Good things come in small packages — especially when you’re talking about camping. Camper vans give travelers the opportunity to upgrade from their tent or car-camping tradition while maintaining the freedom and flexibility of a smaller vehicle. While large RVs come with tons of posh amenities and extra leg-stretching space, if you want to take on a deep wilderness campsite or try out boondocking, small camper vans are the way to go. Along with being more nimble, camper vans are more affordable than their larger cousins to run… and yes, you can find them for rent on the peer-to-peer RV rental market!
Campervan Rental California
Searching for camper vans for rent in California?
Although our filters make it easy to find what you’re looking for, we thought we’d take some of the footwork off your plate. Here are some of our favorite camper vans listed for rent on our platform.
1. The Black Stallion – Long Beach, California
Want to head into the desert on — or, in — a horse with no name?
The Black Stallion is a 2018 Class B campervan rental available just outside of Long Beach, California, making it convenient for all sorts of SoCo adventures from the desert to the coast. It’s equipped with solar power and an entertainment system with a DVD player and multiple streaming services to keep you entertained even when the weather isn’t excellent.
The Black Stallion is the perfect solution for someone who wants to take on the off-grid, boondocking experience in comfort and style; with all its systems in place, you can stay away from civilization for up to five days while still relaxing in a plush queen-sized bed. Learn all about this unique California van rental, including pricing and availability info, here.
2. The Small But Spacious Carado Axion Promaster – La Crescenta-Montrose, California
Like we said, when it comes to campervans, oftentimes, smaller is better — and this beautiful new campervan has the distinction of being the smallest Class B motorhome available in America. Measuring in at less than 18 feet, the Carado Axion Promaster is definitely fleet of foot, but still packs a big punch when it comes to space and luxury. Even though it’s small, it’s got onboard bathroom and kitchen facilities, and the pop-up top means it feels generous even for taller campers.
This camper also comes with an automatic propane heating system and lithium batteries to make extended or cold-weather travel comfortable. Click here for all the details on this unique tiny motorhome!
3. An Old-School Adventure – Carson, California
Not all the best things in life are the newest, which will be made perfectly clear to you when you adventure in this 2007 Roadtrek. Heck, “adventurous” is even in the name!
This camper van sleeps up to four and the owner includes 200 miles per day gratis, which means you’ve got tons of leeway to tackle all the explorable destinations on your travel bucket list.
The camper also comes equipped with basic necessities and housewares, like clean linens, cookware, toiletries and even coffee. You’re all set to go — just turn the keys and hit the road! Click here for full details and availability.
4. Wheelie Nelson – San Francisco, California
On the road again… you just won’t be able to wait to get on the road again when you rent this classic Sprinter van, which the owner has so cleverly named Wheelie Nelson. A 22-foot, 2018 model, this luxurious van sleeps up to two campers, so it’s perfect for a romantic getaway or even a solo adventure.
The van is equipped with a memory foam mattress and posh kitchen amenities including butcher block countertops, and has two separate HVAC systems to keep both the back and front of the van cool (or warm, depending on how far from San Francisco you go). The owners also offer drop-off/delivery services to select locations, and can include extra camping and adventure gear for an additional fee. Click here to see when you can take “Wheelie” for a spin of your own!
5. Oakland Cutie – Oakland, California
This classic California camper van looks great with the sun streaming in through the rear door, and you could wake up to that view. Conveniently available in the Oakland area, this 17-foot 2018 Ram Promaster is small but mighty, and ready to facilitate your next adventure.
Along with its comfortable bed with the best view in the house, this van comes equipped with some solar power and an all-pine interior, as well as a roof rack for storing your extra adventure gear. The little eat-in kitchen is especially inviting, making this an excellent option for a couple or a solo adventurer who wants to combine thrift with thrill. Click here for full details on price and availability!
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6. The Best of Both Worlds – West Sacramento, California
As this RV owner states, there’s an old saying about the two types of RVers in the world: those that live in the RV, and those that live out of it. This rig truly is the best of both worlds, offering lithium batteries and a VOLTSTART system that allows you to power up anywhere, even without access to solar.
Along with its cozy sleeping arrangements, the van also offers a generous cooking space and a small dinette to eat your gourmet creations at. The owners keep it well-stocked with utensils, spices, and also an outdoor portable cooking stove so you can get your grub on under the stars.
The owners are also willing to provide extras, like bedding, bike racks, and camping gear, upon request — so click here for full details on availability, pricing and more.
7. Pismo Beach Mercedes – Pismo Beach, California
Looking for a campervan hire near Pismo Beach, California? Take to the road in style with this 2015 ERA Mercedes van, which offers all the comfort of home on the road. You get authentic leather upholstery and a cute kitchenette, as well as entertainment systems and a cozy bed to lay your head in. What could be better?
As the owner states, these Mercedes vans are especially attractive because it’s like combining a toad vehicle with, well, the vehicle itself — no need for a secondary vehicle to explore your destination. Sometimes, you just need to go — and if you think it’s time for you to hit the road, click here to check out the full details on this van.
8. Ruthie – Pacific Grove
This four-season camper with a cute name is perfect for camping by the beach, taking off into the desert or even hunkering down for a ski season in Tahoe. And, equipped with four-wheel drive and a turbo diesel engine, this little van will get you wherever you’re going with no problem.
The owners keep Ruthie stocked with all your basic needs, including fresh towels, kitchenware, dishes and utensils. They also offer delivery to the nearby area airports so you can fly in and get your adventure started with no hassle. Click here for full details on pricing and availability.
9. The 2017 Sunlight Van – Fairfield, California
If you’re looking to do some stealth camping, this 2017 Class B van has you covered in style. It includes a king-sized bed (yes, you read that right!), or the option to turn the accommodations in to two twin beds if you’re traveling with a platonic partner.
The van’s entertainment system has been updated with Apple Carplay and Android Auto so you can use your smartphone for both music and navigation. And with an average of 20 miles per gallon, this van gets WAY better gas mileage than your average full-size motorhome. Click here for full details on pricing and availability.
10. The Fully-Contained Freightliner – Truckee
Minted back in 2005, this well-maintained Freightliner van is a great way to see the state of California — and beyond. With a full galley, eat-in dinette, queen-sized bed, ice-cold ceiling AC and a central heating system, the van truly has everything you need to get wherever you’re going as comfortably as possible.
The owner also allows pets on a per-pet basis, so if you’re looking to travel with Fido, you may be covered! Click here for full details on availability and pricing for this unique campervan.
Tips for Renting a Camper Van in California
Even if none of the vans above suit your needs, it’s still easy to find a perfect van rental in California. All you have to do to rent a campervan through our site is to plug in your location and dates and then use our helpful filters to search specifically for a Class B motorhome — which is under the “Drivable RV” menu.
And once you do find the perfect camper van to rent, the world is your oyster! California’s full of gorgeous landscapes to explore, from the desert of Joshua Tree National Park to the majestic Redwoods along the northern coast. There are tons of stunning state parks, too — simply put, when it comes to California camping, you can’t go wrong! Check out our RV Trip Planner page for even more tips and tricks.
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