Everyone dreams of taking an RV vacation at least once in life, but buying an RV is often too expensive to be worth it, so many put it off and never return to that dream. With the advent of services like RVshare, however, your Vancouver RV rental is easier and more affordable than ever, and you'll want to start with thinking about which of the three classes of RV is the best for the vacation you have in mind.
The Class A RV is immense in size with the largest models being close to 45 feet long, and this is the kind of RV you want if money is no object and if you demand the best on your journey. These vehicles have the kind of appliances you'd expect in a normal home, like a full kitchen, so you'll never find yourself homesick while traveling with a Class A.
Class B comes next as the smallest of the three RV types. These have enough room for around four adults. While you can expect some of the same quality-of-life features from the Class A, like kitchens and entertainment, Class B vehicles are typically scaled down to accommodate the smaller size of the rig. This reduction in size does make them more agile, however, so it's not as troublesome to drive for inexperienced operators.
The layout of the mid-sized Class C RVs varies, but they usually come with a small kitchen and bathroom. They are likely the easiest to drive for beginners as the RV aspects of this camper are built into the chassis of a truck.
Your motorhome rentals in Vancouver don't begin and end with the self-powered RV, however. You've got plenty of options for an RV rental in Vancouver beyond these three classes, and those are the pull-behind trailers.
The most basic of these is a pop-up camper rental in Vancouver that would usually entail a smaller trailer, its main defining feature being that its walls are made of a canvas material. This allows it to, as the name suggests, "pop up" or fold down. This helps to reduce the weight of the trailer and to make it more viable for smaller or less-powerful vehicles to tow it.
Next is the travel trailer. Probably the closest option to a traditional RV, these tend to be around the size of a Class B or C camper with similar amenities to the former. If you're looking for the closest experience to riding in an RV while trying to get the price reduction that comes with a trailer, this is likely your best option.
There's also the fifth wheel trailer, which rivals the Class A in size. Filled with various electronics and comfort features, these massive trailers require an equally powerful truck to move them, usually with an in-bed hitch for the sake of safety.
While not a living space, the toy hauler is also worth mentioning. These work like small garages that attach to the back of your truck, hauling your "toys," like ATVs and snowmobiles, with you on your vacation.
RV campgrounds provide a safe environment to park at night surrounded by plenty of friendly faces and fun accommodations. Camper rentals in Vancouver just wouldn't be the same without them. If you're looking for one of the best campgrounds in the city, you'll want to turn to a park — specifically, Battle Ground Lake State Park.
This pet-friendly park has a lot to offer RVers at their campgrounds. Positioned next to the scenic Cascade Mountain foothills and several natural lakes, you could conceivably take an entire trip to this destination. Hiking, climbing, boating, fishing, and more are free to do right inside or nearby your campsite.
Traveling to a US National Park is a great idea for an RV vacation. If you're in Vancouver, though, you're in a unique position. After all, not everyone is lucky enough to have a UNESCO World Heritage Site in their own backyard.
This is referring, of course, to the beautiful Olympic National Park. Marveling visitors for close to 100 years, you'll have plenty to do as you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around you. Hiking, mountain climbing, swimming along the coastline or in lakes, and many more activities open up as soon as you set foot in the park. You can even visit the archaeological dig sites found around the park.
When you're not inside your RV, there's a lot that could potentially go wrong. Even beyond human intervention like theft or vandalism, you also have to worry about things like rough weather. Spare yourself the worry, and just rent a space at an RV storage facility. These places will safely store your RV when you're not there to drive it. East Vancouver RV and Boat Storage, as well as 503 Additional Self Storage, are two options you have in the area with their convenient hours of operation, numerous security measures, and friendly staff on-site.
A dumpstation allows you to release the waste stored inside your RV without issue. An essential part of a hygienic RVing experience, everyone sooner or later is going to need to know where one of these places is located. Since dumpstations are often operated in tandem with campgrounds or storage facilities, you'll have an easy time finding them when you need them. In fact, both Battle Ground Lake State Park and East Vancouver RV and Boat Storage have stations on site for guests to use.
You've got plenty of options as a tourist RVing to Vancouver, many of which are wholly unique to the area. For instance, come find some fresh produce and meet interesting people down at the Vancouver Farmers Market, and cook up something fresh and local in your RV. Nearby is Esther Short Park, the oldest green space and public square in the state and a relaxing place where you can simply enjoy the wonder of the city. You could also take a trip down to the Maryhill Museum of Art, especially since it has its own replica of Stonehenge located close to it that doubles as a memorial for World War I.
If you're a fan of sports both watching and playing, Vancouver has you covered. There's plenty of hands-on activities you can enjoy in the city, like bowling at Allen's Crosley Lanes or going down to play 18 holes at Camas Meadows Golf Club. The neighboring Ridgefield Raptors baseball team also comes to play at times, showing off just what lesser-known baseball teams are capable of.
If you're looking for entertainment later in the day, head to Vault 31 Bay for food, drinks, and games. For cocktails and stellar dishes, try The Hammond Kitchen + Craft Bar. If shopping is more your thing, then visit the locally owned boutiques, specialty stores, and antique shops in downtown Vancouver.
Getting around Vancouver is easy thanks to its robust highway network. Both I-5 and I-205 intersect in the city, making for easy travel through both Washington and Oregon. SR 14 and SR 500 are also useful, running perpendicular to the previously mentioned interstates.
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 Vancouver, WA, 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 Vancouver, WA 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.