Rent my "Minnie Winnie" 22R! It's perfect for 4-6 people, self contained. Now's your chance to see California's High Sierras. Campsites in Yosemite are usually not available in the summer, but let us help you find your perfect camping spot.
California's High Sierras are a perfect camping spot in the summer time.
Rent my "Minnie Winnie" 22R! It's perfect for 4 people, self contained. It has all the amenities - V10 engine, generator, a great furnace, flat screen HDTV with DVD with cable hookup, microwave, outside stereo, awning, hot shower (great for warming up after a winter hike), etc, etc. Recently detailed, ready to go. The Minnie is a great way to make a camping trip more fun (and a lot more comfortable)!
The RV is located in San Jose, right near the San Jose Airport. Load it up, leave your car at my house, and head right up Hwy 140 through Mariposa and the All Weather Entrance to the park. In the spring, summer, and fall, it's glorious to enter the park via Hwy 120, through the tunnels on the north rim of the canyon.
Or head up Hwy 50 or Hwy 80 to Tahoe, Truckee, or Reno, even further to Idaho, Wyoming, or Utah.
Note: This rental does NOT include a campsite in Yosemite. In the fall, winter, and spring, it is very easy to get a campsite - you just drive up and pay. For the summer, there are a lot of great options near the park, but it can be difficult to get a spot inside Yosemite park itself. Contact me for suggestions for summer camping options in the sierras.
Once parked in the valley, there is a free bus that takes you to all of the trailheads and amenities.
Must have driver's license and provide insurance. You can also buy insurance from the company that I use. It's pretty easy.
100 miles are included per day. If you rent for 4 days, you get 400 miles for free. Additional miles are just $.35 per mile.
The 1-hour walkthrough is required by my insurance. Once you go through it once, your subsequent rentals are super easy - you just show up and drive off.
Michael and Nancy were phenomenal hosts. The RV was exactly as pictures and fully equipped with everything you may need for a fun camping trip. We Drove it to Yosemite and it was easy to quickly learn how to use it safely. Nancy gave us a great run down of everything we needed to know and made the checkout process super easy. Would recommend anytime!!
Michael was very helpful with us, with all the papers we had to make about the insurance, it was very easy. He gave us maps and indications. And the RV is amazing ! Very cozy and comfortable, the bed is very very good. It was very clean and in perfect conditions to drive. Inside you can eat, sleep, shower. I would definitely recommend !
Michael and Nancy were so welcoming. It was the first time for me to drive the RV but they make it so easy for me and we had a great time at Yosemite park. I highly recommend renting Michael's RV. Also, they helped me big time with where stay in the park. Michael and Nancy, thank you so much for every thing and letting us to rent your RV.
Had a great time with the RV. The hosts are nice, helpful, and were genuinely interested in assuring we had a great time. The rv itself is the perfect size for a family of 4-5. Big enough for all the comforts of a big rv, but small enough for the roadsin Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. Highly recommended!
It was a fun trip with Michael's RV , He and his wife Nancy are truly nice people and had been very helpful with us! Highly recommend!
We booked the RV for a last-minute trip to Yosemite over Memorial Day weekend and had a blast! Michael gave us a thorough orientation to the RV before handing over the keys. He was gracious enough to let us do the pick-up a day earlier, without extra charge, so we could hit the road early the next day. The RV was easy to drive (our first time) and very comfortable for sleeping. My dog loved stretching out and having the sofa to himself at night :)
We were very happy with the RV and our seemless transactions with Michael. We are planning our next trip already!
(A word of advice for first-time users: If your RV site is even slighty uneven, you'll notice it inside the RV. We had a pretty sloped site our second night and slid down the bed during the night. We couldn't figure out how to use the small ramps that come with the RV to make it level, but no big deal in the end)
Jennie, Nancy and I are so glad you had a great time.
I appreciate your comment about the propane and water tanks. We can definitely make sure that the tanks are filled before the RV goes out - it's a great idea.
I'll also make sure to show renters how the lego block ramps work, or maybe just show a photo of the assembled ramp.
We had an unfortunate rental experience with Michael.
My husband & I rented Michael's RV. On initial conversation Michael was kind and clear in his communication, which we very much appreciated.
