Compiled by the Road Trip Alberta team
Updated on June 22, 2020
As we’ve established by the actual name of this website…road tripping is kinda our thing. But even better than several days of joyfully rolling down highways is when you are also pulling your own bed. Forget dragging luggage into a new place every night and fussing over bad hotel pillows. Instead, bring your own pillow, sleep exactly where you park (like maybe in one of these cool campsites in Alberta), and wake up in a serene slice of nature. This guide to RV rentals will help you do that.
Booking RV Rentals in Alberta
Most RV rentals in Alberta are available in the two biggest cities: Calgary and Edmonton, and often in near proximity to each city’s international airports. We’ve outlined our recommendations below to hit a variety of options and budgets, and then also give an overview of the various peer rental systems (like Airbnb for RVs).
First! Check Motorhome Republic
This worldwide online website of motorhome and RV rentals claims to offer the best deals (a current check did show some favourable pricing) and includes some of the bigger brands that we’ve also highlighted below. The website offers easy comparison pricing and booking.
Click here to browse RV rentals in Alberta
CanaDream (Calgary and Edmonton)
Canadream has seven varieties of camper available as well as a lot of extra equipment to keep your packing from home to a minimum. Like all of the rental companies, beware the pile-up of extra charges though (i.e. for bringing a pet, if you rack up more than 100kms a day, taking the RV into the US, etc.).
Fraserway RV (Calgary and Edmonton)
Canada’s largest independently owned RV rental company, Fraserway RV has a wide variety to choose from and the service is quite good (we know from personal experience)! Compare rates carefully with others as no base kilometers are included and note the minimum charge of four nights. As with others, rates are much more favourable during the shoulder season (any month that is not July or August).
Four Seasons Economy RV Rentals (Calgary and Edmonton)
Owned by Fraserway RV, Four Seasons has lower budget options available, and notable deals (especially in the off-season).
West Country RV Rentals (Blackfalds)
This small, family-run company really takes the hassle out of RV rentals. As long as you are going to where they service (mostly in central Alberta), choose from their fleet of 10 vehicles, and they will drop it off and set it up for you. When you’re done, you can just leave without any hassle.
Other Calgary RV Rentals
If you don’t mind having a mural of Mr. T splashed across your campervan during your trip, then Wicked Campers is your rental company! The vans are fitted for basic comfort and come with low budget pricing that includes 100km of driving per day. Wicked Campers also rents to people as young as 18 years (most start at 25 years, or charge a lot more for insurance).
Based near the airport, these stylish and newly constructed campervans (they will soon have up to 45 available) will ensure you can explore the province with ease. Want to go off-grid? Karma Campervans are equipped with solar power and chassis chargers to keep you functional. Included are a few other niceties (a free bag of local coffee!) and up to 200kms per day with no extra charge.
Other Edmonton RV Rentals
Creekside RV Rentals
Located just outside of Edmonton in neighbouring Sherwood Park, Creekside RV Rentals offers a small fleet of 7 holiday trailers comes with reasonable weekly pricing and no maximum on driving kilometers. A truck for towing a trailer is also available for rent. Most trailers are newer than 5 years.
Five trailers are available through SNA Rentals. Don’t have your own truck for towing one? Tell them where you want to park it and they will do the entire setup and takedown for you. They promise a simple and flexible rental process and also have inflatable SUP boards on offer.
Peer-to-Peer RV Rentals in Alberta
The sharing economy has certainly also grown in the RV rental world, with several strong options to choose from with inventory in Alberta. Similar to Airbnb, owners put their privately-owned RVs up for rental – this can mean a decent amount of savings versus a standard rental shop. Going this route is especially good for those who want to start their trip in a city other than Calgary or Edmonton (where the vast majority of other rental companies have their inventory).
All of the below companies offer strong insurance to help ease fears of using a peer-to-peer system. And, if the reviews and comments are accurate, all appear to demonstrate excellent customer service as well.
This company was started by former full-time RVers and has built an impressive, easy-to-use platform (it even feels a lot like the Airbnb website)! The last time we checked, they had 785 listed RV rentals in Alberta alone, which is a lot of inventory to choose from.
