Los Angeles is a city founded on driving. There are so many interesting places to visit in and around Los Angeles and the Southern California area, and an RV is the perfect way to see almost all of them. Whether you spend a few nights at the beach, or camp near Disneyland so you have a good home base for a day (or more!) of fun, Los Angeles is a haven for RVers. If you find yourself asking "How much does it cost to rent an RV in Los Angeles", we've got the answers right below!
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. Class A RVs are the largest and most expensive motorhomes. They are 20 feet to 45 feet long, resemble a bus, sleep more people, and are the most comfortable, especially for long trips. You can rent a Class A motorhome in Los Angeles for anywhere between $149-$599 a night, but on average you’ll spend around $185 per night.
While nicely furnished, Class C motorhomes are smaller and less expensive. They sleep fewer people but are just as comfortable as Class A rigs, get good mpg, and feature nice amenities. Built on a truck chassis, they are easier to drive than Class A motorhomes. You can rent a Class C camper for anywhere between $85-500, but on average you can rent one for around $179 per night. You can get a discount by renting for longer periods of time, so renting the same Class C camper for a week ends up being about $157 per night, and for a month you’ll pay around $133 a night.
Class B RVs are the smallest motorhomes, so they are the easiest to drive. Being cheaper and offering the best gas mileage, they are great for weekend family camping trips. You can pay anywhere from $49-560 for a rental campervan, but you’ll likely pay around $149 per night. With a weekly discount, that would be $128.50 and for a month, it would be $106.60 per night.
Thanks to its mild weather, you can plan a Los Angeles visit for almost any time of year. Escape a snowy winter and spend that time in LA, where even in January the average temperature is 68 degrees. Beachside bike and walking trails mean you can enjoy time outside, and the world-class, year-round farmers’ market in Santa Monica stretches for blocks and is full of fruits, flowers, and vegetables you can’t easily find in colder climates.
There are at least seven national parks that can be easily reached from Los Angeles. Channel Islands National Park is the closest and is accessible by ferry. It offers snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, wildlife-watching (including sea lions!), and more. Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and other parks are less than a day’s drive from Los Angeles and offer breathtaking views and natural wonders you won’t see anywhere else.
There are also some great state parks in and around Los Angeles. Malibu Creek State Park is home to plenty of wildlife, and the area is also recognizable as the backdrop for the M.A.S.H. TV show and for Planet of the Apes. Point Mugu State Park is a great beach spot for RVers to enjoy beautiful ocean sunsets and to spend the days on the shore.
The best way to choose which LA campgrounds and RV parks to stay at is by determining your vacation destination so that you are staying near sites you want to visit.
Hollywood RV Park is in the center of Hollywood where you will find Graumann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nearby are Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. The park features 180 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30- or 50-amp electricity. It has Wi-Fi and a gym. Pets are welcome. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered.
Dockweiler RV Park, operated by Los Angeles County, is located on the beach with a gorgeous view of Malibu and the Catalina Islands. The park provides 118 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30- or 50-amp power. Pets are welcome, and daily rates are offered.
Golden Shore RV Resort in Long Beach provides 80 back-in sites with full hookups and 30- or 50-amp electricity. It is next to the Aquarium of the Pacific, near a marina where you can rent a boat, and near museums and other tourist sites. Pets are welcome. There is a 5-foot-deep pool, an adults-only hot tub, and a fire pit. Daily and weekly rates are offered.
Malibu Beach RV Park, overlooking the beach, provides 177 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. A dump station is available. Wild green parrots live in the area, and in the winter, you can view the migration of whales and dolphins. Pets are welcome. There is a clubhouse and a playground. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered.
Anaheim RV Park, next to Disneyland, provides 115 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. Pets are welcome, and dog walkers are available. Daily and weekly rates are offered.
Castaic Lake RV Park provides 103 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. Pets are welcome. There is a pool, hot tub, miniature golf, and a playground. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered. Nearby Castaic Lake offers plenty of fishing and water skiing, or visitors can visit nearby Magic Mountain for a day of roller coasters and amusement park rides.
The Fairplex RV Park, located east of LA, provides 185 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. RV storage is available. It has a pool, a gym, Wi-Fi, and cabins. Pets are welcome. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered.
Pick oranges from the trees at Orangeland RV Park near Disneyland. It provides 212 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. Orangeland offers Wi-Fi and a pool. Pets are welcome. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered.
Anaheim Harbor RV Park next to Disneyland provides 198 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. Pets are welcome. There is a pool, a clubhouse, and a putting green. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered. You can spend a day enjoying Disneyland, then watch the park fireworks from the comfort of your own RV before heading to bed!
Soledad Canyon RV and Camping Resort provides 854 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amp. It has a pool, spa, lounges, a playground, and Wi-Fi. Pets are welcome. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are offered.
Disneyland is perhaps one of the most popular attractions in the Los Angeles area, but Southern California has so much more to offer. There are three additional amusement parks in the Los Angeles area: Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags’ Magic Mountain amusement park, and Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition, there are scores of beautiful beaches to explore, from the Santa Monica Beach and Pier and the eccentric Venice Beach to the upscale beauty of Laguna Niguel.
You can also see attractions off the beaten path, like those made famous in the Oscar-winning movie La La Land. The Angels Flight Railway and the Griffith Park Observatory are two nods to vintage Los Angeles.
There are exciting events going on all year in Los Angeles. See world-class surfing at the Huntington Beach Longboard Crew Surf Invitational in June, grab a sideline seat for the Rose Parade in Pasadena at the beginning of the year, or join outdoor movie night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where many screen legends are buried.
If you want to enjoy some local sports, check out the Dodgers during baseball season in Chavez Ravine, or the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Staples Center is host for the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Sparks. Even if the teams aren't playing, you can visit some of the stadiums. Dodger Stadium and Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena are well worth a tour.
You can find dump stations in Los Angeles at these campgrounds, or at a Love’s Travel Stop just outside LA. RVshare also has a helpful list of dump stations throughout California if you need more suggestions.
LA's most scenic highway is the Pacific Coast Highway, or State Route 1. This is a narrow road with cliffs along one side, so it is not recommended for motorhome rentals in Los Angeles. Take 101 instead of the Pacific Coast Highway for sightseeing. The 110 freeway, considered the nation’s first freeway, is a fun vintage ride, but check weight restrictions and overhead clearance. If you’re headed to Orange County and Disneyland, you may take the 5 freeway, and depending on where else you’re heading, you may find yourself on one of the many other freeways that crisscross the Greater Los Angeles area, like the 405 or the 10.
There are four major airports in the Los Angeles area. LAX is the biggest, but Burbank is a good choice that isn’t quite as crowded. Orange County Airport is farther south, and Ontario Airport is east, in the Inland Empire.