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Do you want to take your family on an outdoor vacation without having to cook with smoke in the eyes and not sleep on the ground with cold and be hit when you turn? Do you want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the state and the national outdoor forest fields without having to fight with a flashlight in the middle of the night in search of a smelly bath? If so, a vacation in a motor home is for you. Here you will find how and where to rent a mobile home.
Find a van rental agency
Rentals of a mobile home van are available on all continents and some are multinationals. In the United States, mobile homes are available mainly on the west coast. When you type “RVs” on an online search site, you will see a list of rental companies. When you write “Westfalia truck rentals” you get a little more.
If an international van rental company shows a US flag, it means they have rental in the United States. Motor homes around the world (motorhomesworldwide.com) offer links to rental agencies in 36 countries, including China and India, as well as lists of continents. Wicked Campers (wickedcampers.com) has a variety of trucks with flashy graphics and has rental agencies in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, England and South Africa. Another rental agency is Cruise America and Cruise Canada (cruiseamerica.com). Although it is not well known, in Maui rental (Maui – rentals.com) you can get a mobile home in South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.
The vans are rented per day. In U.S.A. The figure is from US $ 65 to US $ 80 per rental day and the mileage rate is around US $ 30 per 100 miles (161 km) traveled.
Add to this the cost of gasoline and camp costs. The typical truck can be 15 miles (24 km) per gallon (3.8 l). Assuming US $ 3.50 per gallon (3.8 l), every 100 miles (161 km) can take about US $ 25 in gasoline. A camp site can cost US $ 10 to US $ 30 per night with some additional charges for showers and laundries. A week in the USA It can cost US $ 750 to US $ 800, in Canada it can be US $ 600 (in US dollars).
The minimum rent is normally four to seven days, depending on the season. Cancellations made 45 days prior to reservation may cost US $ 250 and cancellations made close to the time of reservation may result in the loss of up to the total rental cost. There may also be charges for changing the reservation.
Due to the relative strength in Europe of the euro compared to the dollar, you can pay about US $ 900 per week to rent a camp site and about US $ 40 per 100 miles of gasoline.
In Australia and New Zealand or South Africa, the costs can be comparable with those in Europe.
Also, discover within the typical rental the daily cost for accident insurance. Ask about vehicle taxes and if there is a fee to rent towels and sheets, so you don’t have surprises. With about US $ 50 per person you can rent a personal kit for a sleeping bag, bath and kitchen towels, or you can bring your own. A fee of US $ 100 to US $ 150 may be charged for the equipment of the truck with dishes and kitchen equipment as well as a fire extinguisher and a pneumatic jack.
Companies place a price of US $ 500 to US $ 1000 charged on your credit card as a damage bond. It will be refunded if you return the truck in good condition, with gas, without any damage and with all the items you rented in the personal kit and the kitchen kit.
Finally, expect an administrative fee of US $ 20 from the rental company to pay for the paperwork.
Truck or RV (recreational vehicle)
Some small recreational vehicles (RVs) are rented less than RVs. The advantage of an RV is that it has an indoor bathroom, which is very useful in the middle of the night. However, some campers have the traditional potty or a port on the right to meet the needs outside the van.
All rental companies have bans on where you can take the van. Death Valley, California, during the summer is one of them, due to its extreme heat. Some primitive paths are also off limits.
If you intend to go to certain festivals, car races or concerts, there may be additional charges charged when contemplating the risk of being in those large crowds.