North Coast Vans

59 reviews
Camper VanTraverse City, MI
2 guests
Sleeps 2
20 ft. long
Pet friendly
Offers delivery

Thank you for checking out North Coast Vans! In order to book, please make your request and tell us a little bit about yourselves and your adventure plans - we love to get to know our renters ahead of time!:)

The van comes equipped with a full-size bed, two camping chairs, sink, 20gal water tank, refrigerator, Webasto heater, butane portable cooktop, and all the storage to bring your favorite adventure gear along! If the "van life" social media pages and youtube channels have caught your eye, this is the perfect time for you to experience it yourself!

*We’ll consider small/medium size pups, please confirm with us ahead of time! Also note there is a $50 dog cleaning fee*

*Michigan and Upper Peninsula trips only - Unfortunately NO out of state trips any longer*

*10% off 7 day rentals, 15% off for 2+ weeks!*

*Holiday rates show up after dates are selected per the app*

*Pick-up at our house in TC where you can leave your car!*
Pick-up by default at 3pm
Drop-off by 12pm

*We will do airport pick-up/drop-off for $25*
*Local (Traverse City) home drop-off/pick-up $25*

What's included

The rig comes with:

- Fresh linens
- Butane portable cook-top (+1 butane canister)
- All pots, pans, cooking utensils, cutlery, plates/bowls, coffee mugs, wine glasses, etc!
- Jet Boil for heating up water quick
- 120v power to charge computers and camera gear
- 4 USB charging outlets in bed area for phones, portable speakers, etc
- A full tank of water to start
- Shore power hook-ups
- State-of-the-art electrical monitoring system right on your phone!
- Passenger swivel seat (we LOVE this thing!)
- Webasto heater (runs off the vans gas tank!)
- Portable Toilet (Add-on! $10/day. Please see details below!)
- The CoolBus is equipped with a GPS tracking system for everyone's safety!

Lake Superior Package Add-on ($25)
- Dual burner Camp Chef Teton Propane Cooktop
- Small camp table
- Pop-up exterior table

Add a Thule T2 Bike Rack for two - $100

Recommendations

Our favorite thing about the van is waking up in the morning, having coffee, and saying "where do you want to go today?" The road is literally your playground. When you pick up the van, we will have a "pro-tips" guide to where we love to take the van... Both campgrounds and some (legal) boon-docking spots we love!

The only thing we ask is to remember that the van is not an ORV. We agree, off-roading is fun and finding "secret spots" to boon-dock overnight is epic! But while the carpentry is solid and the van feels like a tank, it's not indestructible. Keep to pavement and hard-pack roads that you would drive your grandmother on for hours:)

Other things to note

Just a few guidelines ahead of your epic journey:

- We do require a little information about who our guests are and what their adventure plans are! Please leave a short description when requesting the booking:) Nothing that holds up a booking, we just love to learn about our new friends!

- No electrical heating devices (electric tea/coffee kettles, hair devices). They're super inefficient and blow fuses that require an hours of work to dismantle the “garage” in order to replace:( We provide a french press for the stove!

- Per the heated shower unit being propelled by a gas burner, we charge extra for this add-on per the risk it poses. While it is primarily safe, improper use can lead to a devastating result. Please message us if you have questions!:)

- Remember, stick to pavement and hard-pack dirt roads. No two-tracks or sandy/muddy/rocky/bumpy roads! The CoolBus isn't a 4x4 ;)

- When it comes to the portable toilet, we get it... nature calls at strange times. While the toilet is an add-on, please keep it to "#1s" only... and we'd encourage you to get in touch with nature for those even! Personally, we've never used the toilet and have left it behind on all of our trips to make more room for our outdoor gear. We've always found a place to "go," and try to always go back to our ancestry roots and hit the foliage outdoors (we provide a small shovel)! Either way, up to you - let us know if you select the add-on (otherwise, we leave it out to minimize any potential odor)! Also... As for #2s... we don't like disposing of our own #2s, and as you can imagine, we don't want to dispose of yours:) In all of our multi-week long trips, we've never had an issue finding a place to "take care of business." We ask that if an emergency arises, please dispose of your “work” (properly) before returning. There is a $500 fee if we have to take care of your bio-waste “#2” disposal.

