Using a new online rental form, videos of the available rental units and a streamlined rental process, Johnston RV Country of Rochester, N.Y., is making RV rental much easier, according to a news release.
Online reservations have been the standard for hotels, airlines and car rentals for many years. RV rentals have always been a more personal experience. While personal, friendly help is still available, those who prefer online reservations now have that option at RV Rentals Rochester.
Due to the economy and rising air fare, this year is expected to be a record year for driving vacations.
Many families are turning to RV rentals. Renting an RV avoids trying to cram the entire family into the recently downsized family car.
A recreational vehicle can also save significantly on hotel expenses since the family is bringing their living quarters with them.
Avoiding the latest security hassles at the airports, saving money and being able to spend more quality time with their family have become important new priorities for the average family.
New fuel-efficient recreational vehicles have also added significantly to the trend of returning to a more traditional family vacation.
RV Rentals Rochester has prepared for the increase in rentals by making it easier to confirm a rental using a new online form at http://RVRentalsRochester.com.
Florida RV rentals are approaching the highest levels since 2006, according to a news release from Florida-based RV rental dealer Allstar Coaches.
“Compared to the past few years, RV rentals across the board are way up and at the highest levels we’ve seen in quite some time,” said CEO Rob Tischler. Allstar Coaches is also reporting substantial increases in reservations for its California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania RV rentals. “We haven’t been this booked this early in the season since 2006.”
To meet the high demand, Allstar Coaches is actively searching for additional rental units to increase its California, Pennsylvania and Florida RV rental fleets.
Allstar Coaches manages and rents a fleet of privately owned, luxury Class A motorhomes. RV owners place their vehicles into Allstar’s fleet program which is designed to cover the costs of ownership. Depending on the particular model, RVs enrolled in the program can generate monthly incomes of up to $2,000-$3,000 for their owners. Active full time units are generally booking about 24-26 weeks per year. Allstar’s fleet program offers current and potential owners the ability to have their RVs pay for themselves and still capitalize on all the benefits of ownership.
For detailed pricing and information, call (866) 838-4465 or visit Allstar Coaches online at www.allstarcoaches.com.
Allstar Coaches, Florida’s leading RV rental dealer, announced Wednesday (Feb. 3) that it is reducing rates for Florida RV rentals during the months of February, March and April.
In addition, Allstar Coaches is offering all-inclusive Florida RV rental specials and reduced delivery fees for Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, Sebring and the upcoming Daytona 2010 Speedweek, according to a news release.
“With Super Bowl now upon us and the Daytona 500 right around the corner, we’re excited to be able to offer customers our lowest rates ever on our Florida RV rentals,” said Rob Tischler, president and CEO of Allstar Coaches.
Allstar Coaches has been fortunate to have become extremely busy since the company was featured on the “road trip” episodes of ABC’s “The Bachelor” last month, he said, In order to keep up with the high demand from the Miami Super Bowl and upcoming Daytona races, the company moved in additional units from its other locations.
“Since bringing in the extra inventory, we have more coaches available for rental and are able to really cut our prices,” added Tischler. Local delivery and pickup for all Broward and Palm Beach RV renters is also offered at no charge. The company says it has no plans to scrap its competitive price policy.
Allstar Coaches offers Florida RV rentals from its Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach locations. With additional locations opening this year in Orlando and Tampa, Allstar Coaches is poised to become Florida’s largest RV rental dealer.
Allstar also has rental locations in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada and has the ability to deliver a luxury RV to virtually any doorstep in America.
Forest River Inc., Canada-based CanaDream Corp. and Australia-based Apollo Motorhomes announced Monday (Nov. 30) the emergence of AmeriDream — an RV rental venture positioned to capture significant market share and further promote the growth of RV tourism in the U.S.
“The venture provides an enormous benefit to our dealers and travelers here and abroad,” said Peter Liegl, Forest River president and CEO, in a news release. “Dealers within our network will be able to better manage their domestic booking and gain exposure to the lucrative international market virtually overnight. AmeriDream dealers will be able to seamlessly integrate the advanced systems and access the extensive international wholesale network behind the continual growth of CanaDream.”
