Frequently Asked Questions About Campervans & Hawai'i
COVID-19 (Hawaii pre-travel requirements ended on 3/26/2022)
Are you still renting your campervans during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes, we are! The State of Hawaii is open for tourism and we are excited to welcome guests back to the islands!
Are we subject quarantine when we arrive in Hawaii?
Pre-travel requirements and quarantine regulations ended on 3/26/2022 and proof of negative COVID-19 test and/or vaccination is no longer needed to visit Hawaii.
What precautions are you taking to ensure my health and safety?
Our customer's health and safety is part of our culture at Campervan Hawaii. Consistently safe and memorable outdoor vacations is what sets us apart from other rental companies. During these uncertain times, we want to assure you that we are working harder than ever to ensure your campervan vacation is just that – safe.
Every campervan is meticulously cleaned and sanitized after each use. We are following CDC cleaning and disinfection procedures (e.g., using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant to all surfaces or objects for proper contact times) that are appropriate for COVID-19 in healthcare settings. We wash our kitchenware and linens using water at its hottest setting. All exterior items are also washed.
We have also added additional disposable gloves for you to use not only when dumping the RV, but also when handling fuel station pump hoses, and other public space uses. Each RV will also have a box of disinfecting wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer.
How are you disinfecting the campervan?
One of our company values is cleanliness and how clean you receive your campervan is of great importance to us. We start by removing all kitchenware and linens (including pillow cases and separate covers). We launder the linens on the hottest setting and wash all of the kitchenware using the sanitizing setting on the dishwasher. We wipe down all the surfaces, vacuum the floors, and wash and dry the exterior of the campervan, then we wipe down all of the surfaces of the interior with a cleaning solution made up of Dr Bronner's soap and water. This is followed by sanitizing the interior, as well as any add-ons, with hospital grade disinfectant using our exclusive EMist Disinfectant System. When the vehicle is delivered to you, our employees wear a mask the whole time they are in the vehicle, disinfect their hands prior to entering the campervan and use disinfecting wipes to wipe down any items that were touched during the delivery including the steering wheel and door handles.
Emist Electrostatic Sprayer
The Emist EPIX360 is the most effective handheld disinfectant sprayer in the world. This electrostatic sprayer provides breakthrough application performance by laying down an even, uniform and wraparound layer of disinfectant on all surfaces of the campervan. The disinfectant is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew including SARS-COV-2, the cause of COVID-19. This is the same system and technology hospitals worldwide use to disinfect their rooms as well as Southwest Airlines who also uses the same technology to sanitize their airplanes between each flight. Our investment in this system further reinforces our commitment to you and your health.
You will not find a cleaner and safer campervan in Hawaii as we provide a service that is unparalleled in the industry that no other competitor is matching.
What if I need to cancel the reservation due to COVID-19?
We understand that some things may be out of your control and we want you to feel comfortable when you book with us and understand the uncertainty surrounding travel right now. Because of this we recommend purchasing trip insurance which would cover trip interruptions that may happen due to COVID-19.
If you are traveling from inside the USA, Trip Insurance can be added towards the end of the booking process. It is the very last option you can pick before your reservation is complete. As long as your trip begins 2 weeks out or more, you will be given 10 days from the date of purchase to review the policy to make sure it covers your concerns. If you are traveling from abroad, we recommend checking into trip insurance options in your country.
Are Campgrounds Open?
Yes! The campgrounds have reopened and you can find information and make reservaitons by following the links on the Camping Page.
What are the fees?
- Turnover Fee - $159 to $239 - This fee covers detailing the interior and exterior of the vehicle, laundering linens, washing dishes, sanitizing waste tanks (if applicable), and topped off propane and fresh water. This fee is added automatically during checkout.
- Per Person Fee - $9 per person per night (including children)- This covers vehicle wear and tear as well as outfitting the campervan with enough kitchenware, pillows, sheets, blankets, bath towels, beach towels, camping chairs, etc. 1 renter requires much less equipment and will have minimal wear and tear on the campervan compared to 4 renters so we charge by the person to make it fair for everyone. This must be added by the renter during checkout on the Add-Ons page. If the number of people is not selected, then Campervan Hawaii will add the fee to the reservation automatically.
