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El Gato - Vanlife Luxury!

Richmond, VIC
B class blue




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About El Gato - Vanlife Luxury!

The El Gato camper has all of the luxuries you could imagine and is ready to take you on your next Australian adventure. Pickup is just a few kilometers from Melbourne CBD, perfectly located to explore the Great Ocean Road, Wilsons Promontory, the Yarra wineries and numerous national parks close by.

Self-built by an engineer, our camper is high tech and homely at the same time. Running hot and cold water, shower, toilet, gas stove and ample off grid solar will all keep you comfortable and warm while you explore the wilderness. There's even a heater to keep you toasty warm in winter, and an espresso machine and coffee grinder to wake you up in the morning!

Stay in the wilderness as long as you like, this camper is completely off grid and 100% stealth; put up the window blackout panels and nobody would know it's a camper.

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Vehicle Details

2 Internal Berths, 1 External Berths

Driving Details
Vehicle Height
2.80 metres
Fuel Consumption
9.50 litres/100km
Fuel Type
Number of Seatbelts
Required License Type
Standard class c licence is fine.


Michael's Motorhome has the following hire options:

Drive ?

The pickup location is:
Richmond, VIC

Please note:

Required License Type
Standard class c licence is fine.

Owner Drop-Off ?

You can't have this RV relocated and set-up at a campsite of your choice.

On-Site Booking ?

You can't stay on-site in this Motorhome.


  • Freezer
  • Solar Panels
  • Stereo
  • Heating
  • Cutlery and Plates
  • Gas Bottle
  • Basic Pantry
  • Shower & Toilet
  • Coffee Machine
  • Bike Rack
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Fridge
  • Camping Table and Chairs
  • Reversing Camera

Safety Information

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Blanket
  • Smoke Detector

Additional Information

Key features of the van:

- Only 5.4m long; as easy to drive as a car.
- Powerful and economical diesel motor
- Automatic transmission

- Full double bed with fresh linen and towels included
- Hot shower
- Toilet
- Heater
- Espresso machine and coffee grinder
- Fully equipped kitchen!
- 140L fridge/freezer
- Double gas hob
- Full size hot/cold sink
- SatNav: Android Auto / Apple Carplay compatible
- USB sockets and 240v power for charging your devices
- 200L fresh water tanks
- 610w solar panels
- 600ah off grid batteries which are charged from solar and from the van when it's running.
- Full size double bed
- Bicycle storage drawer for storing two bikes under the bed, or use as extra storage space.
- Optional: Tow bar bicycle rack for two bikes.
- Weber Baby Q barbecue (optional).
- Bike hire: High quality bicycles (in small and large) are available for hire, please let me know if interested in this option.

Hiring Rules

No smoking or e-cigarettes in or around the van.

Toilet to be emptied and cleaned before return.

Van fuel tank to be filled before return.

Hirer must be 25 years of age or older


  • Yes, pets will be considered


  • Linen provided for an additional charge of $20.0 per booking




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Service Fee


Minimum stay

2 nights

Minimum Age

Hirer must be 25 years of age or older


No, off-road will not be considered

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16 Reviews

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Alex says...

El Gato was just what we needed for our trip. Comfortable, pleasant to drive, and kept the torrential rain at bay! Michael was a real pleasure to deal with, and was very flexible with our arrangements. Thanks!

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Jona says...

We had a great experience with this van! Very comfortable to drive and to sleep and cook in.

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Ross says...

Everything went smoothly from the first contact we made with Michael until when we dropped El Gato back at the end of our holiday. Michael was extremely easy to communicate with and made the whole process no fuss. El Gato was easy to drive and had everything we needed for a great week away in it. The mid length wheelbase made it easy for parking in normal size car parks.
Couldn't have been happier with the van and the whole experience.
Would definitely hire El Gato again.
Ross and Kym

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Nerine says...

The EI Gato was home for my partner and I for 10 days, we loved it! Best features were that its insulated and heated! Lots of space to put things and shower was awesome. Drove well and bed was warm and super comfy. Michael was really good to deal with which topped the whole experience! I defiantly would hire this van again :)

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Joe says...

