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Have you ever rented an RV outside North America?

Yes, yes, we know. North America is the best place to RV. After all, we here in the wonderful USA have 50 states to choose from, as well as 22 other countries (did you know there were that many countries in North America?). It’d be pretty hard for us to get bored with that many options…

However, places like Australia and New Zealand, Iceland, Great Britain, France, Germany… and so many others around the world have an inviting RV scene too, and renting RVs has become an easy thing to do. Why not explore another country in an RV? Heck, just say when and we’ll be there!

Have you ever rented an RV outside of North America? If so, please leave a comment and tell us where you’ve been (we’d love to hear!). If not, would you ever?

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Diane Mc
6 months ago

Answered no because we didn’t have to. Our Australian friends set us up to travel with them for a 6 week tour starting on the east coast thru the Outback down to southern coast, thru wine country and a visit to Bathurst where we drove on the famous track. Trip of a lifetime.

Grant Graves
6 months ago

We are planning our trip to Japan for 2024.

CHUCK S.
6 months ago

Rented a small class C for 5 weeks in New Zealand about 20 years ago. New Zealand was great but the RV was NOT. Second night out rained and we woke up in a wet bed. Had nothing to seal seams and rental agreement said we could not do any repairs. We were a days drive away from the rental company and did not want to give up 2 days of our trip. It probably rained 20 per cent of our days so you can imagine how soggy living was even though some plastic sheeting helped. Also had a wheel bearing go bad and sat in a repair shop for 3 of our days and nights while the shop got permission to fix and then got parts. When got about 10 days from trip end we were near one of the RV rental locations so we returned the unit and rented a car for the rest of the trip staying in B&Bs. The B&Bs were plentiful and very nice and we wished we had done the whole trip using them.

Pamela
6 months ago

Did not rent one, but bought one while stationed in Germany.

Joe & Helen
6 months ago

Two weeks in a camper van in New Zealand and it was a wonderful trip

Tom
6 months ago

Never rented a RV. Guess that is a No, just need to decide if I ever want to. 😊

Jon
6 months ago

Rather than rent in Australia for a one-year stay, we purchased a used one and sold it before we left a year later.

Rich
6 months ago

always dreamed of 6-mos in Australia but don’t see that happening. Dreams are good things.

Robert N. Cordy
6 months ago

5 wks in NZ; 4 wks in Ireland and the UK; two month long guided RV tours, first in western Europe, then southern Europe (Italy,Greece); and two addition month long trips in the UK. Each trip a wonderful experience! Highly recommended (after Covid)

And I forgot, before the above, 2 1/2 yrs of weekend and vacation, pop-top VW camping in the UK and Europe.

Looking back now, this makes me realize how incredibly fortunate we have been during our 20+ years of RVing!

Last edited 6 months ago by Robert N. Cordy
M Snead
6 months ago

My husband and I explored New Zealand for 3 weeks in 2016 in a rented campervan. What an incredible trip!

Sink Jaxon
6 months ago

Don’t know if I could handle the LEFT side of the road driving!

Grant Graves
6 months ago
Reply to  Sink Jaxon

Much easier than you think. Just pay extra attention when turning at intersections for the first few days. After that is seems normal because everyone else is also doing the same. Plus, at least in New Zealand there are lots of roundabouts.

Glenda Alexander
6 months ago

I guess I need a geography lesson. I thought that there were only 3 countries in North America: Canada, USA and Mexico. In geography class I learned that there are several countries in Central America and several more in South America — all of which could add up to 22. I haven’t actually counted them, though.

Philip Sponable
6 months ago

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago

Here you go, Glenda. I had no idea, either. (I thought there were three, as well.) Antigua and Barbuda (Caribbean), Bahamas (Caribbean), Barbados (Caribbean), Belize (Central America), Canada, Costa Rica (Central America), Cuba (Caribbean), Dominica (Caribbean), Dominican Republic (Caribbean), El Salvador (Central America), Grenada (Caribbean), Guatemala (Central America), Haiti (Caribbean), Honduras (Central America), Jamaica (Caribbean), Mexico, Nicaragua (Central America), Saint Kitts and Nevis (Caribbean), Panama (Central America), Saint Lucia (Caribbean), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Caribbean), Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean), United States of America. Our geography lesson for the day. Take care, and stay healthy. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Jack P
6 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Even though there are way more than 3 countries in North America, that does not change the question; it only asks for responses from people living in USA and Canada. However, it does make it a bit more difficult for folks living in the other parts of North America to answer.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack P

Technicalities, Jack. But, I didn’t make up the question. Just sayin’. 😉 (That’s why I had to look it up.) Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Richard
6 months ago

2015- spent 3 weeks in South Africa’s Kruger Park in rental we picked up at Johannesburg airport. Basically a self-contained Class B, built on an Italian chassis, right hand drive, stick diesel. Small compared to our 40′ FT diesel but was PERFECT for SA and the Park. All the roads in SA are 2/3 scale to the U.S., so there was a learning curve, and the rental filled up the driving lane. We still feel this was our trip of a lifetime.

Richard Hughes
6 months ago

We rented an RV in Vancouver,BC and drove the Alcan. On the return trip we had a tire damaged by a rock. We were rescued by the daughter of the Chief of one of the tribes. She and her husband helped us contact a tire shop and when we got back to the rental dealer, they reimbursed us for the tire and a broom we had broken and replaced. Great trip and great experience with the rental.

Last edited 6 months ago by Richard Hughes
Bill
6 months ago

We were going to do it Fall 2021, but not until COVID clears up.
Get your vaccine ASAP!

MN Anon
6 months ago

I am looking forward to traveling beyond North America in the coming years, but plan to stick with traditional lodging. We’ll use our RV for experiencing the U.S.

Irv
6 months ago

I live in central North Carolina. Alaska is a long drive. I know several locals with RVs that have rented RVs in Alaska and flown there. I’d like to do the same and might cross into the Yukon.

A. Tasse
6 months ago

First time 2018, Iceland. Second, the year after, toured part of Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden) from Northern Germany. Were seriously considering touring France’s Mediterranean coast south into Spain then up north through Portugal back into France. European RVs are built for travel and unlike the four North American trailers we’ve had so far, they don’t need to be “rebuilt” every 1,000 miles on the road. Hope we can seriously start planning again. Now, If only there was a way to get there without flying….

Erica Hammer
6 months ago
Reply to  A. Tasse

We did Iceland in an RV in 2019. Wonderful!
Would love to know more about touring Scandinavia. RV rental company you used? Websites that were helpful for planning? Other tips?

A. Tasse
6 months ago
Reply to  Erica Hammer

Erica, we used Ideamerge, now called Motorvana, a US rental broker out of Washington state. Check them out on the web. Their advice was/is priceless about touring Scandinavia from Hamburg, because as a foreigner, when you rent your RV in Germany for more than 31 days, you’re exempt from the usual V.A.Tax of 19%. Not a negligeable saving. They also lease cars and rvs all over the world. Take time to really study the best rig(s) for your needs, living space, bed(s), gally and toilet set ups. One thing to remember 7.25 metres (24 feet) seems small to most N.Americans, but in most European medieval cities it’s quite interesting to try to park!!! Have fun and enjoy while you can. “Park4night” was a helpful tool to find places to park and even stay overnight for free. AT

Thomas Boltik
6 months ago

I never rented an RV, but when stationed in Belgium, I was a leader and camped with the Boy Scouts a lot.

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