Pull Your Own
Is your vacation taking you somewhere we don’t normally serve? You can pull your own trailer! Adventure In Camping offers a convenience allowing you to pull one of our travel trailers yourself and enjoy other areas of camping besides the Sierras. You can spend a few weeks of the winter in Death Valley, or camp on the beach in San Diego or Mendocino. Enjoy the freedom of a travel trailer vacation without having to own one; the possibilities are endless. Call our office at (760) 935-4890 for current rates and availability.
There are a few items required on your behalf, and our recommendations to better assist you with the self pull vacation process.
- Generally, this program is offered only during our off season time to ensure scheduling does not conflict with other rentals. However, we do make some exceptions to this rule. Check with our reservation department for details.
- Payment in full for the rental is required to be in place 30 days prior to your pickup date. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. If your pickup date is 30 days or less from the date of booking, we do not accept a personal check or money order. A credit card is required to be on file in our office and will be pre-authorized for $500 in addition to the amount of your reservation. This is considered a deposit and covers the deductible costs associated with any accident involving the trailer, as well as incidental damage that may occur during your possession of the trailer. Additionally, there is a $100 penalty if the trailer is not returned at the pre-arranged time the day of drop off. The return time is generally 10:00 am and is strictly enforced. Later return times are based on availability.
- The tow vehicle you will be use to pull the trailer must be of adequate size and power to pull the trailer based on its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), generally 6000-8000 lbs. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual under towing specific information and limitations.
- Your vehicle must have a frame-mounted hitch and a trailer ball that is 2-5/16” in diameter. Please note bumper mounted hitches are not acceptable under any circumstances.
- Your vehicle must have a 7-way “Pollock” trailer plug for the lights and brakes and must have a dash mounted electric brake which is fully functional.
- Your vehicle must have an electronic brake control device installed. A brake controller is usually a factory or aftermarket installed device mounted to the tow vehicle’s driver’s side dashboard area that engages a trailer’s braking system. The system is generally time delayed or proportional to the tow vehicle’s brake engagement when slowing down or coming to a stop. Most trucks manufactured with a “tow package” or “trailer ready” have a trailer brake control installed or it is pre-wired for installation. We can assist with aftermarket installation. Please call for service rates and information.
- Should the lights or trailer brakes on the towing vehicle not work at the time you pick up the trailer, we will charge $85 per hour to assist with repair, providing we do not have to replace any parts on the towing vehicle. Parts, if applicable and available, will be charged at retail prices.
- We recommend that the towing vehicle has mirrors of adequate extension for safe driving while towing a trailer
- The driver of the vehicle must be a California licensed driver with a current and valid driver’s license and must be at least 25 years of age. The driver must have his or her California driver’s license in possession at the time of pick up. The license must not expire during the rental period. Any additional drivers to be added on the contract must have their current driver’s license as well and must be present at pickup. Adventure In Camping strongly recommends the driver of the towing vehicle have prior experience towing and backing trailers.
- You are required to have proof of insurance with a policy number that includes the trailer you will be towing. You will need to contact our office prior to obtaining your insurance to make sure it includes the trailer, listed specifically by VIN#. Your insurance must cover you, and any other driver planning to tow the travel trailer. Please bring a separate rider if your insurance company requires one. It is your responsibility to confirm you have adequate coverage. Please call our office if you have any questions.
- If you have AAA or some other form of emergency roadside assistance, it is a good idea to make sure your current contract covers recreational vehicles. For example, unless you have recreational vehicle coverage, AAA will not cover any towing or repair while you are towing a trailer. We do not supply water hoses or drain hoses for use with the trailer, however the trailer is equipped with 2 fully charged batteries and 2 full propane tanks, which should last any trailer rental a week, using normal conservative camping techniques.
- Additional cleaning required of the trailer’s interior or exterior will be charged at the rate of $25/hour.
- If any appliance within the trailer requires service during the rental, we are unable to assist, except for any suggestions that can be made via the telephone. We do not warrant the batteries to last for any specific period, but under normal operation, they should be adequate. If the batteries require charging while the trailer is in your possession, we cannot help. There are directions provided for most maintenance situations that may occur during a normal rental period.
- You will receive a full orientation of the trailer, including maintenance, use, and your responsibilities during your vacation. Any required maintenance to the trailer during your vacation including appliances, batteries, propane, or generator (if applicable) is your responsibility. We will provide you with directions for most maintenance situations that may occur during a normal rental period. You may also contact our service line at (760) 914-2542 for over the phone assistance.