Alaska RV Rentals

Alaska RV Rentals: A Guide for Frontier Adventurers

RVing in Alaska is a fantastic way to see this beautiful and unique state. Follow along as we share some of the top Alaska RV rentals, plus some tips for RVing in this location.

Why RVing in Alaska is a Great Idea

We believe Alaska is a destination RVers should visit at least once. There are so many must-see locations that will absolutely blow your mind. What better way to see this great state than from the comfort of an RV?

*Read our post on RV Rentals and why we think it’s a fantastic way to travel.

Our Personal Alaska Connection

We might be a tad bit biased when it comes to visiting Alaska. Why? Because we used to live there back in 1999-2002 and it’s where our middle son was born. 

We spent three years in Anchorage, Alaska and it’s some of the best years of our lives. People who have lived there will tell you that you form a bond with the location and the people that is very unique.

Our friends and family who had the chance to visit us while we lived there will tell you it was one of the greatest vacations of their lives. Was it because they were visiting us? Well, I’d like to think so but really, Alaska makes an impression on you that sticks forever.

Remember when I told you that our middle son was born there? Well, he just recently moved back to work a seasonal job and is as happy as can be. It’s nature like this he gets to see every day.

Incredible right? Yeah, we’re jealous. Needless to say, we can’t wait to get back to Alaska.

**Quick Side Note: We’ve been through the RV Rental process on several occasions, and we’ve learned a thing or two you need to know. If you’re interested in making your first RV rental an enjoyable and painless experience, we strongly recommend you check out some of these RV Rental resources we’ve written for you:

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.**

Should You RV to Alaska?

RVing to Alaska is no joke. There’s a lot to know and research before you go. It’s definitely not a trip to take on a whim.

But many have done it and even recommend it.

Gone with the Wynns, who are full-time RVers turned full-time sailors, made the trip and they have a fantastic post sharing what you need to know if you’re planning an Alaska RV road trip and actually making the drive there.

The post covers things like:

  • Their Alaska driving route
  • The gear they needed to buy before going
  • Free and/or inexpensive camping in Alaska
  • Gorgeous Alaska photos

Read their post here.

Renting an RV in Alaska

If an Alaska RV road trip seems a bit daunting, a fantastic alternative is renting an RV in Alaska. You can fly into Anchorage, pick up your RV and head off on one heck of a great adventure.

We’ll cover some tips for renting an RV in Alaska towards the end, but for now, let’s see some of these amazing RVs that are waiting for you to rent them!

10 of the Best Alaska RV Rentals

One big question you might have is who to rent an RV from? Our company of choice is Outdoorsy. Why? Because we’ve met the Outdoorsy team personally and know they’re the real deal.

As we’ve mentioned before, “Outdoorsy is an innovative, pioneering company that wants to connect you with the outdoors and experiential travel, and so do we.”

They also put safety as their top priority. They provide industry-leading insurance protection, 24/7 roadside assistance, a dedicated support team and more. You can be confident you’ll be well taken care of.

Let’s see these RVs, shall we?

We’re mainly sharing RV rentals in Anchorage because that’s the most popular place for pick up, but we’ll also list a couple of Fairbanks RV rentals.

1. 2004 Winnebago Minnie

About this RV:

  • Sleeps 4 – 6
  • 3 burner gas stove, microwave and oven
  • Well Stocked kitchen with pots and pans
  • Bedding included
  • Drop off at Ted Stevens International Airport is a possibility

Take a peek inside.

Click here to explore Class C Rentals in Alaska

2. 1997 Jayco Designer Legacy

About this RV:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Include all linens, dishware, toilet paper, camp chairs, portable table, two fishing rods, movies, games, heck even body wash, shampoo, and conditioner AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!!
  • Unmatched bathroom size
  • Hydraulic jacks with level indications controlled from the driver’s seat
  • Portable table and fold up chairs included (not extra)

Here’s the kitchen where you’ll whip up tasty meals and the bed where you’ll sleep like a baby.