Brian Gronberg, president and CEO of CanaDream Corp., said, “Being able to take advantage of the rapid growth of international RV travelers coming to America is the only way to maximize both utilization and nightly rates. Our systems, networks and Internet strategy will make AmeriDream the preferred RV vendor for the international audience.”
According to a study by Ypartnership titled “National Travel MONITOR,” 66% of U.S. leisure travelers now use the Internet to plan some aspect of their travel (versus 35% in 2000).
Industry forecasts indicate Forest River’s entrance into the RV rental market is opportune. In what is considered to be a down market, the Recreational Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA), reports rental activity will be up 12% this year.
AmeriDream enters a market dominated by Cruise America and El Monte RV.
Forest River is a leading manufacturer of leisure vehicles in the United States, based in Elkhart, Ind. Founded in 1996 by Liegl, it has grown into a company of 5,500 employees and 71 facilities throughout the nation. In 2005, the company was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Berkshire Hathaway is headquartered in Omaha, Neb.
CanaDream is one of the largest RV rental companies in Canada. The company operates a fleet of approximately 700 units from nine gateway cities across the nation. CanaDream’s leadership position has been achieved through a combination of substantial investments in proprietary technology related to its operations, its extensive international wholesale network and the upgrading and maintenance of its rental fleet. CanaDream is publicly traded (symbol: CDN) on the Canadian Venture Exchange.
Apollo is the largest privately owned leisure vehicle operator in the Southern Hemisphere with a fleet of over 3,000 vehicles and 300 employees. It has 10 branches in Australia, two in New Zealand and three in the U.S.
A little more than 2 million Southern Californians traveled for Thanksgiving, 85% via the automobile, according to a study conducted for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
“The main reason is probably a plane trip is going to be more expensive,” said Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman Marie Montgomery. “A lot of costs can be associated with a plane trip, including car rentals and hotels.”
El Monte RV rented out 56 recreational vehicles to local families Wednesday, General Manager Edward Calderon told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
“This is our busiest holiday for rentals,” Calderon said. “All of our biggest RVs are rented.”
Paul Peterson of La Crescenta rented a smaller RV, about 25 feet, Wednesday to drive with his wife and two children to California City.
“We join a group of about 20 to 30 people at a campground,” Peterson said. “We did it last year for the first time, and decided to do it again this year.”
While Peterson is renting a motorhome for a Thanksgiving camping trip, others rented out RVs to park in their driveways and put up family members, Calderon said.
“Some people have more family members than rooms,” Calderon said. “Instead of sending them to hotels, they’re renting RVs.”
The top cost-saving measure taken by many travelers this holiday season is staying with friends and families instead of in hotel rooms, Montgomery said.
Three Rivers RV has partnered with Cruise America RV Rentals & Sales as the sole representative of the Cruise America line of RV rentals for the St. Louis region.
Through the partnership, Three Rivers began providing RVs for short-term rental in October, according to the Alton (Ill.) Telegraph. The RVs are available in 25- and 30-foot lengths that can accommodate five to seven people.
Cruise America ranks as the nation’s largest RV rental firm. For more information, visit www.threeriversrv.com or call (618) 254-8856.
The Teton County (Wyo.) Board of Commissioners filed a lawsuit last week alleging the owner of Flat Creek Inn in Jackson, Wyo., and businesses that have been renting recreational vehicles there are violating county regulations.
The suit follows an order commissioners issued in June telling Flat Creek Inn owner Carl King to stop the pickup and drop-off of Cruise America RVs from his property, according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide. King owns Flat Creek Inn and Mart, a 72-unit motel and convenience store one mile north of Jackson.
The lawsuit also names Cruise America and Eagle Rentals. King also owns a house and acreage on the hillside just above the motel.
Teton County commissioners and Teton County Planning Director Jeff Daugherty brought the court case against King last week alleging he was violating land-development regulations by allowing the motel and the residential property to be used as part of a commercial enterprise for RV pickup and drop-off.
The county maintains the RV rentals violate regulations for the business conservation district, which was originally approved to allow the continuation of commercial uses that had sprouted in locations planners later considered unfit for such use and therefore subject to expansion limits.
The county says it has exhausted its administrative efforts to stop the rentals before going to court. Officials held a two-day hearing in June, found King was violating land-use rules and ordered him to stop.
