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Tips and information about the United States of America

The United States of America is the country of endless possibilities. And that is certainly true when it comes to a camper trip through the USA. The 48 mainland states (without Alaska) offer extraordinary opportunities. Whether you choose to visit the deserts, or go for the mountains that ensure that there is less rain in these areas. The options are endless, because the prairie and the old growth forests also appeal to the imagination. Not to mention the National Parks, which enjoy international fame. Whether you want a camper trip through the Sierra Nevada, the Rocky Mountains or subtropical Florida. TotallyCampers will help you find the ideal motorhome for your trip. In addition, we are happy to help you with your preparation, because putting everything in one trip is (unfortunately) impossible for most of us. Use these tips, or the help of your personal travel advisor, to determine which part of the United States you want to visit.

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Discover the United States with a rental camper

Nowhere in the world #Vanlife is as big as in the United States. And that makes sense, as this country demands to be discovered in a campervan or motorhome. The vast landscapes require flexibility. One will impress you more than the other. This is something that cannot be predicted in advance. If you rent a camper in the US you have the freedom to set your own pace. Your hotel room will travel with you. No daily final destinations that must be achieved. You can search for a campsite or campground last minute. Determine the route during your trip, and enjoy it day to day. This way you get the best out of your motorhome trip through America.

TotallyCampers offers rental campers in various parts of the United States. This way you can always rent a camper in the area that you want to explore. For example, choose to rent a motorhome in Central America (Denver) or rent a motorhome on the East (San Francisco or Los Angeles) or West Coast (Orlando or New York). Sometimes it is possible to pick up your camper on one coast, and return it to the other coast. This way you will cross the entire United States of America. Ask about the possibilities, we are happy to think along with your travel route.

The benefits of renting a campervan in the USA

Are you still not completely convinced about renting a campervan in the USA? A number of advantages of traveling by camper;

  • Determine your own route and overnight stays
  • Always bringing your hotel room
  • Cook your own meals
  • Stay in the middle of nature
  • Travel at your own pace
  • Perfect for traveling with children
  • Select your desired comfort in a vehicle

Have we convinced you yet? Not every camper model is the same, there is a lot to choose. That is why we are happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for your trip. The benefits of TotallyCampers are;

  • The best rates, always
  • No booking fees
  • Personal service
  • Thorough knowledge through own experience
  • Rent personally tested campervans or motorhomes
  • Exclusive offer from reputable rental companies

Practical information before the adventure begins

Traveling to the United States nowadays has more steps than it used to. No longer it is just buying a plane ticket. A few extra things have to be arranged so that you do not have to face any surprises at the airport or during your trip. This information is the basics we do not want to withhold from you before you rent a motorhome in the United States of America.

Visa and international driver’s license for the United States

A US visa is required if you stay in the US for more than 90 days. If your camper journey takes less than 90 days, it is likely that you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, which allows you to travel without any problems. However, there are limitations and strict regulations, so make sure that you are eligible in advance.
Children need their own travel document (and visa) to travel to the US, it is no longer allowed to have them credited to your passport.

An international driver’s license is not required, but depending on your nationality and the language of your drivers license we still advise some clients to purchase an international drivers license. This way you can prevent possible problems.

Driving a motorhome or RV in the United States

A large part of the traffic rules in the US are comparable to those in most western countries. For example, calling and / or texting while driving is prohibited. In some states, even hands-free calling or using electronic devices is prohibited.

The stop signs are like you are used to. They are sometimes applied differently though, with all roads having a stop sign at an intersection. These intersections are often extra marked by a sign that states “4-way” or “All-way”. Here, the order of arrival determines who can drive first, second, etc.
The rules regarding roundabouts vary from state to state; in general the vehicle on the roundabout has priority. But be alert when traveling through different states, as it can be the other way around (and the vehicle on the roundabout has to give way).
The traffic lights also work slightly differently in the United States. For example, you can turn right at a red traffic light (unless the sign says “no turn on red”). However, it is mandatory to first stop and possibly give priority to other traffic. New York City is the exception to this rule. Traffic lights that flash red have the same function as a stop sign. So first stop, you can then continue on the basis of order.

(Wild) camping in the USA

Camping is possible in various places. There are many commercial campsites to be found. Varying in price. But with a camper you can also stay overnight at the so-called RV Parks and RV Campgrounds. Enough options. Especially interesting are the Campgrounds of the National Park Service or State Parks USA.
The regulations regarding wild camping vary from state to state. Usually you can spend the night in large parking places (at Walmart for example). Although it is sometimes practical, it is not the most beautiful place to spend the night during your trip. Looking for free overnight spots? The following website can help you find nice free places to camp. When using this website, pay attention to the signs and information that are available at the place where you want to spend the night. Regulations can change and being fined is a possibility.

The distances

The distances in the US are hard to compare for the most of us. Crossing the entire country from east to west is almost 2500 miles (ca. 4,023 km). If you want to visit all states, prepare for a 13500 miles (ca. 21,726 km) trip, a decent 2-3 months travelling. A section of the United States is therefore sufficient for most. To cover all parts of the country, TotallyCampers offers the possibility to rent a camper on the East Coast, West Coast as well as in the middle of the country. Do you have specific cities, national parks or areas in mind? Enter them in a route planner (Google maps for instance) to get an impression of the number of miles and the expected travel time. Depending on your travel group, we provide the following advice with regard to travel times per day.

  • Adults only: a maximum of 10 hours of driving per day
  • Adults only slow pace: max. 7 hours of driving per day
  • Camper trip with children: max. 5 hours of driving per day

Allow extra time for stopovers in cities, for recovery after a night out or if unexpectedly bad weather is predicted.

Do you want advice about your future United States motorhome trip? Then contact our travel experts. In addition to booking a suitable motorhome, we are happy to provide you tailor made information. Your journey is our passion!

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