The Mighty Ptarmigan Amazing GAS Mileage, All-Inclusive

56 reviews
Camper vanAnchorage, AK
2 guests
Sleeps 2
16 ft. long

Meet The Mighty Ptarmigan by Journey Onward Vans-- this is an all-inclusive 2021 Ram ProMaster City camper van. It is the perfect vehicle to drive north to explore Denali National Park or venture south to discover the Kenai Peninsula. It includes excellent gas mileage and numerous cost saving features. The van allows you to sleep and prepare your own meals and experience Alaska on a budget.

My goal is to provide everything you need, making the process seamless for you to arrive, pick up the vehicle, grab groceries, and hit the open road!

The van features a professional conversion fully equipped with a fold out couch/bed for two, sink (with fresh water container below counter), camp stove, solar powered refrigerator, and solar powered Jackery 500 power station (for charging cameras, cell phones, computer, etc.).

Another positive feature is how user-friendly it is to drive. It is easy to maneuver and provides a smooth ride on the 2-4+ hour highway trips. You also won’t have to deal with finding a camping spot in crowded campgrounds. You can easily utilize a parking lot or overflow parking area, often avoiding campground fees if permissible. I’m happy to provide information on great locations if you haven’t reserved anything ahead of time. There are numerous boondocking spots in Alaska!

***You will have peace of mind staying in a hard sided vehicle in bear country.

***The sleeping space is tight for two people. Please take this into consideration prior to booking.

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What's included

Van Features:
-MaxxAir Ventilation Fan
-Smart Voice connect
-Cruise Control
-Backup camera, with park assist sensors
-Bluetooth and aux connections for your tunes and podcasts!
-Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station which features 1 AC outlet (110V 500W 1000W Peak), 3 USB-A ports, 2 DC ports and 1 car port
-Alpicool Smart Fridge/Freezer 26 quart capacity (32 12oz cans can fit in this) LCD touchscreen or control from the Alpicool App and bluetooth.
-Roof mounted solar panel that charges Jackery auxiliary power unit (Jackery can also be charged off van power)

Cooking:
-Full kitchen utensil set: spatula, spoon, spices (salt, pepper, paprika, curry, cayenne, garlic salt), bottle opener, multiple knives, food scissors, and cutting boards
-26 Quart Alpicool Fridge/Freezer
-Mini Coffee Maker + Ground Coffee and filters
-Butane Cook stove
-Pot, pan, and kettle
-2 cups, 2 plates and 2 bowls
-7 Gallon Potable Water tank for sink

Hanging out at camp
-Two camp chairs
-One camp table
-1 can bug spray
-2 Can Counter Assault Bear Spray and holster
-Two sets trekking poles for hiking (able to leave behind if not needed)
-Additional gear upon request.

Sleeping
-Two+ pillows (happy to provide more if needed)
-One small heated blanket (plugs into Jackery Power Station, often not needed but just in case)
-Fresh Sheets and blankets will be provided but I highly recommend bringing sleeping bags for ease of not having to make the bed every night. I do have sleeping bags upon request, there will be a small fee for cleaning.
-Front & Rear curtains to add an extra element of privacy in addition to the tented windows

Hygiene
-Wash bin with eco-friendly dish soap
-2 bath towels (for showering at a campground facility)
-2 wash clothes
-Two clothes lines inside van to dry towels/gear while driving
-Disinfectant Wipes
-Mini-vacuum
-Paper towels

Exploring Alaska
--One copy of 2022 Milepost Book, Alaska's most detailed travel book with maps
--For the renter's convenience, an Alaska state park pass for parking at trailheads is included in your rental :) The majority of excellent hiking trails are located within our Alaska state park system.
--Additional travel itinerary suggestions available upon request. I've been fortunate to explore many corners of this beautiful state

Pickup
--If my schedule allows, I’m happy to pick you up from Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport. If unable to pick you up, the van is located just 6 miles or 10-15 min. drive southeast of the airport. Uber or local cab (907-222-2222) can take you to our location with ease. Feel free to safely store your luggage in our garage if you'd like to avoid traveling with large luggage items in a small van.

Additional Items:
-Fix and Go flat tire repair kit
-Roadside emergency kit w/jumper cables

We have an ample supply of outdoor gear. If there is something specific you’re looking for upon arrival I’m happy to provide it or recommend where to find the gear.

Recommendations

Denali National Park - drive the first 15 miles of the park road (this is the only section open to the public)-- take a lovely hike at mile 15. Beautiful trail!

Talkeetna - visit a sled dog Kennel, tour the cute town and shops, go on a jet boat ride

Girdwood- take the sky tram to the top of the mountain, hike to Virgin Creek waterfall, visit Girdwood Brewery & food trucks,

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center-- south of Anchorage, 10 min. after the Girdwood cutoff. I believe $15 entrance fee, able to drive the van through the park and see lots of rescued wildlife-- bears, bison, caribou, wolves

Seward- glacier boat tours, The Sealife center. Guided fishing trip.

Hope-- one of our favorite locations!! Just 2 hours south of Anchorage. Small and quaint. Live music on the weekends at the Creekbend Cafe. Visit the Seaview Cafe and camp next to the ocean. Lovely place-- must see!