King’s attorney, Ken Cohen, filed a lawsuit against the county in July, asking 9th District Judge Nancy Guthrie to reverse the cease-and-desist order and to determine if King was really in violation of land-use regulations.
The county’s lawsuit, filed last week, asks Guthrie to order that King stop delivering RVs to guests at his property. It asks that commissioners be granted the authority to stop the illegal activity “by any and all means necessary” and that commissioners be allowed to have the property periodically inspected to ensure King has stopped.
It also requests that Guthrie grant commissioners the authority to fine King for the ongoing activity back to 2007 when he first started renting recreation vehicles at the site. The suit doesn’t specify the amount the commissioners would fine King.
Uniquely situated between a sagging economy and dropping gas prices, Dave Zentgraf’s RV rental business in Wichita Falls, Texas, is at the right place and the right time.
D&D Enterprises is in the midst of its fourth summer vacation season. Having started out with only three recreational vehicles, Zentgraf now has a stable of 12 travel trailers and one motorhome, few of which remained on the lot Friday morning (July 17), according to the Wichita Falls Times-Record.
“Three left yesterday and two went out early this morning,” said Zentgraf, who also owns Moonlight Limousine Service. “Bookings are up about 70% from last year and our customers are very satisfied.”
Zentgraf points to lower gas prices as one reason for increased interest in RV use.
“Most people only have a couple of times a year when they can get away, so maintaining, insuring and storing an RV for the rest of the year doesn’t make sense to them,” he said. “This way they have all the fun without the upkeep and other responsibilities. It also lets people who are thinking about buying a chance to see how they like different styles.”
The Internet has also made a big difference for D&D. Customers shopping prices quickly discover Zentgraf’s biggest trailers rent for $395 as opposed to $795 from similar Metroplex businesses. Trips planned for points north or west make it easy to stop and hitch one up, he said.
“We’ve had people headed to Quartz Mountain and Waurika Lake in Oklahoma. One fellow was on his way to a powwow in Walters. Using them for family reunions and out-of-town guests is also getting popular,” Zentgraf said. “We’ve even had a family rent an RV to do medical transport. They were moving their 82-year-old mother and this was more practical and comfortable than paying $6,000 for an ambulance.”
Most of the D&D lineup has been booked for Hotter’N Hell cycling race held each August since last year. Zentgraf sets up the trailers, which sleep from four to eight people, at the campsite, turns on the air-conditioning and makes sure the refrigerators are stocked with plenty of cold water.
“It’s just been amazing this year, but what it tells me is that people still like the idea of family camping,” said Zentgraf. “If you can do it this comfortably, why not?”
To recognize its promotion of a voluntary carbon offset program, El Monte RV will be a featured AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah (AAA NCNU) Greenlight partner during the Auto Club’s annual Alternative Fuels Awareness Month in November.
The month-long initiative highlights the efforts of AAA Show Your Card & Save (SYCS) partners to promote alternative fuels and environmentally sound fuel consumption practices to their clients, according to a news release.
El Monte RV offers RV rental customers the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets. A carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions, a principal cause of global warming. El Monte RV works with TerraPass to purchase these carbon offsets. The reduction occurs as TerraPass uses the proceeds of carbon offset sales to fund carbon emissions reduction projects such as wind farms, methane gas reduction and others.
El Monte RV leads the industry in promoting “green” RV rental practices and is the first recreational vehicle rental firm to promote a carbon offset program. For more information on El Monte RV Rental’s green rv rental initiatives visit the El Monte RV Green RV’ing guide.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, El Monte RV is one of America’s leading motorhome and RV rental and sales companies, catering to both international and domestic travelers. The company has experienced rapid growth throughout the United States and is the only nationwide motorhome rental company to offer the larger Class A luxury vehicles for rent.
Comfort and relative affordability are two reasons why some travelers and RV renters say rentals are up this year over last year, while RV sales are down in the sluggish economy.
About 5 percent of the nation’s 3,100 dealerships nationwide have closed in recent months and about 10 of 105 U.S. RV manufacturers have stopped production, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Sales are expected to be down 40% from 2008, the RVIA said.
But rental activity will be up about 12% this year, according to the Fairfax, Va.-based RV Rental Association (RVRA).
