Rent a CamperVan
FAQ’s and Rates for Campervan Rental
How does it drive?
Just like a regular sized SUV or mini-van.
What is the gas mileage like?
Volkswagen Eurovans can range between 16-23 mpg and the Vanagons are about the same. For reference most RVs and motorhomes get around 6-9mpg (RV gas mileage). Yep, you read that correctly a whopping 9mpg on a good day.
Can it go up mountain passes?
Yes, though we do ask that you take care when driving up mountain passes to not overload the engine. As with any vehicle, going up or down the steep grades requires caution to not damage the car.
Are your campervans automatic or manual transmission?
Most of our vehicles are automatic transmissions, but we do have some manuals available if you prefer that!
Are your campervans 4WD?
Not yet, but a synchro is in our future!
Don’t I need a 4WD vehicle? Especially during winter?
Our warm weather vans are primarily intended for use on maintained roads (see our travel and road restrictions for more information). Sorry, off-roading is not allowed in our vehicles, so you will not need 4WD.
Our year-round vans are equipped with snow tires in the winter. While that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do anything like this, your campervan should get you where you are going with some good common-sense driving. Slow and steady is the way to go when traveling Colorado roads in the winter for any vehicle. If the roads aren’t safe Colorado Department of Transportation will close them. You can check road conditions and closures year-round at cotrip.org.
Wait, what happens when the roads close during my winter rental?
First, you should turn around and go back to the ski resort you just left; it’s going to be a powder day! Second, call us to extend your rental if needed. The best thing about your VW campervan rental is that you always have your hotel room with you, so you can follow the snow and road closures won’t ruin your vacation.
Where can I camp in my rental?
In short, wherever you can park it that allows overnight camping (boondocking), but we recommend checking out private parks and campgrounds, US National Forest Campgrounds, US National Forest Dispersed Camping (IE no campground), & state campgrounds. We have a lot of information on this topic, so check our planning your trip page for more information.
What about for ski camping, don’t campgrounds close in the winter?
Some do yes, but plenty stay open and some of the best places for ski-bumming are not a campground. Here are a few ideas:
Check our ski bumming page for more information or contact us with specific destination questions. We are happy to help you find a safe site. Please always be aware of your surroundings when you park in the winter – DO NOT PARK SOMEWHERE YOU CAN GET PLOWED IN WITH SNOW OR TOWED.
How do I stay warm in the winter?
With your 12,000 BTU heater of course. It will keep you nice and toasty. You can even set your thermostat while you are out, on the mountain or the town, for a nice warm bed to come home to.
Do I have to ‘plug in’ for electricity/heat/fridge/lights/water?
Nope! That is what your camping battery & propane are for. Every time you drive your VW you charge your camper battery & each rental comes equipped with a full tank of propane. If your battery is running low you can turn on the engine, drive around, or go plug in somewhere. If you run out of propane you can easily get it filled at many gas stations.
While you don’t need to plug in to shore power, we suggest doing so when you are able to as it keeps the battery charged.
What is included in my campervan?
Everything that we could think of, even the kitchen sink! Ok, the sink is part of the van, but we try to include everything you need for you trip included in our rates. We noticed some RV rental companies charge for necessities (sheets, plates, silverware, etc) and we didn’t want to do that. You can check out our complete list of what we stock in each Volkswagen Rental for all the details and our Campervans page for what is built into the van. If there is anything we aren’t currently stocking in our vans that you want please let us know!
What about a toilet?
Each van comes equipped with a small spade/shovel for camping without facilities (leave no trace). We do offer optional portable potties for your campervan for an additional charge ($25/trip).
What about a shower (when a campground doesn't offer one)?
Each Eurovan comes equipped with an water sprayer at the rear hatch which can be utilized for rinsing off and outdoor showers. Our Vanagons are not equipped with this, but we do offer hot water shower kits for rent.
In winter months we can supply outdoor hot water shower kits with each rental as we have to winterize the outdoor shower feature and the faucet (November-Mid April). We provide a refillable water jug and sink basin for washing up and doing dishes inside the warmth of your camper. As soon as it is warm enough or for those heading to warmer destinations you can use the sink. Many private campgrounds will offer these amenities & most mountain towns offer recreational centers, like the Breckenridge Rec Center where you can soak in a hot tub, take a hot shower, or even work out. Colorado also has an abundance of natural hot springs! We will be offering more information on these options on the winter section of our planning your trip page very soon.
Do I need to book campgrounds in advance?
We suggest you do so when you will be arriving somewhere late at night that does not have a lot of camping options. Or if you will be camping in a popular area during high season (may-sep) on a Friday and Saturday night. When that isn’t possible try to have at least two options for a campground, then if one is full you already know where a second one is.
Where can I find free campgrounds?
A great resource for finding free/no reservation campgrounds is a delorme atlas. We will provide one for Colorado in your camper. If you let us know what other states you are visiting we can make sure we have those in your camper too.
What kind of campsite is best for a VW camper van?
Campground requirements can vary for what you need to book when sleeping in a vehicle. Be sure to check each campgrounds requirements. Click here for more information on where to camp. You don’t have to reserve an RV hookup site for your camper. Everything will work just fine (even the fridge) without being plugged into shore power. When allowed tent sites are cheaper, often more secluded, and just as good. When booking in advance look for a level ground (so your bed is level!) and a parking layout that you like. Since you will be camping in your ‘car’ you want to think about where you are allowed to park it.
Can I take it to a music festival? Do you have any you suggest?
Yes, please! These VWs need some music in their life (don’t we all). We have so many suggestions that we are working on an entire section of our planning page for music lovers, check back soon for updates. In the meantime you can’t go wrong with any Planet Bluegrass event.
Do you speak any other languages?
Si, hablamos español, si hablas despacio! Podemos leer español mejor que podemos hablar.
Where did you get your dog? He is awesome!
Yeah, we know, he is pretty great. Thank you. He is not available for rent, neither is his bus, but they do hang around the office to greet renters often.