When choosing a van to tour in, several factors come into play. You will need space for equipment, seating for the number of people travelling and amenities to provide comfort and convenience. Gas mileage should also be kept in mind, as the cost of fuel is one of the most expensive budgeting considerations of your trip. A number of solid options are available to meet your needs.
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The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a classic example of a van that works well for touring. Mercedes has been making commercial-style vehicles for more than 100 years, and the Sprinter is a mainstay. This van offers room for 12 passengers while providing 200 square feet of cargo space. It also has the capacity to pull a small trailer for extra gear. The Sprinter offers configurable seating arrangements, heating and air-conditioning and the power of a Mercedes diesel engine that is rated at 18 miles per gallon.
The Chevrolet Express provides seating arrangements for 7 to 12 passengers, depending on the size of your band and entourage, while offering plenty of cargo space and towing capacity for extra gear. The Express can be purchased outfitted with television screens, leather seating, front and back swivelling chairs, a video game system and an air-conditioning system with rear compartment venting. Depending on the van size and engine size, the Express can achieve up to 20 miles per gallon.
The Honda Element is not large, but it can be a wise choice for small bands looking for affordability and convenience. The Element offers 64 seating configurations--so you can manipulate your gear around your passengers--wide-opening cargo doors for easy access and a clamshell lift gate for manageable loading and unloading. Other amenities include four-wheel drive for winter touring, integrated beverage coolers and wipe-down floor mats. Honda's i-VTEC engine can achieve more than 30 miles per gallon on the highway and can handle the load of a small attached gear trailer.
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