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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!

Explore California RV Rentals

New at roadsurfer
  • 5
  • 5

Family Freedom Class C RV

  • 325 hp gas engine
  • Spacious kitchen
  • Toilet
  • Klimaanlage
  • Stationary heater (up to 2 days of self-sufficient operation)
  • 4
  • 2+1

Couple Condo Class B RV | Sprinter

  • 280 hp gas engine
  • Spacious kitchen
  • Extra large wet bath (hot water)
  • Toilet
  • Without pop-up roof
  • Auxiliary A/C, solar panel, and more
  • 4
  • 4

Liberty Lodge Class B RV | Sprinter

  • 280 hp gas engine
  • Spacious kitchen
  • Indoor shower/wet bath (hot water)
  • Toilet
  • Manual pop-up roof
  • Auxiliary A/C, solar panel, and more
New at roadsurfer roadsurfer Horizon Hopper 4x4 off road RV
  • 4
  • 2

Horizon Hopper 4×4 Class B RV | Camper Van

  • 188 hp diesel engine
  • Spacious kitchen
  • Toilet
  • Klimaanlage
  • Stationary heater (up to 2 days of self-sufficient operation)

Please note that while roadsurfer RVs come with solar panels, the batteries are not equipped to last for prolonged periods without connecting to shore power. When using the AC, the battery can die in less than a day, causing a shutdown of all electrical componentry in the vehicle. Please take this into consideration when selecting your campsites and their amenities.

Your roadsurfer Benefits

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

Roadside assistance

One-Way RV Rentals from California

In the US, our one-way camper van rental option enhances the flexibility of your journey. You won’t need to drive the entire way back, allowing you to travel without the constraint of time and explore more during your vacation. With unlimited miles, your freedom knows no bounds when you embark on a one-way road trip from California.

How to book your one-way rental with roadsurfer

During the booking process, you have the flexibility to select your desired return location. If you rent your RV or camper van from Los Angeles or San Francisco, you have the option to return it to one of the following stations in USA:

  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • San Francisco

How much is the one-way rental fee?

A $449 one-time fee will be applied during the booking process.

Your California Road Trip

Renting an RV or camper van 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 RV rental journeys!

Driving rules 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.

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.

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