Ah, the open road, thousands of miles of tarmac stretching out in front of you from one side of the continent to the other, and everything you need packed in the back of your very own motorhome – it’s road trip time! Motorhome holidays are the best way to see the ‘real’ America and Canada. In fact, it’s such a cool thing to do that Americans do it too. Self-drive motorhome holidays in the USA are a great way to explore all those little off-the-beaten-track towns and the fabulous countryside, meet real Americans, and stop off at roadside diners where the piles of pancakes are truly epic.
Here’s what you need to know about motorhome hire in the USA and Canada, with a few tips on where to go.
Motorhome hire in America is practically a religion. The pioneer spirit is still strong, only today instead of covered wagons and a team of mules, you’ve got a home on wheels powered by a Chevy V8 short block. While you may have a bit more luxury than those original ‘Stampeders’, the spirit of the open road and the desire to look beyond the next horizon is still a powerful motive for exploration. However, instead of circling the wagons at the end of the day, with motorhome hire in the USA and Canada, you simply pull into a park, hook up the electric, and settle in for the night. Let’s take a quick look at the kind of thing you can expect when you hire a motorhome:
Wow, they’re big. Seriously. If you think a seven-seater SUV’s a handful, you wait until you step into one of these beasts! Don’t worry, though, because they’re surprisingly easy to drive (and US roads are very wide). You’ll also get a full ‘orientation’ when you pick up your motorhome, and you’ll even get a manual. Don’t read it while you’re driving though…
But where? Which way? North America is a big place. If you decide to add in a hop over to Canada on your self-drive motorhome holidays, then it gets even bigger. Here’s a few suggestions:
Motorhome hire in the USA is a great way to see America at its rawest and most authentic. Dodge the theme parks and find your own adventure by firing up a real SUV, complete with its own kitchenette, shower, and satellite TV.
Get your motor running and head out on the highway by picking out which motorhome will be partnering you on your adventure, with our selection of RV’s below.
C19 Sleeps: 2 adults and 1 child.
Length: 20-21ft (6.1-6.4m)
Ford V8 engine, automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering and ABS brakes. AM/FM stereo sound system, air-conditioning.
Kitchen and bathroom: washbasin, shower, toilet, water heater, heater, kitchen sink, stove, microwave and fridge. Queen-size cab-over bed, living room couch.
C25 Sleeps: 3 adults and 2 children
Length: 24-25ft (7.3-7.6m)
Ford V8 engine, automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering and ABS brakes. AM/FM stereo sound system with CD player, air-conditioning. Kitchen and bathroom: washbasin, shower, toilet, water heater, heater, kitchen sink, 3 cooker burners, microwave and fridge with freezer compartment.
Queen-size cab-over bed, permanent queen-size bed in rear of vehicle and dinette bed/couch.
C30 Sleeps: 4 adults and 3 children
Length: 29-30ft (8.8-9.1m)
Ford V10 engine, automatic transmission, cruise control, power steering and ABS brakes. AM/FM stereo sound system with CD player, air-conditioning throughout vehicle. Kitchen and bathroom: washbasin, shower, toilet, water heater, heater, kitchen sink, 3 cooker burners, microwave and fridge with freezer compartment.
Queen-size cab-over bed, queen-size bed in rear of vehicle, dinette bed, and pull-out living room couch.
RVs are available if you are at least 21 years of age and hold a valid driver’s licence. There is no charge for an additional driver. However, they must sign the rental contract.
You are required to leave a credit card deposit of $500 (US$/CA$) at the time of pick-up (for payment by any other method the deposit amount will be $1,000). The deposit needs to be guaranteed with an authorisation on a credit card. This deposit is automatically released upon completion of the return contract, provided the vehicle is returned clean inside, undamaged and on time.
Pick-up time is from 1.00pm onwards – guests must call the rental centre on the morning of their departure day to confirm pick-up time. There is no refund available for late pick-up or early return of the vehicle. Unless agreed by prior arrangement with the rental office, clients will be charged a minimum penalty of US$25/CA$30 per hour for any returns after 11.00am on the day of return.
You can pick up your vehicle from destinations across North America. At the end of your holiday, you can either take your vehicle back to where you picked it up or, if you requested a one-way rental, you can leave it at a different destination.
You are responsible for maintenance whilst travelling (coolant, oil, tyre pressure), as well as reporting mechanical failures.
You are ensured peace of mind with a dedicated roadside assistance service, should you break down.
When you pick up your motorhome you will receive a full orientation of the vehicle, and will be shown your maintenance and usage responsibilities.
Orientation consists of a video introducing the concepts of motorhome use, as well as a walk around the motorhome with a qualified instructor.
Operator manuals are provided.
You can request a one-way rental at the time of booking, one-way drop-off fees are payable locally and are subject to change. Please call for current fees applicable.