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How it Works

So, you’re ready to explore the magnificent Pacific Northwest in a fully-outfitted Vanagon from PacWesty. Cool! Here’s how it works!


Our office and shop are located on quaint Bainbridge Island, which is about 8 miles due west of Seattle. The only hitch is you have to take a ferry to reach us. (Ok, actually there’s also a bridge.) If you’re heading to the Olympic Peninsula, Bainbridge Island is the ideal spot to launch your adventure. If you have other destinations in mind, we’re happy to arrange van delivery in Seattle (or elsewhere on the “mainland”).

rental increments

We rent our vans in daily (24-hr) increments – commencing and ending at noon. There is a 2 “day” minimum rental period.


We have a Peak season and Not So Peak season.
(Though as far as we’re concerned, it’s always peak season on the
Olympic Peninsula! Ha!)

  • Peak season – runs from May 1st through September 30th
  • Not So Peak season – runs from October 1st through April 30th


  • The daily rate during Peak season is $195.
  • During Not So Peak season the daily rate is $175.

The daily rate includes 125 miles of van travel per day (more than enough to explore an abundance of incredible territory on the Olympic Peninsula). For each mile in excess of 125 per day there is an additional charge of $.55 per mile, calculated for the entire trip on a cumulative basis.

There is also a vehicle cleaning fee of $45. This fee is waived for all rentals of 4 days or more.

Applicable State and Local taxes apply (14.9%).

deposits & payment

Booking Deposit: $300 when you book.

Full Payment: Due 30 days prior to adventuring.

Security Deposit: Charged 24 hours before you pick up your van. ($1,000)

Cancellations: *(see Awesome Escape Clause).

  • Cancel 60 or more days before departure and one-half (50%) of your Booking Deposit will be refunded to you.
  • Cancel within 60 days of your departure and none of your Booking Deposit will be refunded to you.
  • No refunds for cancellations made 30 days or less from departure.

*Awesome Escape Clause: If cancellation by Renter, 80% of non-refunded (forfeit) payments may be applied to another PacWesty rental for up to 1 year.

what’s included

This is kinda detailed, so please click on the inventory list. Our goal is to make your trip super-convenient and provide all the essentials you need to get rolling without hassle. In general, our vans are ready for adventure. For example, nifty cookware, utensils and cups are already on board; as is sleeping gear, chairs, towels and flashlights. Such essentials are included in the daily rate, and additional items can be added to your reservation for a fee. Examples of additional items (for a fee) include: Goal Zero portable power station and/or solar panel, rooftop luggage skybox, and bike racks. We can also assist with the renting of bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.

traveling with a Vanagon

mit Gefühl (with feeling)

Our fleet is comprised of VW Vanagons for a reason. They’re incredibly capable, fun to drive, and super comfy.

These sweet little pleasure units are a wonder of engineering and innovation – yet they’re also full of whimsy and personality. They will bring you true joy; but for this relationship to flourish, you need to treat them with love. Here is some Vanagon relationship advice:

  1. Promote happiness and follow your bliss
  2. Don’t be in a hurry
  3. Drive mit Gefühl (with feeling)
  4. Stay to the right
  5. Wave at other Westies

(… oh, and check your van fluids each time you fuel up).


We love our pets too, but since we are committed to delivering super-clean and comfortable experiences, we only allow pets under special circumstances (e.g. people who require a special accommodation).

If you have a special circumstance, please contact us prior to making your reservation and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please be advised there are additional fees associated with including a pet and this additional service is subject to van availability and our explicit advance approval.


Sorry friends, smoking is not allowed in any of our sweet Westies at any time. Yes, you too 420 fans… and you can’t claim you “forgot”.

security deposit

$1,000 automatically charged 24 hours prior to pickup. In the unlikely event a van is damaged, the Security Deposit will be used to perform any repairs. At our discretion, Security Deposit may also be applied to the insurance deductible should there be a claim against the policy purchased as part of the rental.

required insurance

Insurance is provided through our relationship with Wheelbase Pro, the industry leader in RV rental software and insurance. This package provides full collision and comprehensive coverage as well as 3rd party liability.

The $75,000 collision and comprehensive policy is underwritten by USA Risk Group and the $1,000,000 liability policy is underwritten by W.R. Berkley Corporation.

The standard deductible is $1,000, and the cost to you is 10% of the total rental rate. We apply no mark-up, nor do we receive any profit on this service.

terms & conditions

Please review our rental Terms and Conditions. You must acknowledge and agree to these terms at the time you book your reservation.