Merv, the retro 1980 Dodge B Van!

57 reviews
Camper VanEdmonton, AB
3 guests
Sleeps 2
16 ft. long
Pet friendly
Offers delivery

Meet "Merv," our retro 1980 campervan and the star of the show everywhere we go! Merv has been featured in marketing campaigns, social media ads, and even an indie movie, so don't be surprised if people take a second look as you cruise by. The best part of Merv is that you don't need to worry about hooking up a trailer, towing, or backing a rig in to your campsite—Merv drives like a regular van, so no special experience needed to enjoy your trip. We want you to be able to experience Merv like we do, so we include almost everything you need to hop in and make a mile: fresh bedding/pillows; two huge towels; comfy camping chairs; a small outdoor table; a large outdoor RV mat for the entrance; cooking accessories (pots/pans, plates/cutlery, hotdog sticks, etc.); cleaning supplies (hand sani, dish soap, etc.); and pet accessories (food/water bowls—please don't leave your furry friend in the vehicle alone at any time). Please note that the fridge runs primarily on power; although it's set up for propane, it is not always reliable this way, so if you don't have hookups where you are going, you may want to bring a cooler or add ours to your booking. Finally, we also include a custom-made bed extender/mattress that allows you to sleep lengthwise instead of widthwise (it is set up in the pictures on here). It was a game-changer for us (I'm 6'3), but if you plan to spend a lot of time inside or if you are significantly taller than me, keep in mind that all campervans will feel cozy. We're crazy about Merv. He has his quirks—he is a vintage vehicle!—so if your vacation plans are to get from points A to B as quickly as possibly, Merv probably isn't for you; however, if you like to take it easy, soak in the sights, stop at viewpoints, and enjoy the journey, he's a perfect fit. We just ask that you please be gentle with him. ;) Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions about Merv. We'd be thrilled to chat about him. Otherwise, happy travels!

What's included

This listing includes the basics you will need to get camping!

- fresh bedding/pillows
- huge, soft beach towels
- padded camping chairs
- a large outdoor RV mat
- a small outdoor table
- main cooking accessories (pots/pans, plates/cutlery, hot dog sticks, etc.)
- cleaning supplies (hand sanitizer, dish soap, dish washing basin, dish towels)
- and basic pet accessories (food/water bowl)

We also have other add-ons listed if you would like to add a camping stove, cooler, screenhouse, free-standing hammock, etc. However, please let us know if there is anything else you might need, and we can look into adding it or sourcing it for you!

Recommendations

There is no shortage of incredible parks around us. Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis, and Lake Louise are probably the most well-known, but for us personally, Waterton and Abraham Lake are also big favourites! If you're done with the mountains for a minute, Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park is also neat; it's one of the only island camp sites I can think of in Alberta!

Closer to Edmonton, there are some great family-friendly camping opportunities within an hour or two (or less) of the city; Devon, Wabamun Lake, Sylvan Lake, Crimson Lake, Long Lake, and Elk Island, for example, all offer camping that you can easily reach in a regular weekend. Another favourite of ours is camping near Pembina, where you can rent tubes and float down the river.

We have also done a lot of camping into BC and Idaho/Montana/Washington (and further south) if you are interested in leaving the province. There is so much to see--please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Other things to note

- No smoking of anything (jazz cigarettes or regular) inside the vehicle! If Merv comes back smelling of smoke that is not from a campfire, you will be responsible for the cost of having all soft surfaces inside shampooed.
- No shoes in the back of Merv (i.e., beyond the "cockpit"), please!
- Merv must be returned with the gas refilled; if not, the cost to refill plus a $20 service fee will be deducted from your security deposit. Please bring your receipt showing the fill upon returning the van.
- Merv must be returned in the same condition he was received. We will of course cover cleaning the bedding and towels, but if significant other cleaning is required (i.e., dirty dishes, a great deal of dirt or pet hair inside, etc.), a $35/hr cleaning fee will be deducted from your security deposit to get him back in shape for the next renter.


