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RV Rental USA – the ultimate motorhome adventure in the USA

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Renting a cheap RV, campervan, or motorhome in the USA and hitting the open highways and byways is something of a rite of passage and on the bucket lists of millions. Imagine the thrill of having the freedom to explore this diverse country aboard a motorhome rental! With the vast landscapes and wide array of natural wonders waiting to be explored, there is undoubtedly a sense of romance and adventure to the American RV rental road trip. Well, Motorhome Republic can make that dream journey come true. With so many great locations to choose from, an RV rental USA is the best way to discover the spectacular sceneries.
 

Rent a motorhome from any of the cities in the USA and have a memorable RV trip of a lifetime!
 

Exploring the USA in an RV rental

Imagine taking refuge in a remote spot in the middle of nowhere, with nothing for miles and the sun your only friend. Waking at dawn and breathing in the freshest of air, excitement, and anticipation ahead of you. Welcome to your RV rental USA road trip. 
 


Perhaps the Pacific Coast Highway of California or the Cape Cod route in Massachusetts is what you’re looking for? Or the Red Rock Country of Arizona? Whatever direction you choose, America is a nation built for an RV or motorhome hire holiday. Being one of the largest states in America, a California RV rental gives you the ability to explore a number of scenic areas. Let your hair down and discover one of the greatest cities on earth, Los Angeles, or take a motorhome adventure and experience the spectacular natural scenery of Yosemite National Park. With favorable weather and so much to offer, California is a great option for your US RV rental road trip experience.
 

You may have your sights on New Orleans and Miami in the south for your campervan hire USA roadtrip, plus RV rentals Fort Lauderdale just can't be left behind in terms of amazing deals. Or perhaps Los Angeles and San Francisco out west or Montana and North Dakota up top. Getting a motorhome rental in New York and Boston will take you towards Canada. You may also opt to head your recreational vehicle to other cities like Salt Lake City, San Francisco, or San Diego. An RV Rental Las Vegas or a luxury RV for rent in Dallas is also a great choice! Renting an RV USA is so easy with Motorhome Republic.

 

RV rental locations in the USA

 

 

USA RV rentals made easy with Motorhome Republic

There is such a vast array of RV, motorhome & campervan hire options in the USA, it’s difficult to know where to start. Here are some handy guidelines to rent a motorhome USA that suits your RV lifestyle:

 

  • Class A Motorhome / RV: The bigger choice, a lot of Americans spend extended periods in their Class A integrated camper rentals. This is a prime example of deluxe RVs and, sometimes high cost - ideal for a luxury RV rental USA experience..
  • Class B Motorhome / RV: More semi-integrated, these versions are smaller. Class B is a term mainly used in North America and relates to a raised roof, with a van chassis. Generally self-contained with showers and a toilet. No need to worry about staying in an RV park for bathroom facilities.
  • Class C Motorhome / RV: More of a van/truck chassis, often with slide-outs to create more space. Great value for money.

 

RV rental USA - You’ve picked the right motorhome team

There are so many options for RV rentals in the USA, with hundreds of sites and brands. Fortunately, Motorhome Republic can take away that hassle, providing you with a selection of motorhome hire companies in America, from the smaller, more locally-based offerings to the international names you already know. The choice is entirely up to you, so don’t delay and get booking for your RV America rental adventure.
 

Head to our website and enter your travel dates. In seconds, we will present you with options from highly-rated companies and RV rental deals USA. Select from one of the brands and narrow down your choices using our handy filters. Get the cheapest RV rental in USA that meets your needs and enjoy secure online confirmation, no booking fees, and 24/7 customer service.
 

Choose from these motorhome brands with reasonable RV rental prices USA:

 

  • El Monte RV

  • Road Bear

  • Cruise America

  • Expedition Motorhomes

  • Escape RV Rentals USA

 

Rent an RV USA and have the freedom to travel and explore all 52 states in the comfort of your camper van.

 

Driving Camper Rentals - USA Road rules

It’s important to remember that each state often has its own set of laws, so always look out for variations. 
 

