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Here’s exactly how to make that next RV rental adventure come true

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  By   Brienne Walsh | gls55 holdings ltd RVing was hot in 2020 — popular RV rental company  Outdoorsy saw a 4,500% increase in bookings in 2020, for example. And in 2021, it may just be again: A recent survey by the RV Industry Association found that about three in 10 Americans hope to take an RV trip this year — 10% of whom have never done it before. The appeal of RVing is obvious. You get the creature comforts of home, including a comfy bed and mini-kitchen, while out in nature. And there are plenty of RV rental options, including  Outdoorsy  and  RVShare . Here’s what to know before you go. Where do you rent an RV?  There are a handful of companies that offer RV, trailer, and camper van rentals, which can range anywhere from $50 a night for an older trailer to upwards of $400 or more for a newer RV. Here are a few of the top-rated companies offering RV rentals: Outdoorsy :  Travel site TripSavvy rates   Outdoorsy   as its No. 1 pick, and Business Insider puts it on the list of the

RV rental sector booming, but it's a bumpy road for agents

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  By   Christina Jelski  | gls55 holdings ltd Bolstered by the summer's surge in demand for domestic, drive-only vacations, the recreational vehicle travel sector is continuing to boom well into the fall. According to peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVshare, RV bookings were up 95% year over year for Labor Day weekend and 123% for the autumn season on the whole. The platform also reports that it recently doubled its seven-year booking total in just the past 13 months, going from 1 million days booked since the company's 2013 launch in July 2019 to 2 million days booked by Sept. 1.  "As we look toward the fall months, we usually see reservations drop off," said RVshare CEO Jon Gray in a recent statement. "This year is different. In fact, we will be up significantly in bookings for the rest of the year as travelers continue to opt for travel options that give them more control." But despite their popularity, RV trips present some unique challenges to the t

RV rentals have become a lucrative pandemic side hustle

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  By:   Sally French | gls55 holdings ltd When Tim Frye retired from his job as a project manager in 2017, he envisioned traveling the U.S. in an RV with his fiancée. But not long after spending about a quarter of a million dollars on a luxurious, 39-foot 2014 Forest River Berkshire motorhome, his fiancée left him — and he was left with a very expensive vehicle in his yard. “I could sell it, but I’d lose a ton of money because I had just bought it and wouldn’t be able to get the full value back,” Frye said. “Or I could rent it out.” Frye, who lives in Flower Mound, Texas, opted for the latter, posting his motorhome on online RV rental marketplace Outdoorsy, which is essentially Airbnb for motorhomes and campervans. Owners coordinate with renters on a meetup spot and handle the vehicle maintenance and cleaning. Outdoorsy handles the booking requests, transactions, and RV insurance. In his first two years renting his RV on the site, business already was good for Frye. But everything ch

Outdoorsy ranks as the top RV rental marketplace

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 By Outdoorsy | Family RV Rentals World's largest on-demand marketplace for RV rentals ranked No. 1 for longest average time spent on site and No. 9 in YoY web traffic growth in the Travel Experiences category Outdoorsy , the most trusted and only global online RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace, has been recognized by SimilarWeb in the  Digital 100 , an annual ranking of the fastest-growing digital brands across 10 industry categories. Outdoorsy beat out other RV rental marketplaces on the list, coming in at No. 9 in the Travel Experiences category and clocking the longest average visit duration of all the sites in the category. "The competition to be a digital leader was always fierce, but after a year like 2020, all eyes are on this race," says Or Offer, CEO and founder of SimilarWeb. "Like the best measure of the digital world, we are excited to spotlight this year's winners, and to follow their success in the months to come." Outdoorsy, making th

Manufacturing woes leave RV dealers struggling to meet spike in demand

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Drisdelle said some manufacturers won't have more supply until 2023 Isabelle Leger ,   CBC News,  April 21, 2021, 5:48 PM AT Family RV Rentals , April 22, 2021, 6:40:47 PM PT The pandemic has caused longer waits for people who want to buy a new RV.  (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press) There are now more aspiring RV owners than ever before, but COVID-19 has stuck a wrench in the supply chain leaving some New Brunswick buyers with a long wait for their house on wheels and a lost potential sale for dealerships.  Steve Drisdelle, the sales manager at Fredericton RV World, said there's no question the demand for RVs and trailers has increased since last year, as New Brunswickers look for a fun solution to having to stay close to home. But, while the demand has stayed high throughout fall, winter, and into the spring, manufacturers are still playing catch up from months of forced lockdown.  Drisdelle said the dealership gets its supply from manufacturers in Indiana, which are now pretty w

RV rentals increase 650% as coronavirus changes how Americans vacation

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 By  Sean Szymkowski | Family RV Rentals | April 20 , 2021 As we look to avoid shared transportation due to COVID-19, going it alone in an RV looks mighty appealing. Summer vacation is, undoubtedly, going to look a lot different for many Americans this year, but perhaps what no one saw coming was the rise of the  RV . As so many try to keep their distance and avoid crowds during the coronavirus pandemic, peer-to-peer RV rental company RVshare said last week bookings had increased 650%. The spread of COVID-19 has made air travel and public transportation mighty unpopular options, while personal vehicles feel like more of a safe haven. Other recent studies have shown travelers feel  more comfortable in a personal vehicle  where they can control the scenario, unlike shared transportation. CNBC spoke to experts such as Mark Wong, an executive for Small Luxury Hotels of the World, who say this summer will be the summer of road trips for families who do still book vacations, again citing t