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Tips for Renting Your RV

Tips for Renting Your RV

Did you know that there are websites (i.e. RVshare, Outdoorsy) that easily allow you to rent out your RV when it’s not in use? I know I meet a lot of people that complain that they just don’t get to camp enough. If that’s the case for you, this is a great way for you to make money from your RV. You can use the money to pay the payments on your camper or save for your next trip. Here’s what you need to know:

 

RVshare

We recently started renting out our travel trailer on RVshare and have good experiences so I wanted to share what we learned. First of all for those that don’t know, RVshare is a website where you can list your RV for free for prospective renters to view. Renters will contact you through the site via email requesting a quote or more information on renting your RV for their chosen dates.

Pros

  • Features insurance coverage, ID verification of renters, and Roadside assistance which gives us peace of mind when renting.
  • Quick online deposits through Stripe made directly to your bank account within days of rental.
  • Able to decline a request at any time if you don’t feel comfortable renting to that person or the location they are going.
  • You are able to update your calendar to block off any dates you will be using the RV for personal trips or are unavailable to rent.
  • Allows you to meet new people and show them how fun the RV Life can be.

Cons

  • It can take a lot of time to communicate with prospective renters that don’t follow through with renting.
  • Takes a lot of time to clean and prep the camper for each rental.
  • Time to meet renters or deliver.
  • There is a chance damage could be done to your camper.
  • RVshare takes 25% fee for using their platform.
If you have the extra time to commit to vetting inquiries, cleaning, and delivering the RV, then this could be a good fit for you. I would also add that our current camper is not our dream camper so if something were to happen to it, we would be upset, but not devastated. If you have put your blood, sweat and tears in remodeling your RV or feel like it could not be easily replaced if it were to get damaged or even totaled, then you may not want to pursue this venture.

 

How to Have Successful Rentals

Are you ready to try out renting your RV? Here some of our recommendations on how to make your listing great so that you can get your camper rented often and with minimal stress.

 

1. Make it an All Inclusive Experience

Renters don’t want to be nickel and dimed to death and they don’t want to have to bring all of their blankets, towels, and kitchen products from home. You want to include amenities similar to that of a cabin or motel.  Include bedding, towels, kitchen supplies, and cookware for the interior. Also include everything they would need to tow and set-up the camper if needed. Check our free printable Inventory List we use to restock the camper in between rentals and our personal trips. We also provide the list to our renters prior to their arrival so they know what they should pack.

 

2. Make Sure Your Camper is Clean and Everything is Functioning Properly

I cannot stress this enough! Would you want to go into a dirty hotel room or stay somewhere where the A/C is broken? Of course not! Renters are paying good money to rent your RV and you should make sure it is in tip top shape. Extensively clean the interior and exterior prior to each rental and do a thorough walk through to make sure everything is in working order. Our RV Opening Checklist may help you determine what items should be examined.

 

Our travel trailer all nice and shiny to go out for a rental

 

3. Create a Quality Listing

In order for your listing to get viewed and therefore get rentals, you will want to make it detailed and include the following

  • Features/amenities of your RV
  • What items are included
  • Include measurements and weight of RV
  • What type of vehicle is needed to tow
  • Take photos with good lighting
  • Make sure there are multiple photos of each room and exterior from different angles
If the listing is descriptive and pictures show all aspects of the camper, it will make sure that the renters have no surprises when they pick up the camper for their trip. You can check out our RVshare listing here.

 

4. Respond Promptly to Inquiries

Renters are often reaching out to multiple owners at one time, trying to secure an RV for their trip. In this day and age, people expect an immediate response, so being the first to respond with concise answers to all of their questions, may just get you the “job.”

 

5. Make Sure Renters Have all of the Essentials

Prior to arriving make sure you renters know all applicable information needed to have a good trip. Confirm they have a tow vehicle that is able to handle your travel trailer or fifth wheel (if applicable). Also make sure they book a campsite that will fit your RV by providing them with the total length and width of RV and remind them where slides are located if any. If the renters are new to driving an RV make sure to advise them that there may be certain roads, bridges, and tunnels they can not take due to the size of the rig, so they can plan their route accordingly. We recommend our renters use the Copilot app for driving directions.

 

 

When your renters arrive to pick-up or when you are dropping off, make sure they have everything they need to have a successful trip.

  • Give them a thorough walk through of the RV
  • Show them how to work electronics, stove, hook-ups, etc.
  • If they will be driving the RV, make sure to give them a test drive to answer any questions they have prior to departure.
  • Have them fill out all necessary RVshare paperwork
  • Make sure they have keys, registration, and insurance documentation
  • Provide them with instructional videos or a manual on how to work everything
  • Give them your contact information and provide them with instructions in case of an emergency

 

6. Give the Renter a Warm Welcome

Consider leaving a welcome basket, hand written note, or small gift to thank them for choosing your camper to rent. My favorite things to include are s’mores kits with gourmet marshmallows, or if we know they have small children a small basket of activities like coloring books, travel games, glow sticks, and bubbles. You can also share your favorite podcasts or blogs for them to have a great trip like our Tips to Have a Successful RV Roadtrip with Kids. I want our renters to experience the best trip and love camping as much as I do!

Other Tips & Tricks

  • Get a GPS unit to track your RV when it is being rented.
  • Keep an open line of communication with your renters.
  • If a renter has a question or problem when out with your camper, offer assistance right away, customer service is so important.
So are you ready to start renting out your RV? I’ll be honest, it took me a year to warm up to the idea. I created my listing last summer but never made it live until this year but I am so glad I did. Do you want to learn more about renting your RV? Check out RVshare for more information. If you are looking for other ways to make money from your RV, check out what other RV Entrepreneurs are doing.

 

 

Have rented your RV? I would love to know your experiences, good or bad, comment below.