Catalina the Cruising Cabin
Catalina the Cruising Cabin, aka “Catbus,” is a Toyota Hiace, right-hand drive camper van with pop-top, imported from Japan. If you are looking for a unique, leisurely and surprisingly fuel efficient getaway vehicle, Catalina is the van for you! She will not get you to your destination quickly, but she will remind you to enjoy the journey.
Brad, the owner, lovingly cares for Catalina to keep her road trip worthy. Brad and his wife toured the Southwest and many parts of Oregon in Catalina and are always left smiling at the end of the day.
Catalina transitions from a passenger van to a full camper van with some simple maneuvering of the seats, or lift the roof with the assisted hydraulic struts if you prefer to sleep in the pop-top. There is nothing quite like sleeping in a dense forest, or epic desert landscape, and having all the views available from Catalina’s panoramic windows.
Catalina is a great choice for all types of van life adventures – you can connect to shore power at campgrounds and run all your three pronged devices from inside the van to work remotely, or you have the option to disconnect in more remote locations. The auxiliary batteries will keep your fridge cold and low voltage appliances charged!
The kitchen has a two-burner propane stove, a fridge and sink, and comes fully stocked with kitchen supplies. There are two deep storage hampers for personal items, and a roof box that is available as an add-on if you need a place to store that extra camping gear, skis or snowboards. Or bring along your SUPs or surfboards — you can strap them to the van’s exterior roof rack.
Catalina comes with her original awning – it works great and allows you to set up outside the van to extend your living space with the camp chairs and table provided. The pop top takes some getting used to, and for shorter trips may be harder to get the hang of, but do not fret, we have solutions!
Catalina comfortably seats four, but can accommodate larger groups up to 6. There are chest belts in the front seats, and lap belts in the back. Catalina can sleep up to four – two in the cab and two in the pop top. We promise to walk you through everything and set you up to love your time cruising in Catalina!
Thinking of getting an imported microvan for yourself? Give Catalina a spin first and see just how great these vehicles can be.
At a Glance
- Seats: 7
- Sleeps: 4
- Pet Friendly: Yes
- One-Way: No
- Transmission: Automatic
- Length: 16 feet
- Drive: 2WD (rear)
- Fuel: Diesel
- May-Sept Minimum Nights: 3
- Oct-April Minimum Nights: 2
- Air Conditioner
- CD Player
- Dining Table
- Kitchen Sink
- Outside Shower
- Stove / Range
Hop in and Go
All vans are considered “road trip ready.” Whether you are flying in from out of town or looking to explore your own backyard, all you really need to do is stop for groceries before hitting the road. All cookware and tableware is included, as is bedding and a wide array of camping gear. You’ll be sent a detailed list of all the items included in the van before your trip so you can plan accordingly. Select any of the optional add-ons listed below when completing your reservation.
Half DayWant to pick up in the morning but drop off in the late afternoon? Need extra time? Add a half day to your reservation.$100.00
Pet FeeBring Rover!$125.00
Bike RackBring two bikes along on your next adventure!$45.00
Cargo BoxGot more stuff? Add this Yakima Skybox 12 roof cargo box.$45.00
HammockRelax the back in this two-person ENO hammock with flat (tree friendly!) suspension straps.$15.00
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Pick Up and Drop Off
Rentals are Calculated on a 24-hour Basis: The rental period is generally considered to be 24 hours. If you pick up the van at 10 am, you’ll be expected to return it around 10 am. Most van owners can accommodate requests for a few extra hours at $20/hour. Alternatively, if you want to pick up in the morning and drop off in the evening, simply select the optional half day add-on when completing your reservation.
Pick Up and Drop Off Time: There is no set pick up and drop off time. You’ll make arrangements suited to your needs and schedule with the van’s owner. You can indicate your preferred pick up and drop off time when completing your reservation; final arrangements will be confirmed with the van’s owner.
How to Have the Best Time Ever
Need inspiration on where to go? Or help in selecting a campground? We’ve got you covered! Be sure to visit our Insider Tips page for suggested routes and the inside skinny on how to have the most fun ever!
You can reschedule your reservation without penalty. You can cancel the vehicle for a full refund, less a 5% service fee, up to 14 days prior to the rental. If you cancel less than 14 days prior to the rental, you will receive a refund for 50% of the rental fee. Cancellations must be made in writing.
We are unable to offer refunds for shortened trips if for some reason (e.g. weather, change in schedule) you return the vehicle early. See also our COVID-19 policies.