North Coast Vans

  • Sleeps 2
  • Length 20ft
  • Year 2016
Traverse City, MI
8 reviews
Delivery available within a 32 kilometer radius
Delivery offered to your home, a pick up location, or your final destination.
Pet friendly
Furry copilots are allowed on board.

Your health and safety is key

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About this RV

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 "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! The van comes equipped with a full-size bed, sink, 20gal water tank, refrigerator, Webasto heater, outdoor shower, 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 note there is a $50 dog cleaning fee*

*10% off 7 day+ rentals!*

*Pick-up will at a public location in Traverse City*

Pick-up by default at 3pm

Drop-off by 12pm

*We will do airport pick-up/drop-off for $50*

*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! $15/day. Please see details below!)

- The CoolBus is equipped with a GPS tracking system for everyone's safety!

Lake Superior Package Add-on ($10/day)

- Dual burner Camp Chef Teton Propane Cooktop

- Camp chairs

- Small camp table

- Pop-up exterior table

Shower Package Add-On ($25/day)

Toilet Add-On ($15/day)

Add a Thule T2 Bike Rack for two - $100 flat rate

*Stationary rentals must not turn over any miles, due to the lack of vehicle coverage. Any miles between drop off and pickup result in $200 off the deposit*


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 hour+ of work 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 items. 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

Typically responds within 6 hours

RV details

2016 Other Other

20 feet
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel: 20 gallons
Water: 20 gallons


Temperature control

Ceiling fan


Kitchen sink
Stove / range
Dining table


Outside shower

Other features

Backup camera
Bike rack
Audio inputs
CD player


Pet friendly
No festivals allowed
No smoking allowed


Cancellation policy Strict

  • If cancelled more than 14 days prior to departure:
    • Any insurance paid is refunded
    • Renter is responsible for 50% of the booking total, plus the service fee
  • If cancelled within 14 days of departure:
    • Any insurance paid is refunded
    • Renter is responsible for the booking total and the service fee


$343.75 per night
$309.38 per night
10% discount
$309.38 per night
10% discount
Minimum stay
2 nights
Refundable security deposit

Owner fees

Cleaning Fee

Cleaning Fee

Optional add-ons

Cooler Package $12.50

Add an additional 48qt cooler for more food storage

Lake Superior Package $12.50 per day

Includes camp chairs, small camp table, pop-up exterior table, dual-burner cooktop

Local Home Delivery $31.25

Traverse City local drop off and pick up

Portable Toilet $18.75 per day

Optional Portable Toilet

Puppers Cleaning Fee $62.50

Cleaning fee to bring along furry friends



8 Reviews

October 2021

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

Joleen McCain

September 2021

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.

James Thomas

September 2021

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!

Evan Escott

August 2021

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.

Tracy Morrison

August 2021
Kristin Isaac

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