Heavy duty camper trailers and off-road vehicles are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, they often require a substantial financial investment. Luckily, you can experience the joys of backcountry camping at a fraction of the cost, and without mortgaging your house. Renting is also a great way to see if a particular platform is a good fit before shelling out fistfuls of cash. We have compiled a list of companies that rent off-road vehicles and campers -with a few light-duty honorable mentions. Not sure where to take your rental? Most of the companies in this list will provide you with a directory of adventure routes to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
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Adventure Travel Sports Rentals
If exotic rigs are you hearts desire, then look no further than Adventure Travel Sports Rentals (ATS). The company stocks a Sportsmobile, Tiger Bengal, Adventure Chaser Trailer, jeep Rubicon and Toyota Landcruiser in their fleet. Each rig is outfitted with everything you will need for your off road adventure, sans food. All dinnerware, towels, toiletries, camp chairs, and many other amenities are provided for a true ride and drive experience. ATS will even stock your fridge with the beer of your choice, now that's what we call service! Mountain bikes, paddle boards and snowshoes are also available, for an additional fee.
Located in Golden Colorado.
Airstream2GO offers a beautiful 28' Airstream International Signature Series camper. This camper boasts a six person sleeping capacity, fully stocked kitchen (minus food, of course), dual AC, twin batteries, power awning, bathroom with shower, flat panel TV/DVD, iPod integration, trailer backup camera, available bike rack, camping chairs and gas grill. If you don't have a tow vehicle, no worries, Airstream2GO has you covered with a Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ sports utility. If you are looking for a basecamp to put your feet up after a long day of mountain biking, climbing or other strenuous activity, then why not choose the best?
Locations in Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Bozeman, MT; and the Preserve, RI.
Escape Campervans have a very extensive fleet of rather ...unique? looking vans. Each van sleeps 2-3 adults and has been hand-painted by local artists. The "Maverick" E150 is equipped with a full kitchen in the rear cargo area and includes: dual gas cooker, 12V fridge, sink with tap and drain (6 gallon grey water tank), foldaway inside table, 5 gallon fresh water tank. All cooking utensils, pots, pans, plates and bowls are provided. A large and comfortable queen bed folds up to reveal a generous seating area with a small tabletop. All vans are equipped with automatic transmissions and, according to Escape, average approximately 19 mpg (thanks to their 2WD configuration). If you are looking for a smaller option then you can opt for the Dodge Caravan "Ventura" which boasts similar amenities, and fits 2 adults. The Ventura boasts a healthy 24 mpg, according to Escape.
Locations in Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Miami, FL; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA, and New York.
Happier Camper Rentals
Not every outing requires tackling boulders, more often than not camping takes place at the end of a nice graded road. For these adventures it makes more sense to leave the overbuilt rigs and campers behind for a more civilized experience: enter Happier Camper. With a fleet of nine compact campers, there is enough variety to meet the needs of just about any traveler. The configurations vary in size and weight meaning that there is sure to be a tiny home that can be pulled behind your car. There are too many options to list here, visit their website for more.
Located in Los Angeles, CA; Windsor, Canada.
Off the Grid Rentals
If you prefer to take your own vehicle into the backcountry, then the SoCal Teardrops Krawler may be just what you need. The galley sports a 50 QT ARB fridge/freezer (optional), 30 gallon fresh water tank with electric pump, 2 burner propane stove, 5 lb propane tank, and LED light bar. Other options include a Yamaha EF1000iS 1,000 watt portable generator, Renogy 60 watt solar suitcase for keeping your battery topped off while using the fridge, and a first aid kit by Outer Limit Supply. The interior features a 4" thick memory foam mattress, AM/FM/CD radio with aux input, LED cabin lights, USB charge outlets, along with shelves - drawers - cup holders. A 6'x6' Scipio awning, lockable storage boxes, and custom roof rack finish out the exterior bits and pieces. If you have children or friends coming along for the trip, two Autohome hardshell rooftop tents are also available: Autohome Air Top Medium, or Autohome Columbus Medium.
Locations in Laguna Hills, CA; Glendora, CA, Mesa, AZ; Saint George, UT.
Overland Gear Exchange
Overland Gear Exchange (OGE) has created a platform for backcountry travelers to buy, sell, rent and yes, exchange outdoor equipment and vehicles. The list of available platforms is constantly changing as clients continue to add their personal vehicles to the lineup -keep checking in to see if your dream rig is available. Luckily, there is also a permanent fleet of vehicles available. The list includes a highly modified Toyota FJ Cruiser, mildly appointed Lexus GX470, and a Conqueror UEV 440 travel trailer (available in May 2017). Be sure to periodically drop by their website as their gear cache and fleet continues to grow.
Locations vary due to clientele. OGE equipment and vehicles are based out of Williamsburg, VA.
ROAM Campervan Rentals
"Just bring your backpack". That's how well appointed ROAM's vehicles are. A true fly and drive, turnkey experience is what can be expected with one of their rentals. Everything you need from toilet paper to cooking utensils are stocked before you arrive. The vans are the tried and true Sportsmobile platform offering high quality, reliable adventure travel. Interiors are spacious and well thought out so poor weather won't keep you down. The roof has room for mounting Yakima storage boxes or paddle boards while a ladder makes it easy to retrieve these items. Optional equipment includes: bicycle hitch rack, paddle board with paddle, dirt bike rack, trailer, generator, two man tent, Helio pressure shower, firewood bundle and a cooler.
Located in Portland, Oregon.
Teton Backcountry Rentals
Teton Backcountry Campers has been renting outdoor equipment for years and has recently expanded their services to offer campers. Three different configurations are available each stocked with linens, cookware, two camping chairs and propane. The Grandby Four Wheel Camper is the largest available with seating for six and sleeping for four -the camper is mated to a 4x4 GMC Sierra four door. The Hawk Camper by Four Wheel Campers is mated to a 4x4 Chevrolet Silverado four door with seating for six and sleeping four three. The final camper is a Phoenix popup equipped with a 4x4 Toyota Tundra providing seating for six and sleeping for up to three. Each camper is well appointed with options too numerous to list here. Visit Teton Backcountry Rentals for more details.
Tonto Trails Expedition Vehicle Rentals
Tonto Trails Expedition Vehicle Rentals offers a complete off-the-grid experience behind the wheel of either a Sportsmobile or Tiger camper. Both platforms offer tremendous 4x4 capability paired with enough creature comforts to satisfy even the most discerning of clientele. The Sportsmobile comes equipped with a V10 petrol engine paired to an Atlas transfer case with both high and low range gearing. For added capability the front swaybar can be disconnected for added suspension travel over larger obstacles. Inside, you can expect to find a sink with running water, portable cook stove, electric pop-top offering 6'8" of space, heated interior and tons of storage. The Tiger is based off of a 1 ton Chevrolet 4x4 chassis. Interior items include running water, stove, refrigerator, on board toilet, shower, and sink. There is 6'8" of standing room and seat belts for four with similar sleeping capacity. The interior is also heated.
Located in Durango, Colorado.
The VW campervan is arguably the original adventuremobile. Ever popular, they have been around for decades in a number of different configurations -most of which are available to rent at VWSurfari. Baywindows, Eurovans, and Vanagons are equipped with pop-tops and full kitchenettes, all beautifully restored and seemingly well cared for. Perhaps not the most capable of the rigs on this list (all appear to be 2WD), these tiny campers more than make up for it with loads of character and superior fuel economy. Pots and pans, flatware, dishes, coffee press and other items are included with each rental. Each van features seating for four and sleeps up to four adults (two up top, two down below).
Located in Los Angeles, CA.