Chad and Cherie Ball may be looking for a vacation after a summer of matching wannabe campers with RV rentals.
The Okotoks, Alberta, couple is into their second season running Wheel Estate, a business that helps owners rent out their camper vans or motorhomes in a style similar to that of Airbnb.
They got the idea for the business 10 years ago when they tried to rent a neighbor’s RV and discovered Chad’s insurance would be void once money changed hands.
“We were hit by the recession pretty bad back then and we just wanted an affordable getaway, trying to hit the reset button,” Cherie Ball told the Calgary Eyeopener.
It took the couple six years to secure an insurance policy to back their idea and launch the business, which they did last year.
Now they even own their own RV but mostly take it out just for charity or promotional events.
“We haven’t had time to use it,” Ball said. “We’ve been busy, so that’s a good thing. But we would like to get out a little bit more if we could, for sure.”
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