- IMPORTANT! Follow all overnight-parking rules and camping restrictions. Tickets aren't fun and impact the security deposit.

- While the van has 400 amp hours of power, it's not unlimited. The van has solar panels on the roof to charge when the sun is out, and also charges the batteries when the van is running... but utilize the apps to manage your power usage so you don't run out! We've added a list of apps below to download before you pick up so we can sync you to the monitoring system quickly when you arrive! There will be a user manual in the van that we'll cover upon pick-up!

- You can plug into shore power at campsite hook-ups with the (provided) power cord. This is a great way to charge up the system, and not have to worry about running out. We have details in the manual, and will show you how when you pick up the van:)

- Please think of the van like your own home. Be mindful of the small space to minimize dings, as well as use the cutting board and hot pads to protect the butcher-block countertops. Dings and such also impact the security deposit.

- The heated shower is installed on the back door, and we provide shower curtains! We honestly never use it, and always find a lake or river to bathe in with our environment-safe soap. Nonetheless, we will show you how to use the shower when you pick up the van just in case.

Apps to download for monitoring:
- Simarine
- Renogy BT


Features

2016 Ram Promaster 2500
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 seatbelts
  • Fresh water: 20 gal
  • Fuel type: Gas
  • Fuel capacity: 20 gal
  • Automatic transmission

Amenities

  • Solar
  • Audio inputs
  • CD player
  • Radio
  • Dining table
  • Kitchen sink
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove

Meet your host, Mark

Member since 2018

The "CoolBus" is a 2016 Ram Promaster 2500 that has been converted into your epic road trip home on wheels. We built this with our own hands, starting from a completely empty shell, to what you see today... all with a "minimalist" living mentality to make it feel like a tiny home! We love this thing. We know you will also:) We're based out of Traverse City, MI!

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Rules and policies

  • Pet friendly
  • No music festivals
  • No tailgating
  • No smoking
  • 100 free miles / day
24/7 roadside assistance
Learn more about Roadside Assistance

Roadside assistance on every rental, plus help planning your trip or operating the RV.

Learn more about Roadside Assistance

Add-ons

Enhance your trip with these add-ons. Available at checkout.

Cooler Package
Add an additional 48qt cooler for more food storage
$10.00
/each
Lake Superior Package
Includes small camp table, pop-up exterior table, dual-burner propane cooktop with 1 small propane tank
$25.00
/each
Local Home Delivery
Traverse City local drop off and pick up
$25.00
/each

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There’s a 3 night minimum stay

Discounts
  • Weekly (7-29 nights): 9.9% off nightly rate
  • Monthly (30+ nights): 15% off nightly rate
Fees
  • Security deposit: $1,000.00 (refundable)
  • Prep fee: $1.00. This fee will cover preparing and sanitizing the unit prior to each rental.
North Coast Vans

Dates




Reviews

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Cleanliness

5

Maintenance

4.9

Value

4.9

Listing Accuracy

5

Guest photos

Whitney T.

October 20225

James D.

July 20225

Just WOW! Everything was great! Mark communicated so well and the enthusiasm for providing this experience is likely unmatched. Everything that was needed was provided. Spent a week in UP with a dog, and our marriage is stronger than ever!!!

Joleen M.

October 20215

We had a wonderful trip to the UP in the Cool Bus + Mark was super knowledgeable and helpful with any questions.

5 Photos submitted by Joleen M.

James T.

September 20215

We had a wonderful experience renting this camper van. Mark is very easy to work with: friendly, flexible, and accommodating. The van is designed with a simple elegance that combines efficient use of space with comfortable, homey touches. Highly recommend.

Evan E.

September 20215

North coast vans & Mark & Erin were amazing van hosts!! The van was beautiful and clean when we picked it up, & was stocked with all things you could ever need! We had a great time and would love to do it again!

Tracy M.

August 20215

The owners were terrific to work with. The van had everything we needed for our week trip in the UP in Michigan. We had plenty of room for my husband , myself and our dog.
Having the refrigerator in the van was great. With the solar panels we never ran out of power. Front seats were comfy to ride in on a long drive.


Have a question?Get answers directly from the owner

Q.What flexibility is available for picking up and dropping off the RV?
A.
We can meet anywhere reasonable within Traverse City, MI!

Location

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Traverse City, Michigan

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