Cruising the open road in a minivan doesn’t sound like the coolest thing in the world. But there’s a long line to rent one of Native Campervan’s retrofitted Dodge Grand Caravans, say founders Jon Moran and Dillon Hansen.
“We’ve seen a huge ramp-up since Memorial Day, our entire fleet is out right now and it is pretty much booked up solid from June to July,” said Hansen. “Unfortunately, we’ve already had to turn down a considerable amount of business.”
BusinessDen spelled out the appeal in April: it’s cheaper than an airstream or other ways to travel and camp with its average cost of $99 a night. The first 100 miles a day are free, and the minivans come with a double bed and a kitchen. Native Campervans also rents some gear, like tents.
For now, the company only has six vehicles and is not focused on adding more. After accepting bookings for vans that didn’t exist, the company had to hurry to get the vehicles they have now.
“We’ve done as much of that cramming as we can,” said Moran. “We feel like we’re at a good spot now where we should stop buying vehicles and start planning for the future.”
In that future, they hope to have more Colorado renters, maybe those new to the state and looking to get outside. Thus far, Native Campervans have a lot of international travelers taking the van out for about two weeks at a time, sometimes more like a month.
“We’re based here for a reason, we want people in Colorado,” said Hansen.