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Delivered Search – How it Works

RV Listings and Map of Campgrounds

Because RVPlusYou focuses all of our marketing efforts, and dollars, on finding those RV renters who are looking for an RV rental that will delivered and set up at their location, we’ve made some major changes to our search process.

‘Delivered Search’ for an RV rental will now focus first on the location where the renter needs an RV delivered. It then lists the RV rentals within that delivery search area that are available to be delivered and set up for the renter.

Here is how it works:Map of Campgrounds Near Delivered RV Rental Search Area

  1. User enters destination city, campground, address, or event in the RVPlusYou search bar. This can be a music festival, a private home address, or an area RV park.
  2. Once the user enters their desired destination, they are presented with a list of RV rentals on the left (for PC’s and larger screens), or below for smaller screens (Smartphones). On the right is a map of campgrounds and RV parks located within the user’s delivery area. The same map is available as an option on smartphones, located at the bottom. Delivered RV Rental listings
  3. User has the option to immediately start browsing RV rentals, or they can use the map to center or move their delivery area and find more RV rental options that will deliver for them.
  4. The address of your RV listing will now be the center point of your delivery area. The default range is 75 miles. If you will deliver further, or not that far, then you will need to adjust this variable in the ‘edit address’ field where you manage your RV listing.

What changes do you need to make?

It is highly recommended that you spend some time adjusting your listing to fit the new delivered search process.

Consider the following:

  • No longer will your RV show up on a map. Your address will be used as the center of a “delivery area”. We don’t use keywords in the title, so you don’t need to list multiple locations.
  • It is no longer necessary to have multiple listings for the same RV. If you would like to cover a larger area, then adjust your delivery area in the Manage RV section of your listing, by updating the delivery area underneath your address field.
  • Reviews are important, so make sure to keep your RV listings that have reviews. Simply change the address and update the title. If you have RV listings that you want to eliminate, but you want to keep the reviews, let us know and we’ll move your reviews to the RV listing that you’ll be keeping.
  • Update your title. This is most important. If you have a location specific title, such as “RV Rental for Lopez Lake”, then this title is location specific and may confuse renters. It may be delivered to Lopez Lake, but it may also be delivered to a home 20 miles away for a family reunion, or an RV park 5 miles away. Make sure your title is appropriate for the new Delivered Search process.
    • Sample Titles:
      • “Newer Luxury RV with Outside BBQ”
      • “New Bunkhouse Family Travel Trailer”
      • “Vintage Refurbished Travel Trailer”
  • We’ve added new fields. Make sure your listing shows the correct length of RV, the correct address, and the correct number of people that your RV sleeps. More new fields coming, such as year, make, model.
    • Note: This information will be displayed in helpful ways and will be used for future filters added to search options.

As always, if you have questions simply give us a call or drop us an email.

Support@RVPlusYou.com, or 800-977-5444

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The Pros and Cons of Renting Your RV

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Wine Country RV Resort – RV Rental

The top pros and cons to renting out your RV is something all RV owners should consider carefully. After all, you’re placing a valuable asset in the hands of another private party who may or may not treat it well.

But the analysis isn’t that complicated. There are relatively few major pros or cons you need to consider, other than the ones that impact the most.

Let’s start with the top two Pros:

  1. Money – You can earn a little or a lot. At an average of $800 per rental, and assuming a “side-business” approach at 8 rentals per year, that’s $6,400, less direct expenses.
  2. Maintenance and upkeep – By renting out your RV a few times per year, you keep it on the ready (for you or your renter). RV’s rot and fall into disrepair when left to set idle. It may take a little time and effort in maintenance to keep your rig running, but if it’s sitting idle, the repair and maintenance costs tend to be major in nature due to “lot rot”.

Now the three major Cons:

  1. Damage – The number one issue for most RV owners and RV rental companies is damage, which tends to happen when novice RV renters move the RV from point A to point B. Let’s face it, backing up a big box isn’t easy, even for the most experienced driver.
  2. Wear, tear, and Mileage – More use is going to take its toll on everything, especially the mechanical parts. You can’t hand someone the keys and then expect them not to use it. You can expect over 1,000 miles per trip, given national averages. At 8 rentals per year, that’s 8,000 extra miles. How will that affect value? Something to consider
  3. Time and effort – Nothing in life is free or easy. It takes time to advertise for, screen, and vett your renters. The rewards come after the work has been done.

Of course there are other pros and cons to renting your RV and sharing with others. The financial benefits are huge, but the satisfaction of sharing your RV with a family  who is going camping for the first time can also be very rewarding.

The biggest downside that most RV owners see in renting out their RV is the damage, and this is a legitimate reason for not sharing. Do you really want someone else driving your rig? Of course this question also goes a long with, “I don’t want someone else sleeping in my bed”. Of course you realize that hotel beds sleep thousands of guests each year.  Ever stayed in a hotel?