Click here to explore Class C Rentals in Alaska

3. 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan Weekender with Pop Top 

(Snow not included)

About this Alaska camper van rental:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Fold down bed in back
  • Two captains seats in the middle row
  • Top pops to create a second sleeping platform
  • Easy to set up and breakdown, so more time is devoted to fun

This could be you!

If simplicity and mobility are at the top of your list for your visit to Alaska, this really is about as good as it gets.

Click here to explore Camper Van Rentals in Alaska

4. Microvan – 2012 Ford Transit Connect

About this Alaska camper van rental:

  • Sleeps 2
  • This is a micro-camper van
  • A conversion van with a sleeping area in the back that easily converts to a sitting area
  • The van is outfitted for camping and comes with everything you need
  • Add-ons include: 10’x10′ bug-screen tent, bear spray, bear-resistant food container and more

Take a peek inside.

This smaller unit with that optional bug screen tent is a great option to consider. During our travels, that screen room came in very handy when five of us were in our smallish travel trailer so don’t overlook that possibility.

Click here to explore Camper Van Rentals in Alaska

5. 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Adventure Van

About this camper van rental:

  • Sleeps 2
  • The back part of the van is set up for cargo area
  • Newly remodeled with new flooring and built-in slide out couch/bed
  • Amenities include Yeti cooler, Coleman propane stove, REI sleeping bags and/or standard sheets and blankets, pillows, cookware, coffee press, and dishes

Take a peek inside.

Simple, rugged and ready to roll out for some serious Alaskan adventure. I’m ready to book this one myself!

Click here to explore Camper Van Rentals in Alaska

6. 2015 Forest River Sunseeker

About this RV:

  • Sleeps 8
  • Initial Disposables (plates, spoon, forks, and cups) Kitchenware, 4 folding camp chairs and table, a Portable propane grill and 2 Ice chest(coolers) are INCLUDED!!!
  • Features included are TV/DVD, back-up camera, refrigerator, stovetop, oven, microwave, and awning to relax under

The couch you’ll be relaxing on.

This unit may not be quite as simple as the previous few that we looked at, but it’s still a manageable size that will give you plenty more creature comforts that you might be looking for to make your adventure unforgettable and enjoyable.

Click here to explore Class C Rentals in Alaska

7. Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Camper Van “Savannah”

About this Alaskan camper:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Savannah is what we call a Subagon, a Vanagon with a Subaru engine swapped into it creating a more reliable, more powerful, and safer vehicle
  • Can sleep four but best suited for two
  • Includes basic cooking, eating, and sleeping gear for two adults, a full onboard propane tank, two camp chairs, and a cooler

One more peek at this beauty.

Okay, we’ve got a soft spot for this one! We rented a 1984 Volkswagen Westfalia in Austin, TX for a weekend and had a fantastic time. It’s a bucket list experience you will never forget!

Click here to explore Camper Van Rentals in Alaska

8. 2019 Gulf Stream Conquest 

About this Alaska motorhome rental:

  • Sleeps 6
  • Perfect for a family of four but easily able to accommodate a larger group of six adults
  • Features a comfortable walk around queen bed in the rear with upgraded foam
  • Transformable couch/dinette

Take a peek inside.

With the lighter interior in this unit, you’ve got an extremely comfortable and livable space that will be hard to leave when your adventures are over.

Click here to explore Class C Rentals in Alaska

Here are a couple of Fairbanks RV Rentals.

9. 2013 Thor Motor Coach Windsport

About this RV:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Features leather couch, recliner, and bucket seats
  • Full shower with wand and skylight
  • Separate toilet and sink
  • Queen bed in back with lots of closet space and drawers
  • Auto-leveling electric jacks

Take a peek inside.

I’ve got to say that these smaller Class As are really growing on me! Every time I look at one these days, I start wondering if it could be our next RV for hitting the road again. She’s a beauty!

Click here to explore Class A Rentals in Alaska

10. 2010 Jayco Greyhawk Motorhome

About this Alaska motorhome rental:

  • Sleeps 8
  • All of the comforts of home while making awesome memories in the great outdoors!
  • Master Queen (with privacy door), bunk beds (with privacy door), over cab bunk, dinette and couch convert
  • All linens and cookware and 4 camping chairs are included with your rental!