You drive your USA RV rental on the right-hand side of the road and the traffic light sequence is red, green, yellow, then back to red again. Hitch-hiking or picking them up is illegal in certain states, while you can often take a right at a red stoplight, unless signage indicates otherwise. Four-way stop signs are also a minefield. The first person to stop has the right of way, but not everyone plays fair. Just be patient and don’t speed. It’s also worth investing in a GPS or navigation system. Check with Motorhome Republic if this is part of the package when you rent RV USA – you don’t want to get lost in America.

 

RV hire USA - A guide to driving a motorhome in the USA

 

A road trip across the United States of America is on every traveller’s wishlist. This vast and diverse country is home to an array of interesting things to do and see, and the best way to get around is without a doubt a self-drive RV holiday. Renting a motorhome or camper gives you flexibility, freedom and the chance to explore at your own pace.
 

Before you hit the road in your motorhome rental, it’s important to wrap your head around what it’s like to drive in the USA. We have compiled a handy guide to help you prepare for this exciting journey. From road rules to travel planning tips, we’ve got you covered.  

 

Hit the Utah road in your USA RV rental.
 

USA RV Rental Road Rules

While exact road rules vary from state to state (each state has its own official laws), most of them overlap. We can’t cover every state in detail in this guide, but we can provide you with a good overview of what to expect across the country. If you’d like to do further research, you can find more information on the Advanced Drivers of America website.
 

Please note that distances and speeds are all measured in miles in the USA rather than kilometres as they are measured elsewhere.

 

Licensing

 

The type of licence you are required to carry will depend on which state(s) you are driving through. Some states allow you to present your foreign licence only, while others require that you also present an ‘International Driving Permit’. You will definitely need this permit if your licence is not written in the English language. Be sure to research each state’s requirements before you leave and start your RV hire USA vacation. If in doubt, get an International Driving Permit just in case.

 
Speed limits

The speed limits differ from state to state. The fastest limit in the USA is 85 miles per hour, but this limit is only found in some parts of Texas. Throughout the rest of the country, the top speed limit is usually either 80 miles per hour (on the interstates or in western states), or 70 miles per hour (in eastern states). The fastest limit in Hawaii is 60 miles per hour. Urban and smaller roads have lower limits. No matter which state you are driving in, it’s illegal to exceed the speed limit, so be sure to pay close attention to the speed limit signs.

 
Take note of all the USA speed limit sign for your safe travel.
 
Alcohol limits

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in the United States. In most places, the limit is 0.8%. That said, in some states, the limit is lower. The only way to be completely certain that you are safe to get behind the wheel is to avoid consuming any alcohol before you drive your RV hire USA.

 
Seat belts

Federal law requires all vehicles to be equipped with seatbelts, but the rules surrounding seat belt usage are slightly different in each state. In some states, it is a secondary offense to travel without a seatbelt, while in others, it is a primary offense. In addition, some states require all passengers to wear a seatbelt, while other states only require passengers in the front seat to do so. New Hampshire is the only major exception – in this state, neither front-seat passengers nor adult drivers are required to wear seatbelts. Rules may also differ depending on your age, although all states have separate laws for children that require them to be adequately and safely restrained. We highly recommend you wear a seatbelt at all times the vehicle is moving, no matter which state you are in – however, if you would like some clarification around the laws, it’s best to ask your RV hire USA company when you pick up your rental vehicle.

 
Cellphones

Restrictions apply to driving while using a cellphone, although again, these vary from state to state (some see this as a secondary offense, some a primary offense). To be safe, we recommend pulling over in your USA motorhome rental to answer or make any calls, or using a hands-free system.

 
Driving on the right side of the road

If you are used to driving on the left side of the road, then remember to take extra care in the USA; here, everyone drives on the right.

 
Hiring a motorhome or RV in the USA is the best way to explore the country.
 
USA road markings

The centre of the road is marked by yellow lines to separate traffic going in opposite directions. For traffic going in the same direction on multi-lane roads, each lane is marked by broken white lines. Where there are solid white lines (rather than broken), changing lanes is discouraged but not prohibited. Where there are double white lines, changing lanes is strictly prohibited. A similar system is in place for the yellow centre lines. You can overtake by crossing the centre line briefly if the lines are broken. If there is both a broken and a solid yellow line, you can only overtake if the broken yellow line is on your side. If there are two lines and they are both solid, no vehicles are permitted to cross the centre line for overtaking.

