The creative folks at Outdoorsy took a concept that already works in one sphere—rental homes and rooms—and transferred it to a new sphere—the RV world.
According to the RV Industry Association, 25 million Americans traveled by RV this past spring and summer of 2019 (read more here).
Don’t have an RV?
Well, now you can jump online, find an RV owner near you with an RV that fits your style, family size and budget—and rent it for your trip!
Or maybe you’re an RV owner. You’ve dropped many thousands of dollars to buy your RV, but like many owners, only use it a week or two a year.
Now you can advertise your RV through Outdoorsy and rent it out to others when you’re not using it. That’s a great way to pay it off, or to make some extra money on the side!
Let’s take a closer look at how it works…
How Outdoorsy Works for RV Renters
Renting an RV through Outdoorsy is unbelievably flexible! (More on that in a bit)
And just how easy is it? Go to outdoorsy.com, click on “Rent an RV” at the top and you’ll be presented with dozens of RV rental options in your area.
The rentals are divided into five different classes of RVs:
- Motorhomes—These are the models you drive. According to Outdoorsy, you don’t need a special license to drive most kinds of RVs. (For more on that read their 2017 Guide to RV Driver License Requirements.)
- Travel Trailers—Hard-sided RVs you pull behind your vehicle.
- Camper Vans—Just like it sounds, a van that’s a camper.
- Popup Trailers—Soft-sided trailers that fold down and are pulled behind your vehicle.
- Fifth Wheels—Large hard-sided RVs that use a special hitch and a pickup truck.
Insurance, roadside assistance and 24/7 customer support are all included in your rental.
Just How Flexible Are These People?
This gives you an idea:
You can rent an RV several states away, have them set it up for you at the location you want to vacation, then they’ll take it down and tow/drive it away for you when you’re done.
(For example, we northerners can camp in the south during the winter :))
It can’t get much easier than that!
Or if you love the road trip part of it, rent it from someone near you and drive or tow it to your destination.
How Outdoorsy Works for RV Owners
Owners decide how much to charge for rentals for their own RV. All makes, models, sizes and shapes are rented, so if yours has wheels and is in decent working order, chances are it’ll rent!
Outdoorsy offers these benefits to owners to help with peace-of-mind:
- $1M of insurance covers both you and the renter.
- Outdoorsy does a DMV check on all drivers.
- 24/7 RV roadside assistance is part of the package.
- A customer support team is ready to help.
- Of 800,000 rentals, Outdoorsy scores 93% 5-star reviews.
They have an online calculator that gives you an estimate of how much you could earn in just one rental, based on current customers:
One very cool story: RV owner and entrepreneur, Garr Russell, uses the proceeds from his RV rentals to support a missionary in South Africa. Another couple has discovered the joy of turning their money-eater (their RV) into a money-maker by renting it to others through Outdoorsy.
How to get Started with Outdoorsy
Just go to Outdoorsy’s About page to learn more. Navigation is easy.
This is a fantastic way for anyone to be able to experience RV camping if you’ll only use an RV once in a blue moon…or even once a year.
Another way to use Outdoorsy is if you’re in the market for an RV but aren’t sure which type you’d like. Rent a few over some weekends so you can see the pros and cons of each.
(Disclosure: I am an affiliate partner with Outdoorsy. That means I get a commission if you click from here and sign up with them. You won’t pay any extra—it’s a win-win for all of us!)
(All photos courtesy of and © Outdoorsy)
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Sharon is the founder and administrator of Active Outdoor Women. She loves getting outside in beautiful places to hike, paddle, camp, snowshoe, ski, ride—and encouraging others to come along! Besides maintaining AOW and her other blog, Twin Cities Outdoors, Sharon writes and designs websites, newsletters, blogs, emails and other marketing tools for clients.