As one of the largest states in America, California has no shortage of great vacation spots and fun attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. Spend a day on any of the many beaches along the coastline, travel to Hollywood to see the stars or visit Disneyland for a fun and magical adventure.
With so much ground to cover, though, it would be tough to make it everywhere you want to go without some serious help. One source of travel you don't want to pass up is the recreational vehicle, which can enable you to get from one place to another in comfort. Reliable on the road while providing you and your loved ones a convenient place to sleep and live in between your destinations, a California RV rental can be a great boon to any vacation.
Don't go jumping into anything without doing your research, however. If you've never rented an RV with RVshare before, you might not even be aware that there are different classes of RV from which to choose. To help you understand the difference, let's take a look at each one.
The Class A is the biggest and baddest of all the RV types. As more of a miniature mansion on wheels than a vehicle, you can expect to find plenty of amenities from sinks to showers to several sleeping areas and entertainment spaces inside. Fitting around eight to 10 adults on average, it's probably the best choice for large groups, though its huge size does predictably make it pretty poor on gas mileage.
Next is the Class B, an RV that's still quite luxurious but in a more reserved way. Think of it as going from the Class A mansion to a more traditional house. You'll find many of the same perks of a Class A in one of these vehicles in a smaller space, usually with room enough for around six adults. Class B motorhomes do usually get slightly better mileage, and their shorter length can be easier for people who aren't familiar with RVs or bus driving to operate.
Finally, there is the Class C. Sized for around four people, this type of vehicle is probably the easiest for new RV drivers to master given that it’s built into a traditional truck. While they typically have many of the same amenities as the higher classes, the small size of these motorhomes makes them feel more like a vehicle than a home.
Another important option to keep in mind when renting an RV in California is the option for a tow-behind trailer. Rather than being a drivable vehicle, these are attached to the end of a powerful truck or SUV and pulled behind you as you drive. A camper option in this style would be a pop-up camper rental in California, which is similar in size to the Class C but with canvas walls that fold down when the vehicle is in motion to help reduce weight and drag. If you'd like to bring things like snowmobiles or jet skis on your vacation, a toy hauler would be your best bet as these are essentially small garages on wheels.
RV campgrounds in California are both plentiful and varied, filled with tons of community fun and great amenities all their own. For example, Mountain Gate RV Park and Cottages, which is located just outside Redding, features an on-site pool and hot tub, shower facilities and good Wi-Fi.
Of the many notable parks in California, Yosemite National Park stands out as a highlight. Typically mild no matter the season, you can expect to experience a breezy and warm vacation in your RV rental in California that might require some layers if you visit during the beginning or end of the year.
At over 1,200 square feet, there are tons to see and do while you're here. Admire the ancient trees from afar or while lounging underneath them in the shade. Marvel at the natural beauty of Yosemite Falls and see what kind of wildlife might be hanging around the bottom. Several small towns are nearby as well, all of them filled with their own exciting spectacles ranging from fine dining to ski resorts.
When you're out enjoying the fun of your destination vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is your motorhome rental in California being broken into or damaged. That's why it's a smart idea to employ an RV storage facility when you're away from your vehicle for long periods of time. Luckily, there are tons of facilities like these across California. With safety being the name of the game, many of them employ 24-hour surveillance and security details on their lots or garages, ensuring that the only people who can get inside your motorhome are you and your family.
Thankfully, these necessary facilities aren't in short supply in the state, often paired with a storage facility or campground. Even places like Bishop Shell Car Wash offer dumping facilities for RV drivers. Most places charge a small fee of around $20 for the use of their dumpstation, though others may allow you to do so for free if you're already using their services for storage or camping.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it's a good idea to start planning your trip early. California has tons of different ways of celebrating spread out across the state. Fireworks, festivals, fun and food are all a constant, though.
When it comes to tourist attractions in California, there's really nothing that can match up to Disneyland. Cool off at Splash Mountain or go on a pulse-pounding adventure at Star Tours in between meeting your favorite Disney characters in the flesh. Fun for the whole family and filled to the brim with all kinds of rides, games and good food, it's definitely not something you want to skip when RVing around the state.
Coachella Valley Festival of Music and Arts (usually referred to simply as “Coachella”) is an enormously popular annual music and arts festival. In fact, it is one of the largest and most profitable music festivals in the world.
High Sierra Music Festival started in 1991 and takes place every Fourth of July weekend in the small town of Quincy in northern California.
Napa Valley, California is well-known for its beautiful scenery, endless wineries and world-class, delicious food and wine. But it somehow gets even better in the summer with Festival Napa Valley’s Summer Season! Over the course of ten days, visitors can enjoy fine wine, delectable cuisine, live music and so much more in the stunning backdrop of Napa Valley.
If there were ever a food festival where you don’t have to worry about getting attacked by vampires, it’s the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which has been going strong in Gilroy, California since 1979.
California is home to many professional sports teams, and seasons take place all year long for different games. The MLB offerings include teams like the Angels and the Dodgers while the NFL has teams like the Chargers, Raiders, Rams and 49ers. If basketball is what you're after, grab some tickets for the Lakers, Clippers or Golden State Warriors ahead of time. There are even NHL teams like the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks to watch out for plus MLS teams like the San Jose Earthquakes or LA Galaxy.
The Hangtown Motocross Classic is an event that can be enjoyed by all ages! The dirt bike races are a thrilling ride of jumps, turns, bumps, and other obstacles. And since they’re enjoyed outdoors, you’ll get to spend a day out in the fresh air watching racers do some truly death-defying feats and having a blast at the same time.
California has close to 300 different state highways within its borders, making it an easy feat to drive from one end of the state to the next. Some of them cross over or have been incorporated into interstate highways (the current I-710 being the former SR 7, for example), meaning even traveling outside of the state in your camper rental in California is a breeze. While planning your trip, it should be easy to plot out how you can get to your destination simply by following the road.
If you are considering a rental from RVshare, then you will need to be 25 years of age to be approved.
Just like any vehicle that you rent, with camper rentals in California, you are going to need to have insurance that will cover the vehicle in the event that there is an accident. If you do not have insurance that you can use for the rental, then take a look at our insurance page for more information about your options.
When you rent an RV, it’s a good practice to bring the RV back with a full tank. At the same time, not all owners require it, so be sure to communicate with the RV owner before you rent so that you understand his or her refueling requirements.
One-way RV rentals in California are available, but it is not always an option with every RV owner. It's important to ask the renter if a one-way rental is an option prior to renting your vehicle.