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San Diego RV Rentals (Santee), California
El Monte RV Rentals
8665 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, CA 92071

Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday Closed

Toll Free: (888) 337-2214

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June 2022
Great RV rental place. Nice and friendly
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May 2022
Everything was phenomenal. Service and RV were great and we can’t wait to use El Monte Santee again.

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El Monte RV Rentals


El Monte RV Rentals

8665 Mission Gorge Rd
Santee, CA 92071


Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 8:00am – 5:00 pm
Sunday - Closed

Call: (619) 449-1513

Toll Free: (888) 337-2214


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San Diego, CA is a perfect place to visit any time of the year. This beautiful city has been called “America’s Finest City.” It is very close to many major California attractions as well. We are proud to serve customers in Santee, San Diego, Coronado, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Lakeside and surrounding communities. With 266 days of sunshine each year, it’s easy to see why San Diego is a hot spot for travelers. Add in 70 miles of coastline, lush urban parks, and some of the country’s most famous resorts and you have a paradise right on the California coast.

We’re a nationwide company which prides itself on serving local customers with great service and excellent RV rentals. Let us help you make your vacation something very special.

One-Tank Trips

One-Tank Trips

Possible one tank-trips from San Diego include many of the most popular sights to see around southern California. The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, the Cabrillo Lighthouse, the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Cleveland National Forest are just a few of the closest attractions. You can even go see seals sunning themselves on the rocks near the Scripps Institute in La Jolla. Try some of these one-day, one-tank trip suggestions for an even more exciting visit to this area.


La Jolla, CA: Not very far from San Diego, La Jolla is a varied and very interesting place to visit. Start your day at the Torrey Pines Gliderport and watch the colorful paragliders float over the Pacific Ocean and up and down the coast. There’s a cafe here if you want to grab a cup of coffee or a snack. If you enjoy hiking, try out one of the trails that start next to the Gliderport. 


To enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, or diving, head to the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, a vast underwater preserve that protects seven sea caves, kelp forests, and abundant marine life. For an organized tour, or to rent equipment, check out La Jolla Dive, located just two blocks from the ocean.


One of the most entertaining sights to see here are the sea lions and seals at La Jolla Cove. You’ll likely hear them even before seeing them. Walk down the ramp or climb the steep stairs and have a seat on the sand to watch these marine mammals playing, napping, and fishing. (Only one word of warning – seals are pretty stinky – so you may want to bring a bandana or wear a mask.)


Julian, CA:

If you’re visiting in the fall, then Julian is a terrific one or two-day trip. Located about an hour northeast of San Diego, this tiny town is well known for apple picking and the resulting apple pies. Apple Star OrchardCalico Ranch Orchard, and Julian Farm all offer fruit picking along with other activities like wagon rides, petting zoos, and axe throwing. Be sure to check each website before visiting since picking seasons vary at each orchard.


Don’t miss an opportunity to shop at some of the unique shops in this little town, plus stop to have a scrumptious meal at one of their mining-era cafés.

The Julian Pie Company is the place to go for delicious pies made from apples harvested from their own orchard. This family-owned business has been in operation since 1989, and today it’s run by the founders and their children and grandchildren. Even if you’re not able to visit in the fall, you can still enjoy hot apple pie à la mode.

Other activities in and around town include panning for gold at Eagle Mining Co., learning about wolves at the California Wolf Center, or antiquing at Wynola Junction Antiques & Collectibles.


Laguna Beach:

Further up the coast — about an hour and 20-minute drive — is the unique artistic seaside community of Laguna Beach. Founded by Plein air painters in the 1880s, this upscale town is full of art galleries, secluded coves, and ocean view restaurants.

To combine a trip to the beach and exercise, head to Thousand Steps Beach in South Laguna. The descent to the beach is easy and the views are spectacular, but the return trip will be challenging. Fortunately, there are only 218 stairs, not a thousand.

This is definitely an art lover’s town. Be sure to visit the Laguna Art Museum, well-known for its collection of southern California artists. Throughout the town, there are more than 100 art galleries featuring a wide variety of styles.

National Parks / National Historic Sites near San Diego, CA

National Parks / National Historic Sites near San Diego, CA

Knowing history is very important and our customers agree with us. That’s why many of them visit the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and the Cabrillo National Monument where they learn even more about this area and what took place many years ago. Traveling to these sites in the comfort of a motorhome rental is a lot of fun and comfortable for the whole family.


Depending upon the time of year that you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will help determine what activity you do. However, since each season is full of numerous possibilities, don’t limit your stay to just the summer months. 

There is so much to see and do at these beautiful National Park locations that you’ll probably want to return to this area again and again. El Monte RV will be happy to provide you the best RV rental for each trip.

