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“Escape Campervans: The Only Way To Roadtrip!”

After 800 miles of road tripping with my husband and 9 month old son, I can confidently say that I am somewhat of an expert on this type of vacation. So what advice can I offer all of you? It’s simple really: if you are planning a road trip in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami or New Zealand area you need to look into Escape Campervans. Let me rephrase that — you NEED to plan a road trip in one of these areas so that you can rent from this company and here is why:

  • First off, every Escape employee we dealt with was awesome
  • They offer cheap daily rates with no hidden fees (100 miles per day included!) and only a $200 deposit
  • Lots of goodies included (free starter packs, picnic chairs, bedding, stove, utensils and more)
  • 24 hour roadside assistance throughout the USA and Canada (a huge plus when traveling with little ones)

Oh and did I mention that their fleet is made up of no less than one hundred uniquely painted vans done by top notch artists like Drew Brophy (known best for his original artwork for …Lost Surfboards)? Not only are the Escape vans complete with everything that you need for a road trip (down to the plates, forks, knives and even that extra pillow I like to stuff between my knees) but your kids will love picking out their favorite design. My family cruised from Los Angeles all the way to San Francisco in this beauty (pictured below) and from the moment we set eyes on our traveling home we realized we were about to embark on one of the best vacations of our lives!

 

Our van was fun, funky, comfortable, and it made traveling from one place to the next ridiculously easy. As many of you know traveling with an infant can sometimes be overwhelming.  Add to this the fact that we were surfing our way up the coast, hopping between three different weddings, camping and playing tourist along the way and you can say that we had our hands full. If it wasn’t for the ease of our campervan this trip had some serious potential for failure.

So what was it about Escape that made this vacation so remarkable?

To start with, picking up our van was quick and easy (although Raphael wouldn’t let us leave the parking lot until my hubby had tried out his new skateboard!). As advertised there are no hidden fees, and no complicated insurance paperwork or sign your life away deposits required. Everything with escape is plainly laid out in advance and picking up your van is as simple as paying your remaining fees and being handed the keys.

After handing us the keys, our escape friend Raphael gave us a tour of our van showing us how to convert the seats and built in table into a bed (which was way more comfortable than most hotel beds, seriously!).  Our van was loaded with “extras” that Escape tossed in for free and we were blown away by the storage space available. The icing on top was that our van included a sink and stove in the rear! As a breastfeeding/pumping/bottle feeding mom this sink was my best friend throughout our trip and came in handy for all the icky baby clean up that comes with the territory of being a mom.

Check out the vans fully equipped lay out:

In the end, we dropped our van off at Escape’s San Francisco location which is conveniently located near Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39). Not only was our drop off a painless process (they literally checked our mileage and asked if we had any problems) but they also let us use one of their limited parking spots for free while we played tourist at the wharf. If you’ve ever paid for parking in San Francisco you realize this is a true testament to how wonderful Escape’s customer service is. I honestly felt like we were returning our car to a friend; a friend who kept on hooking us up with more and more awesomeness!

I can’t rave enough about how incredible traveling with an Escape Campervan was for my family. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a bit of adventure or spark in their vacation (after all, Escape’s motto is “The freedom to sleep around”). If you’ve ever daydreamed of taking a road trip with your family I hope that my experience with Escape Campervans can convince you to take the plunge and do it! If you rent through this company I know you will have the vacation of your life!

Make sure to check out Escape’s website and follow/friend them on Twitter and Facebook!

*** Escape Campervans does not publish their rates but I can tell you that for my family, renting through Escape was cheaper (yes cheaper) than a standard rental car for us. If you take advantage of their off season rates rumor has it the prices are even more absurdly low. ***

Today’s Guest Post is brought to us by Heather. Heather is a wife, mama to one and a chick who loves to surf. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and everything she has learned about being a great mama, she has learned from those around her. You can read her personal blog at mama surfs.com

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11 COMMENTS

  • Jess T. on November 20, 2011

    Wow! How cool! We will check those out for our next vacation!

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  • Jasmine on November 20, 2011

    Omg!!! How awesome!

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  • Raphael from Escape on November 26, 2011

    Wow you remembered!!!!

    Thanks for the awesome review, but don’t worry people, I won’t force anyone to ride a skateboard if they don’t want to! Just come on by and check out the fleet. :)

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  • Nikki on September 2, 2013

    Thank you for the awesome review, you have convinced me! My hubby and I will be taking our 15month old down the coast this fall in one of these vans!

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  • Ann on August 26, 2014

    Great post! We are planning on driving down to Florida from NYC with our almost 2 year old son. Was the campervan clean?

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  • Rene on January 8, 2015

    Nice post! We will travel May 2015 in a Escape van with our 11 month old son. Did you all sleep in the same bed or is there room for a extra bed for my son?

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  • Jen on July 28, 2015

    Please Be Careful before you rent! Read all reviews – one escape campervan couple in New Zealand were almost charged for fixing their van which broke down leaving them stranded.

    I do not recommend Escape Campervans. I tried booking a reservation by calling the company and the person I spoke to said I had to book online. I asked if they could pick us up from Miami airport – “no they don’t do that”. I explained our flight came in late and asked if we could pick up the van later in the evening- again “no, they close at 4:30”. Hmmm, weak customer service so far but the vans look so cool! I went ahead and booked online. After I booked online, I received an email a few minutes later explaining my reservation doesn’t guarantee me a rental. Uh, wha?? It said I had to wait for another email confirming my reservation. Awesome! By that time I had already booked my flight, and my camp site. I called the company but the person I spoke to said I just had to wait and I should receive an email in 4 hours. I asked if he could call the Miami location and he said no they don’t have a telephone. What company doesn’t have a telephone?? At that point I should have just canceled my reservation but I regretfully did not.
    By the end of the day I was getting worried, so I called again and the person I spoke to said he could not guarantee my reservation but he could decline it or I could just wait. By the evening I received an email declining my reservation. Now I have non-refundable plane tickets, a campsite, but no camper.
    Do not let the coolness of the fancy paint jobs sway your good judgement. If you decide to roll the dice with this company than do yourself a favor and have a back up plan, I could see them canceling reservations and/or over booking and leaving you high and dry.

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  • Nathalie on March 11, 2016

    I have a mixed review about them. We picked up a campervan in Las Vegas for our trip to the canyons. It was a great campervan and we had a good trip with a reliable and confortable vehicle. However, we travelled the midwest in early spring and were told there would be a heater and there was none to be found (an oversight on their part) It was freezing in Brice Canyon and we shortened our stay because of it. But by far the most unpleasant surprise came when we settled into the foldout bed and closed the curtains. There were semen stains on one of them.. Yes, I am sure that is what it was as there was also a trail of dried up semen on the door beneath the curtain. Absolutely disgusting. I dropped off the van at the end of our trip and left a note to that effect. No word back or apologies from the company.

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  • Liz on September 22, 2016

    Hi. Thank you for your post. My husband and I are looking to rent this campervan for our trip San Fransisco to LA. Can you recommend some camping areas that you used on your trip.

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  • Life with Elva on January 13, 2018

    Did you take the baby seat in and out everytime you folded down the bed? or is there space in the front? Im coming from Australia so I’m not sure of what the laws are in regards to this. My daughter will still be an infant. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Jessica Eve Downes on January 18, 2018

    Did you all sleep in the same bed? We are travelling with a almost 2 year old and wondering if we need the roof top sleeper or if her small travel cot with fit inside the van?

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