As for damage, it’s real and it’s going to happen. Ask any RV rental company and they will tell you it’s their number one issue and why any successful RV rental company also has a repair shop.

RVPlusYou has created a turn-key rental system that virtually eliminates the possibility of damage. By NOT letting renters drive or tow, you can cut the risk by almost 99%. Why? Again, because damage happens when novice renters try to move your RV.

So, when considering the pros and cons of renting your RV, consider your motivation level and ask these questions:

  • How will $6,400 per year affect your life? What can you use this money for?
  • Can you reduce risk of damage using  RVPlusYou and our “delivered RV rental” business model?
  • How long does it take to list your RV and communicate with prospective renters? Do you have time to deliver your RV 15 to 30 miles away and set it up for your renters a few times per year?

Sharing your RV can be a pain, but in our experience it’s usually a joy. You get to be part of the vacation excitement that every family enjoys for that weekend getaway. It all depends on your motivation, and your attitude. Hopefully this article will help those RV owners who are sitting on the fence. There’s only one way to know for sure! List your RV today!

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Starting an RV Rental Business: Are Small Business Loans an Option?

By Guest Author June from Dinks.co; she’s a new blogger who took an interest in the RV Rental Business!

If you’ve ever stiffly crawled out of a tent while on a camping trip only to wish you owned a recreational vehicle (RV), you’re not alone. While only 11% of middle-aged Americans own an RV, the number of people who use RVs each year is growing due to a novel concept: the RV rental business. More and more people are starting an RV rental business.

The RV rental business has exploded in the United States and is currently a $350 million industry that’s growing each year. If you’re part of a dynamic entrepreneur couple looking to jump into the RV rental industry, you might be wondering how to get started or whether a small business loan is a good idea.

Can an RV Rental Business Make Money?

The short answer is yes—if done correctly. Most families who own an RV don’t live in them; in fact, since they’re primarily vacation vehicles, they sit unused for nearly 11 out of 12 months on average. During that time, they’re not making money, but the owner is probably having to make a payment on it.Green Motorhome

If you own an RV and rent it out for more than it costs you to make any payments and cover maintenance costs, then you’ll make a profit. An RV rental business doesn’t have to employ a fleet of RVs or have a big facility. Anyone can rent out their RV when they aren’t using it.

RV Rental Business: How Can You Get Started?

There are two basic ways to get started renting RVs. If you have a lot of friends who own RVs, you might be able to set up a rental pool; that’s where you are allowed to act as an agent/manager while renting out their RVs and making them income—in return for a bit of the profit. You might end up having to pay for maintenance and licensing for the RVs, but each rental agreement can be worked out with the individual owner. Learn more about RV Vacation Rental management.

Most aspiring RV rental moguls, however, start out by renting just one RV—their own. That means they need to purchase an RV themselves, which can run from $10,000 to well over $150,000 depending on options, size, quality, and amenities. Add on to that the maintenance required to keep it in running shape. This could amount to a serious expense; for instance, new tires could cost $2,500 alone. Suddenly buying that first RV could end up seeming like a sinkhole; well, it’s definitely a risk.

Average rentals per night for an RV can be anywhere from $110 to $400 and up; even if you only rent out your RV out for half of an average month, you could be looking at bringing in over $6000 per month. Suddenly letting other people pay to use your RV sounds like a pretty good idea—if you can get one.

Business Loan? Or Pay Out of Pocket?

The next logical step is deciding whether to pay out of pocket for your new investment, or if a small bus

iness loan is a better option.

If you have the money to buy a small starter RV, such as a tow-behind that sleeps 2, that could be your best option.Being able to own the RV free and clear means the money you make from renting it out can get to your pocket faster. The downside of a small start, however, is a lower rental fee. Instead of that $6,000 per month discussed above, you’d be looking at possibly as little as $1200-1500 per month for renting the same half-month. Whether that amount is worth it to you depends on what your business goals were and how much it will cost you to maintain the RV between renters.

If you choose the small business loan route and are approved, you could start out a bit bigger, with a pull-behind or even a motorhome that sleeps 6 or 8. The much higher rental fees—especially if you can rent to groups instead of families—mean you’ll be able to not only make the loan payment but take in a solid profit as well.

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The drawback, of course, is that you’ll have a monthly payment—and a finance company or lender will be the lienholder on the property you’re using to make money. Also, you’ll be charged interest on the loan which can range anywhere from 4.99% to as much as 99%. That can feel a bit uncomfortable, because if your business doesn’t make enough to keep the payments on time, you could eventually lose the RV—and there goes your ability to keep your business going.

Conclusion

The question of whether a small business loan or out-of-pocket investment is best can’t be settled with a fast answer. It depends on the goals of the business, the amount of capital available to start, how big you want to go initially, and even you, the entrepreneur. Whichever road you choose, you’ll see benefits and drawbacks. Do the research, think smart, and consider all your options before deciding.