Doesn’t this look cozy?

It reminds me of a tiny cabin on wheels, and what could be more perfect for exploring the wonders of Alaska?

Click here to explore Class C Rentals in Alaska

Tips for RVing in Alaska

Choose the right RV for you

If you’ve never driven an RV before or any other large vehicle, most likely the smaller you go the better. On average you’ll see most of the Alaska RV rentals range from camper vans to Class C’s, with only a few Class A’s mixed in. (If you need more info on the different types of RV rentals, check out our post here.)

Beware of the age restriction

If you’re planning on renting an RV in Alaska, or anywhere for that matter, be sure you check the age restrictions. Most require you to be 21 to rent, but some even say 25.

Understand that the roads might be bad

Alaskan roads take a beating in the winter and when the snow melts, all kinds of road issues are revealed. Just like with any winter location, spring and summer is construction season. On our drive to Seward, it got a little tricky at times navigating the potholes and construction. Just realize it is what it is.

Additional Expenses

When planning your Alaska RV road trip, take into account the extra expenses when it comes to renting an RV. 

One big cost will be fuel. As of this writing, the average fuel costs in Alaska is $3.31 a gallon. Use the GasBuddy app to check prices and save on gas.

You may also need to buy additional supplies to stock the RV with the items you need. Be sure to check the listing and with the owner you’re renting from for a list of items they provide. Most will provide you with all the necessities you need to hit the road.

Another additional expense could be if the RV owner provides things like bikes, chairs, grill, etc for rent

Oh the mosquitoes

I have to add this tip because it’s important. Alaskan mosquitoes are no joke, so if you’re not used to bugs in general, you’re going to want to either bring with you or purchase once you get there some good bug spray. 

We purchased a pop-up gazebo during our 17-month RV trip and I’ll never RV again without one. (And I don’t think I would consider anything but that Gazelle brand because it was so easy to setup and break down!) There were places we stayed where the bugs were so intense and that pop-up gazebo became a refuge. Obviously, you’re not going to bring one of these with you on the airplane if you fly, but you can always ask the RV owner you’re renting from if they have one.

Get educated on RVing basics before you go

This is for those of you who are brand new to RVing.

When I say RVing basics, I mean things like water, sewer, and electrical connections. Some RV owners provide YouTube videos for you to watch or a checklist so you know exactly what you need to do for setting up and/or tearing down camp. If they don’t provide this sort of thing, a simple YouTube search for the type of RV you’re renting will most likely give you the education you need.

It’s not rocket science, but it’s good to be prepared as much as possible before you go so you can enjoy your vacation.

Choosing Your Campsites

Camping in Alaska in the summer is obviously quite popular. I can’t tell you how great it feels once winter has decided it’s done and summer officially arrives. Everyone is outside and soaking in that beautiful Alaska sunshine.

You can wing it when it comes to campgrounds in Alaska, but making a reservation or two might be the safest way to go.

A great resource for RV parks and campgrounds is They have over 400 options for you to search.

A great way to save money on RV parks while you’re there is with campground memberships. There are a few that can save you money even if you’re only there for a couple of weeks. Check out our post on campground memberships featuring ones like Good Sam and Harvest Hosts.

Daylight Hours

One final thing to note is that summers in Alaska are full of daylight.

For example, in Anchorage in July you’re looking at around 19.5 hours of daylight. The other hours I would describe as dusk. The farther north you go, the longer the daylight hours are. Fairbanks in July sees around 22 hours of daylight.

Hopefully the RV you rent has some sort of curtains to shut out the daylight so you can sleep. Check the pictures and possibly ask the owner before you rent.

So, are you ready for an Alaska RV adventure! We hope these Alaska RV rentals we featured help get you excited about the possibilities and finding the perfect vehicle for your RV trip.

Are you looking to explore more fantastic RV destinations? Check out the following RV rentals and tips on what to do once you get there.

We’ve RV’d from coast to coast and love sharing where we explored and what we did while there.

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