Escape Campervans

On a recent trip to Yosemite National Park, the parking lots were dotted with some very colorful little campervans that reminded me of the long-term travel vans in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It turns out that the Kiwi company that rents out the graffiti-inspired vans Down Under now has rental options in the U.S. The individually painted vans are available in several cities around the country for both short and long road trips.

Escape Campervans are available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami and New York and each are hand painted by local artists. Prices are quoted for trips from 3 days to 85+ days. A young British couple we met in Yosemite were driving their Escape campervan from Los Angeles to New York for three months and the longer you rent, the cheaper the cost. Only a $200 deposit is needed to reserve a camper van.

The U.S fleet of Escape Campervans are economical Chevy Astros, Ford E150 and Dodge Caravans. Each of the campervans sleep two to four people and include beds, bedding and comforters, picnic chairs, sinks and running water, cooking and eating utensils, heat and AC,  stereos, propane stoves, and ice boxes for food. Some of the vans include pop-up roofs with sleeping areas. Optional items can be rented including picnic tables, snow chains, rooftop storage boxes, GPS systems, tents, awnings, solar showers and child seats.

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By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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Nadine Roberts - October 7, 2013 Reply

Thank you for this post! I love the way the kitchen is done. My son is getting ready to build me a collapsible truck camper based on a You Tube video and this will make the perfect kitchen for it.

    Maureen - October 12, 2013 Reply

    We had one of these vans stay at Lightner Creek Campground, Outside of Durango, Colorado this summer! Too Cool!

goatwalker - October 7, 2013 Reply

BRILLIANT!!!!!

I Love this creative and attractively fun alternative to the typical RV camper(camping). Bravo!!!

Geoffrey Fortier - October 7, 2013 Reply

I’d actually love to try one of these out to see how well a campervan fits into my roadtripping, but I’m actually not crazy about the Mellow Mushroom style paintjobs. Many roadtrippers already have to deal with too much of the wrong type of attention, and this seems like sounding the “dinner bell” for harrassment or theft.

    Athena - October 7, 2013 Reply

    I agree; if your van looks normal, it doesn’t stand out to the police, who are wayyyyy too paranoid anyway.

    Chris Knight - October 8, 2013 Reply

    Hi Geoffrey,
    We currently have 200+ hand painted vehicles to choose from. If you’re not into mushrooms or the like, check out our facebook page and get a feel for some of the ‘other’ motifs we have to offer.

    Also, we’ve been been completely booked this entire summer with all 200 vehicles on the road full time. To date, break-ins have been negligible — I wish I could tell you that there have been none but you will get the occasional traveler leaving a laptop within view or an iphone on the dashboard. You’ll get that everywhere….

    Safe Travels out there!

    Ckerr - March 14, 2015 Reply

    I actually rented this very van for two weeks a few years ago and it was an incredible experience. Everywhere we went, people. Wanted their photo taken with it!

John Mauldin - October 7, 2013 Reply

This takes me back to the time I owned a VW Bus that had windows everywhere. I enjoyed camping all over the Ozarks from a young age and the joy my young children and I shared can’t be compared. I will have to rent one of these if only for a visit to the past.

Ally Harris - October 7, 2013 Reply

Sweet, cozy pic of the two guys watching TV together in the back of the van. Lmao!

John - October 7, 2013 Reply

Perfect, except for the round port window and the fire breathing dragon paint job. My son is looking for a 70’s shagging wagon, this might do the trick.

Valerie - October 7, 2013 Reply

I like it. They are just right cozy. Better than a tent, cheaper than motels and less hassle than owning a camper (been there). Unfortunately not available in my area.

Chris Knight - October 7, 2013 Reply

Thanks Christina!
I’m Chris Knight, the marketing guy for Escape Campervans. Let us know when you want to head out and give an Escape Campervan a trial run; we’ve got one with your name on it.

Chris

Wendy Bailey - October 7, 2013 Reply

Looks like a lot of fun. However, living in a remote and beautiful area on the Northern California coast, with very narrow winding roads, I can’t tell you how many hundreds of times I have been stuck behind just such a rented camper. What is a beautiful scenic route with views to be slowly savored for tourists is the freeway for locals and the only way to get to work, kids to school, to get groceries, etc. So PLEASE, if you rent one of these vans, enjoy the scenery, but be mindful of other cars who want/need to go faster and use turnouts. A car coming up on your tail is not an aggressive action on a narrow road where passing is not possible- it is the local way of asked you to please pull over to allow passing- and in fact is a special ordinance in many places on the Mendocino/Sonoma Coast.

    steve - October 7, 2013 Reply

    It’s the price of living in a beautiful place. I know it well.

    alice h - October 7, 2013 Reply

    Reminds me of getting stuck behind Airstream trailer caravans on the Alaska Highway, usually in the section that had the longest stretch without a place to pass. I think there were 25 or more one time. Luckily most of them decided to stop early that day and we finally got out from behind the slow moving herd. “Tourist season” took on a whole new meaning!

curt - October 7, 2013 Reply

I just did a month long road trip in Australia and New Zealand in a Britz, camper van. Ours were Toyotas, with a fiberglass top that allowed for extra sleeping or storage, but more importantly the head room to stand up. Since we were there in the winter, it was often cold and rainy and having an inside kitchen that allowed cooking standing up, while your partner was still in bed was to die for. Plus Toyotas are more dependable and fuel economical than full size American vans. Oh Why aren’t those vans available in the US?

Gloria Brooks - October 7, 2013 Reply

Yes, I live in my converted campervan, a 2001 Ford E350. It’s SOOO AWESOME! It’s great on gas, comfortable and perfect for me and my dog for full time living. We’re living the life, dudes! So, you can rent ’em or convert your own. I knew hardly anything and just plunged in learning as I went. Thanks to the help of my dad, with his decent carpentry skills, we insulated her, revamped the twin bed that it came with, and I’ve been tweaking her as I go.

alice h - October 7, 2013 Reply

I like the way these are set up, very much like a teardrop trailer kitchen at the back. If you have a screen tent that hangs over the back you get extended shelter and keep bugs out too.

Bert McDert - October 8, 2013 Reply

This looks awesome! I’d love to hear about when y’all set up shop in Atlanta. I’m looking for a new line of work, and would love to help with the building or the business end of things. And my ladyfriend just happens to be a “local artist” of distinction!

W Tom Steele - October 9, 2013 Reply

I like!

Lin S - October 10, 2013 Reply

Do you have any vans that allow dogs?

Maria Brophy - October 11, 2013 Reply

My husband and I (and our son who was 9) rented an Escape Camper Van in New Zealand for a month. It was amazing – we traveled all over the North Island and had the greatest adventures!

In the end, when we had to turn in our little van, we were sad. We had become so attached to it.

It was painted beautifully, too.

We never had a problem with anyone stealing anything, and we had 3 paddleboards and 2 surfboards on the racks for a month!

Highly recommend these vans for a fun Adventure! 🙂

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