Up until recently, I was one of you. I bought my pass at the pre-sale, thinking that I would be able to collect a car camping pass quite easily. Obviously we were all wrong, and there are tons of people out there that are scrambling to find car camping right now. I was even considering buying a complete extra ticket w/camping pass, just to obtain a camping pass... crazy expensive and just down right inefficient. If you are also like me, you are frantically checking for near by lodging, but you are finding out that it's balls expensive and just completely un-affordable...
Here is the good news... RV CAMPING!!!
Coachella has a list of local RV camping communities that you should look at, the closest of which is only 3 miles away from the venue! That's a 15 minutes bike ride, or an extremely cheap cab ride into the festival. Now I know what you are saying.... *insert lame excuse about how car camping is the most epic experience EVARRRRR*... false.
This will be my 5th year going to Coachella, and I've car camped it every time. Every year I was successfully able to up my game, and make the car camping experience slightly better than the year prior. Then the sand storm happened last year, and when I woke up on Monday morning, I literally had a sandbox in my mouth... Not pleasant at all. Car camping is a great way to experience Coachella, but like everything, there is a ceiling that eventually prevents you from upping your experience each year. So I write to all you people freaking out about what to do without a car camping pass, to encourage you to research renting an RV, and planting yourself in an RV community with other experienced Coachella vets.
I hope someone out there takes this advice and runs with it.