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How many days a month do you rent your Rv/Trailer


Hi Im new to the rental world and looking to buy either a class C or travel trailer, or both. Im trying to forecast expenses and profits but trying to figure out realistically, how many days a month/year i can actually have my vehicle rented. Im Southern California so weather is mostly the same year round. Any input for both vehicle types would be greatly appreciated.  Also which vehicle type will see most return on investment 


Day-tripper III

Between the two, I say go for the Class C. It's going to bring in more profit than a trailer especially in So Cal. If you look on Outdoorsy the Class Cs rent at a higher rate and they're pretty fun and easy to travel and camp in. Trailers are cool too but you'll need to be prepared to deliver since a lot of people won't be able to tow them. 

Day-tripper II

I agree with the class C recommendation and will add that they are easy to drive and easier to maintain than a class A and less expensive to purchase than a class B. Several years ago we owned a business that rented only pop-ups. It was very popular and profitable even in our short rental season climate. The biggest problem and expense, which will be the same for you with a class C or trailer, was maintenance. Sadly RV's are not built to withstand daily hard use. Our popups lasted three years even with regular maintenance. If you hire out all maintenance you will never be profitable. You will have to learn how to maintain and do repairs yourself. There are many excellent forums available to help you. We used only Forest River popups so I used the FROG (Forest River Owners Group) for advice. I restored two Airstreams, one motorhome  and one trailer, and used the Airstream Forum for both. I would advise you visit these now and read about the problems RV owners encounter and decide if you can do the repairs. Trust me you will run into a situation where your rental returns at 12:00 and is due to go back out at 3:00 the same day and you will have a propane regulator that is bad or a screen door which does not work or a leaking toilet and you need to repair it quick. Good luck to you and please ask away if you have any more questions. 

Day-tripper III

No one can really answer this question for you as to the best unit in your area except you. You need to start surfing the forums and do market research for all types of units. I’m in Vegas and class c is the most needed for our renters. Texas is trailers, I know someone in Cali back home that does very well with popups. Before I bought my 2nd and 3rd class c I spent a month researching and tallying like crazy. But you will know. And it’s not check and see why everyone has. Check each rentals calendars to see what booked. We rent each unit 20-28 days a month in peak which is March-Oct. nov-Feb we rent 7-14 days a month but the units have to be all season here. 

I was reading your reply in the forums and was hoping you can help.  I'm in Texas and looking to buy a travel trailer to rent out.  I'm wanting to run some numbers as I'm in the very early stages of my research.  You mentioned in your post about doing research and checking each rentals calendar to see what booked.  Where are these rental calendars?

Thanks for your help.

Day-tripper II

The calendars are the ones your competition posts on the various rental sites. Get to know these people well they are who you are competing with. Look at their rates, compare rates to rental frequency, this will help you set your rate for your area. How often are they rented? Also check out their reviews, different areas have different expectations from renters. What are your renters looking for, what do they compliment or complain about?  Keep up on them and check your competition on a regular basis. 


There is more information that you need to know about the cost of renting an RV, such as monthly camper rental prices and small RV rental prices. Normally, I rent an RV for 3 months. The cost per day for an RV rental is $100 to $200, and if you have a good deal, a 3-month RV rental may cost a total of $4,500.

If you want to rent an RV for 3 months, you should consider these factors. The first thing to consider when calculating the monthly cost is the type of RV you are renting since this will determine how much you have to pay. For instance, a class A RV has a different price compared to a class C motorhome, as it is more extensive and equipped with more amenities. Secondly, the time you plan to rent will affect the cost of your RV rental. Typically, the cost of renting an RV rises during high travel seasons.