What make & model are your campervans?
We currently have 4 models in our fleet:
These are among the most economical in North America and are easy to drive and park.
What equipment comes with the campervan?
Escape supplies the following items free of charge with every campervan rental (varies slightly for Santa Cruz and Indie Camper). We stock enough for the number of travelers in each party.
- 2 pots, 1 pan
- Bowls, plates, cups, mugs
- Forks, knives, spoons
- Flex drip coffee pour over
- Cooking utensils: Spatula, serving spoon, can opener, bottle opener, sharp knife, cutting board
- 110v power cord and campground adapter
- Extension cord and multi-plug strip
- Gas stove (with 2 gas canisters and a box of matches)
- Picnic chairs
- Clean sheets, duvets, covers, pillows, and pillowcases
- Road Atlas and Escape Plan Guidebook
Read about our packing tips here.
How far in advance should I book my campervan?
Escape is typically one of the first companies to fill up. Even in the low season, our vehicles are in high demand. It is advisable to book your van prior to booking airline tickets. For the high season months (March 15 – Oct 15), it is advisable to book a few months ahead and in the low season at least a couple of weeks. If you are not that organized, contact us anyway as things can always change at the last minute and you could get lucky!
Because of our flexible cancellation policy, it is advisable to book as early as possible to ensure availability and lock in the lowest rates.
How do I secure a campervan booking with Escape?
You may use our website or call our reservations department at 877-270-8267 opt 1 (US) or +1 (310) 672-9909 opt 1 (international) to get a quote or a booking request. There is a link inside the quote that says “Click here to turn your quote into a booking request.” The link is valid for 5 days. Once you submit your booking request, our reservations team will get back to you within 24 hours as to whether or not it has been approved. Your booking is not confirmed until our reservations team has approved it. Do not book any flights or campgrounds until your request has been confirmed.
Once it has been approved, Escape will charge a $200 USD deposit to reserve your campervan. The balance is not payable until you collect your campervan (many companies require full payment 4 weeks prior to travel). Read our full Rental Requirements for more information on booking a campervan.
Are there any hidden charges in your rates?
In America, most campervan rental companies often offer a cheap lead in price and then add on all the extras such as mileage charges, compulsory insurance, living equipment, starter packs, extra drivers etc. If you find a cheaper quote than ours, we advise that you research exactly what is being offered. The unwary can get caught by grabbing the cheap quote from another company only to find they end up paying over twice what they had initially budgeted on.
With that said, we pride ourselves on our No Hidden Costs policy, which includes the following in the daily rate:
- Minimum liability insurance (coverage levels vary by state)
- 100 free miles per day (this comes out to be $20-$30 per day in savings)
- No extra driver fees
- No credit card fees
- No additional fees for drivers under the age of 25
- All necessary kitchen, camping, and living equipment
- 24-hour Roadside Assistance
What you may choose to pay more for:
- Extra mileage beyond the 100/day FREE (view mileage rates)
- Extra accessories
- SLI and/or CDW insurance (these are encouraged, but not required)
- One-way fees
- Pet cleaning fees
- Food and basic groceries for personal comforts
- Toll roads
- Campground fees
Can I do one-way trips?
Yes! You can travel round-trip or one-way between our 12 depot locations across the US and Canada. One-way fees vary.
Note: We are only able to allow one-way-trips within countries. For example, you can do a one-way trip between Vancouver and Calgary and vice versa, but you cannot pick up in Seattle and drop off in Vancouver. You can, however, pick up in Seattle, drive into Canada, and then drop back off in Seattle (or any other depot in the US).
What options do I have for extra or unlimited miles?
- Stick with the standard mileage plan included FREE with your rental at 100/day (this is averaged over your entire trip). The cost of additional miles is $0.25 per mile ($0.35 per mile for the Indie Camper).
- If you rent for 7 days or longer, you can purchase an additional 100 miles/day for $15/day (giving you a total of 200 miles/day averaged over your trip). The cost of additional miles is $0.25 per mile ($0.35 per mile for the Indie Camper).
- For trips 14 days or longer, you can purchase unlimited miles for only $25 per day ($35 per day for the Indie Camper).
Note that miles packages must be chosen at pick up and cannot be amended once you’ve left the depot.
How will I get by without a bathroom in the campervan?
