Catalina the Cruising Cabin
Catalina the Cruising Cabin, aka “Catbus”, is a Toyota Hiace pop top camper van in great condition with all original interior! Four can sleep in this van bunk bed style with two below on a convertible bed and two above with the top up.
This van is in great mechanical shape, runs on diesel and gets up to 25 mpg. It was imported from Japan and is right hand drive. These are very fun to drive with a plethora of mirrors showing both front and rear bumpers and a very comfortable driving position. Driving on the opposite side takes very little time to get used to, but you will likely turn the windshield wipers on when trying to use your turn signals more often than not when you start out! We just returned from a trip to the Southwest and it handled great. This camper van loves the smaller, windy freeways, usually following a river!
Catalina has seat belts for 7 with the driver and passenger offering chest belts, the rest are lap only. Interior has 2 rear benches for seating. The middle row can spin to face the rear and create a dining setup with a table in between or work remotely from a wonderful desk with windows surrounding you. There are multiple storage cubbies with two deep hampers for clothing. When the pop top is up there is ample standing height when using the kitchen. Kitchen includes a two burner propane stove, sink with faucet and fridge. There is a clean water tank under the sink with a water pump and grey water tank accessed in a compartment outside the van.
Lights are scattered about the van, all on independent switches along with the fridge and water pump. These are powered by two auxiliary batteries located in the rear which are charged when the car is in use (plan to upgrade to solar charging soon). There are usb ports in both the front and rear and an inverter powers all three pronged devices. A bluetooth cassette streams all your music/podcasts/audiobooks through the car’s speakers. This van is full of windows with a large zippered opening in the canvas pop top for views from the lofted bed. All windows are operable and include magnetic screens that attach with ease. At night, quality blinds cover all windows and cab.
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
- 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.
2+ DriversYour reservation already includes costs to verify up to two drivers. Will you have more than two drivers? Add additional driver verifications to your reservation.$10.00
Add a half day to your rentalRental days are based on a 24-hour period. If you pick up at 10 am you are generally expected to return at 10 am. Want to pick up your van in the morning, but drop it off in the evening? Add a half day to your rental.$100.00
Pet feeBring Rover!$125.00
Portable awningCreate shade or rain protection where ever you go.$45.00
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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 Stories 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.