- Taxes - 4.7% Hawaii General Excise Tax and 4.2% Hawaii Rental Vehicle Tax - This is the amount that we pay to the state in taxes on each rental. This fee is added automatically during checkout.
- International Transaction Fee - 3% We use Outdoorsy/Wheelbase for our booking software as well as credit card processing. They charge a 3% fee on all transactions outside of the US. This fee is added automatically during checkout.
- Holiday Pricing - 50% increase on the Nightly Rate and turnovers that fall on Holidays. (More info in separate FAQ bellow)
Where are you located?
Campervan Hawai'i has operations on Oahu, Maui and The Big Island (Hawaii).
On The Big Island (Hawaii), we meet you with the campervan at the airport, in the parking lot across from baggage claim. You will be provided specific directions to the meeting location in the parking lot the before you arrive.
On Maui we are located 2 miles from the airport, at 230 Hana Hwy #9, Kahului, HI 96732, which is about a 5 minute ride-share or taxi ride, which you can easily find right outside baggage claim.
On Oahu we meet you in Kaneohe, at 46-336 Haiku Rd Kaneohe, HI 96744, which is about 15 miles and usually a 20 minute ride away from the airport.
When you return from your trip, we will meet you in the same location as pick-up.
This is our first time renting, will someone show us how to use and drive the campervan?
Yes. We love first time renters and we are excited to help! On your departure day you will get a hands on demonstration of everything your campervan has to offer as well as operational and driving tips. Each campervan will also have a Renters Guidebook documenting the walk through and step-by-step instructions to help operate the campervan’s systems. 7 days prior to your departure you will also be emailed a copy of the Renters Guidebook. Please look over and familiarize yourself with the operation of the campervan. No need to print out as each campervan will have a copy of the book.
How does insurance work and do you provide insurance for the campervan?
Yes we can provide supplemental insurance for every RV rental. By default we do not include the cost of insurance in your quote but you can choose an insurance package during the reservation check-out. Renters outside the US and Canada must choose an insurance package during checkout. This insurance is provided by Outdoorsy and has a deductible equal to your security deposit ($750-$1,500) depending on your campervan. If you decline insurance you must be from the US or Canada and provide written proof from your insurance provider that they will cover our vehicles within 2 weeks of your booking for verification. If we have not received adequate proof of insurance coverage within 2 weeks after booking, we will automatically add the basic insurance package to your reservation.
If you specifically own an RV and have RV insurance, your policy will most likely insure our vehicles. If you have a personal automobile policy, most insurance companies will not cover a rental vehicle if it is an RV or if the vehicle contains any modifications. Our Hymer Aktivs are registered as a Class B RV Motorhome and our Mercedes Getaways and VW Westfalias are registered as passenger vans but contain modifications to the original vehicle that might not be covered. There are some insurance companies that will cover RV’s or modified vehicles and it is up to you to do the legwork to find out if you are covered. If there is any doubt, go ahead and add the "Basic", "Essential", or "Peace of Mind" insurance package at checkout or if you want to decline coverage and check with your insurer, we can always add it after you book your reservation.
******* Please note that the insurance packages purchased through our website are supplemental insurance packages and will cover and gaps in coverage that your personal auto insurance will not cover. If there is an accident or any damage, you will file with your personal auto insurance first and they will handle the claim and if they will not cover the vehicle or there are gaps in coverage, the supplemental purchased insurance cover the rest.
What are the seatbelt and infant/child carseat requirements?
You must have one seatbelt for every passenger (adult, child or infant) in the campervan. The same seatbelt requirements of a passenger car apply to the campervan. You can find the number of seatbelts of each campervan in the Vehicle Description section of each individual campervan page. In most cases the campervan floorplan image will also show seatbelt placement in the campervan. All infants and children must be appropriately placed in a carseat or booster restraint system. If you will be traveling with a carseat passenger we do recommend only renting a campervan with forward facing seatbelts in the rear.