While our Big Sur, Mavericks, and Santa Cruz models don’t have bathrooms, our renters do just fine using campground facilities and public restrooms and practicing Leave No Trace principles when dispersed camping. It is a matter of your own comfort level, but the freedom that campervan travel gives you compared to RVs is worth it for many!
If you’d still prefer to have a bathroom, our new Indie Campers have a toilet, sink, and indoor and outdoor shower.
Can I bring a campervan to a music festival?
Yes! Campervans are a great way to experience music festivals. Note that certain festivals, like Burning Man, have specific requirements and fees. Visit our festival camping page for full details.
Can I bring my pet with me?
We charge a $150 non-refundable pet fee (up to 2 pets allowed). There is no charge for service dogs with the appropriate documentation. No pets are allowed during the months of July, August, and September.
Who paints your campervans?
We employ a range of talented artists, many of whom have achieved international acclaim. Each artist has his or her own style that adds to our unique fleet. If you are visiting our Los Angeles Escape depot in the winter and spring, you may see our artists in action. Learn more about our artists here.
Can I request a certain van design before pick up?
As campervans are coming in and out of our depots from all over the country every day, it is extremely difficult for us to guarantee a certain van design prior to pick up–especially during the busy summer season. While we cannot reserve certain van designs in advance, you are welcome to mention which style of artwork you prefer when you book, and you can choose from the vans that have been cleaned, serviced, and are ready to go on the lot at pick up.
All artwork is happy, creative and friendly. We do not have political, aggressive, or offensive designs. We will do everything we can to get you in a van you love!
Will we be warm enough in the winter?
We provide a space heater and extension cord for free that you can turn on during particularly cold nights if you stay at a campground with a hookup. We’ll also provide extra duvets free of charge. You can always turn on the heat in the van itself for 10 minutes to warm up as well. Pack layers, and remember you can always drive your “home on wheels” to warmer places if it gets too chilly!
We also offer snow chains and ice scrapers for rent, which are highly recommended if you expect to be heading into colder destinations.
How much storage space is there for luggage?
Travel light if possible—it’ll make your life easier! We recommend bringing soft-sided bags instead of hard cases as it makes it easier to maximize storage space. If you can’t fit everything in, we can store bags in a secure lock up at select depots free of charge. If you plan on leaving any items at our depots, please contact us first to confirm that the depot you’ll be picking up or dropping off at has the ability to do so.
Read a past renter’s blog on “51 Van Life Tips” for more tips on packing, organization, and storage space in our campervans.
Can I rent extra items?
Yes! We rent out picnic tables, snow chains, GPS navigation, tents, sunshade awnings, solar showers, child seats, and more. Please see our Extras page for a full list.
Where can we pick up our campervan?
You can pick up and drop off your campervan at any one of our 12 depot locations across the US and Canada: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Vancouver, Calgary, and Portland. Round trip and one-way available!
Please note that if you pick up in the US, you can not drop off at a Canadian location, and vice versa. You CAN, however, drive and explore across the border, as long as you return in the same country.
Should I book campsites in advance?
This is a matter of preference. If you will be traveling between June and September, it’s always a good idea to book several months in advance for the more popular destinations (sites for the summer in Yosemite Valley are usually sold out around January/February, for example). You can pre-book campsites at the following links:
- Reserve America is the biggest campground management/booking site in the US. It’s utilized for all national and state parks nationwide.
- Recreation.gov is another federal government site to assist with bookings.
- Hipcamp and Campground Views are like Airbnb for campgrounds and are great for finding unique private sites and experiences.
At the same time, many past renters have gotten by for an entire summer without booking or paying for campsites at all! It all depends on your comfort level. Here are some blogs with great tips for finding where to camp:
Can you help me plan my trip?
Our Adventure Specialists are happy to provide local tips and advice at pick up, along with our very own “Escape Plan” Guidebook. The guidebook is packed with useful information, from use of the campervan to trip itinerary ideas and dispersed camping tips.
You can also visit our Itineraries and Blog for useful resources from us, as well as past renters.
Do you ever offer deals or specials?
Yes! Visit our specials page, subscribe to our email list, and follow us on social media for the latest updates. We also have a Facebook Group you can join and opt into notifications for relocation specials and last-minute deals so you never miss out on the cheapest rates!
