What does ‘Good’ look like?

What makes an RV Rental listing “Good”? Why do some RV owners have more inquiries and rent more than others? What makes renters click on your listing vs. the competition?Danelle Pics

This post profiles what good looks like, in the world of private RV rentals by owner.

I’m going to focus on “Delivered RV Rentals” by owner, using one example from RVPlusYou. Why? Because i’m completely biased and I know it well. It’s an RV Vacation Rental, not a “car rental”. The RV owners on RVPlusYou deliver and set up their RV at your destination.

Other RV rental by owner websites include Outdoorsy and RVShare. These are great websites doing a great job, but these sites are “Vehicle Rental” sites, mostly motorhomes. Owners listed on those sites simply hand over the keys and say, “have fun”. It’s more about the RV, not the service.

The question comes up; “why do some RV owners rent more than others?” The answer is nuanced because it’s not just the listing, or the quality, or the price, or the service. It’s all of these things.

If you want to win bookings over your competition on websites like RVPlusYou, RVShare, or Outdoorsy, give this a read and think about where you can do better. The top 6 categories are as follows:

  1. Photos of RV
  2. Title and Description in listing
  3. Host photos and profile
  4. Service and responsiveness
  5. Pricing of RV
  6. Quality of RV

Profile of a “Good” RV Rental listing

Listing Details:  “Pismo Coast Village 38ft RV Rental”, by Danelle.

Danelle Profile

Click on the link above to see this delivered RV rental listing. Below is our analysis of one of the top 5 rental listings on RVPlusYou. Let’s go down the list:

  • Photos? – Check. Not great photos but it gets the job done. Photos are a must and this profile gets a B-. It shows the renter what they will get but does leave room for improvement. Without a doubt, she would get more ‘clicks’ if she had photos with: Better light/quality, landscape pictures for more visibility, set RV in location with ocean background, not street. Paint the picture for the novice RV camper.
  • Title and Description? – Check. A+. Renters know exactly what this comes with and details are in the description. Amenities are listed and her pricing is clear.
  • Host photo and profile – Check/Check. A+. Great pic of Danelle and her daughters. Sweet family description. Renters will know exactly who they are renting from. This host profile oozes TRUST!!! This is so important in a private rental transaction. It’s a big reason why she’s on top.
  • Service and Responsiveness – Check/Check. A+. I happen to have inside information on this. You can see it from her reviews but Danelle is also the first to respond to all rental inquiries. She asks questions of the renter to qualify and make feel welcome. She closes by inviting them to book. Perfectly handled because she cares.
  • Pricing of RV – Check. A+. Why does Danelle get an A+ here? She’s priced it low to start, gained renters and reviews, then moved the price up based on value: Service and quality = Fair price for both Owner and Renters, who return again and again.
  • Quality of RV – Check. She gets a solid A. Why not A+? Well, this is an older coach, but high quality and well cared for. The photos show off the quality which move renters past the “quality question”. Renter knows that this is a luxury RV and they’re willing to pay the extra money.

Whether you’re in this business part time or full, pay attention to the details. Ask yourself these questions:

  • If your competition responds in 5 minutes to an inquiry, vs. your 5 hour response, who will win that RV rental booking?
  • Is your host profile a recent photo of you and your family, or a fuzzy photo of your RV listed sideways?
  • Is your host profile blank, or does it reveal exactly who you are, giving renters peace of mind?
  • Are your photos crisp, clear, full of light with the outdoors in the background? Or is your lead photo an old dingy picture of a dirty RV on a side lot?
  • Does your RV rental listing explain exactly what the renter can expect from you and your RV? Or, does it leave details out forcing your prospect to find a different listing with more pertinent information?

Spend some time on your RV rental advertisements and you’ll have much more success, and fun!

 

 

RV Camping without RV Owning

RV Camping without owning, storing, maintaining, driving, or towing. Is this even possible?

Who hasn’t seen the movie RV with Robin Williams? I think most people view RV camping as the rolling box swaying down the highway that families climb into each summer to explore America. I’m fairly sure that this movie helped solidify that image.

Is it possible to experience RV camping without RV owning? YES! RVPlusYou has launched a new service that brings RV owners together with folks who want to camp in an RV, but don’t necessarily want to drive or tow.