National Forests near San Diego, CA - Outdoor Adventure and Year-Round Recreational Opportunity

National Forests near San Diego, CA - Outdoor Adventure and Year-Round Recreational Opportunity

For year-round fun, Angeles National Forest is only an hour from Los Angeles, a few hours north of San Diego, but offers an unlimited number of recreational activities. Try and include the Cleveland National Forest which is closer to San Diego, or the Sequoia National Forest in your itinerary as well.  

San Bernardino National Forest: This huge national forest offers 6 different recreation areas that all offer various campgrounds for your enjoyment. Before going, make sure you reserve the campground of your choice and be sure it will accommodate the RV you will be renting. Your El Monte RV dealer in San Diego can help you with this.


The San Bernardino National Forest is open year-round and provides ample recreational opportunities for everyone. Trail rides on horses, driving off-highway vehicles, camping, fishing, snowshoeing and alpine skiing are all possible in this lovely national forest. El Monte RV is ready to assist you with your plans – let us provide you with an RV rental to make your trip even more enjoyable.

State Parks near San Diego, CA

State Parks near San Diego, CA

Camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and relaxing can be done in most of the 280 California State Parks, with all kinds of lakes, rivers and beaches for you to enjoy in this state’s varied countryside. California is very fortunate to have so many state parks for its residents and visitors to enjoy. The California state parks system is one of the biggest and most diverse state parks systems in the United States and the world.


Take in the history of Old Town San Diego at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the home of the original Mexican pueblo of San Diego, or visit some of the other 13 parks in the San Diego Coast District, from Carlsbad State Beach to the extreme southwest corner of the continental United States at Border Field State Park. This is one of the only secluded public beaches in Southern California.

Some of the most visited parks in the system are included in these urban areas. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is the home of the endangered Torrey Pine, and enjoys hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.


While exploring, the State parks in the San Diego Coast area, stop and enjoy any of these parks including:


Border Field





Old Town San Diego

San Elijo

San Pasqual Battlefield

Silver Strand

South Carlsbad

Tijuana Estuary NP

Torrey Pines State Beach

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Local Attractions – Amusement and Theme Parks

Local Attractions – Amusement and Theme Parks

Many of El Monte RVs customers love spending a day viewing the underwater sea creatures at Sea World in San Diego or jumping into the water to interact with the dolphins. Carlsbad hosts Legoland California, a vast amusement park for all ages that includes themed carnival rides, a water park, and an aquarium.

Like roller coasters?  Many of our customers love them and since Belmont Park is the home of the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and Plunge it’s a favorite destination of theirs.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute is located in La Jolla, CA and a place where many who rent our RVs describe it as a place to “explore where the wonders of the ocean come alive”.  They promote ocean conservation and is a place that can be enjoyed by everyone.

San Diego Wild Animal Park is all about animals, plants, conservation and education so spend an extra night in your comfortable rental RV after visiting Sea World so you can spend a day at the Wild Animal Park. If you have already been to the San Diego Zoo, take in this Wild Animal Park for a change of pace.


These are all places you and your family can enjoy. Whenever you visit Southern California or any areas nearby, you will have a relaxing place to sleep in your El Monte RV. For your next California Dreaming adventure, find the best way to see all the sights and enjoy your experiences by traveling and staying in an El Monte RV.

Why Rent from El Monte RV

Reason for choosing El Monte RV 1
We’ve got you covered with a wide range of late model RVs including Class C, Class A models. Our pet-friendly RVs come standard with upgraded amenities and some even have slide-outs for more room on the road.
Reason for choosing El Monte RV 2
With locations across the USA we can be found in most major metropolitan areas from coast to coast. Most of our stores are even open on Sundays. With our convenient locations it’s never been easier to get on the road in an RV.
Reason for choosing El Monte RV 3
The health and safety of our customers is a top priority. That’s why all of our vehicles go through a multi-point inspection, including a deep clean, after every rental. Using professional-grade cleaning agents, our trained staff works hard to ensure that your next rental looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside.
Reason for choosing El Monte RV 4
Whether you’re a novice RV renter or an expert, sometimes we could all use on-the-road support. All of our customers have access to our toll-free roadside support. Our friendly team of RV experts is just a phone call away and ready to assist at any time during your trip.
Reason for choosing El Monte RV 5
Whether this is your first or fifteenth time renting from us, we provide a comprehensive motorhome rental instruction and detailed walk-thru and check-in. A library of helpful troubleshooting videos are also available to view at any time during your trip which answer common questions and provide helpful tips.
Reason for choosing El Monte RV 6
We’ve been at this a while. With over 50 years of experience we’ve learned a thing or two about great vacations. When it comes to reliability and quality put your trust in experts who have built a reputation on delivering exceptional experiences.