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The car

Volkswagen Vanagon 1986

38 trips
24 MPG
Gas (Regular)
4 seats

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70 tripsJoined Apr 2015


This is a fully restored automatic transmission 1986 VW Vanagon GL Westfalia- Vanagon Westys are quite possibly the world's most exquisitely designed camper vans. Simply put, there is no better vehicle for traveling and exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Goldie is a compact, nimble, aesthetic camper that parks and drives more like a car than an RV, but can sleep 4 adults comfortably and sports a fully functioning, propane-powered kitchenette. It is lifted with upgraded suspension (shocks, springs, bushings, tires) and powered by a modern Ford Zetec motor, correcting the few flaws of the stock design and rendering the best wild camping spots in the region yours for the taking. Sorry no pets


Must be 30+ to book
Automatic transmission


14 ratings

Mike was fantastic to work with and very open with details. Goldie (the van) was a blast to drive around the Pacific Northwest and lived up to the cool Westfalia reputation.

Philip W.-Nov 18, 2017

If you ever want to rent a camper van Mike is your guy. Great vehicle great service by Mike.

Oren Benjamin E.-Sep 5, 2017

Goldie the Westy is rad. My wife and I rented the Westy and proceeded to plan one of the best trips we have ever been on around this awesome van! The Westfalia is the ultimate road tripping machine and it's hard to understand that until you spend a week living in a one. Everything in Goldie serves a convenient purpose. We took this Golden chariot from the west coast of Olympic National Park to the East side of the Northern Cascades, camping everywhere in between. She got us up mountain forrest roads to high trail heads and through Washington pass without skipping a beat. The van is retro but very well taken care of. There's something pretty awesome about driving a westfalia through the PNW. You will get the westy wave a lot and even the most seasoned road trippers will drop the "nice westy" line when you are roaming around in a rig like Goldie. Mike is really easy to communicate with and very helpful with any questions about the van. His vans are all very well taken care of and he keeps them running strong. He also gave me some incredible personal recs on places to see and camp. The one thing I would recommend is bringing or buying an ice chest if you plan on being out for a long stretch as the fridge can only hold so much. Goldie was built in 1986 the same year we were. This made it all the more special for us. I'll miss hiking around a corner and seeing the westy nose peaking through the trees at us waiting for us to return to camp. All in all, for weeks to come we will be dreaming of cruising through the mountains in Goldie, windows down listening to Jim James with no plan on where we will end up next. Thanks for sharing Goldie Mike. We will be back as soon as we can! -Josh and Christina

Josh G.-Aug 29, 2017

Mike was awesome about getting us into Goldie (our Westy for the trip). He walked us through everything, including the quirks of the van, and made sure we were comfortable before heading off. He also was super responsive with questions we had before the trip which made our planning much easier. We've recommended him to everybody we've talked to who is interested in renting a Westy!

Jared K.-Aug 1, 2017

Our trip, with Black Forest Westfalias, was awesome. The process was easy and Mike is great. Love that he has chosen to share his classic vans with the public. We got to experience "Goldie" with a just installed upgraded engine and it performed flawlessly, up and down numerous mountain passes through British Columbia and the Cascades. Mike truly cares about his vans and it shows. These vans are not for everyone. They are over 30 years old and need to be treated with patience and extra care. You need to have the mindset to "want to" pull over frequently, to let just about everyone else pass you. You can't be in a rush. They are meant to be driven around 45 mph, barefoot, with the windows down and the music up. While fun to drive, the van shines when parked. It is the perfect camp. Already imagining (planning) our next trip.

Gregg P.-Jun 6, 2017

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Seattle, WA 98199