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One-Way Camper Van Rentals

Want to pick up a camper van in Portland and drive down the coast via Highway 101 stopping at every beautiful beach, tall tree, and awe-inspiring sunset along the way, then fly home out of Los Angeles? Of course you do! Driving the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is a bucket list kind of adventure. But finding a service that flawlessly facilitates one-way camper van rentals is challenging.

We know exactly how that goes, and that’s why GoCamp offers a premier one-way service that allows you to select your pick-up and drop-off location. We take care of the rest. No limitations to your journey, just easy planning endless exploration.


one-way camper van rental trip planning

First, what’s so great about one-way camper van rentals with GoCamp?

Let us tell you!

  • Concierge Service: GoCamp offers a concierge one-way rental program that allows you to select your pick-up/return dates and van specifications, while we handle the rest. We’ll match you with the best vans in your area to meet your travel needs. We also communicate directly with van owners to ensure you get the best rates and service. We’re with you before, during and after your rental period.
  • Your Choice: GoCamp allows you to select your pick-up and drop-off locations. You don’t have to choose from pre-determined travel routes. With GoCamp, you travel your way, to the destinations that mean the most to you.
  • Curated Fleet: We know you have a lot of options, which is why we pride ourselves in providing a hand-picked fleet that offers beautiful vans with reliable owners.
one way camper van rental by ocean

A quick overview of one-way rentals.

One-way camper van rentals require van owner approval. Requests must be made at least 30 days in advance and the reservation needs to be a minimum of five nights.

In addition to the cost of the rental itself, renters are required to pay a recovery fee to cover expenses associated with retrieving the van and getting it back to its home base. Costs incurred by the van owner when recovering the van include things like airfare, fuel, Lyfts or Ubers, and lodging. Recovery costs start at $500 and vary depending on where you start and end your trip. We work diligently with each van owner to customize one-way trips and keep recovery fees as affordable as possible.

Now let’s cover some frequently asked questions.

Where can I go with a one-way rental?

We can often accommodate one-way rental requests that start and end at popular destinations in our key markets, like Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles as a few examples. We cannot accommodate cross-country one-way requests. It is also very difficult to accept requests for one-way trips that end where there is no major airport.

What is the cancellation policy for one-way camper van rentals?

One-way trips cannot be rescheduled. Cancellations must be made in writing.

Cancel within 48 hours of booking: You will get a full refund, as long as the trip departs more than 30 days from the time of booking.

Cancel at least 30 days prior to departure: You’ll get a full refund including tax, minus the service fee.

Cancel between 14-30 days prior to departure: You will receive a refund for 50% of the booking total and 100% of insurance and roadside assistance including tax. The one-way recovery fee and the service fee will not be refunded. 

Cancel less than 14 days prior to departure: You are unable to receive a refund.

Why do one-ways require van owner approval?

One-way camper van rental requests are unique enough, with multiple variables and nuanced scheduling considerations, that van owners need to consider each request on a case-by-case basis.

How do I know if my one-way reservation has been confirmed?

A GoCamp Counselor will reach out to you to let you know if the van owner has approved your request. If not, we will do our best to find a van that meets your needs.

Are there any additional fees for one-way rentals?

In addition to the cost of the one-way rental itself, you will pay a recovery fee to cover expenses associated with retrieving the van and getting it back to its home base. When retrieving the van, costs incurred by the van owner include things like airfare, fuel, Lyft or Uber, and lodging. Recovery costs start at $500 and vary depending on where you start and end your trip.

Stops Along the Way

Need some inspiration for your one-way trip? Check out our blog and discover the best places and experiences for your camper van adventure. Plus, gain quick access to our planning guides.

Recovery Fees for Popular One-Way Camper Van Rentals:

All fees are starting prices, and vary based on cost per mile.

Portland to San Francisco: $900                                       Portland to Los Angeles: $1,100

Portland to San Diego: $1,200                                           Portland to Denver: $1,300

Portland to Phoenix: $1,400                                              Seattle to San Francisco: $1,000

Seattle to Los Angeles: $1,200                                          Seattle to San Diego: $1,300

Seattle to Portland: $400                                                   Seattle to Denver: $1,300

Seattle to Salt Lake City: $1,000.                                      San Francisco to Los Angeles: $600

San Francisco to San Diego: $700                                    Denver to San Diego: $1,150

Denver to Los Angeles: $1,150                                          Denver to Las Vegas: $900

Las Vegas to Phoenix: $500                                               Salt Lake City to Denver: $700

Salt Lake City to Los Angeles: $800