Thursday, July 6, 2017

Would you rent out your RV?

A lovely young woman from RVshare approached me to write about their services. Everyone knows you can rent an RV, but what about renting yours out?*

I conducted a straw poll with a group of women RVers: would you rent out your RV? A large majority said "no, even if it's not my home," but a few said they would definitely consider it. Maybe your rig sits around most of the year. Maybe you're making painful payments on the RV that is sitting still. Insurance is heavily involved. Rigs older than 15 years aren't eligible. 

Anyway, research for yourself. I have no experience with this company, but Gaby at RVshare dot com was able to answer all my questions, including "would you rent out your own RV to strangers?" [She does.]

* I'm not making any money from this inquiry, and I'm not promoting the company. ETA: I became an affiliate 7/12/2017, so technically I probably am now, sorta, promoting them. All else applies, especially ... Do your own due diligence. Do not drink while doing research. If research lasts longer than four hours, turn off your computer, grab a beverage, and head out to your RV (this is almost always preferable to seeing your doctor).

Summer is glaring at me through other people's double-paned windows. It's hotter than a tin roof everywhere, except on an actual tin roof, where it is hotter. Because I live right, I have been enjoying cool houses and cold drinks with warm pets.

It's true: I have been restless. I have threatened to run away from home and responsibility, and I do it, too, until I get just outside responsibility's front door.

Monsoon has not yet begun, despite early promises. The virga you see in the clouds is evidence that humidity hasn't yet reached appropriate proportions. When it does, the virga will turn to actual ground-drenching rain. I hope I haven't blinded you with science.

Elephant Butte dam.
Dam what?
Dam the lake.
Why should I dam the lake? I like it.

I hoped to give you some perspective about the level of the lake. The Rio Grande downstream has been flowing high for months. We like that.

Families have been moving, more or less continuously, down the river in flotillas. I began to fear they were refugees from Colorado seeking asylum in the Gulf of Mexico, and so I've been throwing food and bottled water at them. They seem surprisingly ungrateful.

Can you see the elephant, or just its butte?

Thunderhead lying.

I heard there was a spot in New Mexico that had nine inches of snow on the ground yesterday. It may or may not be accessible by Prius.

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maggie w said...

Beautiful pics!! I guess that's the trade off for the triple-digit temps.

Good Luck Duck said...

It's accidental - the soonest one can leave one's air conditioning. :o)

maggie w said...

Well, yeah, sunset is good like that. :D But I think that impacts on the richness of color and stuff, too. I haven't seen colors like that since last summer in southern NM. Whatever the case - lovely.

Steve said...

Great photos. Your question about renting an RV is interesting. Most of them through a company is too expensive for me to consider when I looked at that option a couple of years ago. When I had my Class C, I don't think I would have rented that out. I have a location that some might want to rent but to park an RV it's hard to get to up a narrow driveway and I am not set up for hookups or dumping tanks ... yet I've had a couple of blog readers ask if I rent my yard to other RVers.

The difference in color on the butte and sides of the lake ... I am assuming the lake use to be higher than it is right now?

Good Luck Duck said...

Steve, the rental prices are a bit rich, for sure. Maybe compared with a road trip with restaurants and hotels, the rates aren't bad, but they won't beat sleeping in a Prius. :o)

Good Luck Duck said...

Oh, about the lake level: yes, definitely. It's higher than it has been in recent years, but you can see previous levels on the butte.

Evie said...

Love your pictures of the water level. It looks like it is higher than it was when I was there in, hummm, what month was that? Oh well, it was in the spring some time.

Anonymous said...

Thunderhead lying. That's my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Nice photos and good to hear from you again. You have been very quiet. Should I be suspicious or worried? Cheers. Donna

our awesome travels said...

Nice to see the lake in the summer we only saw it late last fall but was still amazing and the dam nice as well. Thanks for the pics.
No I would never rent our RV.

Contessa said...

Great photos. No I would never ever rent our RV out. The blog Travel with Kevin and Ruth recently asked this question in a post. Here is the link with many comments including the story as to why I won't rent out our RV......

Jodee Gravel said...

Gorgeous skies, even more so squinting through the science :-) Being inside someone's cool home with warm pets sounds like the perfect plan for triple digits.

Peter said...

A friend runs an RV-renting company. He does contracts with RV owners who have their RV parked at his company lot. In most cases everything works out fine. But once in a while an RV is returned with a damage after an accident, or very dirty inside and out. He maintains insurance for that and employs an Rv technician who will oversee every returned RV and make sure everything is OK for the next renter.

Barbara D said...

No, I would NEVER rent out my RV. If I did, they would have to take me, too, since I live here. LOL Even so, I wouldn't. Nice to see the water so high at Elephant Butte Lake. I'm at Bluewater Lake SP right now, and it's higher than I've seen it in six years. Most of the level spots to camp around the lake are covered in water. Sure is pretty. :)

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks Monica. They continue to do so every evening.

Donna, by now you know neither option is necessary, but I'd always prefer "suspicious."

George, I'm always heartened to see the lake rise a bit. And, you are by far in the majority about renting out your RV.

Contessa, I personally think it would be nerve-wracking to rent out my vehicle, at least the first time. I'm sorry it proved to be so for you!

Jodee, it's like I planned it! Things work out for me.

Peter, that's good to know. And, these rigs are rented out more than they're used by their owners? I think it would be a lovely way to pay the payment, if there were ample reassurance that things would always be made right.

LOL Barbara! You could be their tour guide. Water is wonderful to see around here.

MFH said...

What abt the correlation twixt Elephant Butt & the Mooning? SooOOOOOoooOo provocative!!

Good Luck Duck said...

I don't like to think about it, Mike.