Popular Campervans in California

Cruise America C25 Standard

Cruise America

C25 Standard

5 adults

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Road Bear 22-24ft Class C

Road Bear

22-24ft Class C

5 adults

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Escape 2-4 Berth Mavericks

Escape

2-4 Berth Mavericks

2 adults

Automatic

Cruise America C19 Compact

Cruise America

C19 Compact

2 adults 1 child

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Apollo Class C Sunrise Escape

Apollo

Class C Sunrise Escape

4 adults 1 child

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Cruise America C30 Large

Cruise America

C30 Large Motorhome

6 adults 1 child

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

El Monte RV C28 Class C

El Monte RV

C28 Class C

4 adults 2 children

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

El Monte RV C25 Class C

El Monte RV

C25 Class C

4 adults 1 child

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Lost Campers 5 Seat Wanderer

Lost Campers

5 Seat Wanderer

2 adults

Automatic

Mighty MS31

Mighty

MS31

8 adults

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Best Time RV Winnebago Minnie Winnie E-23

Best Time RV

Winnebago Minnie Winnie E-23

5 adults

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Apollo Pioneer

Apollo

Pioneer

4 adults 1 child

Toilet

Shower

Automatic

Not all vehicles may be available. Use the search tool to check availability for your travel dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to stay at a campground or RV park?

Does my motorhome come with unlimited mileage?

What are the differences between Class A, B, and C motorhomes?

Is free camping allowed in California?

Are one-way rentals possible in California?

Are there any restrictions on where I can take my RV in the US?

What license do I need to rent a campervan in the USA?

Can I travel from the US to Canada in my rental campervan?

How much does it cost to stay at a campground or RV park?

A stay at an RV park will usually cost around $25–80 (USD) per night.

The cost of campgrounds has risen in recent years due to the popularity of RV vacations in the US.

Does my motorhome come with unlimited mileage?

The majority of campervan rental suppliers in the US do not offer unlimited miles as a standard rental inclusion.

In most cases, miles (kilometres) are capped at a daily rate, and additional fees will be incurred if you exceed the limit. Additional miles can usually also be prepurchased in packages ranging from 100 miles up to unlimited. However, any remaining miles will not be refunded when the vehicle is returned.

Check our comparison tool for details.

What are the differences between Class A, B, and C motorhomes?

A wide variety of motorhomes are available in the US, from smaller station wagons up to large motorhomes. Some of the common types include:

  • Class A: (21-45 ft) The biggest and most expensive vehicles, they can be hard to manoeuvre if you are new to driving motorhomes but are often equipped with additional luxuries.

Class A motorhomes are often built on a commercial truck or bus chassis and run on either diesel or gas, depending on the type of engine.

Usually, Class A vehicles are fully loaded with all amenities and have a large living space.

  • Class B: (17-19 ft) Small and affordable, these vehicles are easier to drive and manoeuvre. Class B vehicles are often known as conversion vans and are built on a smaller chassis compared to Class A vehicles.

Some Class B vehicles include a toilet or freshwater tank, but not all do. Class B vehicles usually have basic cooking equipment, folding beds and limited storage space.

Class B vehicles are a good option for short-term getaways.

  • Class C: (30-33 ft) These vehicles are medium-sized, with moderate storage space and a few extra luxuries.

Class C vehicles are a smaller version of the Class A motorhome. They are built on a truck or van cutaway chassis and usually have a gas-powered engine.

Class C motorhomes generally have sleeping quarters above the cab and more sleeping space in the back. Some Class Cs also have a slide-out option that increases the living space when the motorhome is parked.

Class C vehicles come equipped with a good number of facilities, including a self-contained toilet, refrigerator, heating or AC, and cooking facilities.

Class C vehicles are very versatile and are great for both short- and long-term getaways.

Our comparison tool will show you the specifications of each vehicle available to help you find a camper suitable for your needs.

Is free camping allowed in California?

As in the rest of America, free camping is only allowed in designated areas, which can include national parks, state parks, truck stops or rest stops as well as certain parking lots with permission from the store manager.

California is home to numerous RV parks and campgrounds, ranging from $35–60 (USD) per night. These are suitable for all vehicle types, from travel trailers to larger recreational vehicles.

Are one-way rentals possible in California?

Yes, many suppliers have depots in multiple locations throughout California and the US, making one-way rentals a great way to see more during your road trip.

San Francisco is a great starting location for those wanting to explore Northern California, with many attractions in the surrounding areas, including the famous Yosemite National Park.

For those heading through Southern California, Los Angeles is a good starting point. From there, you can head down the west coast to San Diego and throughout the surrounding area.

Are there any restrictions on where I can take my RV in the US?

