Why To Rent Your RV With Outdoorsy
Enjoying the RV life is a great way to connect with the great outdoors. Whether you’re holding the keys to a 19-foot camper or a40-foot diesel pusher, RVs make it easy to hit the road in search of adventure. Some folks like to wing it and camp wherever they happen to pitch for the evening, while others prefer to meticulously plan to make sure they’ve access to a 50-amp service before firing up the grill for dinner. Either way, it’s a great lifestyle.
Thing is, most RV owners don’t use their machines every single day of the year. Sure, there has to be a bit of downtime for servicing and northerners will tell you it is rather difficult to set up the slide-outs of an RV in the middle of a winter snowstorm. But there will inevitably be occasions when the rig is just sitting idle in the driveway – in fact, over 18 million RVs in the US sit idle 350 days out of the year! As the world’s largest and most trusted peer-to-peer RV rental platform, Outdoorsy has just the ticket to make the most of that downtime.
Like some other short-term rental services, Outdoorsy offers a fast and convenient way for owners of certain types of machines to make a bit of extra cash. The difference with Outdoorsy is they are laser-focused on the RV market, bringing their expertise in this leisure segment to make the experience a seamless transaction for both the RV owner and renter. Outdoorsy lets people list their RV for free and rent it whenever they want, providing full renter verification and vehicle insurance options.
This approach makes a lot of sense. After all, an RV is very likely the second biggest purchase a person will ever make, with many of these rigs wearing sticker prices well into the six figures. Being able to defray some of these costs to improve cashflow or pay off the note more quickly can be a smart move by utilizing a peer-to-peer platform like Outdoorsy. Get started by creating a listing, adding photos and a description of your RV. Be sure to mention all the important features of your RV – number of beds, cooking amenities, washroom facilities, entertainment options – and take flattering pictures of your RV in its most impressive state. In other words, clear away the sandbox toys and wash those dishes.
After accepting your booking, the Outdoorsy website has a convenient dashboard in which you can manage all aspects of your booking request before meeting the renter and handing over the keys. Cold hard cash(ok, an e-transfer) will be deposited in your bank account within 24 hours of a returned rental. Easy!
Trying to pull off such a feat by oneself without a service like Outdoorsy would be difficult. For starters, the Outdoorsy platform puts your RV in front of a massive number of potential customers, people who are actively searching for a weekend (or week-long) getaway. It would take a great deal of ad creation and listing to equal the exposure provided by Outdoorsy. Outdoorsy also makes it easy to manage your booking calendar, which helps you stay organized. More importantly, this service has teamed up with an outfit called Roamly to provide insurance for your rig during the rental period so you know your vehicle is safe.
When choosing to rent out your RV on a platform like Outdoorsy, or even via consignment, it’s important to make sure you have a personal insurance policy for your RV that allows you to rent it out. While nearly all major insurance companies don’t allow RV owners to rent out their RV without an expensive commercial insurance policy, Roamly provides personal RV insurance that explicitly allows RV owners to rent out their rigs when they’re not using them. On average, Roamly customers can save up to 25% on RV insurance, and it only takes minutes to get a quote!
Like the Outdoorsy crew, Roamly agents are invested in the RV life, so they know just what you’ll need to cover all bases. Where other insurers will make owners of popular Class Bs and campervans insure them as a traditional automobile with supplemental coverage for the internal contents, Roamly allows you to insure these rigs as an RV. The result is cheaper, more flexible coverage.
And while you can rent out bus-like Class A diesel motorhomes and traditional Class C motorhomes, the most popular option for renters on Outdoorsy, by far, are the Class Bs and campervans. These often use a Mercedes Metris van or Ram Promaster as their base and include just about all the comforts found in larger rigs. They’re the clear ticket for maneuverability in urban areas, making them a great choice for a couple or small family who’s seeking a bit of luxury but doesn’t want to drag a 40-foot camper with them across the nation. Renting out your Class B motorhome often makes owners over$300/night. Class Bs are a bit bigger than a typical campervan yet extremely photogenic if you’re planning to document your trip on the ‘gram; some options are even pre-kitted for off-road overlanding adventure.
How much does the Outdoorsy crew immerse themselves into the RV life? For starters, they maintain an active blog on their website, featuring content describing adventure topics such as the best national parks to visit and the most popular public lands for RVing. In short, Outdoorsy is more than just a repository for RV rentals – it’s a resource for planning all aspects of your next vacation.
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