Hello to the community. My name is Ken. I've had previous experience with an RV, namely a travel trailer that I really wish I'd kept. It was a 1956 Aljo that I saw sitting in the weeds at a guy's house in Garretson, SD back in the 90s. I knocked on his door one day and offered him 200 bucks for it. When he saw the cash, he couldn't take it fast enough. I thought I'd pull back a stump.
This was a trailer built five years after I was born.They were rare back then. Now I see them fully restored and being used, or for sale,everywhere, and they command PREMIUM prices. I could've made a killing on that little Aljo if I'd kept it this long.
After some cleanup, a systems check, a tank flush, and a set of new tires, it was surprisingly a great little trailer. It even had a gas lamp mounted on the wall! The only thing the LP gas people told me was that I shouldn't use the old furnace. Otherwise, everything worked.
I also installed extra 110v plug-ins and installed an A/C unit that fit a rear side window perfectly. It had some water damage in the rear left inside corner of the roof, but after a Kool-Seal job, it never leaked again. I just wish I could've afforded to have the damaged curved wooden ceiling fixed, since the rest of the ceiling was flawless but I never did. These were the days well before Outdoorsy, though. After a couple years, I sold it to a guy in Tea, SD that fell in love with it for 700 bucks. Now that I see what vintage trailers are bringing for money, I'm sick that I ever sold it.
Fast forward to 2017. Mattie, (my wife) and I somehow got the crazy idea that we wanted a travel trailer. We talked ourselves out of it a few times, then wound up at Spader's RV in Sioux Falls, SD.Someone had traded in a gorgeous, little-used 2014 29' Keystone Bullet. I really didn't want one that big, since we were using our '07 Jeep Grand Cherokee to pull it, and the Owners Manual said the maximum trailer length for the vehicle was 30FT. That was cutting it close.
Short wheelbase SUV and longer trailers can get hairy to pull in some situations, but this thing, with the HEMI engine, does pretty well. Three million miles of experience as a former tractor-trailer driver also comes in mighty handy. Don't ask about gas mileage. It is HORRIBLE, but you pay a price pulling any trailer. It also cost a LOT more than I thought to get the Jeep tow-ready.
We stumbled onto the idea of renting out your RV. I never knew such a thing existed. I found Outdoorsy first, then RV Share and a couple of others. I got inquiries within a day of listing the trailer, but all of them fell through. I DID get one firm rental, starting this week for 4 days, but unfortunately, it was with one of your competitors. No problem. Sooner or later, Outdoorsy will pay off! I'm the only rental available in my area for quite a few miles around, but being in the upper Midwest probably cuts my rental opportunities quite a bit as opposed to being in or near a metropolitan area with potential clients.
I've read many articles on how quite a few people are making a killing on renting their trailer or RV out, but I also have read some horror stories about those unfortunate enough to have a bad renter that trashed their unit. That's the one thing that scares me. Ourdoorsy's insurance supposedly covers those things, but it carries a hefty deductible. I'm generally a pretty good judge of character, so I suppose I'll have to rely on my instincts.To be honest, while it seems to be rare, if it ever happened to me, I'd never rent it out again.
In any case, I'm glad to have found a possible way to make the trailer pay for itself. There some real success stories out there, that's for sure. While my location likely precludes being anywhere near that successful, reaching even half that level would please me greatly!