You can rent a neighbor’s motorhome for your next trip
If you’re planning on staying the night, your mind is probably on hotels or house rentals. But a motorhome can be a good option for your family.
INDIANAPOLIS – Technology makes it easy to make money by renting out what we already own.
This includes homes, swimming pools and motorhomes. Jay Wise is someone who enjoys his RV ownership.
“It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme,” Wise said. “But it pays for the campers.”
Wise rents out his two RVs he originally bought for work.
“We were going out of town a lot. Some of our jobs were so far out in the boondocks, or there were no motels nearby. We just set up campers there,” Wise said.
But after he retired, the campers sat down. So he put them on a peer-to-peer rental site called RVShare.
A spokesperson for RVShare said it’s the world’s first and largest peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace, with over 100,000 RVs for rent nationwide. Anyone with a valid driver’s license can drive an RV, but all drivers must be at least 25 years old.
While most of its customers base themselves around Turkey Run, McCormick’s Creek and Brown County, camping isn’t the only reason people rent.
“We’ve taken him to people’s homes for visitors coming in or if they’re renovating the house. We had a few last year, for a month, because their house caught fire and they were remodeling their home.” Sage said.
When the customers are done, Wise picks it up, takes care of the waste tanks and cleanup.
“You always worry about people tearing things up, but everyone has been very conscientious about cleaning them up when they come back and taking good care of them. And I’m just amazed at how nice people are.”
In the event of a problem, RVShare offers an insurance policy if you go through its site.
And just as homes vary in rental price, so do RVs and RVs.
Depending on size and condition, rates can range from just under $100 per night to over $500.
Between his two campers, Wise said he earned just under $20,000 after the interview last year.
“It’s a business, and they’re the customer and you know what they want, that’s what you give them,” he said.