Hi Logan and team,
Here is my story (sorry long winded tonight!):
My name is Russ Fergason and I live in San Jose CA. I've been RV'ing since middle school when my folks bought their first RV, a 1983 Winnebago Minnie Winnie class C. They have traded up through the years and still have one today as retirees. As a grown up, I started my own family RV tradition almost 10 years ago when I purchased a 1999 Southwind Storm from my folks (to save them from the trade in loss). It was a great starter rig for us. My wife and three kids love our family trips in the RV, I find it really gives us focused time to spend getting back to the basics and enjoying each other without distractions. Since then I have owned 5 RVs and have been involved in renting them out for the past 4 years. Since this was prior to Outdoorsy, I used a consignment rental company which was ok but I didn't like the lack of visibility or control over the calendar and the 50/50 split on the revenue made it difficult to justify for long term.
I found Outdoorsy because I was proactively searching for this type of service (in fact had I been a developer and the ability to take on the risk I would've loved to build a service like this myself!) As the P2P services started coming on board, I decided to take the plunge and rent the RV out myself and joined Outdoorsy a little over 2 years ago. I've had a lot of success with my rentals, in fact this year I was fortunate enough to purchase another RV which expands my rentals but also provides my family with another option in case one is always rented out! I've had this second RV for only about 2 months now and already it has 8 bookings and over 50 nights rented for this year. I'll have to check back with the group later this summer and let you know if I am still sane because last year got a little stressful with only one RV (note that I also work full time in tech here in Silicon Valley).
I love working with Outdoorsy because they emanate the culture of openness, inclusion and sharing amazing experiences of the outdoors, and just generally seem like great people who try hard to do the right thing. The fact that they put so much effort and energy into keeping owners happy makes them top notch in my book. It's a secret sauce they have figured out that other companies have not.
I'm happy to gain additional wisdom from fellow owners out there and also to reciprocate my experiences and advice in this and other forums.
Thank you for hosting us Logan and team!