The 8th Annual MBA RV Rental School will be held Feb. 28 to March 2, 2007, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., providing fleet operators with a forum for networking and gaining access to the latest business practices.
According to event organizers, the school covers a wide range of topics, including pricing, fleeting, business policies and procedures, legal issues regarding rental, choosing the better customers, walk-through procedures, contracts and forms.
MBA has two lead instructors guiding the way through the school’s course material who have been with the school from the beginning: Joe Altman, of California-based Altman’s Winnebago, and Scott Krenek, of Krenek RV Super Center, Coloma, Mich.
Michael LaPlaca, senior partner of LaPlaca & McKenzie, a Washington, D.C., law firm specializing in rental law, also is on the speaking staff. Instruction covers both the motorhome and trailer rental business.
A third day has been added to the annual seminar for the partner sponsors, which include American Modern Insurance, Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Coachmen RV, Coach-Net and Reed Brothers Insurance. On the afternoon of Feb. 28 sponsors will provide educational information regarding the products and services they offer to the rental dealer community.
Vehicle manufactures will have rental vehicles available for inspection and be able explain the parameters for purchasing rental specific motorhomes and trailers.
The school appeals to all size rental operations, from startups to veteran agencies. At the 2006 school, enrollees’ rental experience ranged from none to a current dealer with 300 rental vehicles and 20 years in the business.
“We’re proud of our school,” said Bert Alanko, of MBA Insurance and one of the organizers. “It’s turned out to be quite the education. There is nothing like it in the industry.”
The school takes students through the entire process of setting up and running an RV rental firm so that they can become profitable, he said.
“A lot of dealers get into the rental business but don’t do it right,” said Alanko, who is chairman of the RV Rental Association, a division of RVDA. “All this material people would have to learn through trial and error on the job.”
The fee for the school is $595 for the first attendee of a business and $495 for each additional attendee from the same dealership. The fee covers meals and course instruction but does not include hotel accommodations, airfare or ground transportation. Each dealership represented will receive the 300-page MBA RV Rental Manual, “How to Start, Operate and Expand a Successful RV Rental Business.” Enrollment is limited to the first 100 people who enroll.
Students do not have to be clients of MBA Insurance to attend the school. MBA opens its school to all persons interested in learning and becoming a rental dealer.
For more information regarding the 2007 MBA RV Rental School go to the www.MBArentalschool.com website, or call MBA at (800) 622-2201.