The secret to finding cheaper one-way car and motorhome rentals

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Gareth Meade
20 Apr, 2022
4 minutes to read

When dreams become reality

For many, it’s the dream; travelling from one holiday destination to another, seeing the sights, relaxing and generally enjoying life. What makes this dream even better is knowing that you got an amazing deal to do it. Given that a lot of rental companies let you pick up your rental vehicle in one location and drop it off in another, it's entirely possible for a lot of travellers to realise this fantasy. Especially with a little secret that we're about to let you in on that could help you snatch some great deals!

Relocation, relocation, relocation

Did you ever stop and think about how a vehicle gets back to its original location after you drop it off? Someone's got to drive it back, and luckily for you, the rental companies incentivise people to do just that. It's called one-way campervan hire relocation and it involves someone agreeing to drive the vehicle one-way within a specific time-frame.

There are lots of reasons a motorhome supplier might need some of their fleet in a particular location at any given time. Most commonly it's to do with demand, which suppliers fulfill by making sure the right vehicles are in the right place at the right time. To achieve this, they offer deep discounts on vehicle relocation, meaning that you can drive a vehicle from one location to another at a fraction of the cost. 

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A Fraserway RV parked on the grass next to a picnic table.

What kind of discounts are we talking about?

Good question! GoSee has partnered with Fraserway RV in Canada, who are offering:

  • $1 a night rentals from Whitehorse to Vancouver, up to 10 nights until May 14, 2022.
  • $1 a night rentals from Vancouver to Halifax, up to 14 nights until May 14, 2022.

So if you've always wanted to take these trips, or maybe you're even relocating yourself, you can help out both the supplier and your pocket!

Amazing! Where else can I travel?

Well, GoSee has also partnered with El Monte RV to offer campervan relocation deals and discounts for travel between:

  • Los Angeles and San Francisco (between May 25 and June 20, 2022)
  • Las Vegas and San Francisco or Los Angeles (between May 25 and June 20, 2022)
  • Dallas and San Francisco, Los Angeles or Las Vegas (between April 19 and June 18, 2022)
  • Orlando and San Francisco, Las Vegas or Los Angeles (between April 18 and June 18, 2022)
  • Miami and San Francisco, Las Vegas or Los Angeles ((between April 19 and June 18, 2022)

These road trips give you a great excuse to see parts of the US you may not have visited before. And because you'll have travel and accommodation in one, it couldn't be more convenient. 

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If you do find yourself in that situation, it gives you an amazing opportunity to take in NZ hotspots such as Kaikoura, Wellington, Taupo and the big city lights of Auckland itself.
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Is it just the US and Canada that offer relocation?

Not at all. Suppliers all over the world have options for relocating vehicles at a reduced cost. It's not unusual for a supplier in New Zealand to need a vehicle currently in Christchurch to be driven to Auckland. It's also not unusual that they'll provide free or discounted travel on the Interislander Ferry to get you from one island to another. 

If you do find yourself in that situation, it gives you an amazing opportunity to take in NZ hotspots such as Kaikoura, Wellington, Taupo and the big city lights of Auckland itself. The same may be expected with popular AU locations, like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane.

Do cars ever need to be relocated?

They do! Rental vehicle relocation isn't only for campers and motorhomes. Suppliers need to carefully manage their fleets, regardless of what vehicles they have. So if you want to travel in something smaller and more manageable than a motorhome, suppliers might have a compact, sedan or SUV available for you to take on a trip at a cheaper rate than normal. 

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Ready to book your holiday?


When are GoSee's deals available?

The deals mentioned above are available between April 14 until either 5 May (El Monte RV) or 14 May (Fraserway RV). So get searching and see what you can find. You never know how much you could save!