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A one way RV rental trip around America can be an adventure of epic proportions. With high quality roads, cheap fuel and almost endless possibilities, the great American road trip holds excitement around every corner, with an incredible choice of routes allowing you to get exactly what you want out of your US experience. Here is everything you need to know about travelling America by RV. 

One Way RV Rental: The Essentials

One way RV rental is incredibly easy, with a standard driving licence being all that’s needed, provided you have held it for at least 12 months. Most companies will not hire vehicles to drivers under the age of 21, and anyone up to the age of 25 may have to pay a young driver’s surcharge. They will also usually require that the main driver have a valid credit card.

Most of the classic American roadtrips will mean a one way RV rental. Whether its the classic Route 66 roadtrip or the breathtaking pacific coast highway, the last thing you will want to do is drive your RV rental all the way back again. There is huge savings to be had by picking up an RV relocation deal. You will need to be flexible with your dates and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Also, usually it means going the opposite direction. For example Route 66 is Chicago to LA, but if you don’t mind going in reverse you could save a lot of money.

One way RV rental fees

If you cannot find a relocation deal you will more than likely have to pay a one way RV rental fee. It’s understandable that rv rental sites would apply a surcharge to cover the cost of the the logistical issue one way RV rental poses. These fees vary greatly from a reasonable $250 up to a staggering $2000. On average though you should expect to pay about $450 for the most popular routes.

As far as driving rules go, American laws are nothing out of the ordinary. Wear a seatbelt, stick to the speed limits and don’t use your mobile phone while you drive. In most states the maximum speed limits are 65-75 miles per hour (110 km per hour), but will almost always be clearly signposted.

Best One Way RV Destinations in the USA

One of the incredible things about taking a US road trip is the huge variety of options available when it comes to planning your holiday. Whether you’re looking for history and heritage or becoming one with the great outdoors, there really is a trip for everyone. Here are just a few of America’s well-established routes and roughly how long you will need for each.

Route 66 | The classic one way RV rental vacation

Utah - Route 66 by RV

We couldn’t talk about the American road trip without a mention of Route 66. This mammoth drive covers over 2000 miles of road, stretching from ‘the Windy City’ all the way across the country to sunny L.A. Taking you through 8 different states and more than 90 years of history, this iconic route is popular for a reason, showing you how diverse and vibrant America can be.

You’ll need a good chunk of time to cover Route 66, with most itineraries lasting between three and four weeks. While it’s possible to do it in two, you’ll miss out on some of the exhilarating sights along the way and will only be able to see the most popular landmarks and cities.

Related Article – Read our epic 3 week Route 66 Itinerary  

The Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway Golden Gate Bridge

The picturesque Pacific Coast Highway hugs the west coast of the country, running through Washington, Oregon and California. You can tackle just a portion of it or drive the whole route, but it’s best experienced from north to south, putting you right on the edge of America’s beautiful coastline. Highlights include Washington’s Sol Duc Falls, the Redwood National and State Parks and the wild beauty of Big Sur.

A week to 10 days is a good amount of time to spend exploring the Pacific Coast Highway, allowing you some time to hike, spend time on the beach and also explore the cities.

Related Article – 10 day guide to the most amazing pacific coast highway experience 

Blue Ridge Parkway

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This is one of the country’s most scenic routes, starting at Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and traversing the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains all the way to the Great Smoky Mountains. This route is particularly beautiful to drive in the fall, when the landscapes are lit up by a blanket of red and orange leaves. The Blue Ridge Parkway mostly avoids towns and cities, making it a great choice for nature-lovers who want to enjoy America’s natural beauty.

This route is almost 500 miles long, and you should allow at least 1 week to really make the most of it (2 if time allows). It is, however, possible to drive it in just a few days.

Great River Road

mississippi great river road

Following the Mississippi River, this route traces the beating heart of America for 3,000 miles all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Running through a whopping 10 states, this road trip is a whistle stop tour of the US with among the country’s most exciting culture and culinary scene. As well as vibrant riverside cities like Memphis and Baton Rouge, you’ll also encounter the scenic beauty of state parks, forests and cliffs.

While it’s possible to do it in less than a week, you should take at least 10 days to drive the Great River Road


The USA offers a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to travelling by campervan. Not only are there countless routes to choose from, but it is so well set up for driving that you can easily change your plans without a moment’s notice. As it’s so large, it’s important to have a rough idea of which part of the country you would like to explore. But whatever region you decide on, there’ll be more than enough to keep you entertained and plenty of memories for you to take back home.

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About the Author

Karl O'Brien Editor Travel by CamperKarl O’Brien is a writer and adventure traveller from Dublin, Ireland. He has been travelling the world since his late teens. His adventures have taken him to the far reaches of the globe including most of Europe, North & South America, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East. When he is not planning his next adventure Karl can be found building and renovating campervans.

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