Stay right on the valley floor. You'll be minutes from waterfalls, hiking trails, climbing, and warm cocoa at the Awahnee lodge.
Catch the free Yosemite bus to the lodge and trailheads. After a great day of hiking or exploring, take a hot shower, make dinner, pop some popcorn and watch a movie on the HD TV with DVD.
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.
Contact me for more information.
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.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after 4 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$1050 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$3150 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
|City:||Yosemite National Park|
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.
My experience with Michael and Nancy's RV was wonderful! I rented the Minnie Winnie for a 1-week vacation to Yosemite National Park with my family of 5. Michael and Nancy were friendly hosts. They were very responsive and supportive in setting up the rental-- recommending how to find RV sites ((website hidden)), buying temporary insurance, and receiving/holding a wheelchair rental for my mother (would not have worked out without their perseverance when the delivery person got lost). The check-out was efficient, since Michael and I chatted a bit and I watched the video walk-thru of the RV ahead of time. And he also gave us all the necessary info to make the check-in go smoothly, as well. The Minnie Winnie was my family's first experience with an RV, but we picked up driving and hooking up fast enough to have a very enjoyable and comfortable week. There was more than enough sleeping space for all of us. I recommend bringing a good sleeping bag either for temperature changes inside the RV or for sleeping outside in one of the foldout chairs, legs propped on a picnic table bench. At the start of the trip, we filled the fridge and some of the cupboards with groceries that lasted us all week, so we could spend more time experiencing the park and less time hunting for meals. I highly recommend renting the Minnie Winnie from Michael and Nancy for any adventurous family looking for an affordable and convenient way to explore out of the way vacation spots.
It's the first time my renting RV and my parents' trip from China to CA. Michael and Nancy are great and generous host! We took a 4 nights trip to Yosemite Valley. The RV is well maintained and super comfortable. My mom enjoyed the cooking experience and brought the kitchen "on the way". Sadly, we end up staying in extra two night in the hotel, mainly due to my parents sleeping habit too "picky". Without heater, sufficient blanket is needed, or if you turn the heater on all night, you might need to consider an ear mugs cuz the heater does get a little loud. Overall, the experience is unique and we would definitely come back again over the Summer to take advantage of the nice weather of the Chilly winter. Big thank you to Michael and Nancy! My parents and I had a great time!
Michael and Nancy provided our group with an absolutely wonderful experience! They were communicative, flexible, and very reasonable with timing and pricing.
The RV itself was extremely livable and well equipped. The RV comfortably fit the four of us and with plenty of room for another couple (if you have 6). Michael and Nancy provided all of the utensils, cleaning supplies, and cookware you would need. They provided champing chairs, a hammock, playing cards, and great campsite advice (we went to Upper Pines in Yosemite). They are very generous renters and want the experience to be easy and fun, not cumbersome and daunting. That was reflected throughout our entire renting process. I was most concerned with the insurance (which we bought through the company Michael recommended) being a “scam”, but it was totally legitimate and VERY reasonably priced. Also, the mandatory orientation for first time renters was very fast and easy. Michael took us through the RV and showed us the ropes (as we had never rented or driven an RV before), yet was very respectful of our time and got us on the road very quickly!
Michael and Nancy were a pleasure to work with and WE WILL DEFINITELY RENT FROM THEM AGAIN!
I really had a nice trip in Micheal's RV. My boyfriend and I drived it all the way to Lake Tahoe and had the whole weekend there. It's not like hotel providing you Wifi or HDTV, but it gave me a fresh and unique taste of travelling. It's more like a adventure now. The RV is spatial for us two and everything in it is organized. Micheal and Nancy are helpful and teach us everything we need to know before start off. Of course, we didn't meet any troubles. Thank you Micheal and Nancy!
We had a blast touring Coastal California in this little RV! Michael & Nancy were super nice and the comforters provided with the (optional) linen service were cozy and comfy!
Would certainly do it again! Thanks for helping us make some great family memories!