The Rigorous Raccoon

58 reviews
Camper vanPaia, HI
2 guests
Sleeps 2
16 ft. long
Offers delivery

The Rigorous Raccoon has all the amenities of a larger build, including a fridge, stove top, solar system with extra capacity, outdoor shower, 15 Gal water tank, great storage and more. The van is also regularly maintained, for example in the last 6 months it’s gotten new tires, a brake master cylinder and oil change. The design is simple, and functional. Perfect for a live-in adventure mobile during your trip around this beautiful island.To top it off, the Raccoon comes with kitchen-ware, fresh linens, towels and even a 2 person hammock, free of charge.We are Hannah and Nathan, and we’ve taken our camper van to many national parks, and down Baja together. Come soak up the good vibes in our adventure van. we now have a dream of developing our regenerative farm in Haiku, and this van helps pay for that dream. What's includedVAN BUILD INCLUDES:
Twin Size Bed that sleeps two small to medium sized people comfortably. Hannah is 5'2 and I am 6'2, and we cozy up just fine in there.
Dimmable LED lights. Dimmer switch behind passenger seat.
One large 18" wide X 18" deep X 14" tall box shaped drawer for clothing.
Three 12" wide X 18" deep X 4" tall smaller drawers for smaller clothing, electronics, cookware.
Large hook magnets to hang any small things like towels, small grocery bags.
Dometic Fridge with adjustable temp
Pull out stovetop kitchen with storage cubbies.
Pull out shower with 15 Gal Freshwater tank.
Renogy Solar System with Battery, Inverter. Extra USB Outlets
Max Fan Built In Ceiling Fan w/ Dimmer Switch behind passenger seat.
Remote Battery powered additional fan
Oversize Cargo racks on top of the van.
Small Camping Style Propane tanks under stovetop.
AMENITIES
One twin sheet set
Two Pillows
One throw pillow
One sarong for ceiling lights
2 Turkish towels
1 blackout curtain curtain
1 large wool blanket (optional)
Batteries
1 red light
1 string fairy lights
Zip ties
Trash bag
Mattress topper
Flash light
Lightweight sleeping bag
Head lamp
3 sharp knives
4 forks
4 spoons
2 bowl plates
Small Plastic Cutting Board
Large Wood Pullout Cutting Board (under mattress from back of van)
Olive oil
Dish soap
Wine key
Lighter
Sponge
Spices
1 food container (moku roots)
6” Cast iron
5” camping pot
3 Books on Hawaiian mythology, vocabulary, places/names.
First Aid Kit
Battery, Fuse box, charge controller, inverter - under front driver seat.
Outdoor Rug
Small broom & dustpan
Quickdry floor mat
4 USB outlets
1 USBC outlet
Homemade sunscreen!!!!!!!! That's right we make our own sunscreen and we'll keep it in the van for you(:
Things to bring
earplugs, spare towel, soap, jacket for Haleakala.
Vehicle Related
Spare tire under back of van
Car jack and tire iron under passenger seat
Spare Fuses - glove box
Manuals and technical spec sheets on van build parts - glove box
Registration and Insurance - Glove Box
Add Ons
Camping Chair 1
Camping Chair 2
Camping Table 1
Beach Umbrella 1
Foamie Surfboard 2
RecommendationsWe have gotten a lot of questions about where to camp or asleep at night in the van. There are several campgrounds around Maui. My favorites are Kipahulu, Wainapanapa (Hana) Hosmer Grover (Haleakala) and Olowalu (Westside) and Poli Poli (upcountry Kula). Use Recreation(dot)gov to book a site 30 days in advance. If you do this, you’ll get a campsite, however it is hard to get a site if you did not plan in advance. If you are unable to, do not worry there are still good options for you. The westside has beaches between Grandmas and Olowalu where you’ll see plenty of free/open car camping on the beach. There are also portapotties here and since the van has its own shower, it’s a great free option.Maui is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and exploring the island in a campervan is one of the best ways to experience all that it has to offer. From hiking to surfing, and from snorkeling to stargazing, there are countless outdoor adventures to be had on this tropical island.One of the most popular outdoor activities in Maui is hiking, and there are many incredible trails to explore. The Haleakala National Park offers a variety of hikes, including the famous Haleakala Summit Trail, which takes you to the top of the island's highest peak. The Pipiwai Trail in the east Maui is also a great option, leading you through lush bamboo forests and to the majestic Waimoku Falls.Maui is also known for its