RV Owners, Here’s How to Make Extra Money From Your Idle Rig

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You own an RV or camper, but how many days a year do you actually use it?

Approximately 14.7 million Americans went RV camping in 2016, according to the 2017 American Camper Report from Outdoor Industry. But here’s the thing: Each camper totaled only about 12 days on the road.

What’s that camper doing the rest of those 353 days? Probably chilling in storage or hiding out in your backyard, right?

With the surge of popularity in RV rental sites like Outdoorsy, you’re potentially missing out on extra money.

Turn Your Idle RV or Camper Into Cash This Year

Outdoorsy is a peer-to-peer RV marketplace. Think of it like Airbnb… but for RVs.

RV and camper owners can list their rigs on the site, and travel enthusiasts can rent them.

Some of the best perks?

Pick and choose when your RV is available — that way you can still use it when you want. You can also set your own rates, though Outdoorsy will guide you on that part if you have no idea where to start.

Plus, you’re making extra money, which can go toward paying off your RV loan or planning your next vacation.

Like any type of rental, you face some risks, but Outdoorsy offers some nice perks that’ll ease your mind, including:

  • Free 24/7 rental roadside assistance, so you don’t have to worry about a renter calling you up for a tow.
  • $1 million in insurance, covering both you and the renter.
  • DMV checks on all potential renters.

It’s free to list your RV on the site. Once a booking has been completed, you’ll keep 75% to 80% of the reservation cost, depending on the total. (Outdoorsy’s gotta make money somehow!)

If you’re interested in seeing how much money you could make renting out your rig, use Outdoorsy’s estimate calculator to get started.

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves camping.