We drove the RV to Yosemite and after we parked in our campsite immediately noticed that the main door into the RV had a set of metal stairs that electrically lowered and raised as you opened and closed the door. We have a toddler so we thought it would be best to turn off the stairs and just leave them raised. We noticed that the off switch didn't work and that the stair continued to lower and raise as we opened & shut the door.
We decided to go for a drive and we were only 1/4 mile down the road when we heard the sound of metal scraping. We immediately pulled over to find that the stairs had malfunctioned and lowered while we were driving (and the door had remained shut).
I know accidents happen but I find it hard to believe that Michael wasn't aware of the malfunction before we rented the RV. Unfortunate for us that we were charged $500 (our deductible).
Once we got home & unpacked the RV we scrubbed it from top to bottom and, honestly, left it cleaner than when we had gotten it. Michael's wife met my husband & went through the RV with him- She wasn't very nice & then complained that the pots & pans were dirty (which we never used as we brought our own cookware) and then complained that the RV smelled like "meat". We admitted that yes, we were guilty of cooking bacon while camping.
We were billed $250 for a "cleaning fee to remove the smell" (yes, $250).
Sadly, I can't say that we'll rent from Michael again.
We can see by Tonya's email that this has been very upsetting for her and, yes, accepting responsibility for the damage was expensive. However, while I can empathize with having to handle the financial responsibility for the damage, her review is simply inaccurate.
First, I go through extensive preparation with every guest-renters, as noted by my extensive guest reviews. There is a required video orientation as well as a 1-2 hour orientation that I or my wife go through with every-guest renter.
Since the orientation begins with welcoming guests through the side door with the retractable steps, and we go in and out of this doorway, using the steps, multiple times during orientation, there is no way that they could have just "discovered" the steps once they arrived at their campsite. Furthermore, the on and off switch for the steps is covered in the orientation both on the video and in person.
Next, the RV goes through ongoing and regular maintenance between each renter. We reviewed the function of the steps at orientation and there was no malfunction or state of disrepair to the condition or function of the steps with I personally did the walk-through orientation with Tonya and her husband Jeff.
Moreover, once the steps were repaired, they functioned properly without any problem.
In summary, Tonya was not present at the checkin and actually does not know what Nancy said or how the conversation went at the return. What we do know, is that we have had numerous renters, and there has never been a ban on cooking meat, and we know that most guests return it free of odors. However, Nancy mentioned to Jeff that there was a strong odor lingering, and that it was very "smoky" and she recalls he saying it must have been the meat-
Regardless, each renter signs a rental agreement accepting responsibility for odors that linger, regardless of the nature, and Jeff agreed with Nancy that there was indeed a strong, smoky, lingering odor.
We gave Tonya and Jeff a discount on the cleaning fees for cleaning up the lingering odors and mess, because we felt bad they had damaged the RV and would have those costs to deal with too-
We could have been very angry about the damage and what could be perceived as lack of respect and care for our personal property, and yet we tried to work together with them, even finding a Autobody repair close to them, making working with autobody shop easier for Tonya and Jeff. We did not charge Tonya and Jeff for anything that was not discussed in orientation and signed in agreement in the rental document.
In five years of frequent rentals, we have only had to charge one other renter for odor fees. This is not a frequently occurring problem for us and we treat it very seriously.
I am sorry that Tonya and Jeff's vacation was disrupted by their accident that caused damage to our personal property. My wife and I both spent hours of work and effort on our part, to get the RV repaired and restored to working condition. What we don't appreciate from our renter-guests is misrepresentation of the truth, combined with neglecting to take care of personal responsibilities.
All damage and odor fees were covered in detail and signed in agreement by renter-guests.
While we will not sue for the unpaid damage fees, we will note that Tonya and Jeff are not reputable and not recommended them as guests to other Airbnb hosts.
This situation is very sad for us, but we rely on the courtesy and respect of guests for our property so we may continue to make it available for other guests to enjoy.
Many people rent our RV on Airbnb. I think the other reviews tell of a more common and positive experience. I think it could have been a more positive experience for Tonya and Jeff, had they decided to step up and take ownership of their responsibilities rather than taking the blaming route.
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I'm Michael, and I have been renting an RV on AirBnB for over four years. I have a day job at Symantec in Silicon Valley, and I love meeting people and exploring our world.