If you’re ready to list your RV and get started, the following information can help you get off on the right foot.
Make your listing stand out
This listing guide will tell you everything you need to know to get the best results from your RV rental listing. Follow these steps and your listing will rise to the top. That means you’ll get more inquiries, more rentals, and more rental income.
Keep in mind, the RV renters that we send to you will tend are novices and they don’t want to drive or tow your RV. They want to camp in comfort and are looking for a vacation experience that is different than what they can get from a hotel or a tent.
The following is true of most RV renters and guests that we market to:
- Many have never used an RV and are unfamiliar with them.
- They don’t want to drive or tow an RV.
- They want to leave the hassle of set-up to you.
- Renters don’t have camping equipment, and they expect to share yours.
- They are renting your RV for the destination, event, or trip purpose (this includes short term housing).
- Renters expect a clean, comfortable, and completely outfitted RV when they arrive or when the RV is delivered.
Follow these points to create a professional RV rental listing:
- Your profile picture – This must be a picture of you if you want to get more inquiries. No logo’s, and no RV’s. Your profile picture should represent who you are, such as a photo with your spouse, staff, or family. This is because [eople want to rent from real people, not logos. Remember that we are a peer to peer website offering great deals on RV rentals; no company logos please. Tell them about yourself, who you are, what you like to do, why you are sharing your RV.
- SERP (Search Engine Results Pages) – This is the key to ranking high on our website. The search engines like Google know RVPlusYou and that we are all about ‘Delivered RV Rentals.’ If you want your RV listing to rank on the first results page, do the following:
- Title (H1 Header) – Use keywords in the title: “Travel Trailer Rental – Orlando”
- Description (H2 Header) – Mention the top campground locations in the first part of your description. Use key search words throughout: “RV, rental, delivered, campsite, motorhome, trailer, set up, dropped, ready on arrival, etc.”
- Photo captions (Alt Tags) – Each photo allows a caption. Search engines use alt tags to determine what your listing page is all about. Use keywords to describe your photo. Example: “RV set up at Yellowstone”
- Location – Choose a popular campground near you, your home address, or the address where your you store your RV. Set the delivery radius accordingly. This is the distance that you are willing to drive and deliver.
Note: If you have more than one RV, list them all. You may choose different locations to cover more area. If the requested RV isn’t available for the renter’s dates, simply click on “Special Offer.” You will see a pull down menu of all your RV’s which allows you to offer a second RV and adjust the price accordingly.
- Delivery Area – Our search results will present RV listings within the delivery radius of the destination entered by the renter. If your RV is listed within this radius, your RV rental will show up as an option for the renter. Make sure you cover your desired delivery area with the appropriate radius. Be sure to price the delivery fee appropriately to cover your expenses. Include a cost for extra miles.
- Photos – Choose wisely. This is the most important feature of your listing and should accurately reflect the condition of your RV.
- Use natural lighting when possible and keep a large frame of reference, meaning no close ups.
- Try to capture the location’s features or benefits in the background. This is helpful because most people are visual in nature. They need to “see it” before they can dream it. Your RV with a sunset, stream, vineyard, or trees in the background is a powerful image.
- Take pictures of the inside with plenty of light and from the furthest perspective.
- Include a layout of the RV if possible. You can usually find these online on the manufacturer’s website.
Note: If your photos end up sideways, or upside down, simply click on the photo to edit it. You can then rotate it right or left. You can also crop your photo if needed.
- Pricing – Start low, especially with your security deposit, until you build up reviews. Note the following:
- RVPlusYou charges you just 3% to book online.
- Our service includes a $5,000 damage and $300,000 liability policy.
- As you build up reviews and demand for your rig, you can gradually raise prices to balance the supply-demand equation.
- Be a Host – Most people visiting your area have never visited the location you are delivering and setting up. Take this opportunity to tell them about it and include tips on where to go and what to see. Explain your rental process, delivery process, cleaning expectations, etc. Essentially, explain what renters can expect when they book your RV.
- Amenities – Make sure to list all of your amenities in the appropriate fields. The system allows renters to create filters when searching for a rental. If you don’t list your amenities, your listing may not appear to the renter.
- Facebook and other social media – The single biggest factor that will contribute the most to your success is YOU. Share your new venture with your friends. You can use the share buttons on your listing to easily post your RV listing on social media. You will be surprised at how many of your friends will support you and help you spread the word.
- Alert settings – You can set this up in your account settings. Click on edit profile and enter your mobile phone number. Then, verify your phone number for SMS alerts. Remember, when a guest makes an inquiry, you must be responsive. If you wait too long to reply, they will move on to the next RV owner and rent that RV instead of yours.
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