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Most rental companies in the USA offer roadside assistance that is available 24/7 by ringing a local or free number. Mechanical breakdowns are covered by the rental company (for example, engine and electrical faults).
With many suppliers, repairs under $50 (US dollars) do not require authorisation and will be reimbursed upon return of the rental (with a receipt). However, it’s still recommended to ring roadside assistance for any troubles.
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.
Generally, no. Most campervan rental suppliers restrict travel into Mexico for campervans rented in the US. El Monte is the only exception; however, additional insurance is required.
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.
Note: policies vary from supplier to supplier. Always check the T&Cs for your rental.
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 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.