JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

For my latest California road trip—mostly through the Monterey Peninsula and down Big Sur—I experienced the funness of a JUCY campervan. JUCY is a New Zealand company that started operating in California about 5 years ago. JUCY USA currently has three locations: San Francisco (San Leandro), Los Angeles (Lawndale), and Las Vegas.

With its eye-catching logo, color scheme, fun layout, and concept, a JUCY campervan definitely attracts attention. Almost every time we stopped, people asked me about my JUCY campervan. Making breakfast along the Pacific Grove coastline, two couples from Europe waxed poetically about their own camping experiences and they loved the European design of the JUCY kitchen facilities. As we loaded our food into the solar powered refrigerator in the Trader Joes parking lot in Monterey, people approached, asked about the campervan, and then gushed when we said you can cook on these two stoves.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

McCool Travel and JUCY on Big Sur California road trip

When picking up my rental, I plied the staff with questions, learning among other things, that one Asian family rented two vans for several months to explore the US. Very cool. She told me that most rentals in their office are from foreign visitors while the Los Angeles office primarily has local renters. Interesting.

In this article, I will use the terms JUCY campervan, JUCY mini RV, and JUCY Trailblazer (formerly Champ). They all mean the same thing.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

On our California road trip with our JUCY campervan, we enjoyed camping along Big Sur and the California Central Coast, making breakfast and dinner with views of the mighty Pacific Ocean, and driving the coolest vehicle in California. The JUCY Trailblazer mini RV can sleep 4 persons, has a solar-powered refrigerator and lights, 2 butane stoves, and a sink (with 5 gallons of clean water).

Additional items to consider include a kitchen kit, fold up chairs, bedding kit, winter pack, and prepaying for mileage.

The vehicle itself was a converted Dodge Caravan and it drove like a minivan rather than an RV. It was quite easy to drive, park, and maneuver. The advertised mileage was 18 MPG and my vehicle’s mileage was right about there (perhaps even better).

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

McCool’s JUCY watching sunset in Pacific Grove, California

Camping Fun

Camping with a JUCY Campervan is easy and fun. Let’s call it relaxed glamping. Selecting a campsite will be your toughest task.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

McCool’s JUCY Campervan in Big Sur California

Preparing a meal is as easy as pushing buttons and turning knobs. Push a button to open the back door. Turn a knob to start the butane gas stove.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

breakfast with a view anyone?

Time to rest after all that button pushing and knob turning.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

JUCY Campervan, Pacific Grove California. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

Setting up the sleeping arrangements is also super simple. Seat cushions transform into a bed, approximately full size. It was cozy for two adults. The upstairs penthouse has more room, maybe a queen size. The penthouse is set up by turning a crank handle.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

JUCY Mini RV bed

Both sleeping compartments have elegantly designed solutions to maximize darkness. Inside the JUCY campervan, flaps roll up and down on some windows while there are fitted shades with suction cups and Velcro for other windows (like the front windshield). The penthouse flaps zip shut and have additional Velcro closures, like a well made tent.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

JUCY Penthouse. Photo credit: Julie McCool, FuninFairfaxVA.com

Here is the view from the JUCY penthouse.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

JUCY Campervan penthouse

She looks lovely in her campsite, agree?

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

JUCY Mini RV in Big Sur California. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

The most difficult part of the JUCY Campervan experience is returning it. Not that the process it challenging but rather you will want to keep JUCY longer. When I returned the JUCY mini RV in Los Angeles I saw that many of their vehicles were for sale. Since I was traveling in my typical carryon style, I passed, but it sure was tempting. After all, I could have extended my California road trip to cover the rest of the country on my way back home to Virginia.

JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip

rent or own a JUCY campervan


JUCY provided me a complimentary 5 day rental of one of their mini RVs so that I could share this great travel experience with my network. I encourage you to consider renting a JUCY campervan for a future vacation.

McCool Travel tip: If you are interested in RV travel (whether renting or buying), a convenient place to begin research is Go RVing, particularly the Where to Find: Rentals section.

Have you heard of JUCY? Where will you camp this year?

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17 Responses to “JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip”

  1. colemanconcierge February 15, 2017 at 1:13 am #

    This is awesome. Our daughter goes to school at UCSC so we make the trek up from San Diego a couple times a year to see her. A Jucy would be the perfect vehicle for that trip. Between the Redwoods, highway 1, Monterrey Bay or Morrow bay we will never get to see it all no matter how many times we go.

    • McCool Travel February 15, 2017 at 9:06 am #

      Indeed, such a great trip, between the great destinations of San Diego and Santa Cruz (banana slugs!!!).

  2. Joel February 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Can we rent your conversion vans without that curious paint job?

    • McCool Travel February 15, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      I saw many JUCY vans at the Los Angeles location that were plain white. So, yes!

  3. Carole Terwilliger Meyers February 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    I’d never heard of a JUCY campervan before. It sure is cute. I can’t believe 4 people can sleep in it, but that picture of the pop top convinced me. This is coming from someone who once drove a “hippie van” VW bus camping around the U.S. One question: Where do you put 4 suitcases?

    • McCool Travel February 15, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      There is a storage bin under the inside bed. I suppose if you have more luggage than fits in there, you will have to put in the front seats while you sleep.

  4. Patti Morrow February 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    How fun! I’m definitely not a fan of camping, but JUCY is something I would do and will look into next time I’m in California!

  5. Tom Bartel February 8, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    We almost tried Jucy once, but it didn’t fit into our plans. Maybe need to start in Vegas and check out the desert and Grand Canyon a bit.

  6. Dang Travelers February 7, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    I didn’t know they operated out of California. We have been looking at the design and layout of these since we are turning a minivan into a camper this year. So cool! Sounds like a great time.

  7. Donna Janke February 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

    This is a fun-looking vehicle. I love that you can travel and camp with something that drives more like a mini-van than a truck or RV.

  8. Tamason Gamble February 5, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    I didn’t realise that Jucy have branched out to the Us. I knew that they had started doing accommodation within the city in New Zealand but to sprout legs and jump countries is fantastic for a brand that really stands out for its colour scheme.

    • McCool Travel February 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

      Have you enter JUCY in New Zealand? Such a fun brand.


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