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RV Rental Association (RVRA) Survey:
Rental Fleets Expected to Grow in 2017
The North American RV rental fleet is expected to grow more than 12 percent in 2017,
with almost two-thirds of rental operators expanding their rental fleets,
according to a new survey by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA).
“This segment of the market continues to be a winner for the RV industry,” said Scott Krenek, RVRA Chairman and owner of Krenek RV Super Center in Coloma, MI. “The RV rental market is healthy and growing. That’s why so many RVRA members are looking forward to a great summer. Renting RVs is not only a good business for dealers, it helps drive interest in RV travel and use.” Krenek owns and operates Krenek RV Super Center in Coloma, MI. Consumers can access the complete list of RVRA members companies at www.rvra.org.
There are more options for consumers to rent an RV than ever before, either by picking up the unit themselves or having it delivered to where they want to stay. In fact, 74 percent of the dealers responding to the survey say they’re willing to deliver a rented trailer to the campground – or other location – where the customer intends to use it. Among dealers who rent towables, 68 percent said more and more customers are asking to have a rented trailer delivered to the place where they will use it.
The average length of a rental contract last year was for four to five nights, according to 44 percent of the dealer respondents. Another 33 percent said six to seven nights was the average length of their RV rental contacts. Thirteen percent said three nights was the average length, and 9 percent said it was seven or more nights.
Larger RVs – as measured by the number of sleeping areas – are the most popular rental units, according to survey respondents. Forty-four percent of dealers said units with at least four sleeping areas are the most popular, while 24 percent said at least six sleeping areas was the most popular floor plan. Another 31 percent said at least two sleeping areas was the most popular.
Prior to renting an RV this summer, RVRA recommends customers ask their rental agent these basic questions:
RVRA is a unit of RVDA, and the survey was conducted through the RV Retailer Intelligence program, a service of the RV Assistance Corp. (RVAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of RVDA. To find an RVRA member company, visit www.rvra.org.