 
Intersections 

The give way rules at intersections will depend on which state you are driving your RV rental in, and what type of intersection you are approaching. Below is a general guide to give you an idea of what to expect.

 
Uncontrolled intersections

In most states, ‘priority-to-the-right’ rules apply at uncontrolled intersections, whereby vehicles give precedence to any others approaching from the right. When a road terminates (known as a ‘T intersection’), all vehicles looking to leave that road by turning left or right must give way to straight-through traffic.

 
All-way stops

Unless you’re from Canada or South Africa, you’re probably unfamiliar with all-way stops (also known as four-way stops). As the name suggests, these are intersections with multiple entry points. At these intersections, all approaching traffic must come to a stop. Once this has happened, the vehicles may leave in the order they arrived. If all vehicles appeared to arrive at the same time, then ‘priority-to-the-right’ rules apply. These intersections are clearly marked by hexagonal STOP signs or ALL WAY signs, as well as signs which state the number of entry points.

 
Traffic lights

The USA follows the universal colour code for traffic lights (also known as stoplights). Green means go, red means stop and yellow means you must try to come to a stop if safe. Following the same code, arrows show whether you can or cannot turn. At most red lights, right turns are permitted once you have given way to pedestrians and other vehicles – provided, of course, that there is no signage prohibiting this maneuver (look out for ‘NO RIGHT ON RED TURN’ signs).

 
Follow traffic light signs in the USA to avoid any accidents.
 
Roundabouts

There are not many roundabouts (also known as traffic circles) in the USA. If you do come across one, you must give way to circulating traffic (approaching from the left) before joining.

 
Indicating

The colour of indicator lights (signals) in the USA is either red or amber, depending on the vehicle.

 

The USA Highway System

In the USA, the network of main roads, highways and interstates is referred to as the ‘NHS’ – or the National Highway System.

 
Be extra careful when driving your USA RV rental in Atlanta during winter.
 
Interstates 

Spanning a total length of more than 77,000 kilometres (nearly 50,000 miles), the USA’s interstate system is nearly as complex as its official name: ‘the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways’. Marked by red and blue shields, these highways are easily recognisable.
 

The roads that make up the interstate are known as ‘freeways’, and they usually have the highest speed limits within the state. The interstates are accessed via on- and off-ramps, and tolls apply to some sections.
 

The network follows a numbering system. As a general rule, highways which run east to west start with the letter ‘I’ followed by even numbers. Those that run from north to south have odd numbers after the ‘I’. The interstates with an even number are ordered from south to north sequentially, while aAll interstates with an odd number are ordered from west to east.
 

This can be a bit confusing when freeways are long, twisting and appear to be going in different directions! Try to remember that the direction is determined by the ‘overall direction’ of the entire freeway, and you should be able to figure it out.
 

Some interstates feature three digits; this means they are auxiliary highways, such as radial roads or spurs feeding into urban centres. The third number is placed in front of the main interstate number. For example, I-310 is an auxiliary of I-10.
 

As you travel along the freeways in your RV rental USA, you will see ‘mile markers’. This system begins at either the southern or western end. The numbers restart whenever the freeway crosses a southern or western state line.

 
Routes

Before interstate highways, there existed ‘US routes’. There are still a few routes in use throughout the country. Marked with black and white shields, these have their own numbering system (which is similar to that of the interstates). Each route is slightly different – some are freeways, some are tolls, and some are unique altogether. In situations where there are tolls, a toll-free option is always available nearby.

 
Road signs can help you going to your next RV rental USA destination.
 
State highways

The NHS runs throughout the entire USA, but each state also has its own network, made up of ‘state highways’. Connecting towns and cities, these roads vary in quality, as the state highway markers vary in form. Some common markers include state flags, the shape of the state and circular shields.

 

USA Road Signs

It’s important to familiarise yourself with US road signs before heading out on your RV rental USA road trip. Below are some of the most common signs to look out for.