Most rental companies only allow their vehicles to be driven on sealed/bitumen roads.

In addition, note the following restrictions regarding specific areas:

  • Mexico - With the exception of El Monte, travel to Mexico is prohibited in rental vehicles.
  • Death Valley - Restrictions can vary between suppliers but is generally allowed. However, travel may be restricted during certain times of the year. Check with your rental supplier for full details.
  • New York City/Downtown Manhattan - RVs are generally not allowed due to vehicle height restrictions around the city.
  • Canada - RVs are generally allowed; however, travel to certain locations may be restricted during colder seasons.

If you take your vehicle where it is not permitted, you will be liable for all damages incurred and an additional fine may be imposed.

Check your rental agreement for any further restrictions regarding your RV rental.

What license do I need to rent a campervan in the USA?

All drivers must have a current and full driver’s licence to hire a vehicle. Foreign licences are generally acceptable if they are in English or accompanied by an accredited English translation. Otherwise, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required.

In addition to your driver’s licence, you will often be required to show your passport at the time of pickup.

Some companies, e.g. Road Bear, Best Time and Britz, require an IDP regardless of the language of your licence.

Can I travel from the US to Canada in my rental campervan?

This depends on the company. Several rental suppliers will allow you to travel to Canada in your rental vehicle, including Apollo, El Monte, Jucy, Campervan North America, Travellers Autobarn, Escape Rentals and Cruise America. Please contact support for information on other suppliers.

You must comply with visa and customs requirements at all times.

Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.

Brands

Popular Camper Rental Brands

Britz

Britz is one of the larger campervan brands, with multiple depots in different countries and a wide selection of vehicles. Britz maintains a fleet of newer vehicles, with campervans generally being less than 3 years old. Britz is part of the THL group, which also includes Maui, Mighty Campers and other international motorhome hire brands.

Cruise America

One of the largest suppliers in the US, Cruise America (also Cruise Canada) is available in over 127 locations and has over 45 years’ experience in the motorhome rental industry. Cruise America specializes in Class C motorhomes for groups of 3 to 5.

El Monte

El Monte is part of the THL family of brands, which also includes Road Bear in the US. El Monte has over 50 years of experience in the RV hire industry and is available in multiple locations around America. El Monte has a variety of RVs available and also offers one-way rentals between its locations. El Monte also allows its vehicles to travel into Mexico under certain conditions.

Escape Campervans

Escape is a New Zealand–founded campervan rental supplier with locations throughout the US. The company specializes in campervans rather than RVs in an effort to offer a cheaper alternative. Escape has vehicles to suit groups of 3 to 5.

Jucy

A popular campervan hire brand operating in New Zealand, Australia and USA, Jucy offers smaller campervans (2-berth and 4-berth) and will rent to drivers over 18. While not extremely cheap, Jucy still offers reasonably attractive prices for the budget traveller.

Mighty

Mighty is another campervan hire brand that is part of the THL motorhome rental group (Britz, Maui and other international brands). Mighty Rentals has vehicles for groups from 2 to 6. Mighty's camper fleet is made up of ex Britz and Maui vehicles that are considered too old to fit the main brands. It offers quality older vehicles at a cheaper price.

Road Bear

Road Bear is part of the THL family of brands, which also includes El Monte in the US. The company is a premium RV rental supplier with over 30 years in the motorhome hire industry. Road Bear only supplies newer vehicles, with its fleet consisting of motorhomes less than 1 year old.

Travellers Autobarn

A budget RV rental brand aimed at backpackers, Travellers Autobarn has campervans in multiple international locations. The company offers a wide variety of vehicles, from station wagons to 5-berth family models.

Attractions

Popular Attractions in California

Golden Gate Bridge

Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is considered one of the most famous bridges in the world. The bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County. The bridge is 2.7 kilometres in length and has been declared one of the wonders of the modern world.

Yosemite National Park

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is 1,200 square miles of vast wilderness. The park is famous for its waterfalls but is also home to glaciers, ancient trees, valleys and much more. Within the park are also multiple campgrounds with sites available for recreational vehicles.

Griffith Park

One of the largest urban parks in North America, Griffith Park is located near the Santa Monica Mountains.

Within the park is the famous Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign and the Los Angeles Zoo. The park has numerous hiking trails andis a great location for outdoor activities.

Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach

The famous Santa Monica Pier, located near Colorado Avenue, is a large seaside pier popular with tourists. On the pier is Pacific Park, an amusement park with a large Ferris wheel that lights up at night.

Fifteen minutes from Santa Monica Pier is Venice Beach, one of the many great beaches in California. Along the Venice Boardwalk, you will find colourful street art, lively performers and small bohemian-style shops.