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Mike and Phillips rent two 1970s Volkswagen Westphalia campers, one Jasmine, the other Krazy

Mike works on the bare of a third camper in their at Rogers Business Park in Dixie helps customers their Florida vacations the wheel when she’s not at a Mexican restaurant on Treasure

They started up last and have sold 26 rentals — a full month for a travel photographer to a doctor’s two-night picnic with his wife. and Dixie talked about fledgling business last with the Times .

How did you get the idea to VW campers?

Dixie . A friend lent us a one for a trip to the East Coast, Rogers park in Flagler It had a pop top with mosquito netting and a bed. The park was hidden by with only 34 parking We could sit up at night and watch the

Mike: We were just campers until then. We excited and wanted to share the with others. And she loves to trips. I was a cabinet builder by and that’s when the construction crashed. I got on the computer and learned how to Bondo and weld.

Who are your

Dixie: VW campers are huge Canadians. We had a couple from on their honeymoon. We had a middle-aged who rented one for her mother and father — it was one of the on their bucket list. like to take their on a bus for nostalgia.

Old hippies at heart?

Dixie: People come with on their heads. They tie-dye. It brings out the hippie

How do they find you?

Ninety-five percent come to the through Google. They’re for VW rentals or small RVs. I them up at Tampa International and I them to Treasure Island or De Soto if they’re traveling If they’re going to the East I met them in the cell phone

You pitch the rentals as an alternative to in an expensive hotel or a little RV. How that work?

Dixie: The idea is we stock it with they need: sheets, towels, beach towels, pots and pans, camping bug spray …

Mike: Wash clothes line, garbage salt and pepper, cayenne They have a two-burner gas and sink, 110-volt outlets and water tank.

Your VW are 32 and 35 years old. Isn’t it to find ones in good

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Mike: You can go to theSamba.com (a VW vehicle and website). The first one, we in Tennessee had no heat, very braking. We had to stop in Atlanta for a fix to stop a gas leak. We blast body and frame) down to steel and replace everything: drums, steering. Jasmine about three months

That’s the hardest part, it reliable enough to be a rental With each one, we three long trips — miles total — before them.

How much does it to rent Jasmine or Krazy

Mike: $100 a day or $675 per You get 100 free miles a day and it’s 25 per mile over that. The restriction is they need to in Florida. For three-day rentals, we them to stay local. If wants to drive down to Key and back in three days, discourage that.

Dixie: It’s not a new car, camper.

Mike: These are to go slow.

What effect do the old VWs on people?

Dixie: You can’t at a light without someone about it or waving. The VW bus looks it’s smiling all the time.


Contact Steve Huettel at or (813) 226-3384.

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