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Forum  RV info and tips        Topic  Overview Camper and campervan rental companies in BC/Alberta
Posted by: .... at 4:51:27 PM on Monday, December 4, 2017


Camper and campervan Rental Companies

This is a short list of the rental companies in Alberta and British Columbia for motorhome/camper/rv and van rentals. Let me know if you have any additions to the list:

Smaller campervan rentals (2 people)/ budget rentals:

- Wicked Campers (wickedcampers.ca) : Offices in Vancouver. Small, converted mini-vans. Cheaper, but also (in the words of a customer) "everything is a bit homemade, but it works." Minimalist for people who are comfortable roughing it - they are one step up from tent camping and the vans do not have toilets or showers. Their mini-vans are painted in a very striking retro/graffiti style which sometimes incorporates provocative mottos or slogans. Complaints have been registered about the Australian parent company, but nothing against the Canadian subsidiary. Reviews are not so good for this company.

- RentacamperCanada (www.rentacampercanada.com. Office in Vancouver, close to the airport. They supply you all the equipment for a low cost minivan conversion into a campervan. You need to rent your own minivan at one of the rental companies in Vancouver and then they convert it to a minivan where you can sleep comfortable with all the required camping equipment. It is a good solution for 2 people that don''t need a complete 20 ft camper.

Larger vans/RV/campers (3-6 people rentals)/somewhat more expensive:

- Affordable RV: Does NOT rent motorhomes. Rents travel trailers and tent trailers. Offices in Calgary.

-Canadian Leisure RV: Offices in Calgary. Also rents tent trailers.

- Canadream : Offices in Vancouver (Delta), Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, and Whitehorse. Also rents truck campers, camper vans.

- Cruise Canada : Offices in Vancouver (Delta), Calgary. Offers one-way and long-term rentals.

- Fraserway RV : Offices in Vancouver (Delta), Calgary (Airdrie), Whitehorse, Toronto, Halifax. Also rents truck campers, camper vans, handicap accessible motorhomes. Fraserway is usually somewhat more expensive.

-Getaway RV Rentals: Offices in Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie. Also rents camper vans.

-High Country RV : Operating in Vancouver (airport dropoff/pickup), Calgary, Edmonton. Also rents tent trailers. One-way rentals available.

-Meridian RV Rentals : Offices in Vancouver (Port Coquitlam), 100 Mile House, BC (trailers only). Also rents Class A motorhomes, travel trailers.

- Traveland RV Rentals : Offices in Vancouver (Langley). Also rents camper vans, Class A motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers with trucks,

- Westcoast Mountain Campers : Offices in Vancouver (Richmond), Calgary. Also rents truck campers, camper vans. Offers one-way rentals to Vancouver.

Rental Tips

Ensure you know what your motorhome rental does and does not include. Since many renters are Western Canada residents, it is possible for them to supply their own bedding, towels, dishes, and cookware. As a result, many rental companies have chosen to supply those items solely as an option, for an additional charge.

If you are planning to also travel to the United States with your rental RV, be aware that there are some rental companies that will not permit their RV''s out of the province or out of the country. Ensure that the rental company notes on the rental agreement that they authorize you to take the RV into the U.S. You may be asked by Customs when entering the U.S., or when re-entering Canada, for this documentation.

When you accept your rental, make sure you do a thorough inspection before you start loading it up with your luggage, groceries, and other personal items. Do not rush through this step due to time pressures. If something is damaged, you will want to discover it now and have it repaired or noted on your rental contract. Othrwise you may end up paying hundreds of dollars for damage you did not cause when the RV is returned. Complete your inspection, preferably with a company representative in tow, before you pay the balance of your rental fee. For an extra level of protection, turn the date stamp function of your camera on, and photograph the inside and outside of the RV carefully before you accept it. If you find any damage (e.g. dents, dirty interior), get a rental company employee to stand in the photo that you take of the damage, to prove that it was there at the start of the rental. You will still want to note the damage on the rental contract, of course. (Note that the roof-mounted air conditioner is an expensive piece of equipment that is easy for other renters to damage and hard for you to inspect, as you need to use a ladder to look at it from both sides.) This is also the best time to discover any visible problems, such as dirty bathrooms, smelly bedding, flat tires, or empty propane tanks (necessary for heating, hot water and cooking on your stove without electricity). It''s far better to discover any problems before you accept the RV rather than after you have it loaded with your things and are several hours away from the rental offices.

You are paying to receive full propane tanks, and propane is not cheap; it makes sense to be sure that you''re getting what you''re paying for. To check the propane tanks, remove them from the RV and feel the weight; they should weigh over 20-30 lbs (9-14 kg) when full (depending on the tank size) and considerably less when empty. (However, some propane tanks are permanently attached to the motorhome so this may not be possible.) You will want to familiarize yourself with how to remove and replace the tanks in any case; under Alberta law, removable propane tanks may not be refuelled while they are attached to the vehicle or inside a vehicle .

If you are visiting from overseas, you would be well advised to find a bonded tour operator who is an agent for the RV supplier. You should protect your holiday cost and not just with a credit card. A bonded tour operator will construct you a rental including expected kilometre use, convenience packs or living equipment kits, vehicle preparation fee to cover the initial supply of propane, chemicals for the loo and possibly transfers to/from the RV depot. Vehicle insurance is available in various formats. Vacation Interruption Protection and Loss Damage Waiver are two insurances likely to include vehicle insurance, and are generally sufficient to cover most eventualites. But, virtually all insurance policies purchased carry an excess and do not cover for negligent damage. Full details may be requested. Remember sales taxes apply to all charges and will vary from one location to another .

Check to see how many kilometers are included with the rental. One noted good average is 160 km per day, i.e. 100 miles. Some TripAdvisor members have noted that they have found that the included kilometers to be surprisingly small. You don''t want to be hit unexpectedly with additional mileage charges at the end of your trip. If you need to negotiate more kilometres per day, then do so. Some companies offer unlimited mileage, but only within Canada or only within certain provinces. The rental company will use the onboard GPS to track where you went. Since the extra per mile charges can add up quickly, be sure to ask in advance.

Many RV rental suppliers offer early booking specials that will greatly reduce the cost of the hire. The earlier you book, the better the deal. These are usually available from the late summer onwards for the following year. Discounts on rental days, free convenience kits or one way drop fees are the type of thing to look for. Also, if you book for the fall, i.e. late September through mid-November, you may find a company that offers a repositioning special if you select a one-way trip in the direction of their choice.
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