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Rent an RV in California
California’s allure cannot be overstated. Its diverse landscapes range from the majestic Sierra Nevada to the sun-drenched beaches of the Pacific Coast make it a perfect place to explore with an RV rental. It’s also a cultural melting pot with a rich tapestry of traditions, cuisines and even languages. With roadsurfer locations in cosmopolitan San Francisco and the celebrity-studded Los Angeles, a road trip is an excellent way to experience all it has to offer. Book an RV rental in California and embark on a memorable journey across the Golden State today!
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roadsurfer Camper Van & RV Rentals in California
For anyone planning a road trip in California with a partner, family or friends, roadsurfer offers a variety of motorhomes and RV rentals to meet your needs. Whether you prefer a compact yet spacious camper van like the Couple Condo, an off-road RV capable of tackling any terrain or a more luxurious setup like the Family Freedom, we have camper van rentals in California for every adventure.
Your roadsurfer Benefits
Rent a fully equipped roadsurfer camper van or RV and enjoy the ride with exclusive benefits. Your freedom on the road starts the moment you pick up the keys!
Brand new, fully equipped camper vans & RVs
Unlimited mileage & free 2nd driver
Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Camping equipment & kitchen utensils included
Your Road Trip in California
Booking a Class C RV rental in California gives you the chance to journey into the heart of America’s natural beauty. Navigate the iconic Highway 1 and soak in the breathtaking coastal vistas of Big Sur. Marvel at the towering redwoods in Sequoia National Park, explore the untamed wilderness of Yosemite and witness first-hand the ethereal splendor of Joshua Tree. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Napa wine region and LA’s Venice Beach also beckon. This truly is a state made for camper van journeys!
Driving in California
Driving in California offers you a chance to traverse stunning landscapes and see iconic landmarks. However, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with a few important tips when renting an RV in California:
- Understanding road rules: California’s driving laws may differ from other states. For instance, it’s illegal to use a cell phone while driving unless it’s set up for hands-free use.
- Speed limits: In California, the maximum speed limit on most highways is 65 mph, but it can drop to 55 mph for vehicles towing trailers or camper vans weighing over 4.5 tons.
- Lane splitting: Lane splitting (motorcycles driving between lanes) is legal in California, so always check your mirrors and blind spots.
- Carpool lanes: High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are common on California highways. Ensure you meet the minimum occupancy requirements (2 or more people) before entering these lanes.
- Rest stops: California boasts numerous rest stops on its interstates and highways. These can be a lifesaver for RV travelers needing a break.
- Varied terrain: California has a diverse topography, from steep mountain passes to desert highways. Ensure your RV is well-equipped to handle these conditions.
Camping in California
Want to camp with your RV rental while in California? Here’s what you need to know.
- Wild camping: California has national forests and Bureau of Land Management areas that allow “dispersed camping” or “wild camping” in certain places. You can stay at these sites for up to 14 days.
- State parks: California has over 280 state parks and most have campgrounds that accommodate RVs. However, it’s advisable to reserve a spot in advance, especially during peak seasons.
- Private campgrounds: There are numerous private campgrounds in California that cater to RV travelers. These range from basic sites with just water and electricity to more luxurious options with full hookups.
- Leave no trace: Remember to always practice good camping etiquette and leave no trace of your visit to preserve the natural beauty of California for future travelers.
- May Grey, June Gloom: California’s coastal regions can experience overcast skies and cool breezes during May and June. Be prepared for these weather conditions if planning to camp on the coast.
Popular Events & Festivals in California
- Coachella (April): Coachella is a popular music and arts festival that takes place in the Coachella Valley, attracting celebrities and music lovers from around the world.
- BottleRock Napa Valley (May): This three-day music festival in Napa Valley showcases top musicians and culinary delights from the region–perfect for anyone renting an RV in California who wants to combine great music with wine tasting.
- San Francisco Pride (June): A parade and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, San Francisco Pride is a lively and colorful event that embraces diversity and inclusivity.
- San Diego Comic-Con International (July): This is the ultimate event for comic book and pop culture enthusiasts, with movie screenings, panels and celebrity appearances.
- Classical Tahoe Music Festival (August): Nestled among the majestic pines of Lake Tahoe, this festival is a celebration of classical music and the arts. Enjoy intimate performances by world-renowned musicians in an idyllic setting.
Most Beautiful Places to Visit in California
- Yosemite National Park: This park’s dramatic cliffs, waterfalls and meadows have inspired artists and mesmerized visitors for centuries. The iconic El Capitan and Half Dome are must-sees.
- Big Sur: This stretch of coastal highway offers magnificent views of the rugged Pacific coastline, with its sheer cliffs, towering redwoods and secluded beaches.
- Sequoia National Park: Home to the world’s largest trees, Sequoia National Park is a testament to nature’s grandeur. The General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree by volume, is a sight to behold.
- Joshua Tree National Park: Named after its distinctive trees, Joshua Tree National Park’s desert landscapes, speckled with boulders and punctuated by starry nights, are otherworldly.
- Lake Tahoe: Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe’s crystal-clear waters and surrounding mountain peaks offer a plethora of spectacular vistas and outdoor activities.
When to Visit California
If you plan on renting an RV in California, consider doing so in spring (March-May) and fall (September-November). These seasons offer moderate temperatures perfect for exploring outdoor attractions, less crowded tourist spots and scenic drives laden with blooming wildflowers or autumnal hues. Summer (June-August) can be hot and crowded, while winter (December-February) is generally mild in southern California with snowfall and colder temperatures in the northern parts of the state.