Can you deliver and pick up the campervan to/from the airport?
Yes we can. We are located at the airport on the Big Island and will meet you in the parking lot across from baggage claim.
We meet you at our facility on Maui and Oahu, but if our schedule allows, we may be able to pick you up from the airport for an additional fee.
Am I renting by the day or by the night?
Campervans are rented by the night, the same as a hotel room or campground reservation. We may be able to offer early pick up and/or late return for an additional fee of $10/hour (calculated from our standard 3pm pick-up and 11am drop-off times). This is based on availability and we usually will not know if we can accommodate either option until close to your trip. We cannot accommodate an early pick up or late drop off if your campervan is returning from a trip the day of your pick up or scheduled to go back out the day you return because it takes 2-3hrs to prepare, sanitize and inspect the vehicle for your departure.
What time can we pick up the campervan?
Campervan pick up times are between 3pm and 5pm. If you would like an earlier time (8am – 3pm) it may be available, but not guaranteed as your campervan may be out on rent the night before your departure day. Same day turnovers do happen and we do our best to accommodate all of our guests' check-in times. You can request your desired time during the reservation process.
If you request an after hours pick-up (6am to 8am) or (5pm to 11pm), there is an additional charge. "After Hours" orientations between 6am-8am and 5pm-8pm are $35 and "Late night" orientations from 8pm-11pm are $65. Please plan for 30 minutes for your initial walk through when you pick up the campervan.
What time do I need to return the campervan?
Campervan drop off (check-out) times are between 8am and 11am. If you would like a later time (11am – 5pm) it may be available, but not guaranteed as your campervan may be booked to go out on another trip the day you are returning. If your van is available for a late return, there is a $10/hour charge for drop-offs after 11am. Same day turnovers do happen and we do our best to accommodate all of our guests' check-out times and you can request your desired time during the reservation process. If you request an after hours drop-off (5pm to 11pm), and want someone there to meet you, there is an after hours charge as well as the hourly fee. Please plan for 15 minutes for your return walk through when you drop off the campervan.
When do I need to pay for the reservation and is there a damage deposit?
We do require a $500 or 25% down payment (whichever is greater) to confirm a reservation. You can inquire by phone or view availability online to see if a particular unit is available for your dates but to fully reserve, block out and confirm the RV for your trip we do require the down payment amount. The balance due on your reservation is charged out 14 days prior to your trip. Any additional last minute incidentals or rentals add-on requests will be charged at the time of request if within 14 days of your departure. Your Refundable Security Damage Deposit will be charged 2 days prior to departure and held on your behalf by the card processor. The refundable security damage deposit is up to $1500 for the campervan but no less than your insurance damage deductible.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel for any reason from the date of reservation and up to 30 days before departure, Campervan Hawaii will refund the down payment amount less a $95 processing fee. If cancelled within 30 days of departure and more than 14 days from departure, 50% of down payment amounts will be refunded. If cancelled within 14 days of departure no refunds will be given, as the reservation will now be paid in full. Please allow up to 7 days to process any refund. Our modest cancellation policy keeps RVs from being blocked out just in case someone needs them and then cancels if they don’t. This keeps the reservation schedule valid and fair for all our customers.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we highly recommend purchasing trip insurance which will reimburse you 100% of your trip should you not be able to travel due to covered reasons regarding COVID-19.
How old do I have to be to rent a campervan and are there any license requirements?
Minimum age to drive is 25. You must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a simple DMV check. International drivers are welcome with a valid passport, driver’s license from your country and an International Driver’s Permit (available online) if your native license is not in English.
What is the minimum number of nights I can rent?
We have a 4-night minimum during normal times. The month surrounding Christmas & New Years require a 5-night minimum to reserve. You can rent the campervan for less than the minimum nights but will be charged for the minimum number of nights automatically.