Bodega Bay RV rental
RV rental by owner delivered to Bodega Bay

The fact is there are millions of families who will never own an RV, but would love to experience camping in comfort. They want to go RV camping, but without the hassle. RVPlusYou has the solution for these kinds of renters and the benefits to renting this way are amazing:

  1. No driving, no towing. Show up and it’s ready to go
  2. Low cost – Because you’re renting from an RV owner, they will generally rent to you for much less than the big box rental companies.
  3. All the stuff you need is generally there; camp chairs, plates, foil, salt & pepper, cooking oil, etc. You don’t get that with the big box companies.
  4. You get the local knowledge of an RV owner who knows their backyard. Pick their brain, reserve the best campsite at the best campground during the best season.

The service makes sense for millennials, seniors, and everyone in between. Some people don’t like to own “stuff”, some people used to own “stuff”, and some people are thinking about buying “stuff”. RV owners sharing their “stuff” makes sense and it earns them extra money to help pay for all that “stuff”.

I recently rented to a wonderful couple in their 80’s who are former RV owners. They’ve done it all when it comes to camping with kids and RV’ing. When they found out that they could re-live their camping days without all the hassle of towing or driving a big bus, they were in.

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Meet Sandra, Al, and Sydney (the furry one)

So, let’s go RV owners; share your stuff with others and some extra income while your doing it. Or, if you’ve been dreaming about RV camping with your family, check out RVPlusYou and see if an RV rental by owner, delivered and set up makes sense for you.

Post-Retirement Business Opportunity

Once an entrepreneur always an entrepreneur.

I once had a conversation with a devout surfer who said he surfs everyday and had been since his teens. Wow I thought, that’s commitment… wait, what? This upper 40 year old guy (now retired) just finished telling me he had lived in Oklahoma over the past 10 years working in the oil industry. How… where…?

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Sunrise Avila Beach

The mind is an amazing place. We go there to work, play, create, and often times we go there to escape the demands that life requires.

Just because life sometimes gets in the way of our business plans, and we have no choice but to put off turning our dreams into reality, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop surfing.

Whether your surfing or creating business opportunities in your mind, when you’re ready to look at a post-retirement business opportunity, check out RVPlusYou.

When people ask us, “so who delivers the RV rental”? Our answer is, it depends on whether or not the RV owner is an entrepreneur or not. If he or she is a “hands on” person, then they are going to deliver and set up their own RV for their guests.Truck Pic

What if the RV owner doesn’t want to do it? Well then, the “retired firefighter” is the one delivering and setting up. We’re recruiting RV Vacation Rental Managers in every territory across the US and Canada. This person handles the details of booking, delivering, cleaning, and maintaining the RV asset, and then they share RV rental revenue with the RV owner. Check it out

The thing about creating a business is that anyone can do it, but not everyone will. The guy who’s been “surfing” while working in the Oklahoma oil fields is the guy who will.

Anyone who’s been “surfing” while working, and has recently retired, or those entrepreneurs who’ve been searching for the next cool business idea should look at this opportunity.

  • Low cost of entry – Your own RV can be put into service, or your neighbors, or both.
  • Excellent returns – At an average of $150/night rental fees, plus $150 delivery fees. There is money to be made and the RV Vacation Rental Manager earns 50% of the nightly fees plus 100% of the delivery and cleaning fees.
  • Enjoyable work environment – Delivering RV Rentals to beautiful destination vacation locations in the outdoors. Not bad.
  • Great customers – Campers are notoriously fun. First time campers are ecstatic about their upcoming experience. You’re facilitating that while getting paid.
  • Supportive franchise – RVPlusYou provides the turn-key business model, does the marketing, provides the listing and inventory software, a protection policy to cover the RV while it’s set up, and does all the billing.

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Not everyone who owns an RV can or will do the work. However, since all RV’s sit idle about 90% of their life, all of them should do some work.

Our savvy, creative RV owners and business partners put RV’s to work in a win/win/win business that allows these assets to be shared and enjoyed by more people, earning extra income at the same time. It’s time to take a look!

 

 

The smart way to upgrade, or purchase your next RV…

Kim's Airstream Rental, Palm Springs CA.
Kim’s Airstream Rental, Palm Springs CA.

You can fund your next upgrade or brand new RV without taxing the family budget. How is this possible? We all know how expensive it is to purchase, own and operate an RV-monthly payments, insurance, storage, fuel cost, maintenance and repairs. The list goes on, so how in the world can you upgrade or even buy a new RV without breaking the bank?

Answer: By sharing your RV with other families, for a fee, you can finance your next dream coach and all the associated costs that go with it.

Kim's typical party set up for his guests.
Kim’s typical party set up for his guests.