Features

1980 Dodge B Van
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 seatbelts
  • Fresh water: 7 L
  • Fuel type: Gas
  • Fuel capacity: 100 L
  • Automatic transmission

Amenities

  • Radio
  • Dining Table
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Refrigerator
  • Heater
  • Extra Storage

Meet your host, Ryan

Member since 2021

Hey folks! My wife and I got into the "van life" on a bit of a whim about 9 years ago when we decided to take one last big trip before my wife started grad school. We purchased our first van, packed up our dog, and drove down to Arizona and back up to the prairies through a mix of in-land desert and the west coast, and had the time of our lives. We became hooked on how easy and fun it was to hop in and go and how much flexibility it gave us in where we chose to stop and sleep. We are now on our second van, and we are so excited to be able to let others in on the joys of van camping! Cheers, and happy trails :)

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Rules and policies

  • Pet friendly
  • No music festivals
  • No tailgating
  • No smoking
  • 150 free kilometers / day

- No smoking of anything (jazz cigarettes or regular) inside the vehicle! If Merv comes back smelling of smoke that is not from a campfire, you will be responsible for the cost of having all soft surfaces inside shampooed.
- No shoes in the back of Merv (i.e., beyond the "cockpit"), please!
- Merv must be returned with the gas refilled; if not, the cost to refill plus a $20 service fee will be deducted from your security deposit. Please bring your receipt showing the fill upon returning the van.
- Merv must be returned in the same condition he was received. We will of course cover cleaning the bedding and towels, but if significant other cleaning is required (i.e., dirty dishes, a great deal of dirt or pet hair inside, etc.), a $35/hr cleaning fee will be deducted from your security deposit to get him back in shape for the next renter.

24/7 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.

70qt or 66L Igloo cooler
to keep your groceries or up to 100 cans on ice for up to 5 days, according to the label
$5.00
/per day
Camping stove
with 1 new cylinder of propane
$10.00
/per day
Coleman easy screenhouse
an instant, easy-up 10x10 screenhouse to offer protection from sun, wind, and bugs
$5.00
/per day

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There’s a 4 night minimum stay

Discounts
  • Monthly (30+ nights): 15% off nightly rate
Fees
  • Security deposit: $500.00 (refundable)
  • Prep fee: $0.00. This fee will cover preparing and sanitizing the unit prior to each rental.
Merv, the retro 1980 Dodge B Van!

Dates




Reviews

(5)

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Cleanliness

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Maintenance

4.5

Value

4.8

Listing Accuracy

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Guest photos

Norman H.

September 20215

Merv is well maintained and well equipped older camper. Ryan and his partner were very helpful in walking me through everything I needed to know. They were flexible where I needed that. It was a fun trip.

Gus S.

September 20215

Ioana I.

September 20215

Honestly it could not have been a better trip. Merv was perfect! The level of organization within this van was inspiring. Everything is perfectly labelled. Fly into Edmonton and don't worry about a thing because Merv has it!

1 Photo submitted by Ioana I.

Olivia M.

August 20215

Incredible experience! Driving through the Rockies with Merv is an experience we will never forget. We hope to do it again in the future!

2 Photos submitted by Olivia M.

Brittany C.

August 20215

Merv is a highway CHAMP! He has a few minor quirks—which you’d expect in a van of his age—but Ryan and Dani were so fantastic about walking me through them and it’s obvious that they really care about making sure you have a great experience. No trouble on the road, super well equipped, an absolute blast to drive, and you’ll definitely have the most instant cred you’ve ever had in your life when you roll up to the campsite in this unit. Huge fan!

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Lindsay H.

July 20215

Our night away in Merv was perfect, we didn't need to use the kitchen equipment for our getaway but the accommodations were excellent and we look forward to hanging out with Merv again one day!

1 Photo submitted by Lindsay H.


Have a question?Get answers directly from the owner

Q.How does the fridge run in this campervan?
A.
The fridge runs on either the attached propane tank or electricity--if you are at a campsite with plugins, you can use the cord we provide to plug in at an outlet. We try to remember to turn it on the night before we leave (or before you pick it up) to get it started on cooling off, too!

Q.Does this van have a washroom or shower?
A.
Nope! We purposely chose a van without a toilet as we didn't like the idea of one right beside the bed, like in some vans we saw. The other pro to this is you don't have to worry about black water, gray water, dumping, etc., which was great for us as we like the freedom to get up and go whenever and wherever we want!

Q.Does this van have a heater?
A.
Yes! Merv has a propane heater that can take off the chill on a cold night, though unless you are camping in the offseason (October through April), we don't recommend you use it--it's always safer (and more fun) to warm up around the fire or in your sleeping bag. You can't forget to turn those off!

Q.Does this van have solar power?
A.
Not yet. We are working on this, though, as we'd like that, too!

Location

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Edmonton, Alberta

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