 
Speed limit signs

Most speed limit signs are white and square-shaped with black letters, although these differ slightly from state to state. Another group of signs uses the same design; the ‘regulation of movement’ signs. These signs convey instructions about certain maneuvers, such as ‘DO NOT PASS’ or ‘TRUCKS USE RIGHT LANE’.

 
Regulatory signs

Most regulatory signs are red, white and black, although their shape varies widely. Main signs, such as STOP signs or YIELD (give way) signs are consistent throughout the country, whereas others are different in each state. The STOP sign is hexagonal and the YIELD sign is triangular. Another national sign is the prohibited sign – a circle with a symbol and a red slash through the middle. The symbol indicates a maneuver, and the red slash indicates that the pictured maneuver is prohibited (for example, ‘no right turn’).

 
Watch our for regulatory signs  when driving your motorhomes in the USA.
 
Railroad crossing signs

These white signs in the USA are shaped like a cross and read ‘RAILROAD CROSSING’ on the inside. In some states, these are yellow and circle-shaped with the letters ‘RR’ instead.

 
Warning signs

Most warning signs are shaped like diamonds and yellow and black in colour (unless they are orange, in which case they are road works signs). Their purpose is to alert road users about upcoming hazards or changes, such as turns and bends, adjoining roads, sections of winding road, traffic lights, emergency vehicles, railways, animals, children, merging lanes, pedestrians, divided highways or narrowing roads – just to name a few! These signs are also used to illustrate natural hazards; for example, high winds or icy conditions.

 
Navigational signs

These are the signs to keep an eye on to avoid getting lost while on your RV rental USA trip. They are green and white in colour and feature important navigational information, for example: upcoming exits and distance to nearby destinations. They also highlight popular tourist attractions within the vicinity, as well as airports, railway stations and toll roads. In a select few states, signs may be brown, or blue and white, instead of the common green and white.

 

Toll Roads in the USA

Also known as turnpikes, toll roads are found in some states throughout the US. As expected, toll roads vary throughout the country. Some feature the option for electronic payment, using systems such as ‘E-ZPass’, and some do not. Your USA RV rentals may be equipped with an electronic pass; ask your motorhome hire provider when you pick it up (this pass means you can pay the fee at a later date). One thing all toll roads have in common is the option to pay with cash. You can find out how much each toll road costs by using the toll calculator on ‘The Toll Roads’ website.
 

Avoiding toll roads is such a common occurrence in the US that it has its very own term – ‘shunpiking’. Providing you have the time to take the alternatives, this can save you money (unless you end up spending more on petrol!). What’s more, sometimes shunpiking can take you through interesting towns you wouldn’t have come across otherwise.

 

Parking in the USA

 

Finding a park in small towns or rural areas is usually a breeze; there are plenty of parking lots for RV rentals or roadside spots available for a few coins or free-of-charge. The only thing to be aware of is ‘snow streets’ during the winter months. In heavy snow, you must leave the kerbs clear in certain areas so the snowploughs can get through.
 

In big cities, parking can be a little more difficult. While each city is very different, below are some general guidelines to keep in mind.

 
Coloured kerbs

In some areas, the curbs are painted with lines of different colours, with each colour indicating the type of parking that is allowed or not allowed. Green means you are able to park, as long as you follow any posted time restrictions. Red means no stopping or parking whatsoever. Blue means you are able to park if you have a disability permit. White means the space is reserved as a passenger loading or unloading zone. Yellow means the space is an unloading zone for merchandise vehicles only.

 
Parking signs

These signs are fairly universal throughout the country. ‘NO PARKING’ signs are usually red and white in colour. ‘NO STANDING’ signs are similar and mean you are allowed to stop for a few moments but not allowed to park.

 
Be aware of the No Standing Signs to know where to just stop and not park your US motorhome  rental.
 

In areas where you are allowed to park, check for green and white signs – these contain information about any rules you need to abide by. For example, there may be time restrictions in place or payment required.

 
Paid parking

The two most common options for paid parking are parking meters – self-operated machines on the side of the street which take small change – and paid parking lots, which tend to be inside private garages or buildings and usually accept a variety of payment methods, including cards.
 

It is wise to do research on the available parking areas for your motorhome rental while on an RV holiday in the US.

