Paul Starner knows recreational vehicles can be expensive, especially when they’re only revved up for a few short vacations a year.

“You see all these things sitting in driveways all over the place,” he said.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that Starner didn’t want the motorhome he and his wife Linda Starner bought last year to sit empty and unused while they enjoyed a northern Michigan summer at his home in Suttons Bay. He tried renting it through Craigslist.com, a free online classifieds forum, to resounding success.

Five people responded to his listing in one night.

Starner, a seasoned entrepreneur and real estate broker, decided to build on the initial success. He developed a company, On Site RV Rental by Owner (OSRVRBO), that allows people to rent their RVs to vacationers.

Renters and owners can connect on his website, osrvrbo.com, which launched July 6. Starner likens the site to other vacation rental sites, such as Airbnb.com and VRBO.com.

Renters who go through OSRVRBO can’t drive the RVs, so owners have to set them up at area campgrounds. Owners pay an annual $79.95 membership fee in order to list their RVs.

RV owners can set their own rules and prices. The Starners only deliver their motorhome to campgrounds within 30 miles of Traverse City. They charge $695 a week, or $125 a day with a three-day minimum rental. Every renter opens the door to a bottle of local wine sitting on the table.

Starner has already seen personal success through OSRVRBO. His motorhome is booked through July, most of August, Labor Day week and early October.

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