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Pointers for RV Rental in Vancouver
Keep in mind these simple tips to make the most of your RV holiday from Vancouver.
Park up in the suburbs or at your campground and use public transport in central Vancouver where possible, as parking is at a premium.
Total insurance cover allows a more stress-free driving holiday.
If you are planning to drive in the mountains in winter, it is recommended that you have a winter survival kit and cellphone in your vehicle. Drive slowly and carefully. Temperatures are also prone to a sharp drop in the evenings.
You will also find your vehicle will be Winterized when temperatures are expected below freezing. This means anti-freeze will be added to all water tanks to avoid them cracking. As such you will not be allowed to use the running water or toilet facilities on board your vehicle.
If you are planning to travel to the US, don’t assume the rental company will allow you – always check.
RV rental depots in Vancouver
Go West RV Center and Casual Camping
Go West RV Rentals and Casual Camping operate from the same depot at 32 Fawcett Rd, Coquitlam, which is a 30 to 40 minute drive from Vancouver International Airport. Go West rents a range of RVs, including van conversions fitted with toilets and showers, diesel RVs and 30 foot triple slider motorhomes. Casual Camping adds additional medium and large motorhomes. Many of the rental vehicles are well known brands such as Winnebago, Coachmen, Jayco, Roadtrek and Triple E. The Vancouver branch operates Monday to Saturday 8.30am til 4pm, but is closed on Sundays and on public holidays, and has English, German and Dutch speakers on staff to make the process as easy as possible. There is a seven night minimum on all motor home rentals, and a 14 night minimum on Northern Rentals, Early Bird discounts and the all- inclusive package, giving you plenty of time to get out and explore British Columbia.
Happy Holidays Motorhomes
Motorhomes and campervans from Happy Holidays Motorhomes are all equipped with bathroom facilities, have spacious areas for sleeping and living, and are immaculately maintained. The depot is found on the Sunshine Coast at 1002 Marine Drive in Gibsons, which is a beautiful two hour drive and ferry ride from Vancouver Airport. Due to the distance from the airport, Happy Holidays offers free transfers for any RV rentals of 10 days or more, in which they arrange for a taxi to take you to the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay so you can take the ferry across to pick up your camper. This location makes it ideal to start from if you intend to tour Vancouver Islands and Mainland British Columbia. They are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
CanaDream RV Rentals
There are two River Roads just south of Vancouver Airport, so be sure to head to 7119 River Road in Delta (not Richmond), which is about a 20 minute drive away. Here, CanaDream RV
offer multiple motorhome rental options. CanaDream has five styles to choose from, such as a two person deluxe van camper, a family sized super van camper, or the ‘exceptional comfort’ maxi motorhome. All RVs come with bathroom facilities so you have maximim freedom during your travels. There is a free transfer service to designated hotels around the airport and downtown Vancouver, and guests will need to stay overnight in a hotel or motel prior to picking up the vehicle. The depot is open 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday from the start of October until the end of April, and 8am to 6pm Monday to Sunday from the start of May until the end of September.
Fraserway RV and Compass Campers
and Compass Campers offer a large range of RVs suited for any traveler; with truck campers, van conversions, small motorhomes, large motorhomes, luxury rentals and even wheelchair accessible motorhomes. Operating from 747 Cliveden Place in Delta, these brands are just 20 minutes from the airport, and also offer free transfers to and from various hotels around Downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport before 1pm. Hours of operation are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, plus 8.30am to 4pm on Saturdays and 9am to 3pm on Sundays during the warmer months (1 May to 30 September). Note that if you are flying in from overseas, you cannot pick up your RV on the same day, so it’s recommended you book accommodation for that night. Drop offs are Monday to Saturday 9am to noon, with a one hour grace period, after which an overtime hourly rate will be charged.
Real Value RV Rentals
Real Value RV offers real RV value from its premises at 30580 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford, around an hour from the Vancouver International Airport. Be sure to give the team a heads up at least two days before you arrive so they know when and where to meet you for the free shuttle pick up. The company has motorhomes of 2 to 6 berths, all three to five years old, well maintained and regularly serviced for an affordable RV rental from Vancouver. The hours of operation are 8.30am to 5pm weekdays and 8.30am to 4pm on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. You will need to drop off your vehicle in clean condition on the interior with empty holding tanks and full fuel tanks from 9am to noon. Pick ups are scheduled for 11am to 3pm. If you do not return the motor home on time, you will be charged on an hourly basis.
Traveland RV Rentals
Traveland RV Rentals offer one of the biggest ranges of motor homes, campervans, folding trailers, van conversions and more in Vancouver. There are more than 500 vehicles in stock many of which are internationally renowned brands such as Winnebago, Open Range, Grand Design, Jayco, Tiffin, Coachmen, and Aspen Trail. All vehicles are either brand new or less than two years old. The depot is located at 20529 Langley Bypass in Langley, which is about 45 minutes from the Vancouver Airport. It opens at 8.30am and closes at 5pm Monday to Saturday, and is open on Sundays and holidays April through to October from 11am to 4pm.
Ambassador RV Services and Energi RV Canada
Energi RV is operated by Ambassador RV, which is why they share the same address at 7973 River Road in Delta, about 25 minutes from Vancouver Airport. Transfers to and from the airport or hotels near the airport are included in the preparation fee, just let them know at least one day before you arrive. Ambassador and Energi offer six sizes of Class C motor home slide outs from a mid-sized 22 foot camper to a 29 footer. Normal office hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am until 5pm, with drop offs due 8am to 10am and pick ups available 10am to 4pm. However, if you need to get away on a Sunday, the team will open the doors by special request for a $100 fee. You may pick up your RV on the day you arrive provided you are at the depot by 3pm. As many international flight arrival times are hard to predict, it is recommended you book your first night of accommodation in a hotel and pick up your rental the next day. Please also note that Ambassador and Energi do not allow vehicles for hire for trips to the Burning Man Festival.