We found a golden combination for a road trip through California: getting your camper van at WickedCampers.com and your camping spots with Hipcamp.com.
The convenience of having your tent on the roof, and enough space for our family of four, luggage and a nifty 'kitchenette' in the back makes you completely independent, and able to camp where ever you can drive to - no hookups needed.
So you can avoid those depressing RV camps and go straight to the most authentic spots of America. And because wild camping is not allowed everywhere, the next best thing is 'allowed camping' on people's property. And that's where Hipcamp.com saves the day.