This Camper Van Has a Killer App: A Back Porch

Bring yet another comfort of home with you on the road.

These days, it seems like you can find a camper van, overlanding RV or travel trailer with just about any feature you could conceivable imagine. In the last couple decades, designers and engineers have done incredible things in the field, adding on features that would have been inconceivable not long ago: high-end battery packs, fireplaces, etc. Still, this Embassy Traveler Sport camper van packs one feature that might be enough to set it apart from all the other camper vans out there: a screened-in back porch.

As New Atlas recently pointed out, Embassy RV’s Traveler Sport (née Sportsman) takes the already-spacious Ford Transit van body and expands upon it by adding a fold-down deck that pops out of the back, complete with a pair of support legs to keep it steady when deployed and a small ladder for easier entry. That’d be nice enough — but the Traveler Sport also packs a tent with screened windows that deploys to provide shelter from rain or bugs, offering a nice intermediate space between indoors and out.

Even without the patio, however, the Embassy Sport would be a pretty nice way to vacation. The couch folds flat to become a wide bed, while an on-board dry-flush composting toilet means you won’t need to go outside to answer nature’s call. A Dometic fridge/freezer combo is mounted on a swivel, so it can be easily accessed both from inside the vehicle and outside when the sliding door is open. A kitchen counter and sink offers a handy place for meal prep and cleanup, waterproof storage compartments make for a place to stash gear, and a 32-inch TV lets you kick back and relax like you would at home once the appeal of the great outdoors wears thin.

On the technical side, the standard 420ah battery and option 600-ah lithium version offer juice for the on-board electronics, while a battery management system with Bluetooth lets you monitor the state of charge from your phone. There’s also a 20,000 BTU air conditioner — designed and mounted in a way that frees up roof space for a roof rack — and a six-gallon on-board water tank.

According to New Atlas, the Embassy Traveler Sport starts around $100,000 — which, honestly, is kind of a bargain for a vehicle packing as much versatility as this camper van. After all, it’s not hard to spend far more on a rolling place to live.

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