Airbnb vans take over the streets of San Diego

Superhost Craig charges $70/night for a green van in Clairemont.

On the Airbnb app/website, Craig is referred to as a “Superhost” for his $70 per night unit that sleeps five guests.

Craig welcomes his guests to his 1998 green Ford E350 minivan; he is based in Clairemont. “[It’s] great for camping and the back seat folds down into a bed for two,” he says on his ad.

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to open the streets to life in vehicles.

“Superhosts are experienced, highly-rated hosts who are committed to providing excellent stays for guests,” according to the Airbnb app that connects members with tourism experiences, primarily homestays and/or vacations. accommodations.

“[Craig’s] smart dude,” says Michael from North Park, who is looking for rentals for his buddies heading into town for spring break. “To book a hotel in our city, you pay $100 a night [on average] if you can find one available and for beachfront properties forget it. To rent a van from U-Haul, you’re looking at another $20 a day plus $0.69 a mile, which doesn’t include insurance and Craig’s “green machine” amenities. »

Craig’s van is ‘solar powered to run the fridge and a TV [and] it also has a ‘shore power outlet’ for additional electronics. Since the pickup has a turbocharged diesel engine, it’s cheaper on gas than the standard V-8 and has the torque to pack it up and tow a trailer if needed.

Craig’s Van Rental Details

“And it’s now legal to crash anywhere [inside a vehicle] in San Diego, therefore, it makes more sense for tourists on a budget to rent a 2-in-1,” added Michael, “and sleep near the beach.”

Last month, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to uphold their repeal of a nearly 36-year-old ordinance that prohibited residents from living in vehicles on streets within our municipal boundaries.

Tanja rents a vintage trailer outside his Bay Park residence for $55 a night – on Airbnb. The fixed caravan has a bedroom with two beds and a bathroom with shower. It also has free on-site parking, wifi, air conditioning and a laptop-friendly workspace.

Tanja has received over 150 reviews ranging from 4 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest. In February, Cynthia left a comment on Tanja’s account which reads: “Great location, we had the opportunity to watch the sunset. The place far exceeded our expectations and the host was quick to respond and made our check-in easy. Highly recommended to stay here.”

Last week, an Ocean Beach resident posted a photo collage on Facebook titled, “VanBnb is coming to a sidewalk near you…”. One of the photos was of a black van that was available for $28 a night.

Michael’s buddies didn’t buy into the suggestion to rent a van and sleep inside for spring break.

“I still think it’s a great idea,” he said. “People who rent out the vans or motorhomes on Airbnb and this so-called ‘VanBnb’ are [likely] checked, so they shouldn’t be a problem. They must be warned that they might be the target of crazy lunatics by anti vanwellers this own property near the beaches.”

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