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About Shawn Nicholas

A couple years ago, my wife and I bought our first van and converted it into a modest campervan. Even though it was simple, we immediately fell in love with vanlife! Fast forward to today and I build and rent custom campervans full time. We have also traveled across the country visiting many state and national parks along the way. With every build and with every trip, we take what we have learned and improve our van builds. Our goal is to build simple, yet versatile campervans that will take you just anywhere you want to go! Our vans offer most comforts of home yet they can take you places larger RVs simply can't go. When you rent from us, you also gain valuable boondocking and travel information that is sure to make your trip one of a kind and unforgettable!

Outdoorsy memberHost since July 2020


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Memories made on trips with Shawn Nicholas's RVs

Mickey D.

5July 2022

What an adventure! Babe The Big Blue Camper Van performed admirably! No issues at all. Lisa and Shawn were great with getting us set up for our 4,000 mile road trip! If you're on the fence about a camper van trip - JUST DO IT (sorry Nike)!! Unfortunately this was Babe's last rental trip - we are happy to have sent her to retirement...we're sure she will go on many new adventures with her owners. If Shawn and Lisa decide to rent in the future - they are a great choice!

3 Photos submitted by Mickey D.

Marcie T.

5March 2022

Meghan J.

5November 2021

We had an absolutely lovely time with Babe the camper van! Shawn was super helpful and responsive throughout the entire process and gave us some fantastic travel recommendations for our trip through the UP of Michigan. The build is thoughtful and well done, we would absolutely recommend this van to anyone looking for a fun getaway.

Randy Z.

5September 2021

Great working with Shawn, Big Blue’s owner. He was welcoming and gave us a detailed smooth review of van functions. He did an outstanding job customizing this van and we enjoyed our Glacier Park hiking trip without problems or worries! We will not hesitate to rent from Shawn in the future!

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Amy H.

5September 2021

If you're debating about renting this van, just do it! Shawn and Lisa were so great off the bat when meeting them. Shawn walked us through everything we needed to know and we were on our way along the north shore. The van set up is so thought out and easy to navigate, you do not need to pack much gear as they provide most of what you need to live the van life.

3 Photos submitted by Amy H.

Shannon F.

5July 2021

Love this van!

Johanna K.

5July 2021

What an awesome camper van! Every detail inside was so well thought out. The van was clean and beautiful, and Shawn was very communicative and responsive. I can't say enough good things about this experience--can't wait to rent it again!

Adam M.

5June 2021

Audrey P.

5June 2021

This was my first time using Outdoorsy and I'm so glad to have experienced it with Babe the Blue! Shawn was an amazing host and friendly. Right off the bat he was very helpful - he went above and beyond to answer any simple questions I had as a first-time van-camper, gave great tips on best practices for boondocking, and offered some of his favorite spots to visit / stay at our destination(s) ! The van was beautifully crafted, clean, and came with amazing amenities - you could tell a lot of thought went into all the elements to make for an effortless, practical, and comfortable stay. It was so cozy to stay in the van, and I felt very safe driving and sleeping in it. Throughout the rental process and even into our trip, Shawn was available by the Outdoorsy message app, and followed up with a lot of additional van tips and even entertained my curious questions as to where we may have luck spotting bison and other animals in South Dakota. Next time I want another van adventure, I will definitely be reaching back out to Shawn! Keep a look out for his awesome van for a great stay :)

5 Photos submitted by Audrey P.