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Rent a RV from San Francisco and explore
With a RV rental from San Francisco, California is your oyster—and of course, you might wish to venture beyond the golden state to see more of the USA. Any road trip north, south, or inland to the east will uncover fabulous and varied destinations. Having your own accommodation and transport rolled into one is the best way to experience it all.
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San Francisco camper rental locations
There are RV rental depots for various suppliers placed around the many neighborhoods of this city that's home for the San Francisco Giants. This makes it easy to get your campervan adventure started. Fly in and drive away with your RV rental, or get accustomed to the city before picking up your wheels and hitting the road.
Get the best from your San Francisco motorhome rental
The city of San Francisco has so much to offer. It’s a diverse and exciting urban center, a scenic hotspot between bay and ocean, home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island prison, a tech hub, and located in the middle of a region full of things to do and places to see. For a relatively small peninsula, it packs a pretty big punch.
A guide to driving your camper in California
Driving a motorhome can be a daunting prospect, but there is a range of vehicles available in many different sizes. With the right preparation, even a big RV is manageable—and a very comfortable way to travel! Take a look at the tips we have compiled to get you off to a good start.
- Always drive on the right! Drivers coming from a left-hand drive country may not be familiar with this setup. If that’s the case, we suggest taking a few moments to become accustomed.
- Pay close attention to the orientation you will receive at the depot and don’t be afraid to ask any questions about the operation of the campervan rental.
- Be aware of the size of your vehicle—particularly on the narrower roads around San Francisco. For urban exploring, it’s a good idea to park the vehicle outside of the city center or leave it at the RV park and use public transport.
- Pay attention to speed limit signs! Some roads in central San Francisco have low limits of 25 or 20 miles per hour.
- Avoid traveling around the city during peak commuter periods if possible.
- There are many mountainous roads near San Francisco and throughout California. Take extra care on these and drive slowly. Watch out for wildlife, particularly at dusk and dawn.
- Take plenty of breaks and don’t drive when tired.
- If you’re heading south and onto desert roads, make sure your drinking water tanks are full in case you become stranded due to a breakdown.
Road trip destinations for your RV rental adventure from San Francisco
An RV rental makes a road trip from San Francisco simple, easy, and exciting. You may visit popular places which have something for everyone in the family like the San Francisco RV Resort and San Francisco Zoo, or even experience spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. From north to south San Francisco has many national parks to enjoy. There are so many directions you could take and so many exciting things to see and do in the diverse, beautiful state of California—and beyond. The USA is a huge place with a vast array of fantastic destinations!
Here are a few possibilities to get you started with your RV rental road trip from San Francisco, California:
Begin southward from downtown San Francisco, around 15 minutes away from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and head to Los Angeles in your motorhome rental. The route between San Francisco and Los Angeles is famously scenic and includes the gorgeous Big Sur coastline. If you follow the coast, driving time is around 8 hours—but we suggest spreading it over a few days to see all there is to see along the way. This includes the seaside towns of Monterey and Pismo Beach, the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and much more.
Many road trippers head for the bright lights of Vegas, and who could blame them? A Las Vegas RV rental journey, with a few short detours, could include a visit to Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Forest, and Death Valley National Park. At the end, of course, lies the urban playground in the middle of the Nevada desert, Las Vegas. It’s not just casinos here. There are so many museums, shows, and other attractions—and it’s only an additional few hours drive to the iconic Grand Canyon.
For nature lovers and wine lovers, we recommend heading north in your RV rental towards Portland (and even beyond). The first stop on this route is the famous wine region Napa Valley. Just be sure to designate a driver or arrange alternative transport should you visit the cellar doors! Continuing on your campervan rental tour, you’ll head through or past some of Northern California’s famous redwood forests, perfect for those who like to hike and participate in other types of outdoor recreation. There are also many charming towns along the way. Portland itself is a culinary hotspot and forward-thinking, friendly city.
Yosemite National Park
This famous park is just three hours drive from San Francisco and offers nearly 1,200 square miles of valleys, meadows, peaks, waterfalls, forests, and wilderness of all kinds. It’s the ideal destination for those inclined towards outdoor adventure, and there are more opportunities for this very close by including Stanislaus National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park.
Looking for a new adventure? Consider another campervan rental tour in Australia. You can explore Brisbane, Gold Coast, or Sydney in a motorhome. GoSee will provide you with all of the best options and deals for this epic trip.
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RV rental San Francisco: Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to rent an RV in San Francisco, CA?
With such a wide range of vehicles available, daily rates for renting a motorhome from San Francisco can vary hugely. Peak travel times also influence costs. As a very general idea, you might pay as little as USD$35 per day for a very basic sleeper van during a quiet time of year, and more than USD$350 per day for luxury motorhomes during the summer.
Use the search function at the top of this page to see what’s available for your travel dates, and the filters to narrow it down to the rent RV San Francisco deal that fits your budget.
What’s included in the RV rental?
The inclusions vary between camper rental San Francisco suppliers. Some include linen, cooking and eating utensils, and benefits such as 24-hour roadside assistance. You can click on any listing to find out exactly what is included.
How old do I have to be to rent an RV from San Francisco, CA?
The majority of motorhome rental suppliers in the USA require that renters be at least 21 years of age. Some will rent to those aged 18 and over, but there may be additional costs involved.
Can I rent an RV one way?
Yes, some suppliers have depots in multiple locations and will allow one-way rentals. The majority of airport locations (for example, this city has San Francisco Airport) have rental branches and depots. To see what’s available for your planned one-way journey, enter your desired pick-up and drop-off locations in the search panel.
What is the minimum rental period?
Each San Francisco RV rental supplier will have its own minimum rental period, and this can depend on the time of year. You may be notified of minimum rental periods (or minimum charges) when searching.
Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?
Yes, there are some motorhome rental San Francisco suppliers offering unlimited mileage. This will be listed in the search results under 'benefits'.
Can I add additional drivers to the rental contract?
Yes, you are often able to name additional drivers, but there may be a fee for this.
Do I have to wash the vehicle before I return it?
This will be specified in the terms and conditions, but most San Francisco RV rentals suppliers simply require the vehicle to be tidy and empty of rubbish and personal belongings when dropped off.
What is the speed limit in San Francisco?
Most urban and residential streets in San Francisco CA have speed limits of 30 miles per hour, although some roads in the city center are set lower at 20 or 25 mph. Freeways and divided roads in California generally have speed limits of 65 or 70 mph. Always check speed limit signs.