If there is an opening between existing reservations we may be able to accommodate short term rentals for an additional fee of 1/2 the nightly rate. Please email us with your requested date range and we will check availability for you.
How many miles are included with the rental and what are the cost for extra miles?
75 miles are included for every night booked. For example: a 4 night rental would include 300 miles at no additional costs. Additional miles are charged at $1 per mile. To drive completely around the Big Island and hit all the attractions, it is around 300 miles. On Maui, it's 225 miles and Oahu 175. Unless you are doing excessive driving, you will not get charged for any extra milage but on the Big Island, there is a chance of an additional fee.
Can I tow or use the hitch?
Towing is not allowed with any of our campervans. If the renter plans on using any hitch mounted rack with the campervan, the renter must contact us prior to picking up the campervan to make arrangements and have the hitch lock removed. Renter must bring their hitch-mounted rack with them or rent a hitch mounted rack from us or hitch lock will not be removed.
What does the Turnover Fee include?
All campervan rentals come with a mandatory Turnover Fee which covers a full detailing the exterior and interior of the campervan, wiping down and disinfecting all equipment and supplies as well as filling the propane and fresh water and toping of fluids.
Can I bring my pet?
One dog under 55lbs is allowed in our campervans. There is a $10 pet fee/day. Only one pet is allowed. If your rental is returned with damage, stains, odors or excessive hair due to pets, additional charges may apply. Basically we ask that the pet be invisible upon return for both sight and smell. Many of our customers have allergic reactions to pets and we need to accommodate them as well as our pet friendly customers. We charge $95 cleaning fees with a one hour minimum per occurrence if needed. A $200 fee will be added if the Pet was not disclosed. Any excess fees will be deducted from security/damage deposit.
Do the campervans have TV/DVD’s?
All our Hymer campervans come with TVs and DVD Players. Please see the vehicle description for exact details or contact us for the specifics of the vehicle your are interested in reserving.
Do the campervans have A/C?
They all have A/C which is part of the vehicle and there are a select few with rooftop AC units which can run while the vehicle is off. There are no RV parks or places to plug into so the A/C's run on batteries alone. Our two Hymer campervan A/Cs will run at night but they are inefficient and require the engine to automatically start multiple times throughout the night to recharge the batteries . This can be a nuisance to fellow campers as the AC and engine starting are loud. Our two Platinum Suite vans have a very efficient DC powered A/C which can run all night long on the batteries but require the campervan to be driven for more than 4 hours the following day to recharge the A/C batteries. These campervans have their limitations with using the A/C at night because they do require the engine to run in order to recharge the batteries that operate the A/C.
Where can I read all the "fine print"?
Your final contract will have a copy of the full Terms and Conditions of your rental. You can also view the Terms at the bottom of our website when you scroll down.. Your confirmation email will also have the complete Terms available for you to download. Please reach out to us if you have any question regarding your rental or details in the contract. We are here to help.
How are you preparing the campervans in regards to COVID-19
When we clean our campervans, we adhere to the CDC cleaning guidelines for COVID-19. We wash all of our linens and kitchenware in the hottest water. We do a complete interior detail cleaning while wearing a mask and gloves and when finished, we disinfect the interior with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. We then air out the vehicle so there is no lingering disinfectant smell.
Do you have Holiday Pricing
Yes. Due to the high demand over Christmas and New Years, the nightly rate increases 50% from December 19th to January 15th and the minimum rental is 5 nights instead of 4. If you schedule your pick-up on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve there is a 50% increase on the Turnover Fee which will be added to your reservation. Campervan Hawai is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Are the pictures on the website representative of how the campervan looks now?
The pictures shown are of the campervans when they are new. For the most part, they look just like they are now but since these campervans are rented 90% of the year, they tend to get some bumps and scrapes and the occasional dent. Navigating on a small island with tiny roads and campsite areas is not for everybody and sometimes ends up in an occasional scrape (which is why we recommend buying insurance).