Can I sleep anywhere or do I have to stay in a campground?
The beauty of traveling in an Escape campervan is the freedom it gives you to get off the beaten path and find camping on the fly. Our campervans fit in most tent sites, so you don’t need to pay more for an RV site unless you want an electric hook up. (You’ll need to double check individual policies for private campgrounds).
You also have the option of “free camping”—also known as dispersed camping, pirate camping, boondocking, etc. Unless stated otherwise (usually a sign that says “No Camping” or “No Overnight Parking”) it’s legal to sleep in your vehicle within federally designated lands. Read our Dispersed Camping 101 guide, and remember to always practice Leave No Trace principles.
Indie Camper Note: More of an RV than a true camper van, our truck campers must be plugged in overnight for all systems to function properly. It’s important to take this into account when choosing campsites.
Where am I allowed to drive?
Our campervans provide accessibility that many larger campervans and RVs can’t. However, there are still limitations that we can’t avoid due to safety, legal, and logistical constraints. These include:
- Death Valley National Park: We STRONGLY urge you NOT to go to Death Valley between May 1 and September 30. Temperatures in Death Valley in the summer months can reach 130°F (54°C). Our Roadside Assistance and insurance WILL NOT cover you if your van breaks down in Death Valley during these months. You will be liable for the full value of recovery and damage to the vehicle. If you decide you have to go no matter what, then we strongly advise not driving the vehicle between 11 am and 5 pm during peak sun hours.
- Mexico, Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland are strictly prohibited. We cannot provide Roadside Assistance, nor does our insurance cover renters in these regions, among other reasons.
- Burning Man: If you plan to go to this festival, please let us know in advance. We’ll need to remove the van from our rental fleet for special post-burn grooming in order to adequately prepare it for the next renter. The grooming fee for this is US $1,000. Do not try and hide the fact you have been to The Playa. Fees of up to US $2,000 will apply for failure to notify Escape.
- Driving on unpaved roads (excluding state- and county- maintained roads), dirt roads, restricted areas, and ‘off road’ areas is not in compliance with Escape Campervans insurance and other vehicle warranties. If you get stuck, you are responsible for any expenses related to getting the van back to paved roads.
If you have any questions about safety, road rules, and our terms and conditions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What age do I need to be to rent an Escape campervan?
You must be at least 21 years of age (at the time of pickup) with a valid driver’s license to rent an Escape campervan. Unlike many other companies, Escape does not charge a young driver fee.
Is there a charge for additional drivers?
There is no additional cost for up to 4 drivers. All drivers MUST be physically present with a valid physical driver’s license (not an electronic copy/print out) at the time of pick up.
How much does it cost to rent a campervan?
Our daily rates fluctuate according to a variety of factors, including van model, demand, time of year, depot location, and length of trip. You can get a quick quote on our website or contact our reservations team.
What’s the best way to contact Escape?
In order to reach the right people to answer your question, please utilize the form on the Contact Us page of our website.
Contact during regular business hours:
Contact after hours (urgent inquiries only) and 24-hour Roadside Assistance: Call either number above and select option 3.
Can I pick up my campervan early?
We operate like a hotel, with check-in (pick up) in the afternoon from 1-4 pm and check-out (drop off) in the morning from 8:30 – 10 am. Contact us if you would like to request an earlier pick up time. Note that it’s rare that we can accomodate early pick up times in the summer.
What are your office hours and when can we pick up and drop off our campervan?
Open 7 days/week.
8.30am – 4.30pm
Closed Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day.
You can collect your campervan between 1 pm and 4 pm. If you cannot arrive at our depot location by 4 pm (pick up process takes approximately 30 mins), you will need to reserve a pick up for the following day. Please allow enough time to clear customs, collect your luggage, arrange transportation to our depots, etc. in order to pick up your van by 4 pm. We do not offer after-hours pick ups or drop offs.
Phoenix and Miami pick up times must be arranged 48 hours prior to campervan collection.
You can drop off your campervan between 8:30 am and 10 am.
Like a hotel, we charge by the night and not the drop off day. Vehicles must be returned by 10:00 a.m. on the agreed drop-off date. A full-day rental charge will be applied once the vehicle is more than 1 hour late. By contacting the reservations department, you can request a drop off as late as 4 pm. This will incur an extra day charge.
