What can I say? This van and the experience that comes with it is INCREDIBLE. I went on a two week trip to Portugal and Rui's van and his personal service was easily the highlight of the trip. I'm not just saying that. He provides you with literally everything that you need. You just get the van, get behind the wheel and go. Madeira is not an easy place in which to travel in my opinion, but combining your transportation with your accommodations helps to simplify things so that you can focus on enjoying everything. We went around the entire island without once worrying about check-in times or directions to hotels. Some of the best features: 1) Everyone will turn their head when you pass by because the van really sticks out. It's a conversation piece in itself and a magnet for attention. 2) the solar panel roof means you can charge up all your gear when you need to. 3) the passenger seat swivels so you can take care of things in back while the driver drives. 4) you don't have to worry about speeding tickets because it's a slow-roller, so you can really see all of the scenery. 5) there are go pro mounts on the two sides and the windshield so you can time lapse your journey. We installed them so they should be there. 6) tons of compartments to organize your stuff. 7) Rui is the man. He wants you to live the life that he does.
Some other things to know , which in no way detract from the experience: you should be good at driving standards and confident in your abilities. You'll need strong arms to steer because it's 31 years old and has no power steering. The front seat belts do work , but might need a little fan-dangling. You might want to bring one of those radio transmitter devices to connect your music source to the van's radio and stereo system. It uses more gas so plan on spending more. We drove around the whole island for 3 days with about 45 euros or so. It might be good to plan your route a little bit so that you're not going up dead end streets that are not marked and trying to turn around in a little space.
Basically, this van will take your trip to another level of freedom. I highly recommend it and hope that if you decide to rent it that you take good care of it so that I can rent it again. One last thought which really summarizes the whole experience: Rui says to bring it back on empty, unlike every other vehicle rental, because he wants you to get the absolute most out of your experience. I hope that you do.