Formerly known as Wheel Estate, this once Calgary-based company was purchased by Ottawa-based Ruckify in late 2019. They claim savings of up to 35% over traditional RV rental companies and they also have a decent inventory across Alberta. Ruckify RV, as a part of a bigger rental system, also offers camping gear, mountain bikes, kayaks, and more.
This rental platform, also based out of Ottawa, appears to have a similar number of rentals across the country and in Alberta. RVezy claims a savings of up to 40% (5% better than the site above, you may have noticed!) which may come from the fact that they charge slightly less service fees.
Tips for Renting an RV in Alberta
Unfortunately, spontaneity is not often rewarded when you are renting a recreational vehicle. Traveling this way is very popular in Alberta, so to be sure you get what you want, it pays to plan well ahead. Start by determining the size of your group (consider sleeping arrangements!) and where you are going to go. Not only should you book your RV well in advance, but campgrounds book up notoriously early as well. It would be smart to also estimate your driving kilometers because some rental companies offer kilometers in packages that can make it cheaper than just racking up a big, unplanned number. But in your estimation, leave *some* room for spontaneity because impromptu side trips can offer the most fun!
Choose the Best RV to Meet Your Needs
If you’re a young couple desiring a lot of freedom of movement and a lower budget, maybe a campervan is best suited for you. But if you have a big family and want some luxury, then kick it in style with a Class A RV! Not sure of all the different options? You can start with this tool from GoRVing to help find the RV for you, or you can also just read this brief description of each to help narrow it down:
- Class A – If you’ve got multiple kids in tow and you want extra space, then this all-in-one RV is what you’ll be looking at. Class A RVs are large – up to 45 feet in length – and typically have a dining area and lounge, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a separate bedroom. These also often come with slide-outs for extra space.
- Class B – Most often called a “campervan”, these are ideal for singles, couples, or those who have just one tiny child. Most have a basic kitchen, a dinette that turns into a bed, and if you’re lucky, a toilet. These are also ideal for first-timers, as they are smaller and handle much easier.
- Class C – Another all-in-one option, but built on a truck chassis with extra space (usually housing the bed) over the cab of the truck. Most have separate spaces for the kitchen, dinette, and bathroom. The dinette often turns into an extra sleeping space. This is a great option for families who need more space but don’t want to go all-out with a Class A.
- Travel trailer – Unless you pull up to the rental company with your own truck for towing, you’ll also need to rent one of those too if you hire a travel trailer. They come in all sizes from a tiny little tent trailer all the way up to 40’ length of space. Features vary based on size. Most important here is ensuring you have a vehicle capable of pulling whatever you want to rent.
Closely Compare Pricing
When considering RV rentals in Alberta, there are many factors that go into the pricing including the time of year, type and size of RV, the distance you plan to travel, whether or not you are bringing pets, etc. Each company accounts for these variations differently (some are included in the base price, others are not). Have these key factors outlined explicitly when doing price comparisons, are key to making an informed decision.
Consider Other Important Factors, too.
How much insurance comes with each rental, and what does it cover? Are there cancellation fees in case you need to back out? Is roadside assistance included? Can you cross the border with your RV (if you would like to)? Know the ins and outs of what is on offer so that you aren’t surprised when the final bill is tallied. Also, remember that size matters; bigger isn’t always better. In the case of RVs, that is most notable when you are filling the fuel tank, so if you’re on a trim budget, take that into consideration.
Prepare for the Adventure of a Lifetime!
If this is your first time taking on an RV rental in Alberta, welcome to the joy of taking your home on the road in one of the most beautiful corners of the world! Pack carefully (keep the limited space in mind), plan out an epic music playlist, and get ready to drive scenic highways that will take you from mountains to prairies, and from forests to the Badlands. We’ve got lots more information to help you plan the perfect trip:
- The Best Things to do in Alberta
- Camping Spots in Jasper
- Camping Spots in Drumheller
- Alberta Destination Guides (for Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Jasper, Drumheller, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Waterton)
- Alberta Route Guides (for Calgary to Banff, Banff to Jasper, Edmonton to Jasper, and to Drumheller)
- Want to find a place to camp for free with your rental? We’ve got an extensive guide on Alberta crown land camping.
Want to amp up the fun on your Alberta road trip? Download our FREE road trip bingo cards!