Do all models have stereos?
All models have CD players with MP3 and iPod hookups and AM/FM stereo (most newer models have Bluetooth capabilities as well). To run your iPod or MP3 player through the stereo, you should bring an auxiliary cord to plug into the front face. These are available as Extras to purchase from our depots for $5 if you don’t have your own.
What is the minimum number of days that I need to rent an Escape campervan?
The minimum rental requirement will range from 3 to 14 days, depending if you are doing a round trip or one-way and from what depot location(s). Get a quote to learn more.
What happens if I get into an accident?
We provide Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! In the unfortunate event that you get into an accident or have an issue with your campervan, contact us as soon as possible at 877-270-8267 (US phone) or 310-672-9909 (International Phone), option 3. We also provide instructions on what to do in your Escape Plan Guidebook, which comes in all of our campervans.
Will my own car insurance or credit card cover my insurance on the campervan during my trip?
If you are a U.S. or Canadian resident with a valid driver’s license from either country, and you have automobile insurance or credit card insurance that provides full coverage for rental vehicles (including minivans), you may NOT have coverage for our campervans as they may be considered “modified,” “conversion,” or “recreational vehicles.” Please check with your own insurance company or credit card provider prior to pick up of the campervan. If you decline our CDW and/or SLI options, your credit card will be charged for the cost of any and all damages at return, and you will need to make a claim through your own insurance company for reimbursement. Generally, they don’t seem to cover it, but some do!
Learn more about Escape’s insurance options.
Is the kitchen unit for sale?
We do not sell any of the individual components of our campervan fit out. We do, however, occasionally sell our campervans. Learn more about our used campervans for sale listed on our website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about buying a campervan. Sign up for our email list or follow us on social media for the most recent updates.
Can I buy the van?
We occasionally sell our more “experienced” campervans—fit out, paint job, and all! Learn more about our used campervans for sale listed on our website, or contact email@example.com to inquire about buying a campervan. Sign up for our email list or follow us on social media for the most recent updates.
How far can I travel on a tank of fuel?
Each of our models has a different sized tank. Depending on the model, driving terrain, and your driving style, you can travel up to 600 miles (approximately 1,000 km) on one tank! See the specs on each model from our Campervans page.
What about traveling with small children?
As the rear seat has 2 secure 3-point seat belts where child seats can be securely fitted, we have had many happy young families travel with Escape. We also supply child seats and booster seats as Extras for $30 to save you from having to bring your own. You can read our blog posts about traveling with kids by campervan here. Read more about some happy campers who recently took their 12-month-old around America.
How many people can travel in the camper with me?
- Indie Camper: Seats 5, sleeps 3 (one queen bed and one twin).
- Big Sur: Seats 5, sleeps up to 5 (2-3 in queen bed, 2 in rooftop sleeper if added).
- Mavericks: Seats 5, sleeps up to 5 (2-3 in queen bed, 2 in rooftop sleeper if added).
- Santa Cruz: Seats and sleeps 2 (1 double bed).
Seating is according to how many seat belts are available in each vehicle. You can always add the rooftop sleeper (Big Sur and Mavericks only) or bring along our ground tent accessory to sleep more people. Bedding is supplied free of charge to accommodate the number of people in your party.
Do all drivers need to be present at the time of pick up?
YES. All drivers must be present at the time of pick up to present their physical driver’s license and to sign the rental agreement. Electronic versions of the driver’s licenses are not sufficient.
If you want to add another driver after pickup, you will have to stop back by one of our depot locations in order to present their driver’s license and have them sign a new copy of the rental agreement with you.
Read our full Rental Requirements.
How old are your campervans?
Our fleet is among the newest of any budget fleet in North America.
- Indie Camper: average age of 2018 with a 2018 Lance 650 camper
- Santa Cruz: average age of 2016 with a 2019 refit.
- Big Sur: average age of 2016 with a 2018 refit.
- Mavericks: average age of 2012 with a 2012+ refit.
All our campervans are serviced to a high standard every 5000 miles.
Can I bring my bike/surfboard/etc.?
Yes! We offer roof racks as an extra accessory that you can attach your gear to. We also offer bike racks for up to 2 bikes (roof rack included in rental price). Learn more here.
Are my credit card details safe?