We schedule all damage to get repaired but repairs sometimes take months to take place due to supply chain issues and limited body shop labor in the islands. Because of that, if the vehicles are still mechanically sound and safe to drive, we keep them on the road until they are repaired. If you would like to see pictures of the vehicle’s current condition, check out the vehicle on our website and the last photos in the gallery or of the current condition. Because scrapes are common, we do not offer any discounts due to any cosmetic damage.
What Critters Are In Hawaii?
The most common nuisance bugs we have are mosquitoes, ants, and roaches. Mosquitoes are not too bad and are more prevalent in wetter areas so if you have a tendency to get bitten, then be sure to bring appropriate bug spray. Ant and roaches live everywhere so we recommend trying to keep them at bay by keeping your food sealed up. Ants and roaches will seek out food or water sources and if food or even rubbish food containers are present then they will find a way to them. That being said, don't be surprised to see any of these three insects along your trip outside and inside the vehicle. We professionaly bait for roaches and ants to make sure that they do not take up residency in the vehicles but don't be surprised to catch a glimpse of a roach or ant while camping.
Other than the bugs mentioned above, there are not really any other animals you have to worry about. We do not have any snakes, bears, coyotes, racoons, etc that are found in other parts of the world so hanging out at campsites is very safe from nuisance animals.
Is it hot to sleep in a vehicle at night?
Hawaii's night weather averages around 71° during the summer and 62° which makes it perfect sleeping. While these are averages, there are some hotter nights during the summer months of June-Sept that could reach the high 70's. Each of our vans is outfitted with a vent fan which extracts the ward air out of the car and allows cool air to flow in through the windows or doors while sleeping at night. We also include small clip-on fans which keep the breeze flowing over your body while sleeping. Some of our campervans have A/C but there are limitations where you can use it as they tend to be loud and could offend fellow neighbor campers so we only recommend using A/C on uniquly hot nights and when you are camping not around other people.
Before Your Trip
What supplies come with the campervan?
The listed nightly price is for the campervan rental and does not include bedding, towels, kitchen or camp supplies. There is an additional fee of $9/person/night (which is requred for each person, including children and infants) and covers the rental of bedding, beach/bath towels, camp chairs, dining dishes and utensils, cups, etc., as well as wear and tear on the vehicle.
For a full list of supplies and equipment please visit the Van's Page of our website.
Do you offer camping equipment rentals?
Yes, we do. One of our specialties is outfitting trips. We can set your campervan up with everything you will need for your campervan vacation from campervan kitchen and bedding supplies to outdoor camp needs from BBQs, outdoor cookers, lanterns, and tents! You can select an easy grouped package or select individual items to suit your needs. It’s an easy way to travel completely hassle free – just show up with food and clothes and the rest is set. Just return all items, leave them in the campervan and walk away. No need to unpack and unload after a long trip home! Kitchen & cooking supplies must be returned clean to avoid additional sanitation fee. During your online reservation process, you will have an opportunity to add the supplies you want.
Where can I find specific details of my campervan like how much fresh water can it hold?
The Features/Amenities section of each campervan’s individual detail page will have all the specifics of the RV including tank sizes and other features such as microwave and gas ovens, outdoors showers, etc.
Are there restrictions on where I can go?
Yes. You can drive on any paved road but you cannot drive on any unpaved roads. No compensation on any items will be given if traveling to on unpaved roads and items malfunction. You are 100% responsible for conditional and locale issues. See Terms for complete details.
Can I take the campervan to Haleakala?
Yes. Driving to Haleakala is highly recommended. It’s a bit crowded up there for the sunrise and you need to make a reservation in advance but the views from the top of Haleakala are breathtaking. Sunsets are just as nice and are less crowded. Just remember to keep the transmission in 3rd gear going up and coming down so you do not stress the campervan’s brakes too much.
Where can I find Campsites?
Click here to go to the campsites section of our webpage.
Do you offer 24/7 Roadside Assistance and what's included and covered?
