US: Peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVshare has launched ‘Turn in Your Tent’, a new programme calling on campers to donate their gently-used tent in exchange for an RV experience.
As people hit the road in record numbers this summer, RVshare is reporting that RV rentals are up 219 per cent on this time last year heading into the 4 July weekend, and found that 62 per cent of campers prefer camping in an RV to a tent. When asked why, more than half [57 per cent] of campers said that they felt better protected from natural elements like wild animals and weather, and 44 per cent said that having an RV would entice more friends and family to join in on a camping trip.
Through the ‘Turn in Your Tent’ programme, campers will receive a $250 credit towards and RV rental on RVshare.com when they donate a tent to Gear Forward, an organisation that collects gently used camping gear to outfit the next generation of adventurers.
RVshare CEO Jon Gray, who recently participated in ShortTermRentalz’ great outdoors webinar, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Gear Forward on this initiative to give back to our beloved camping community during National Camping Month and help to introduce RV camping to some first-time RVers too. For those who enjoy being outside in nature but prefer camping with more of the comforts of home like sleeping in a cozy bed, enjoying air conditioning and a stocked kitchen, RV rentals are an ideal option.”
An online survey conducted by Wakefield found amenities including a bathroom, bed with a mattress and controlled temperatures [air conditioning and heat] to be reasons why campers would prefer an RV over a tent for their next camping trip. RVshare’s complimentary credit of $250 per tent can be used towards an RV rental, and those redeeming credit can choose from hundreds of new 2021 models, enticing outdoor enthusiasts with the promise of such amenities in ‘state-of-the-art’ vehicles.
RV renters will travel more than 40 million miles this summer, which is more than double the company’s record breaking summer season last year.
Even with the return on air travel, interest in RV travel is continuing to rise, fuelled by the desire to get outdoors. Indeed, almost half [46 per cent] of survey participants said that relaxing outdoors is what they like most about camping.
For more information about the ‘Turn in Your Tent’ program, follow this link.