world-class surfing spots, such as Ho'okipa Beach Park and Honolua Bay. With a campervan, you can easily park near the beaches and catch the best waves.For those interested in water activities, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Maui is a must-do. The Molokini Crater is a popular snorkeling spot, where you can see a variety of colorful fish and coral reefs.Finally, stargazing in Maui is an unforgettable experience. The island is home to one of the world's best observatories, the Haleakala Observatory, which is located atop a dormant volcano. With clear skies and minimal light pollution, camping in a campervan in the Haleakala National Park allows for incredible views of the night sky.Overall, a campervan is an excellent way to experience all the outdoor adventures that Maui has to offer, giving you the freedom and flexibility to explore the island's natural beauty at your own pace.CAMPING RELATED:
Book sites in advance for a better experience. Our favorite campsites
- Kipahulu
- Wainapanapa
- Olowalu
- Hosmer Grover
- Poli Poli
For camping without a reservation - Westside near anywhere between Grandmas and OlowaluActivities
- On a warm day soak in the river at Iao valley. Reservation easy to book online for non Hawaii residents.
- Visit top of Haleakala for sunrise (book online)
- Visit Poli Poli for picnic and sunset. See if the lavender farm is open.
- Do a farm tour with The farm Maui, Pono Grown, or Lapa’ Au + dinner with Maui Bees
- Book a snorkeling lesson with any number of local guides (instead of larger tour groups).
- Road to Hana is great but time consuming. If you do it, I recommend spending one night out there if you can at Kipahulu or Wainapanapa.
- quick visit to market street in Wailuku for visiting local shops.
- Cool bar in Wailuku called Esters.
- Saturday Farmers market in Kula
Hikes-
- Waihee Ridge Hike
- 13 crossings
- Walk Oprah’s road
- Makawao forest
- Bamboo forest
- Hike the crater
Beaches
Southside
- Big beach (sandy open beach)
- La Perouse Bay (lava field good for snorkeling)
Westside
- Honolua bay (ago for snorkeling but also check out enchanted forest)
- Laniapoko (cool for hanging out in the grass/shade) small baby waves for beginner surfers.
North shore
- Baldwin beach nice for a long walk on the beach for sunrise or sunset. Every Friday there is also a drum circle on the east end of Baldwin.
- Also Check baby beach near Baldwin. (Has a cool lagoon for swimming)
East Side (Hana)
- Hamoa is an incredible beach. Hannah and I can spend the entire day there
- Black sand beach.
- Red sand beach.
Best restaurants-North shore-
Mana - grocery store
Choice - juicery and food counter
Cafe Des Ami (get ice cream next door, we like the coconut Mac nut)
Mamas fish house - upscale - always booked. try going at an odd and waiting for a table.
Upcountry-
Kula bistro
La Provence (Brekkie)
Satori (sushi food truck) in Makawao.
Nuka sushi - first come first serve. Amazing traditional.
Maui kombucha
Toothey’s - incredible maui butchery and restaurant
Central maui-
Tin roof
Mai Thai
Alive & well
Whole Foods
Down to earth
Bridget & Bernard’s
West side-
Moku roots - vegan restaurant - incredible
Choice - juicery and food counter
South side-
Monkey pod - nice restaurant - first come first serve
Hawaii moon market
Ko at the Fairmont (upscale) (personal favorite)
Other things to noteIn recent years, there has been a cultural pushback against tourists staying in campervans in Hawaii. Many local residents view these campervans as a form of "overtourism," and they worry that they contribute to overcrowding and environmental degradation. Some have also expressed concerns that campervans are contributing to a larger trend of overtourism that is changing the cultural landscape of the islands. As a result, there have been efforts to regulate and even ban campervans in certain areas. However, others argue that campervans provide a unique and sustainable way to experience the islands, and that with responsible use and management, they can be a positive addition to Hawaii's tourism industry. Do your part to be a respectful of this dynamic and sensitive to local culture and ecology. Dont be afraid to ask questions.It's important to be mindful of this as you tour around in Maui.The RIGOROUS RACCOON is great because it has a smaller footprint, and is also more incognito.Please mind the sand in the van. No pets.
Happy to store a suitcase or two while you're off adventuring.