Cooper Landing-- guided fishing, views of the gorgeous Kenai River, rafting trip

Homer-- visit the spit and local shops, guided halibut fishing trip, kayak across the bay, walk on Bishop Beach during low tide

Other things to note

***HIGHWAY USE ONLY*** Alaska highways are well-maintained and all popular destinations include paved highways. However, gravel roads or off-roading areas are restricted. The van has low clearance and is not built for off-roading. Denali Highway is NOT allowed. However, the first 15 miles of the DENALI PARK ROAD is allowed****

Highway Restrictions: Please do not drive the following: Dalton Highway - Denali Highway, (Cantwell, AK to Paxson, AK)- McCarthy Road - Steese Highway - Taylor Highway. These roads are more remote. The most popular highways between Anchorage to Fairbanks and Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula or Anchorage over to Valdez are all acceptable.

--Many of the Alaska flights arrive late at night. The van orientation and paperwork can take up to an hour to complete, thus if you arrive late you will need to arrange to pick up the van the following morning. If you arrive in the evening and want to pick up the van but not leave Anchorage, our location is 5 min. away from the South Anchorage Cabela’s and Target on C street. There is a designated RV parking/camping lot in between the two stores, providing a safe and well-lit area for you to get some sleep after a long travel day. Come morning, you can easily stock up on supplies in Anchorage (Target, Walmart, Carrs (grocery store), Fred Myers (grocery meets target/Walmart) all nearby) and hit the open road!

-Van does not have a toilet but there are numerous restroom facilities along the road system and at campgrounds.

***This is not a van you can stand up in, it is compact***

***Sleeping space for two can be snug depending on size, please keep this in mind. Happy to answer any questions/concerns***

***NO SMOKING***

***NO PETS***

***NO USED FISHING GEAR IN VAN (i.e. waders/boots)***

***REFRIGERATOR NOT TO BE USED TO STORE FRESHLY CAUGHT FISH UNLESS ALREADY PACKAGED***


Features

2021 RAM PROMASTER CITY
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 seatbelts
  • Fresh water: 7 gal
  • Fuel type: Gas
  • Automatic transmission

Amenities

  • Solart
  • Radio
  • TV/DVD
  • Dining Table
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Ceiling Fan

Meet your host, Julie

Member since 2021

Hello, I'm Julie. I have lived in Alaska for approximately six years and am originally from the Midwest. My nursing career brought me to Alaska and at that time I was traveling and living partially in a van. I am quite familiar with van-life and am now passionate about providing van opportunities for others. I believe the best way to see Alaska is by traveling in a van, with the flexibility of stopping and sleeping whenever and wherever you desire. In my spare time, you can find me hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, birding, and camping all over Alaska.

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Rules and policies

  • Tailgating friendly
  • Not pet friendly
  • No music festivals
  • No smoking
  • Mileage: 200 free miles / day
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There’s a 4 night minimum stay

Fees
  • Security deposit: $775.00 (refundable)
  • Prep fee: $93.00. This fee will cover preparing and sanitizing the unit prior to each rental.
The Mighty Ptarmigan Amazing GAS Mileage, All-Inclusive

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Reviews

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Guest photos

Joanna P.

September 20225

This was the best campervan to explore Alaska and Julie is the best connection to have in the 49th state. She was super responsive and helpful, and her van was the best. Don’t let size fool you, it was the perfect size to park anywhere and boondock it in a National Park. My husband and I spent a week in it, sleeping head to feet on the comfy mattress to maximize space. Julie thought of everything, the kitchen setup was great and she even had a little chargeable fan for white noise. We’re renting this campervan when we return to Alaska!

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Julie S.

August 20225

Julie is the best! There’s not enough stars! Super nice! Super knowledgeable! Super helpful! “The Mighty Ptarmigan” camping van she has made available is perfect for 1 person or a couple (as it is cozy)! It’s completely stocked with most everything you need except your food. It’s well maintained and clean. It gets great fuel mileage and is small enough for any parking space. Picking up and dropping off was easy. We messaged Julie and lined up our schedules and got it done! If you don’t want to rent a clumsy RV and you understand how to camp lite, “The Mighty Ptarmigan” is perfect! Thank you Julie, it was truly a pleasure! Troy & Julie, Wisconsin

Lesa F.

July 20225

Julie was a pleasure to deal with. She is so nice and knowledgeable about the area. Her suggestions were our favorite part of our trip.
The van was fully equipped with EVERYTHING needed for camping. There was not a thing to worry about. We were able to hit the road without a care. She took care of it all. Can’t say enough good things about Julie and the van. Would definitely rent again.

Ashley C.

July 20225

Julie was super to work with! She answered all of our questions timely and was super friendly. The gas mileage on this unit was incredible, definitely cozy inside but worked perfectly for the two of us. Very very happy!!

Betty G.

July 20225

Annette S.

June 20225

awe van perfect ! Clean ! True Value!

Julie’s answer

Thanks, Annette! I'm so glad the vas perfect for your travels. You are welcome back anytime. Let me know when you're coming through Anchorage again, would be happy to provide any gear you need. And I'll be sure to look you up when I'm in southeast Alaska :)

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