I can’t say enough good things about our vacation in a Dragonfly Vans. Our Dragonfly Vans vacation was the best, most relaxing vacation ever! Even my two teenage boys thought it was awesome. The Van attracted admirers wherever we went and added a “cool” factor to the whole experience, which is essential when you’re vacationing with teenagers. I loved having our little self-contained home on wheels. We traveled around Yellowstone and the Tetons for two weeks and moving around from campsite to campsite was no problem at all. We could set up or pack up in a snap and the Van was easy and fun to drive.
It was great to be “un-plugged” and be able to connect with my two teenage boys. They were interested, engaged, cooperative, cheerful, and helpful and the Van was a big part of making that all happen. We can’t wait to do it again.
Our vacation was everything that I hoped it could be and more. Scott has really thought of everything, the Vans are very well equipped. All we had to bring was our clothes. The Van had everything we needed (awesome coffee set up and key sound system!) and nothing we didn’t. We had the Van for two weeks and we slept in it every night except one, when we stayed in the Old Faithful Inn (which is about the only place I’d rather be than in the Van). We didn’t miss being in a hotel any of those nights.
I have taken the Orient Express from Venice to Lausanne Switzerland and have sailed the Mediterranean on the Sea Cloud (the largest sailing yacht ever built) and our Dragonfly Vans vacation was just as memorable and enjoyable as those trips, if not more so.
Dragonfly Vans was the key to one of our best vacation’s ever! You made it so easy to drop in and drive off for a spectacular adventure at the Sasquatch Music Festival. We’re campers and I’ll cop to a little bit of snobbishness (or maybe reverse snobbishness) about not pitching a tent. But all that went away the moment we were directed into an un-mowed and completely un-groomed field because festival camping was full. It was late. A rain squall was breaking. Not only were we pretty darn happy that all we had to do was find level ground and pop the top. Our neighbors pitching tents were equally impressed and soon were gathered round for a little Dragonfly warmth and hospitality. We even slept a wayward camper who couldn’t get their tent up in the “downstairs” bunk. So Dragonfly Vans save lives!
We rocked out to great tunes all the time thanks to your killer sound system. Basically every need we could think of was addressed in our premium package which we considered very affordable — certainly less per night than the nearest hotel to Sasquatch. But we also appreciated the scalable packages you offer and thought to ourselves “if we lived in the Pacific Northwest with all our camping gear — we’d be driving into Dragonfly before most major camping trips — who needs tents!!!” We have an 8 year old (not with us for Sasquatch) and we can see that having the Dragon Fly “rolling home” approach would allow us to shift a lot of energy from making and breaking camp to enjoying the amazing activities and wilderness adventures that abound within minutes of Dragonfly’s home.
When we share our photos and stories of the trip with friends from all walks of life, the first thing they say is “that van is so friggin’ cool — how can I get me some”. So we tell them — call Scott
We will also be back soon
We miss Dragonfly and your vision for the biz
And your top notch customer service
Way to go Scott. And good luck
Dragonfly Vans quality, service and attention to detail are unparalleled. The top-notch Westy's that Scott has spent so much time restoring are a true reflection on the quality of his business...a true labor of love. Dragonfly Vans rekindles the spirit of what Westfalia stands for: family, self-reliance and adventure! Homespun was an outstanding van that made our trip comfortable and unforgettable. Thanks Scott!
The bottom line is that I really loved the comfort of the van. As you may recall, your dad and I have been going off to the Joe and vicinity in August for many years. In the early days, it was a one-man tent for me and the back of your dad's pick up for him. Then I graduated to a four-man tent and on occasion shared that with your uncle John. At all times we made your dad park miles away so that his snoring didn't keep us awake all night. Then he got the trailer and I graduated, once again, to the back of the pick-up...the trailer was just a bit too 'eastern' yuppie for me. And then came Shadowfax, the stallion....the perfect camping vehicle for an old guy like me. It fit into the surrounds perfectly...not like the trailer. It belongs stream side among the trees. That's it's natural place in life. Not only did it fit in but it also fit me. By that I mean it was extremely comfortable. And it was well equipped. There was nothing missing...in fact, there was a lot more than anyone should expect. As advertised, all I had to do was get off the plane, get the food I needed, and take off. You've done an incredible job in restoring Shadowfax and, in anticipation, even added some things that came in very handy. I am, of course, referring to the heavy duty bumpers on front and back. The tree in your folks' driveway will survive but it won't ever be the same. While I didn't use the sound system or other electronic upgrades for iPods and other iDevices (that's really eastern yuppie), I was impressed with the idea of them. Are you going to have iPads in the 2010 versions of Dragonfly Vans? More importantly, everything, from the sleeping bags to the cooler to the cooking utensils to the flashlights and lanterns were top of the line as were the curtains and canvas. And there was even some very basic TP...all the comforts of home.
Driving? Well it is a VW Vanogan afterall . It didn't take me long to recall that in negotiating hills (and/or mountains) you need a head of steam to make it to the top. But as a former VW owner my-relearning curve was very steep and it only took a couple of grades on which my speed dropped to around 20 mph to remind me that I needed to plan ahead. On the other hand, one of the best things about having the van on the trip was the independence it gave me...little or no negotiating about or begging for a ride to where I was going to fish...just the briefest invitation to anyone else who might want to join me.
So there it is.
My experience with the Dragonfly Van was awesome! As soon as I started driving down the road, a feeling of relaxation came over me. The van was a pleasure to drive, easy to park, and economical on gas. I couldn't help but smile as all the other stressed out people on the highway were focused on getting to their destination while I was actually enjoying the journey! Once I arrived at my campsite, set up was extremely easy. Unfolded a seat, popped the top, and 2 minutes later I was all ready to enjoy the campfire. My weekend included several day trips away from camp. It took less than a minute in the morning to fold up the seat, close the top and roll into my day. Being able to close the doors at night gave me an extra sense of security (as well as noise reduction). I had the most relaxing sleep while camping ever! Very comfortable and had plenty of room to get dressed in privacy in the morning. I enjoyed sitting at the table in the van, having my morning cup of coffee, and looking out across the scenery around me.
Thanks for a hassle free and relaxing experience!
Tad Cochran, Liberty Lake, WA
Dear Scott and Dragonfly Van Rentals,
Thank you so much for all you did to make my summer vacation with my 3 girls amazing. Your willingness and eagerness to get them involved from the orientation of the van gave us all a level of comfort and relaxations that caused any vacation stress to disappear.
On the highway out of town they all began to comment about how people in other cars were watching us, "They all are wishing they were us right now." "Yeah, be jealous because we are going to have so much fun," were quotes heard as all the seats were tried out.
Though our plans changed, it was easy to keep in touch with you. Your understanding and easy going attitude made these changes easy to make and once again made the vaction stress just melt away.
The van was perfect. It was decked out with any camping need already taken care of. The Coleman grill was perfect. So easy to clean every night, even with limited access to water. I now own one myself.
Shadowfax was the ultimate homebase. She quickly became one of the family. My girls spent travel time making up adventure stories that our faithful stead had and would take us.
An epic trip and I see another in our future. Thanks for the memories.
Eric, Sydney, Riley, & Kenzie VanZee