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 an RV in the USA?

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

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 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 campers 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, can be hard to maneuver if you are new to driving motorhomes but often comes equipped with additional luxuries.

Class A motorhomes are built on either a vehicle chassis, commercial truck chassis, or a commercial 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 a large living space.

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

Some class B vehicles may include a toilet or freshwater tanks but not always. Class B vehicles usually have basic cooking equipment, folding beds, and limited storage space.

Class B vehicles are great for short term getaways.

  • Class C: (30-33 ft) Medium-sized, 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 operate on a gas-powered engine.

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

Class C vehicles come equipped with a good amount 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 or long term getaways.

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

Is free camping allowed in California?

As in the rest of the US, 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, which cost around $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 companies have rental centers 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 point 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 paved 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 travel is generally allowed. However, it 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 an RV in the USA?

All drivers must have a current and full driver’s license to rent a vehicle. Foreign licenses are generally acceptable if they are in English or accompanied by an accredited English translation, otherwise, an International Driving Permit is required.

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

The following companies require an IDP regardless of the language of your license, Road Bear, Best Time and Britz.

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

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 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 RV Rental Brands

Britz

Britz is one of the larger campervan brands, with multiple rental centers 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 rental brands.

Cruise America

One of the largest RV rental companies in the US, Cruise America (also Cruise Canada) is available in over 127 locations and has over 45 years’ experience in the 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 rental 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 rental brand operating in New Zealand, Australia, and the US, Jucy offers smaller campervans (2-berth and 4-berth) and will rent to drivers over 18. While not extremely cheap, a Jucy rental comes at an attractive price for the budget traveler.

Mighty

Mighty is another campervan rental 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 fleet is made up of former 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 luxury RV rental company with over 30 years in the rental industry. Road Bear only rents 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, 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 1.7 miles 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 are the famous Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood sign, and the Los Angeles Zoo. The park has numerous hiking trails and is 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 that is 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 colorful street art, lively performers, and small bohemian-style shops.