 

Additional information about driving camper rentals in the USA

Now that you have a better understanding about the US road rules, here are some other tips and tricks to keep you safe and comfortable on your RV hire USA journey.

 
Insurance

The way the civil law system works in the US means vehicle insurance and liability insurance are compulsory. Your motorhome rental USA provider should sort out vehicle insurance (this will simply be added onto your rental charge), however, it’s your responsibility to take out liability coverage. This may be covered by your RV rental provider, although this is not guaranteed, so it’s important to check. You may also be able to add liability insurance to your travel insurance policy.

 
School buses

In the US, vehicles travelling in both directions are legally required to stop and wait if yellow school buses are flashing their red lights. Buses flash these lights when school children are embarking or disembarking, to give them safe passage. The only exception is if you are travelling on a divided highway and you are on the opposite side of the road from the said bus – only then you may continue driving.

 
USA school bus
 
Open containers

The US has strict laws surrounding open containers of alcohol in vehicles (i.e. bottles and cans). It is illegal to drive with any open containers, even bottles of spirits which have been re-capped, unless they are in the boot (trunk) and completely inaccessible by the driver as well as all passengers. 

 
Overtaking on the inside

When travelling on multi-lane roads, you are allowed to overtake on the right and the left. Overtaking on the left is the preferred option, but keep an eye out for people overtaking on the right just in case. As you are travelling in a motorhome, it’s likely that many vehicles will try to overtake you, so this is something to be aware of at all times.

 

Information to help you plan your USA motorhome rental journey

 

See below for useful information and links to key websites, all of which will help you plan your RV trip before you hit the road in your campervan hire in the USA.

 
Official visitor websites

Key travel information about each state can be found at the website 50states.com. This resource is hugely helpful in the planning stages of your RV rental USA journey and when you’re on the road.

 
Rest stops and services

The United States is a mammoth country and features some very, very long interstates and highways. You are going to want to park up your campervan rental and make the most of rest stops! On freeways, keep an eye out for blue signs; these will let you know about services, food outlets and accommodation options at nearby exits. You may occasionally see company logos on these signs too; companies can pay to be featured.
 

On tolled highways, the rest stops are allowed to be commercialised, and therefore are very comprehensive. You’ll often find several food outlets, shops and free WiFi at each stop. On non-tolled highways, the rest stops are usually funded by the state government. The facilities here tend to be quite basic; think public toilets, parking and – if you’re lucky – vending machines and information kiosks. 

 
Entrance requirements

The requirements around entering the U.S. will depend on which country you are from. Citizens from several countries are eligible to apply for an ‘ESTA’ visa waiver, which allows them to enter the country for up to 90 days (ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). ESTA-eligible countries include New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Chile and most of Western Europe. If your country is not on this list, you are required to apply for a nonimmigrant ‘B visa’ instead. 

 
Driving USA camper rentals across borders

Planning to take your USA RV rental across the borders? There are no controls between state borders, however as we outlined above, the road rules will likely be slightly different from one state to the next. Of course, if you are travelling to Mexico or Canada, then you will need to cross controlled, international borders. Please be aware that your RV rental USA company may not allow you to take your motorhome out of the country. Some companies will allow you to travel to Canada, but most prohibit travel into Mexico. Every motorhome rental company is different, so be sure to check your RV hire agreement. If you do decide to cross an international border, make sure you have the appropriate paperwork and visas ready.

 
Vehicles line up at the USA-Canada border
 
Driving USA RV rental in winter

If you’ll be on the road during winter, it’s important to plan ahead and prepare yourself for snow and harsh conditions. There are a few essential items you should travel with in the cold; a bag of kitty litter or sand to add traction to your wheels (in case you get stuck!), warm clothes and extra food. You should also consider renting a 4WD motorhome in the USA. Another thing to be aware of is possible engine freezing. It’s also important to regularly top up your fuel tank – don’t risk travelling near empty!

 
Motorhome Campsites for your RV rentals USA

With Motorhome Republic, finding and booking USA motorhome rentals is a breeze but you still need to find somewhere to park up for the night. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to do that too. RoverPass offers an ideal way to find and reserve motorhome campsites all across the country. Choose from over 20,000 RV parks and campgrounds, with full access to reviews, campsite amenities, pictures and more.
 