Businesses that sell and rent RVs in the Reno, Nev., area say they are seeing more rentals, especially around holidays such as the Fourth of July and next month’s Burning Man counterculture arts festival, for which local dealers have been booked for months, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
“Yes, the economy has slowed down, but people still take vacations,” said Veera On Ta, owner of El Monte RV in Reno. “Our rentals are up 10% from last year.”
Cruise America in Reno has seen a 10% drop in business from last year, manager Wes Johnson said, but he expects things to turn around with a mid-season surge through September.
“The last few weeks have been great,” Johnson said. “We have eight units here, and just one has canceled, so its not doing too bad.”
And Classic Adventures RV Rentals is seeing brisk business, general manager Erik Schultz said.
Recreational vehicle owners in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, can now rent out their RVs as part of a home-based business, according to the Deseret News, Salt Lake City.
The city council changed the code to allow rentals with a unanimous vote on Tuesday (July 7) after resident John McEvoy approached the city about wanting to rent out his RV.
All-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and large RVs are included in the ordinance.
The home rental business cannot cause extra street parking and cannot violate current noise and code violations.
A last-minute change allows the renters to leave their cars on site when they take the vehicles for recreation.
For more information, download the staff report at www.sandy.utah.gov.
Standing outside the RV he rented Thursday (May 21) for a family Memorial Day weekend trip from his home in Shipshewana, Ind., to Ohio, Matt Oxender was all smiles, according to WSBT-TV, South Bend.
The RV fit the bill perfectly, he said.
“You have all the luxuries of home right there. It has a nice full size refrigerator, so you don’t need to run to town for dinner or anything. There’s plenty of space for the kids. And you’re right there with all the action. You don’t have to go to a hotel room and drive back and forth,” he said.
It all comes for about $800 for the long four-day weekend.
It’s not cheap, but it’s better than the alternative, Oxender said.
“By the time you figure out renting hotel rooms each night, this comes out to be about the same. And it’s a convenience. It’s all about the convenience,” he said.
And it’s a convenience that’s suddenly skyrocketing in popularity.
Just ask Rick Slusher.
As the head representative for Cruise America RV Rentals at Techworks in Elkhart, Slusher has seen the down economy’s effects on rentals recently. He’s also seen a sudden upswing.
“We have nothing available. Nothing on the lot,” Slusher said. “All of our RVs are rented for the holiday weekend.”
It’s a far cry from just two years ago, when rentals were sluggish.
“We were down to maybe one or two calls a day (for RV rentals). Now, we’re up to maybe a dozen every day,” he said.
Rentals are up, too.
“We’re up 13% from last year. And, last year, we were up 100% at this time. So, we are up 13% over that hundred as of last year,” Slusher said.
He thinks there’s a simple reason why.
“I think it’s a money thing right now. People want to save money. People don’t have a lot of money like they used to (for vacations). So, they’re going the cheapest and best way they can go,” Slusher said.
It’s quickly becoming a national trend.
Across the country, rentals and sales of RVs are on the rise over the last few weeks.
Experts say it’s another encouraging sign for the hard hit RV industry.
“The kids can play, rest, and relax in there if it gets too hot outside,” Oxender said.
After all, the most valuable part of the whole deal is time spent together as a family. It’s so valuable, that Oxender says he’s considering buying an RV of his own.
Allstar Coaches is reporting a whopping 124% increase in bookings versus last year on its Florida RV rentals and predicts a record-breaking summer season.
The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company also reports its California and Pennsylvania rentals are up dramatically as well since opening additional locations in those states.
“People are starting to feel more confident and have resumed living their lives,” said Rob Tischler, president and CEO of Allstar Coaches, in a news release.
Over the last year many families have had to cut corners to save money. Now, with increased confidence in the economy, the purse strings are finally beginning to loosen, he suggested. Americans are getting back to normal. While some spending habits may have been changed forever, people still place a high value on recreation, particularly on their vacations. “Folks are moving on and making plans. People are getting back out on the road again,” Tischler added.
To celebrate the recent positive economic stirrings, Allstar Coaches is rolling out is “Sizzlin Summer Specials” promotion offering free miles and discounts up to 20% off regular rates.
For more information visit Allstar Coaches at www.allstarcoaches.com or call (866)-838-4465.