Swiss RV and motorcycle rental firm Moturis Ltd. has seen its “local” business expand between 15% and 20% so far this year, according to Patrick Braendli, vice president of the firm’s U.S. operations.
By local business, Braendli means customers from the U.S. and a few from Canada.
Typically, Moturis, with eight company-owned locations across the U.S. and one franchise operation in the San Francisco Bay area, gets 65% of its business from European tourists and 35% from Americans and Canadians.
While reservations from Americans and Canadians are up, Braendli believes Moturis’ European business will be lower this year due to economic sluggishness in Germany and concerns about the safety of intercontinental air travel.
Moturis has expanded the size of its motorhome rental fleet to around 700 units, from 500 units as of January. Because the company placed its orders with the manufacturers early, Braendli said Moturis is not facing a motorhome shortage heading into the summer, as is the case with some other rental firms.
The new units Moturis has in stock for the coming peak rental season include: the Trail-Lite B-Plus by R-Vision Inc., Warsaw, Ind., which Moturis calls the D21 Supervan; 29-foot Class C motorhomes by the Four Winds subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., which Moturis calls the J-29; and Winnebago’s 32-foot Sightseer gas Class A, which Moturis calls the K-32S.
Moturis’ company-owned locations are in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Its franchise location is in San Raphael, Calif.