Yes we offer 24/7 Roadside Assistance through the Coachnet for $15/night of booking. It’s more than just a 24/7 available tech person but also provides a nationwide service for your tires, campsite reservations and more. Here’s the link, which outlines the benefits in more details.
During Your Trip
What if we have a question while out on the road?
First look up if there is a solution or how-to in the Renter’s Guidebook provided in each campervan. If you have internet refer back to our instructional videos here on the website or our Help Articles in our Blog & Info section of the website. If you cannot find your answer and still need some help, follow the troubleshooting contact guide given to you at departure. The troubleshooting guide will outline calling/texting procedures so we can be efficient and get your question answered as quickly as possible. Be sure to call or text the number given to you for faster service. If your are trying to resolve an issue or get a questioned answered and it is after hours and your purchased 24/7 Roadside Assistance Plan, please call the Coach-Net Roadside Assistance number given to you at departure as well as emailed.
What if I don’t purchase the 24/7 Roadside Assistance Plan and yet still need help to change a tire or other roadside situation?
We are still here to help and provide great service but we do sleep and are mostly available during business hours. If you need roadside assistance, please call/text the number given to you at departure and we would be happy to help out to get you back on the road ASAP. If you did not purchase the 24/7 Roadside Assistance plan, you are 100% responsible for roadside tire issues and the cost associate with the mobile service company to replace/change the tire. Please see Terms and Conditions for full financial responsibility disclosure of the RV while in your care.
What if I get into an accident or damage the campervan (inside or out)?
Your safety is our #1 priority. Call 911 if anyone is hurt and pull off to side of the road as soon as possible and only if it is safe to do so. Once you are in a safe place, document the accident or damage by taking pictures and filing out the accident/damage form attached to your insurance binder if you provided insurance or the accident/damage form attached to your insurance card if you purchased insurance through us. Call us immediately to notify us of damages and then please send pictures. If campervan is safe to drive and operate, you can continue on with your trip and we will take care of things when you return. It is your responsibility to determine what is safe and what is not when you are out on the road. Please fully read the Terms & Conditions section on Damages for all details including fees, charges, deductibles and your responsibility.
After Your Trip
Do we have to clean the campervan upon return?
Yes. We ask that you clean the campervan in the same visual condition in which you received it on the inside. Our simple rule is if you brought any dirt into the campervan, remove it. If you spilled anything, pick it up. You must remove all trash, food, ice and personal belongs. Please use the supplied broom and cleaners to broom sweep all excess dirt and wipe down all sinks, counters and the refrigerator. Excess dust and dirt will require additional cleaning and extra cleaning fees may apply. Cleaning fees start at one hour rate of $95.
Do you charge for dumping the gray and black tanks when I return?
Yes. You are required to completely empty both gray and black tanks before retuning to our facility, or you can opt for us to do it for you for a fee. If not prepaid, and tanks are not completely emptied, a $125 dump and sanitation fee will be deducted from security/damage deposit.
How long will it take to get back my Security Deposit?
At most 7 days from your return but in most cases about 2-3 business days for us to reconcile any added costs and to fully inspect the vehicle. Your mileage numbers are compiled from the pictures/videos taken at your departure and upon your return which you will have emailed copies. If any extra charges are due you will get a complete a detailed invoice. If you ever have any questions on your billing or any charges, please call us to discuss. We want you to feel informed with a complete understanding of all charges.
How do I know if I damaged something or was it already that way?
During your departure walk through, you will notice us taking a detailed video and pictures of the campervan both inside and out. The images include pictures of all existing damages and blemishes to your campervan as well as a picture of the dashboard showing out bound mileage and fuel level. The same will happen when you return the campervan. We use a court legal 3rd party service app to record the campervan s condition. They will email a complete record with all images and videos to you for your personal records. If you are unsure of a scratch or damage, just refer to the outbound video and you will be able to tell if it was there or not upon departure. Our clients find this 3rd party service record a welcome basis of trust and eliminates any ambiguity. We prefer to be as transparent as possible for you comfort and peace of mind.