Kimon ,1990 Volkswagen Vanagon
Kimon ,1990 Volkswagen Vanagon
My Westfalia "Buttercup" was picked up in Great Falls Montana in 2017 and driven here to the Bay Area with my 9 year old co-pilot. What an adventure! The road trip/camping was a blast. Glad to report we made it safe and sound but it was not without some drama. Her ticker (engine) was not the best and she needed more than a few tows to get us on home. Since we've been home I have had her engine, transmission, tires, shocks, clutch, fuel pump, brakes and propane tank replaced. I am happy to say she is now road worthy. My Buttercup is not for the faint of heart. She has manual transmission, no power steering, no power windows, and no air-conditioning. This is a "Westy" adventure that you will remember fondly for years to come. You will truly enjoy the unique driving and camping experience of this classic wonder. You could drive a more updated camper van but they are not as cool or fun to drive as my Buttercup. Everyone loves the Westfalia. It makes people smile and dream, more than any other camper van can. We just completed another road trip (with no drama) and have nothing but great memories to share. We are now regular campers and just love all her features. The best is the pop up top that allows us to sleep under the stars in style and comfort. Other features include a working propane stove, a sink, a small refrigerator (works best with electric hookup), and captain chair up front. If you like camping off the grid, as I do, don't worry she is equipped with a solar panel and dual batteries. We were only two on our recent adventure but feel she will fit 3-4 comfortably.
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Incredible experience. The owner prepared the van with sleeping bags and pillows and everything else needed to make this trip easy to get in and go.
1 Photo submitted by Connor P.
Buttercup was a DREAM! Adored driving and camping in this van so much, we’re going through withdrawals! So cozy inside while we were up on the chilly Humboldt coast. Had fun cooking on the little stove. Fridge works really well. There was ample storage in all the little organized compartments. Gas mileage was surprisingly good too. Patricia is a GREAT host- thoughtful, great communication, flexible, and obviously she takes care of the van with tons of love and care. She and Buttercup made us feel right at home! Can’t recommend this experience enough.
4 Photos submitted by Jocelyn S.
We had a great time going north on hw1 with buttercup. Patricia was extremely helpful up front and provided everything you‘d need on a trip. 100% recommend.
Highly recommended! This was our first experience with a "Westy", and Patricia made it super-easy for us. The pickup experience was very thorough. We started off with a tour of the inside and made sure we knew how everything worked there. On the interior, everything was 100% (stove, fridge, pop-up, beds, etc.), and the van was very clean. Then she put me in the driver's seat and we went for a little test drive to make sure we got everything figured out the road as well. All the mechanical work she's done has really paid off -- great on the hills and good gas mileage, too. We spent two days camping (2 adults, a teenager, and a 4th-grader), and it slept all of us comfortably. Kids loved it. Next time we go camping and want to skip the tents, we'll be checking to see if "Buttercup" is available!
1 Photo submitted by David S.
My son and I had an absolute blast in this classic Westfalia. We had a fun drive from the Bay Area to Yosemite Valley where we won style points for the coolest camper in Upper Pines campground. She handled great and was the perfect base camp for us as we explored Yosemite. Patricia is a superhost and equipped the Westfalia with all the little extras you may need on a camping trip. The van was spotless and well maintained. Look forward to renting her again!
1 Photo submitted by Ken D.
Rented Buttercup for a family birthday camp event! My daughter was thrilled to have a classic Westfalia van to sleep in. Patricia was a super communicator and was quick to respond to all messages😊
Buttercup is a classic old camper and seems “younger than her years”. She held up well next to the Metris pop top in the photo!
1 Photo submitted by Tami B.