We maintain reasonable administrative, physical and technological measures to protect the confidentiality and security of personal information you submit on or through this site, including credit card details. Unfortunately, no website, server or database is completely secure or “hacker proof.” We, therefore, cannot guarantee that your personal information will not be disclosed, misused or lost by accident or by the unauthorized acts of others.
Can I tow something behind the van?
For insurance reasons, we cannot allow you to tow anything behind our vehicles.
Are your campervans 4-wheel drive?
All of our vehicles are 2-wheel drive. If you plan on driving in the colder months, we recommend renting snow chains.
I don’t want to draw attention to myself. Do you have any plain campervans?
We do not offer plain vans. We have 600+ vans in our fleet, and each one is hand-painted and unique! Our renters typically experience positive interactions with other travelers and locals via the artwork (it’s a great conversation starter for making friends on the road). Learn more about our artwork.
Can I drive through Mexico?
No. Our campervans are not allowed into Mexico for insurance purposes.
Am I insured for 3rd party injury or damage?
For US rentals:
The daily rate includes 3rd party minimum liability coverage to the levels set by the individual states. If your own travel insurance does not include liability coverage to $1,000,000 USD, we can offer this to you for an additional $12.25/day.
For Canadian rentals:
Supplemental Liability Insurance cannot be offered on Vancouver and Calgary rentals. However, the minimum liability insurance provided for rental vehicles in Canada covers $1,000,000 CAD worth of third-party damage (a much higher number than minimum liability insurance provided in the USA).
Insurance rates vary for our Indie Camper model. Learn more about our campervan insurance options.
What is the price of fuel in the United States?
The price of fuel is constantly changing. As a general rule, it’s approximately one-third of the price of fuel in the UK or Europe. Gas is currently at a 5-year low in the US and in many states is costs less than $2.50/gallon. As there is 4 liters/gallon, this means you only pay 50 euro cents/liter or 0.41 GBP/liter! Here is a link to current fuel prices in the US.
What are the public facilities like in America?
Campsites in America vary from minimalistic tent sites with fire pits and outhouses to fully-powered sites with access to kitchens, TV and entertainment rooms, hot showers, and more. Prices range from approximately $5 to $25+ per night.
Can I park my personal vehicle at Escape’s lot during my trip?
We cannot allow personal vehicles to be parked at our lot during your trip, as it violates our insurance terms.
We recommend Lyft, Uber, taxi, or other public transit options to get to our depots. Please refer to our individual depot locations pages for directions. If you prefer to drive your own car, most of our depots are located near airports and long-term parking areas. You can also check out www.way.com/parking to see if there are other options nearby.
Are the campervan transmissions manual or automatic?
We provide automatic transmission campervans. If you have not driven an automatic before, don’t worry as it’s very easy and we will give you a quick lesson before departure.
Can I drive through Canada?
Yes! Unlike some companies, Escape allows you to travel to every state in the US and most parts of Canada for no extra cost. Our 24/7 Roadside Assistance is available in the US and most parts of Canada should you require assistance. Read our Rental Requirements for full details on where you are allowed to drive in our campervans.
Which side of the road do you drive on in the US and Canada?
We drive on the right-hand side of the road. For more information, click here for US and here for Canada.
How do I get a SunPass Toll Card for Florida?
The State of Florida no longer utilizes manned toll booths on their highways. A camera takes a photo of the vehicle license plate and mails the bill to the owner of the vehicle (in this case, Escape Campervans). It is impossible to pay these tolls in person! The tolls, additional charges, and delinquency fees can quickly cost you hundreds of dollars in unexpected trip expenses.
To simplify this process, the Miami Escape depot offers each renter a Florida SunPass as an Extra for $5. If you’re driving through (or dropping off) in Florida, we HIGHLY recommend you purchase a SunPass immediately upon entering the state. This pass, synced with your credit card, will ensure your compliance with the new Florida tolling system procedure. Each time you pass a toll station, the charge will simply be applied to your credit card – no hassles, no late payment charges, no worries.
How it works:
- Purchase a SunPass upon entering Florida (CVS Pharmacies or Publix Supermarkets typically have them) or pick one up from the Miami Escape Depot
- Go online and add a credit card to the SunPass account
- Enjoy your trip
- Make sure you remove the SunPass at the end of your adventure