in a while, there’s not really anything I didn’t like about Jucy. This camper rental is so well thought out – it had features I didn’t even know I needed.
- At night, you could unroll conveniently stowed “curtains” blocking outside light allowing you complete privacy as you sleep.
- If it’s too cold or windy to eat outside you can set up the interior table for a comfortable dining experience inside the RV.
- If you like everything nice and tidy, there’s space for everything with the carefully placed compartments throughout the campervan.
- You can even watch a movie before you go to bed on their DVD player that conveniently plays from discs or from the USB drive.
- Random, but there was room for 4 bottles of water on both the driver and passenger side doors. As a water guzzler, it was nice to have easy access to water and energy drinks on long drive days. (A feature that other vehicles annoyingly lacked on other road trips driving around the US)
- It has room for 4 people, 2 in the fold out bed inside and 2 in the upstairs Penthouse that opens up like a tent. We were so comfortable and warm inside that we didn’t use the upstairs “wing” during our trip.
While a bathroom may be the only thing not included in the vehicle, it DOES have a kitchen sink! In fact, everyone wants to talk to you and ask you questions about Jucy because it looks so cool and advertises it’s kitchen sink feature which most other compact RVs don’t include. This made washing our dishes much easier especially at night.
The ONE thing I would love to have seen inside the Jucy vehicle was a vehicle outlet charger because I forgot to buy one before the trip. Perhaps they could offer it as an add-on in the future?
It’s All About the Money
Price-wise, there was only one Los Angeles camper rental company I found that had a cheaper nightly rate but when I compared the offerings online, Jucy’s features stood out the most:
One important thing to note about insurance: A tiny rock cracked the windshield on our first day driving. Thankfully, we had full insurance coverage and didn’t have to pay for anything. The lady working at the office said it’s not uncommon on road trips so make sure the insurance you choose covers this.
My Favorite Features:
Welcome to our home. Let’s begin the tour…
The amount of room in the back was very surprising. With the drop down DVD Player, it was a living room away from home.
The storage area and seating folds down to create the interior full size bed. The storage cover acts as the inside tabletop.
After a Transformers like maneuver, our bed was ready for DVD night.
The pop up table in the back was great for a ‘working lunch’ and to stay warm on the super windy spring Utah days.
The RV also has a table you can use outside. You can also rent these camping chairs if needed.
The back of the RV is the kitchen area, filled with everything you need even a coffee maker and cutting board.
The refrigerator and the interior stovetop. It also has a second (and convenient) removable stovetop.
There’s a compartment for everything including cookware, plates, and utensils.
Making a quick lunch at a road stop instead of eating at one of the many fast food chains along USA freeways.
Preparing dinner on our first night. (English butler not included hehe.)
Jucy was the perfect home away from home.
Is Jucy the Best Camper Rental for Your Road Trip?
Jucy is ideal for fun, easy-going couples, friends, or adventurous families that want a cost effective yet highly functional road trip vehicle. There’s room for up to four people which is ideal for small groups and families.
Also, Jucy is the perfect “glamping” option if you’re like me and prefer a more comfortable AND easy camping experience. It was so nice to not have to worry about all the small details or setting up a tent every night.
Everything we needed to camp was already included inside the camper rental. This is especially helpful if you’re an international visitor and want to avoid purchasing items you’ll only use once.
I was elated when Jucy agreed to sponsor my camper rental – after all, I wanted a cute and functional vehicle to glamp it up on my road trip. However, my opinion is an honest reflection of my personal experience.
For more tips on USA road trip, please read:
- What to Wear in Arizona Road Trip Packing List
- What to Wear in Utah: National Parks in Summer
- What to Pack for California: Cities, Deserts, Beaches, Mountains
- What to Pack for a USA Southwest Road Trip
If you want to try your luck go ahead and rent it, but not for me. Although we were lucky that my rental was broken down in Monterey, CA, a beautiful place, and took them 4 hours to send a towing truck, I think in part because the Juicy HQ is in New Zealand, all calls go through them. It was delayed and delayed, just imagine if it was in Mojave desert or in a deep mountain, where no cell reception at all. terrifying!!!!
While in Monterey waiting for the van to be fixed, I met another Juicy on the road and shared my story, they told me that their Juicy broken down the very first day on the road, luckily they were not far and got a replace van the second day.
