Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about renting a motorhome in the USA.
There are no special licenses needed. You can use your own driver's license from your country of origin, as long as it is full (not probationary) and valid (not expired). If your license is not in English format, you will need to bring an official translation or obtain an international driver's license .
Generally, all drivers must be at least 21 years old. However, some operators do require for drivers to be at least 25 years old.
Extra drivers are allowed, and although some operators do not charge for an additional driver, some do charge a small fee. All drivers must be present at the time of pick up to sign the Rental Contract.
The RVs can only be picked up and returned at the designated depots. However, some operators do offer transfers from the airport or airport area hotels. Although some transfers are complimentary, some operators do charge a small fee.
Although most depots are open between 9AM to 4PM, collections are usually allowed starting 12NN or 1PM while returns must be done by 10AM.
One way rentals are possible, but please check if the supplier has a depot in the chosen return location. One way fees may also apply and always depend on availability.
This depends on the number of seat belts and the sleeping configurations in the vehicle. All passengers must have a seatbelt on whilst the RV is in motion.
Some vehicles have exterior storage compartments. Due to limited storage room (which is generally under the seats of the vehicle), soft or collapsible luggage is recommended.
Some operators allow storage at their depots.
Some operators do allow parking at their depots, but clients are advised that they are leaving their car at their own risk.
Some operators allow towing of object less than 3,000 lbs. A small fee will apply.
Only a few operators allow animals in their vehicles. A cleaning fee and pet fee may apply.
Smoking in the RV is strictly prohibited.
All RVs can be fitted with baby and booster seats, although only a few operators offer child seats for hire.
For round trip rentals, the minimum rental period is 3 nights for off peak season and 5 or 7 nights for high season. For one way rentals, the minimum rental period is 7 nights. Some operators only allow long term rentals, with a minimum rental period of 40 nights.
All travelers are recommended to take out their own personal Travel Insurance. Although the vehicles are already insured, it is best to purchase the Full Insurance Cover to reduce the excess. For an easy way to understand insurance coverage, read Insurance Jargon In Simple English.
Some operators offer bicycles and bike racks for hire.
Class A RV have flat fronts like buses and are the largest type of motorhomes, usually with complete entertainment features like TV/DVD, etc. Class B vehicles are the smallest, and are sometimes called “conversion vans”. The Class C RV are identified for the “hump” which holds a bed over the driver's cabin.
One operator offers a very limited number of Access Modified Motorhomes from certain locations only.
Most operators do not allow their vehicles to be brought to Mexico, although there are a few suppliers who allow this as long as additional insurance is purchased.
All operators include roadside assistance in their packages. A toll free number will be provided at collection time.
Winterization is required if the RV has to be in locations with below freezing temperature. This removes all water from the vehicle, which may freeze and damage the pipes. Read more in Winterization Made Simple.
Although the deposit or reservation fee can be taken from a debit card, a credit card is required for the security deposit or bond to be charged at pick up.
The included deposit, or reservation fee, is non-refundable. In case of a booking amendment wherein the new deposit is less than the original deposit paid, the difference is not refundable.
A standard RV can consume approximately 10-15 miles per gallon, although this may vary depending on road conditions, temperature and driving style.
If you decide to cancel your booking, the included deposit is non-refundable. Depending on the operator, certain cancellation charges will apply.
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