When it comes to planning a trip, most people do it on a budget. You want to have a nice vacation with your family, but you don’t want to break the bank. An RV that can serve as transport and lodging may sound like a good idea, but while many RV owners buy one with the intention of using it many times throughout the year, the reality is that many campers sit in driveways most of the time. Over 15 million RVs in North America sit unused for nearly 350 days each year, according to Outdoorsy, a company that helps both RV owners and travelers save money on their vacations.
The Call of the Wild
The founders of Outdoorsy were ready to change careers and wanted to start a business they were passionate about. “They always had this calling to the outdoors and wanted to help individuals utilize what they already had by helping them make money,” said Alyssa Werner, content director. “In addition, they wanted to allow other people to rent and travel so they came up with Outdoorsy…where Airbnb stops, Outdoorsy continues.”
Outdoorsy founders Jeff Cavins and Jennifer Young started the company by doing a lot of research. They traveled across the country in their own Airstream Eddie Bauer Edition 27″ Trailer and GMC Denali truck, met with other travelers and RV owners and learned that there was a real need for Outdoorsy.
In addition, “RVs actually depreciate in value if they’re not driven as they wear down without use,” said Werner. “With Outdoorsy, you’re covered 100% by insurance, you can set your own prices, change on demand pricing and choose your own renters. It’s a great way to make back that money that you would be using to pay to own your RV, as well as have it appreciate in value by not sitting idle.”
Save Money Traveling and Staying Home
With Outdoorsy, you can save up to take that perfect family vacation, or several family vacations throughout the year by renting your RV when you’re not using it. “You can make up to $32,000 on average,” explained Werner. “This can help cover your payments toward owning your RV and can allow you to go and travel yourself. It’s a great second income.”
The company is helpful to both owners in helping them make money off of renting their RVs and to renters by making a vacation more affordable. “There’s no need to get an additional rental car, you’re 100% covered on the road in case anything happens, and you also have the accommodation, so you have your full roaming experience and vacation in one pretty package,” said Werner.
A Win-Win for Renters and Owners
The founders believed that everyone should have the freedom to explore the great outdoors. With Outdoorsy, they’re helping to make that happen. “I think with our company, we’re helping to bring back a sense of community that we’ve lost in a lot of ways,” stated Werner. “I think it’s beneficial that what one person owns, another can use as an asset.”
Outdoorsy is the largest and most trusted recreational vehicle marketplace online. It currently operates across the United States and recently launched in Canada. For a couple, recreation vehicle trips are 44-60% less expensive than other types of vacations. And for a family of four, RV travel is 20-63% less expensive. So the next time you’re looking for that five-star hotel, think about renting an RV instead. You might just save enough to take more than one luxurious vacation a year. And if you have an RV just sitting in the driveway waiting for Memorial Day to come around again, think about listing it for free on Outdoorsy. With the money you can make renting it out, you can create even more memories to last a lifetime.