Michael was amazing to deal with. I had the best time on our little getaway with my wife and our dog. Headed down the Mornington peninsula before taking the ferry over to Queenscliff and onto Lorne. Stealth camped the whole trip, didn't have to pay for any caravan parks. The van is inconspicuous on any residential street and having a toilet and shower inside was awesome. The heater was great for the cold nights and the van is really easy to drive. The fuel efficiency was really surprising too. Whole trip cost $66 in fuel. Amazing! Will definitely book again.

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Anna says...

Amazing! Michael was really easy to deal with and great communication. The van was so comfortable and simple to drive. We would defintely book El Gato for my next trip.

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Lyndon says...

Michael & Kate were marvellous the van was just what we needed for this trip. Easy to drive very economical. The heater rocks. Even a coffee maker. Lyndon & Robyn

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Johannes says...

El Gato was an amazing van! Really luxury with a nice bed, a hot shower and an incredible coffee machine!
The communication with Michael was really easy and relaxed! Always again.

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Jon says...

Very clean and cosy (for winter) and exactly what we needed. It drove really easily and Michael was a pleasure to deal with.

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Paula says...

Lovely well kept van with everything we needed for our off the grid trip. Michael was extremely helpful and extremely accomodating to our needs. We had a fantastic experience. Thank you Michael.

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Erin says...

Firstly the El Gato is a little gem. Michael was super easy to talk to and flexible with our pick up and drop off time. The El Gato is roomy and spacious with loads of storage and the capacity to go completely off the grid. We went up the SA coast comfortably. The El Gato will 100% be our go to for any future road trips. Thanks Michael.

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Ebony says...

Look no further the El Gato has it all. The van didnt skip a beat from VIC to the SA coast and back. The van is so self efficient we were able to free camp for our entire trip. Ample amount of room and storage, comfortable bed, from cooking utensils to hot showers we had a blast. From enquiry to drop off Michael has been extremely flexible and helpful throughout the entire hire.
Thanks an absolute million Michael, we would hire again without hesitation!

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Sue says...

What an adventure! From the moment I picked up the camper from Michael to its return I was hooked! El Gato is so easy to drive that an ageing solo (young at heart) granny could manage it easily. Fresh air, comfortable bed all made sleeping a joy! Fridge full of food, ample cupboard space for goodies and all the necessary kitchen items meant cooking up a storm took only minutes.
Tilly dog and I explored a little of the Murray region, sometimes in caravan parks and others free camping and El Gato was perfect for both.
A perfect camping vehicle for one or two people to get away and enjoy this great country of ours.

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Haley says...

Michael's van was an amazing experience. Such an easy vehicle to drive with easy reverse cameras and automatic transmission making it a breeze and safe to handle. The bed was really comfy and had ample storage for a any period of stay. We had no need to use the stove or shower but it was easily explained and there was plenty or room inside to stand and move about. I would definitely recommend this ride for any future use. 5 stars!!

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Kellie says...

We had a really special couple of days in The El Gato !!
So cozy and warm.
Really well appointed, which is needed in a small space. Great storage with everything needed. You can park anywhere because you literally have everything ..what seemed never ending hot water and solar power.
The van was super comfortable and easy to drive with excellent fuel economy .. actually shocked me and how much fuel we didnt use.
Information and any communication from Michael was clear, the van pretty much ran itself..
We would highly recommend the El Gato !!

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Kevin says...

I rented Michaels van for a roadtrip to Sydney with my girlfriend. Im road trip experienced but this van topped everything. Everhthing you might want and need is on board (including warm shower), everything is in place and you dont have to shuffle anything constantly around as thetes a massive storage for all you might want under the bed! The cozy bed & unlimited electricity added on. Great communication with Michael upfront and during the trip, hes understanding if you run late and just good to deal with. Michael will be my first joice for my next trip!


Kevin & Tessa

About the RV Owner

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Member since: 2019
Learn more about Michael

Hi! My name is Michael. I love the outdoors, travelling, camping and bicycle riding. I live in Melbourne with my partner Kathy and we enjoy exploring the surrounding wilderness areas. We hope that you can be part of that exploration by taking our van with you on your next trip.