To be sure, it’s not for everyone. In fact only about 1 in 10 RV owners would actually consider renting their “baby” but without a doubt it is the smart way to purchase your next rig. And it’s not as hard as you think.

Peer to peer markets are blooming all over the world, and sharing your RV is just one way to make this happen. Example; RVPlusYou offers a turn-key solution for earning extra income from your RV, and it’s safe; your renters don’t drive or tow your RV!

In a recent blog post I outline the 5 key reasons why every family should own an RV. The first three reasons are a no brainer, and no doubt this audience already knows the benefits. However, reasons number 4 and 5 may surprise you: income, and tax benefits. I highly recommend that you read this post, and then visit RVPlusYou to learn more.

What about the RV rental business? The biggest difference between renting an RV from a private party on RVPlusYou, and renting from one of the big 3 RV rental companies (besides price) is amenities and service.

The big RV rental companies will find it difficult to compete with you on either price or amenities. So, do it right and you’ll be able to rent your rig all season long, or if you prefer, just a few times a year. Earn enough for your next trip, your next mortgage payment, or enough to cover your kid’s living expenses for college next month. Just make sure you do it right. After all, this is a well established, professional industry so treat your business as such and get the details right.

Speaking of details, nothing is more important than getting the details right when renting your RV to someone, especially a novice camper. By including those little things such as coffee, sugar, paper plates, or trash bags, you have just set yourself apart from all the other rental companies out there.

Kim's rental delivered, ready for check-in
Kim’s rental delivered, ready for check-in

By truly hosting your guests with an RV rental that is delivered and setup in advance of arrival, you not only greatly reduce the risk of damage, you create the opportunity for new RV’ers to get outdoors!

RVPlusYou has great information and a checklist that will help you think about what to include with your RV rental. Remember, it’s the experience that you are providing and the amenities that you include may make all the difference between just an okay experience for your guest and a truly fantastic one.

Attention to detail, impeccable service
Attention to detail, impeccable service

What does a great listing look like? One of our newer RV Hosts, Kim, recently posted this listing. From profile, to pictures, description and details, Kim knows what it takes to satisfy his guests. There is complete support from the team at RVPlusYou along with helpful hints and their RV Rental Playbook.

Want to rent, earn extra income, reap tax benefits but don’t want to do the work? RVPlusYou has a solution for you: Concierge Service Providers (CSPs). All across North America folks who have experience as hosts are learning about the opportunity to become CSP’s, individuals who, for a fee, will deliver your RV rental, check in your guests, provide maintenance/cleaning, etc.

A turn-key solution to your next RV upgrade or new RV purchase is out there, and who knows, a new business opportunity may be born from your passion and willingness to explore more than just the open road.

The responsible and professional RV rental

Okay, you’ve secured your first booking and your guest is just days away from arriving. What should you be thinking about to insure a smooth rental and a happy guest?

The biggest difference between renting an RV from a private party, and renting from one of the big 3 RV rental companies (besides price) has to be the amenities that come with the RV. You know, those little things like salt and pepper, a trash can, a decent knife that will actually cut through a tomato!

Nothing is more important that getting the details right when renting your RV to someone, especially a novice camper who may not think about bringing the beach chairs. By including those little things such as coffee, sugar, paper plates, or trash bags, you have just set yourself apart from all the other rental companies out there. If you really want to set yourself apart, why not include your BBQ? You’ve made your guest’s vacation that much easier when you share some of your stuff, which translates to, “Wow, we had a blast and we’ll be back soon!”. You’ve just stacked the deck against your competition.

Avila Beach listing at RVPlusYou.com
Avila Beach listing at RVPlusYou.com

RVPlusYou has great information and a checklist that will help you think about what to include with your RV. Remember, it’s the experience that you are providing and the amenities that you include may make all the difference between just an okay experience for your guest and a truly fantastic one.

As your check in date approaches and you’re preparing your RV to accommodate your guests think about the following:

  • Is your RV clean and in complete working condition? A/C, furnace, lights, batteries, smoke alarm, appliances, shower, toilet, etc.
  • Are your tanks ready? Emptied the grey and black tanks? Are the water and propane tanks full?
  • Are the locks working properly?
  • Any repairs or maintenance needed?
  • Smoke, propane, and Carbon Monoxide alarms working? Batteries fresh?

Remember that in many cases you’ll be renting to a novice camper. Think about all of the things that they might forget and anticipate their needs. You’ll be glad you did!