RV rental companies are extremely optimistic about the outlook for motorhome and travel trailer rentals this summer and throughout 2003, according to a new survey of RV Rental Association (RVRA) members.
RV rental activity is expected to rise an average of 24% this year, RVRA members believe.
“We expect this to be another outstanding year for RV rentals,” said RVRA Chairman Bert Alanko. “RV rentals give families and couples the freedom to visit North America’s greatest destinations at their own pace and on their own timetable. The 2003 survey confirms that RV rentals continue to be one of the most vibrant sectors of the RV industry.”
Class C motorhomes are the most popular type of rental RV, followed by Class A’s and folding campers.
The survey also shows that more than 82% of RV rental companies rent for more than 10 months a year. RV rentals by foreign visitors are expected to make up 6.4% of all North American RV rentals in 2003.
The surging demand makes it a good idea for prospective travelers to book RV rentals in advance, according to Alanko.
“Although the RVRA shows that rental companies have added RVs to their fleet, people should make plans now for their RV vacation so they can get the type of RV they want, on the days they want it,” he said.
RVRA is the rental division of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), the national association representing RV retailers. The RVDA’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operations and RV aftermarket products stores.