Thursday, June 1, 2023


Spend the night camping in a can of beans. No kidney… er… kidding!

Spend the night in a can of beans? Well, sort of. It’s a can-shaped trailer painted to look like a giant can of Bush’s Beans. But it’s not filled with beans. Inside, it looks very much like a very nice camping trailer, although in this case it’s called a “canper.” Yes, a can-per!

The unique “RV” is from the folks at Bush’s Beans, who are working in partnership with the National Park Foundation to support the non-profit’s mission of protecting and preserving the 400+ U.S. National Parks.

The lighthearted contest is for a two-night stay in one of three National Parks—Great Smoky Mountains, Big Bend or Grand Teton.

Three grand prize winners (one for each of the three National Parks listed) will receive a stay for two. Airfare is included plus round-trip ground transportation to the “canper” location and a chef-prepared breakfast and dinner on-site each day. A one-day excursion in or around the park and a $200 American Express gift card are also included.

The website that promotes the contest touts: “Our delicious little legumes have been a campsite essential, fueling outdoor exploration for generations.” We trust they are not referring to the same type of “fueling” that was satirized in the fart scene in Mel Brook’s movie “Blazing Saddles.”

Inside and outside the Bush’s Beans canper

It’s evident that Bush’s Beans has put a lot thought into most every detail, with the exterior featuring artistic renderings of a can with peeled-off labels and ribbed circles, reminiscent of an actual can. Could this be a prototype of a trailer designed to rival Airstream? Perhaps a playful name like “Beanstream” with a tagline of “Camping is not all about fresh air”? All right, enough with the jokes.

The bean theme is carried throughout the trailer, with a bounty of Bush’s Beans to keep adventurers fueled up for their journey.

The interior of the Bush's Beans canper

Inside is also a bean-shaped table, bean can light fixtures, a comfy bed and a small kitchenette.

Enter to win a two-night canper stay

The “Can-tastic” adventure requires no purchase to participate and is open to all legal residents of the United States who are at least 21 years old. Three grand prizes will be awarded, each valued at $6,000. Entries are open now until April 26. So get moving if you want to enter.

To enter visit and complete the entry form. (Caveat: Read the Bush’s Canper Sweepstakes Official Rules.)

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.”

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Dave Solberg
Dave Solberg
Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club. He has been in the RV Industry since 1983 and conducts over 15 seminars at RV shows throughout the country.


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Dick Hime
1 month ago

Those Sweepstakes Rules bloviate into a huge cloud of odorous Bush Bean gas! The legal terms stated by RVTravel to allow this comment are expressed clearly in one page of understandable English.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dick Hime
1 month ago

I would guess, if here are more han 10 entries- those 10 did not wade thru the rules of this contest – it is exhausting after the first – about 10 pages! You advised well Dave when you suggested reading the rules. (This doesn’t even count the “Terms of Use”). Would have been a fun trip – a life memory……. but the lawyers blew it – at least for us! Sorry Bush!

1 month ago
Reply to  DW/ND

After your comment, I just had to look at the rules. I started to laugh when reading and then after the first hour of reading I finally figured out that there is a real good chance that they will never have to award any prize. DW/ND thanks for bringing this amusement to my attention.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Hi, Kelly and Doug (DW/ND). After proofing Dave’s post, I decided to look at the rules. After having been a paralegal/legal secretary for 40+ years, the rules, etc., were beyond mind-boggling to me! Good grief!!! That’s why I put that little “caveat” into Dave’s post.😉 Y’all have a great day! 😀 –Diane at

Dale V.
1 month ago

What a “gas” man! Loved the puns. Great story with a can do attitude.😉

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