just wondering if there is any age restrictions on campervan (RV) hire?
me and my girlfriend, both 22 at time of arrival, will be in california and nevada in may at the end of our RTW ticket and are considering hire of a van so that we can see yosemite, big sur, monterray, grand canyon and the hoover dam without messing around with buses, trains and expensive excursions. will this idea be feasible or should i head back 2 the drawing board?
cheers in advance
Back to the drawing board I'm afraid. I called several of our auto rental companies and it is just bad news pricewise. All add $25/day for being under 25 years old. Add the van rate and you are going to spend more than you anticipated. A van big enough to sleep in, not a camper, is going to be appox. $100/day. Figure $1K for a 10 day trip. This is bringing the van back to the same location. There is an extra fee is you do not return it to the same location.
A small RV would be more. I got a good quote on a RV from Cruise America for 2 weeks, but they charge mileage. $.32 per mile. Add this plus the under 25 surcharge and you are at appox. $1,400 for a 2 week RV rental. Then add the petrol costs at about $2.00/gallon now, probably higher by May. Figure 1,000 miles for your adventure. Add $100 for a van, $150 for a RV.
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thanks for the input mate, looks like il have a re-think but at least i can start thinkin of other things
I know it seems logical that renting a van could solve all your problems, but the cost can be prohibitive what with insurance (not to even mention the LARGE DEPOSIT). I would keep trying! I can tell you that late May is the #1 best time to see the water falls in Yosemite. This year the snowfall has not been up to great depths, so the falls will not be at 100% max, but they will still be SPECTACULAR at that time! You could also encounter some snow then - it's all a big guess for Yosemite. The park is totally overwhelmed later in June/July/August with hoards of tourists - a true traffic jam - now I don't believe they even allow cars to enter in mid-summer - it's park and ride on buses due to a real pollution problem. Just stay away from the end of May - this is Memorial Day weekend on May 31st - the big start of summer holiday in the USA = VERY CROWDED!
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2009, at 2:04 PM by Daawgon ]
thanks for that Daawgon, yosemite is a must for me, and judging from what u say, it looks like il be going there at just the right time! i land in SF on may 12th, lookin at about a week there then a few days in yosemite b4 moving on. if i was to go for an organised trip, who do from SF to there, who is the best company? ive had a look at green tortoise n they seem quite decent but cannot find many others to gauge an idea from.
Try here and see if it is competitive.
what are the availability of campsites like? ive been speaking to a few people and heard that a good route instead of highway 1 would be to hire a vehicle, drive to yosemite, sequoia, death valley, grand canyon,zion, monument valley then finish in las vegas, was wondering if the hire of a cheap car on that route would work out any better if me and the mrs were to sleep in tents? is this a better idea?
If you are on a tent camping, I would recommend staying in any of the pines campgrounds (north, upper or lower pines) on the valley floor. These are located near the river and are only a short walk/shuttle ride to curry village where there are ranger programs, places to eat and showers. It is also not far from the village where the visitors center, market, and yosemite falls are and, the happy isles nature center is a short shuttle ride as well.
The nature center is a great thing. It has some great information on wildlife as well as hands on displays. The visitors center was recently redone and has really interesting displays on the history of the park. The ranger programs are great in the park. They happen almost every evening at several different places on the valley floor.
There are some great hikes that can be done. Lower Yosemite Falls is a flat one mile paved loop trail and if you go in July, there should be some water left. Also Vernal and Nevada Falls trail is great because you can go as far as you want and its totally worth it. The people with young kids might only go to the base of Vernal falls, while those without can continue on. Mirror Lake is also a nice trail, about a two mile loop and if you go in the evening you will see more wildlife.