Like many other millennials, I’ve dreamed of vanlife. Ask anybody to name the most iconic van and they will likely describe the VW Westfalia. It’s not just the van, it’s the lifestyle it represents.
Whenever I venture out in my Volkswagen, Sunny, I get at least 3-4 thumbs ups, peace signs, or excited waves. These vans spark joy not just in the people driving them, but in anybody that catches a glimpse of one! I can’t say I get the same reaction when I drive my Prius ;)
Unfortunately, these vehicles are expensive to own and time consuming to maintain. My friend and fellow VW owner, Duane, agreed that more people should experience the joy of the VW campervan. So we got to thinking, “What if it was possible to have access to a VW campervan, but you didn’t have to deal with the maintenance?” MidWesty Campers was born.
While it is possible to rent a camper or RV locally, there are no places that offer VW Westfalia rentals. The closest competition is located in Minneapolis.
Research has shown that experiences make people happy, not things. We hope that MidWesty Campers create lots of Michigan made memories. As a byproduct, we hope that other small businesses get more tourist revenue too. Our website will be a resource of our favorite local coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and things to do that are off the beaten path. For example, “Heading up north? Make sure to make a pit stop at the Baker’s Wife or Unruly Brewing!”
What I Will Do With $5,000
We are fortunate enough to pretty self sufficient- Duane is an engineer/mechanic and I am well versed in graphic design, photography, and web design. We purchased a van with good bones and are currently rebuilding the engine. We are also working on a branding package and website. The one thing we are not capable of doing ourselves is body work and paint. These will cost us roughly $5,000-$7,000 to have completed.