campervans from seattle
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 13, 2012 10:46 PM Last Post By: camillaanne
Oct 6, 2012 10:27 PM
Oct 7, 2012 12:35 AM
1I can't answer your direct question ... we (from Australia) pre-book a sedan through carhire3000.com - they are good to deal with and competitively priced, but I don't know if they offer campervans (or motorhomes or RVs, as they are variously called).
You could look at http://www.cruiseamerica.com/ as a start, to see what the costs are, including a drop-off fee.
But can I also advise that renting a cheap sedan, and staying in motels along the way, is a very economical approach to such a trip. We always self-cater, and we find both supermarket food (plus alcohol) - and lodging - both cheap and good value.
Campervanning in the US is simply not the same as elsewhere, for reasons that are hard to describe briefly, and it is possible the coast from Seattle south might be a bit cool (even wet?) in October.
Oct 7, 2012 6:45 AM
2Not called campervans in the States. Known a RV's (recreation vehicles). They are pricey. Google RV rental Seattle. Take to heart what the previous poster explained and suggested. Rent a smaller less gas guzzling vehicle (definitely cuts down on costs) and stay at Motel 6 or Super 8's. Buy food items at grocers or eat at Denny's and Black Bear Diners.
Oct 7, 2012 7:09 AM
3This is partly copied from a previous post of mine.
I suggest you add something to make sure everyone is talking about the same thing. Look at this picture Which one is the kind you are thinking of? Most Americans think of an RV as Type A, the ones that look like a bus. Type B is a campervan. Type C is smaller than Type A and easier to drive.
Campervans are available, but they are a lot harder to find than larger RVs. There are few places to rent them outside of New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
In addition to the cost of the RV itself, you should be aware that you may not find as many places to camp as you think you might. Campgrounds with RV hookups are likely to be on the outskirts of cities and won't be accessible to public transit. Most campgrounds will be in parks--national or state. They may or may not have amenities such as showers.
So-called "wild" or "free" camping, where you just pull over at a likely looking spot by the side of the road, is usually not tolerated. You need prior permission from the landowner. There are some public lands, where you can park outside of an organized campground (with some restrictions), but they may not be on your route and may not be close to any services.
These are the only rental companies that I know of that have Seattle branches. I have no experience with any of them.
Auto Team has a Seattle office.
Wicked Campers has an office in Vancouver BC
HIghway Camper has a Seattle office. They are primarily a broker for camper sales, but they also do rentals.
Oct 7, 2012 9:42 PM
4Wicked Campers have something of a reputation in Australia - they comprise little old "bread vans" with wild graffiti paint jobs, and a board in the back for a tight double bed ... although they have some better ones as well now. They cater to the really young and really cheap backpackers who criss-cross Australia and NZ. Lots of bad press and anecdotes can be found ... particularly if you ever have a mechanical problem out in the boonies (and most of Australia is boonified).
Oct 13, 2012 10:46 PM
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