So try your luck with Juicy and they will take care you from New Zealand.
Can we park the van anywhere? I m planning to go to Yosemite, Sequoia and SFO. Will it be problem while parking in National forest?
I’m sure you can park in regular designated parking areas as you would any vehicle. The best thing is to research the parking availability for each park you plan to visit.
Me and my best friend are planning a trip to the westcoast of the USA for about 3 to 4 weeks and this seems like a very good choice for a rental.
Just a little question. When sleeping in the back of the car, where do you leave your luggage? Is there space left for two suitcases?
As we are traveling for about 3 to 4 weeks we will have suitcases that need to fit in the car.
Hi Manon, we had plenty of space as we always travel carry-on only. You can, too: https://travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guides/10-step-guide-to-packing-in-one-suitcase-for-any-trip/
Here’s more info on how we packed:
Hello, I’m considering renting a campervan to go through Utah and your article is a gold mine! Thank you so much for the picture of the van interior.
My friend and I have quite avid photographers, and I am worried about the electricity to recharge the batteries… we will have 3 cameras, 2 smartphones and 1 ipad. How did you manage the electricity ? It seems to me that the camps without shower are also without electricity…
Wow this article is amazing, me and my family are planing for camping and this transport is going to help us a lot, I want to appreciate you for sharing
Your review is convincing me we need to rent a Jucy van to go to Joshua Tree NP this spring. We’ve been before but never got to stay overnight. So glad I can pick one up at OAK which is only 10 miles from my house. Thank you!
That’s awesome! Definitely think you should give it a shot! Come back and let us know how you liked it!
Very nice and helpful review. i wanted to know regarding the weather/temperature at night when you camped and if it was cold how would you keep yourself warm (except for blankets, did you have any space heater/heater in the van)?
Hi Naveena! No heater in the van and yes it was very cold. I wore merino wool thermals under leggings, a long sleeve, and hoodie. We used silk sleeping bag liners under a warm blanket and down comforters (brought them from home since we were in LA). We were beyond warm 🙂 I even removed some of my layers and/or blankets as needed. Here are a few more tips: https://travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-when-visiting-utah-national-parks/
Hi Alex, this looks awesome! Thank you for the review! I’m going on such a trip in New Zealand next month. Do you also have cool tips clothing-wise for a campervan holiday? I feel the space is fairly restricted… so are your packing lists apply to these kinds of trips equally or can you see any particular differences/problems?
Hi Anja! Perhaps you might find this New Zealand packing list more useful for clothing: https://travelfashiongirl.com/backpacking-new-zealand-packing-list/
For a car camping checklist, take a look at this post: https://travelfashiongirl.com/car-camping-checklist-for-a-week-in-the-national-parks-in-utah/
Hope this helps! Have a great trip – New Zealand is beautiful!
I was curious where you are required to park and sleep. If it always has to be campgrounds. Sleeping at a rest stop is a good idea.
Hi Michael, I think this varies based on where you are. I personally stayed in campgrounds most of the time and once in a parking lot. I know Walmart used to let you stay overnight for free but I don’t know if they still do. I’d suggest to do a Google search for each region you plan to travel. Hope you have a great trip!
Hi alex, i enjoyed the juicy van review, since there are no bathrooms, how did you handle showering during the duration of your trip? Not sure what to do. Thank you
Hi Jennifer, good question! You can camp at campgrounds that have full facilities that include showers or you can do it the old fashioned way and be a rugged camper!
we did a combination: 1st night we slept at a rest stop (no shower facilities); 2nd and 3rd at the most beautiful state park in the world (no shower facilities); 4th and 5th at a private RV park (with shower facilities); 6th and 7th national park (no shower facilities); and 8th and 9th las vegas 3 star hotel (with shower facilities)
On days when you don’t have access to showers while camping you just use lots of baby wipes 🙂
Alex, this looks awesome! Do you know if there is a company in Canada doing the same thing? I’ve not had any luck finding something that is reasonably priced and comes with all those inclusions!
Not sure about that but I do know that you can drive through Canada with the Jucy Campervan.
I’ll ask on my Facebook page for you 🙂
I didn’t even know vehicles like this were available for rent!! I don’t really like camping but this makes it look really fun! 🙂
Hi Kelly! I like camping but nothing too intense so this was PERFECT for me 😉