By Mark Jenny
Have you heard of the recent trend started by AirBnB.com, where homeowners rent out their house, condo, or apartment to short-term visitors who prefer the lived-in feel to a stale hotel room?
This travel style has been blowing up among young travelers who want to feel like a local while saving a little extra money in the process.
So what exactly does this have to do with RVs? Well this trend has rapidly expanded to other areas of vacation travel, leading to a thriving RV rental industry.
If you own an RV, yet aren’t using it as often as you would like, you can now rent it out to travelers who either cannot afford an RV or are unsure if they are ready to make the investment — all while bringing in a little extra cash.
RVShare.com is the current industry leader, providing a convenient, easy-to-use platform for RV owners looking to rent out their vehicles to part-time travelers.
This unique system benefits everyone involved — RV owners are able to monetize their vehicle when it would otherwise go unused, and renters are able to enjoy the experience of RV travel without the commitment of ownership.
The timeless tradition of road tripping across the country with friends and family can now be enjoyed by anyone.
RVShare.com makes it super easy to list your vehicle and draw in potential renters. The site offers services for private owners and for those who already manage multiple rental RVs, making it the largest, most diverse RV sharing platform out there.
The benefit of this, of course, is the sheer amount of traffic that will be drawn to your listing, and the chances of steadily renting out your vehicle are much higher than when using Craigslist or a local newspaper ad.
No obligation to rent
After you’ve listed your RV, potential renters will have the opportunity to submit a request for use. You are never under any obligation to accept these requests, so if the renter’s schedule, payment, or personality is not a match for you, simply decline and the renter will be politely notified.
All deposits and payments, and are handled through the website, so once you’ve confirmed a rental you can just sit back and relax.
There’s also no need for a cluttered home office, because you can access all your rental information in the comfort of your living room or on the go. The RVShare.com website is simple to use and mobile-friendly, so you can stay up-to-date on rental requests and transactions while continuing to live your life.
They’ll help you handle all the messy invoices, policies, and paperwork – you’re just responsible for the vehicle.
RVshare.com offers categories for Class A, B, and C motorhomes, as well as travel trailers, fifth-wheels, toy haulers, truck campers, and pop up campers.
Joe, a travel trailer owner from American Fork Utah, rented out his vehicle within a week of signing up for RVshare.com after considering selling the unused trailer. Instead, he’s been able to recoup his cost of ownership while continuing to rent out the trailer for extra side income.
To read Joe’s story, click here.
Whatever type of vehicle you’re looking to rent out, you’ll find a category — and customer base — for it.
Renting an RV is an easy, low-commitment way for new campers to test the waters. Potential renters may harbor a long-term goal of RV ownership, but in the meantime they’re able to fulfill their wanderlust with your vehicle.
This system also opens up travel opportunities for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford an RV. Countless RVshare.com owners rave about the friends they’ve made by renting out their RV to other travelers and the passion for camping they’ve seen ignited in their customers.
Why not share the joy of RV camping with those who are not ready or able to take the plunge into full-fledged ownership?
Benefits of renting
For owners, the greatest benefit of RV sharing is the extra cash. You may choose to use this extra income to pay off the RV itself, or perhaps as a little extra spending money.
The amount you make will depend on the type and condition of your vehicle, as well as your location and seasonal factors – Denton, an RV owner from Ohio, made more than $68,000 in one year of renting his vehicle through RVshare.com. To read his story, click here.
It’s always completely free to list your vehicle and see what kind of response you get before you commit to anything further.
Renting out your unused or underused RV may also be the best thing you could do for its longevity. Not only will you make a little extra income on the side, but your RV will also benefit from being out on the road instead of taking up space in a yard, garage or driveway.
Regular use may also help keep your RV running smoothly and ensure it doesn’t end up in an early grave because of prolonged storage.
While your interest may have been piqued at the mention of extra income, renting isn’t necessarily for everyone. If you use your RV as a full timer, then renting it out to other travelers will likely cause more trouble than it’s worth.
With that said, RV sharing does not need to be a huge commitment, and you can always back out if your listing doesn’t attract any worthwhile bites.
You may be surprised to find that your little corner of the map has a thriving outdoors culture, or that travelers are willing to trek from nearby urban hubs in order to fulfill their wildest camping dreams.
For more information and to find out how much you can make renting your RV, click here.