We hope this guide for driving a motorhome in the USA has helped you in the planning stages! We wish you a safe and enjoyable RV road trip in the United States.

 
General Disclaimer
This information is provided on a 'best intentions' basis. While we do our best to ensure the information is error free, we do not warrant its accuracy or adequacy for any intended purpose.

Useful FAQs for RV Rental in the USA

How much does it cost to rent an RV in America?

Rental rates vary based on location, seasonality and availability, but with the many RV rental USA deals, you can reasonably expect to pay between around $199 and $1,420 per night.
 

How much does it cost to rent an RV for a week?

RV rental USA prices won’t always be the same - they change depending on the time of year and vehicle availability, but generally the rental rate will range from about $210 for a small 2 berth campervan to a little over $1,400 for a generously sized 6 berth motorhome.
 

Can you rent an RV for a month?

Broadly speaking, yes, you can rent RV in the USA for a month. However, some suppliers may not have availability for this kind of duration, but it’s likely that you will be able to find an RV America rental vehicle to suit your needs.
 

What’s the minimum age to rent an RV in the USA?

Different rental suppliers may vary in their age requirements, but generally, you must be at least 21 years old to hire an RV in the USA. Some suppliers will allow drivers aged 18+ to rent RVs but this generally involves additional insurance costs.
 

Is a special licence needed to drive an RV rental?

Generally no - although there are a few states in which a commercial driver’s licence or non-commercial special driver’s licence is required before one can drive a campervan rental in the USA, only if the vehicle is over 26,000 lb. Most RVs available for rental are below this weight.
 

How much fuel does an RV use?

The amount of fuel needed in an RV rental will depend on several factors including the weight of the RV or camper van, but on average an RV uses between 12 and 30 liters of fuel for every 62 miles.
 

Can you rent an RV in one state and drop it off in another?

Yes, major motorhome hire companies offer one-way rentals. Though it is possible to get one-way RV rental in the USA, there is often a charge associated with this. Sometimes you can find RV rental deals that waive the one-way fees. Visit our website and see available pick up/drop off locations for your motorhomes.
 

Do I need to clean the RV when I return it?

Yes, make sure to clean down your motorhome rental and check to ensure you have all of your belongings before returning it to the camper rental USA depot.
 

What is the most popular RV type?

Class C motorhomes are the most popular camper van type in the USA. The RV's structure, often with slide-outs, provides more space which is perfect for an adventure in an RV rental in USA.
 

How do you calculate rental days?

Your USA camper rental is calculated based on the calendar days. You’ll have to pay for a full day's rate on the day you pick up and a full day for the day you drop off, regardless of the time of the day. Please coordinate with the RV rental companies USA about the exact pick up/drop off times.
 

Is there a minimum rental period?

Yes, the minimum camper USA rental is usually 7 days. There are many exceptions to this depending on the time of year and availability of the unit. Some restrictions to minimum hire periods over peak season travel may apply too. One way RV rental USA are often restricted to a minimum of 14 days. Check out the various companies as these terms vary. If you are unsure or want to make a special request, please contact us.
 

What is included in my campervan booking?

All motorhome rentals USA are fully furnished with convenience kits like linen and bedding, kitchen, and general equipment. In addition, there is an in-camper tablet with GPS to help you navigate your route. Moreover, your camper van hire already includes an unlimited mileage option.
 

Can I take my pet with me?

There are a lot of motorhome USA rental companies that allow pets, you still have to double-check the listing. Be sure to see if there is an extra fee for pets before booking your camper van.
 

On the day of pick-up, what will l need with me?

When you come to pick up your USA motorhome rental you should bring with you:

  • Driving licence of all the named drivers

  • A credit card in the name of the hirer. This should have enough funds to cover any of the security deposit options

  • Passport / I.D.

If you have any further clarifications on your RV USA rental, you may call our 24/7 hotline and our customer service people will be happy to assist you.

 

Do you have any plans for travelling to another destination? Check out amazing deals when you rent a campervan in New Zealand or the United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can also make Canada your next pick up location. The choice is yours! Renting an RV in USA is so simple and convenient with Motorhome Republic.