Meet Roofus, our adventure getaway vehicle. He's built like a VW Westfalia, but can cruise on the highway at 75 mph and has much more space. We use him to escape from the city, explore new mountain bike trails, and find campsites with nobody else around. When you get to your campsite, just pop up the top and you're done! Roofus is complete with a propane heater, sink, stove, refrigerator, grill, silverware, pots and pans, utensils, consumables, spices, and all the other necessities for enjoying your time in the great outdoors.
Roofus gets his name from the pop-top that opens as soon as you roll in to camp. With the top up, there's ~8ft of head room closest to the stove and sink where you need it most. There are also privacy curtains for all of the windows. The pop-top also means you get two sleeping berths - one in the top and one underneath, making it easy for a family of 4 to fit everyone inside. Is your child of the furry variety? As long as they're well behaved, they can come too!
Pickup / Dropoff details: We keep Roofus in a storage lot and we can arrange for you to leave your car parked in the same space while you're out on your rental for no cost. I can also arrange for airport pickups and dropoffs for an additional fee to cover my Lyft ride either to or from.
One-way rentals: Send me a message if you want to do a one-way rental. Generally, I can approve it as long as you cover my flight and gas to return from wherever you drop it off. The earlier we can book, the better so that I can lock in a cheaper flight and block off the weekend.
Roofus is a 2WD van with a 2" lift and open rear differential. This is a fine setup for getting off the grid most of the year, but you run the risk of getting stuck if you get into snow, mud, or deep sand. Extracts from remote locations are costly and are the responsibility of the renter. The lift will get you over just about any dirt road that's not labeled 4x4 only. Care must be taken on dirt roads as the propane tank sits under the driver's side of the van and traversing large boulders could damage it. We've done it with no problems and trust you will too.
Here are more detailed specs:
- 11 gallons water on-board. This will give you ~4 days of off-grid camping without having to refill. We also typically carry drinking water separately and average 2 gallons per day. You can drink the water from the on-board tank, but we prefer to get it separate.
- 6 gallon grey-water tank. As long as you use biodegradable soap (which is all we have on-baord), you can dump the grey water just about anywhere. It's also useful for dousing campfires
- 8 gallon propane tank. Running the heat all night in 20 degree weather will burn about 1/8 of the tank.
- Sink and rear shower. Water is not heated
- Trailer hitch with ~6500lb (braked) towing capacity. We currently have a bike rack mounted that can be included with the rental
- 2x100Ah house batteries that are recharged as you drive. This should be plenty to provide off-grid power for 2-3 days depending on how much energy you use.
- 200W inverter, enough to charge your computer and cell phones at the same time
- Mini-fridge gets cold enough to keep frozen food frozen and perishables cold as long as your fridge at home
- Rear seat has two seat belts, one is a 3-point and the second is a lap belt
What comes with the van:
- Coffee supplies: french press, pour-over and filters, pour-over kettle, 2 tablespoon measure
- Drinking: 2 Yeti 12oz tumblers, additional coffee mug, assorted paper cups, wine opener
- Cooking: non-stick pan, cast iron pan (for campfire cooking), 2 non-stick camping pots, Coleman portable grill / stove, grill cleaner brush, 2x1lb propane tanks (enough for 6-8 grill-outs), seasoned salt, pepper, seasonings, olive oil, balsamic glaze
- Cooking utensils: tongs, grill spatula, cooking spatula, non-stick safe cooking spoons, chef's knife, cutting board, assorted mixing bowls, measuring cup
- Eating: 4 sets of forks, knives, and spoons; chopsticks; paper plates and bowls
- Consumables: Toilet paper, paper towels, Lysol wipes, Purell, biodegradable dish soap, trash bags, grease wipes (for removing poison oak oils)
- Sleeping (optional): 2 x sleeping bags with sleeping bag liners (required for use), 4 pillows, wool blankets
- Other: 2 camp chairs, portable table, fire extinguisher, toolbox, shovel, hatchet, lighter, matches
- Note the microwave does not work, we just use it for storage
Roofus is a big, old van and does not handle like modern cars. He's wide, slow to stop, and is top heavy. He must be driven with care, especially while descending mountain passes. Pay attention to the advised corner speeds and he'll reward you with lots of happy memories from your entire trip.