Features

2018 Dodge Ram Van Roadtrek
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 seatbelts
  • Fresh water: 15 gal
  • Fuel type: Gas
  • Fuel capacity: 14 gal
  • Automatic transmission

Amenities

  • Outside Shower
  • Solart
  • Audio Inputs
  • Radio
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Dining Table

Rules and policies

  • Not pet friendly
  • No music festivals
  • No tailgating
  • No smoking
  • Mileage: 100 free miles / day
24/7 roadside assistance
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Add-ons

Enhance your trip with these add-ons. Available at checkout.

2P Tent
NZ$105.95
/each
3P Tent
REI Passage
NZ$122.25
/each
6P Tent
NEMO WAGON
NZ$154.85
/each

Availability and rates

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There’s a 1 night minimum stay

Discounts
  • Weekly (7+ nights): 10% off nightly rate
  • Monthly (28+ nights): 20% off nightly rate
Fees
  • Security deposit: NZ$815.00 (refundable)
  • Prep fee: NZ$163.00. This fee will cover preparing and sanitizing the unit prior to each rental.

Meet your host, Nathan

Member since 2023

I live in Maui HI with my partner Hannah. We're building a regenerative farm here, and using our camper van to help fund our dream. We love anything outdoors, but especially working on our farm, yoga, acroyoga, watersports, mountain biking and hiking.

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4.9

Cleanliness

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Maintenance

4.7

Value

4.9

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Mitchell P.

November 20235

Lovely van, had a great trip and they were so kind and helpful. :) lovely people and we had a great experience travelling. Thankful for all their help.

Allard V.

October 20235

We had an amazing trip with the Rigorous Raccoon! Sleeps and cooks comfortable. The fridge and shower were a great asset to the experience.

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Nicholas M.

July 20235

We had an amazing trip with Hannah and Nathan’s van. They were courteous and helpful beginning to end especially when it came to timing of pickup and drop off and the van had everything we needed. Highly recommend for anyone looking to adventure around Maui!

Sabina H.

June 20235

The Rigorous Racoon is a great small truck with all you need, bed, stove, small frigde, some drawers for clothes, dishes, food and even some showering water! We loved being able to camp up Haleakala in Hosmer Grove or in Kipahulu at the end of the road to Hana, allowing us all the stops we wanted along the way. It's well kept and well organized!

Jesse A.

May 20235

Booking the camper van was a FANTASTIC experience! It was our first attempt at the van life experience and visiting Maui. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the entire experience was new to us, but Nathan and his partner made it very easy by recommending many places to visit and see. I highly recommend booking this van if you're open to an adventurous time in Maui.

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Ovebror O.

April 20235

Me and my friend rented this car for 4 days during our stay at Maui. We had a great time, and the car had everything we needed. Thanks for the experience!

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Q.What flexibility is available for picking up and dropping off the RV?
A.
Its easy to take Lyft or Uber from the airport to Paia to pick up the van, however we can also deliver the van to your location anywhere on island for a fee.

Location

Paia, Hawaii

Exact location provided after booking