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RT52: How to Make Money Renting Out Your RV

| Updated Sep 9, 2015

In business, having more demand than supply is usually a good thing – and that just happens to be the current state of the super hot RV rental market.

So says Joel Clark, co-founder,

Clark says the RV rental market is so hot, in fact, that owners who want to rent out their RVs could make as much as $40,000 annually from doing so (depending on numerous factors, of course).

That also opens the door for those who want to be renters, allowing for more opportunity to enjoy the RVing lifestyle without a major investment.

Clark joins the Roadtreking RV Lifestyle podcast this week to bring you up to speed on the RV rental market. Among other things, Clark and Roadtreking Host Mike Wendland discuss:

  • How to find an RV if you want to rent one
  • The kind of RVs that can be rented
  • Who actually rents out RVs
  • How far in advance should you rent an RV
  • What should renters do ahead of time
  • How much it costs to rent an RV
  • How much can an owner make renting out an RV
  • How big is the market for renting out an RV
  • How insuring a RV rental works
  • How companies like RVshare make money

Also, in this episode of the Roadtreking podcast we have RV news, travel tech, tips, and a great place that needs to be on your RV destination bucket list.


Show Notes for Episode #52 Sept. 10, 2015 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

First Things First: Checking in from Florida's Emerald Coast

This week's show comes to you once again from Florida's Emerald Coast, where Mike and Jennifer Wendland have extended what was to be a one-week stay into three. [spp-timestamp time=”2:58″] Mike refers two two recent posts on the Roadtreking blog about their visit:

Jennifer's Tip of the Week: A Handful of Tips

Store fruit in this produce hammock
Store fruit in this produce hammock

Jennifer's Tip of the Week this week is actually a handful of tips. [spp-timestamp time=”5:48″] During her segment, she covers:

  • Making scrambled eggs the easy and clean way
  • Lining shelves and drawers with non-slip liners
  • How restaurant condiments can be very useful
  • How velcro can help keep track of remote controls
  • How to use a mini-hammock to hold fruit and veggies and keep them from brusing. You can get them on Amazon for $11:

Listener Feedback: Is Buying an RV at Auction Worth the Risk?

A listener named Carl calls in to talk about how he picked up an RV at auction. He says it was a good deal – so far – and wonders if Mike can comment on some of the pros and cons about buying an RV or any vehicle at auction. Mike shares what he learned in researching the topic, including information from this link: [spp-timestamp time=”9:25″]

Listener Feedback: Can You Help Me Open My Awning?

Opening the awning
Opening the awning

A listener named Kathy calls in with a question about opening the awning in her Class B RV. Mike offers suggestions for how to possibly open it. He also refers her to the Roadtrek manuals available at: [spp-timestamp time=”15:01″]

Listener Feedback: Following the Loss of Your Dog, Tai, Any Plans for a New Pet?

A listener named Sharon emails to ask if the Wendlands have any plans to get a new dog after the recent death of their dog, Tai. You can read a post about Mike's initial reaction here: Jennifer comments on the question about a new pet. [spp-timestamp time=”18:22″]

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, Mo.
Van City RV only sells Class B. RVs. Owner Ray Dwyer has been in the RV business for 44 years and is considered the dean of Class B RVs. Nobody knows more about small motorhomes that Ray and his crew. They have new and used Class B motorhomes in stock from the major manufacturers. When you fly in to buy your RV from Van City, they'll arrange to have you picked up from the airport and will reimburse you $500 toward your airfare. Then, your RV will be fully prepared for travel, complete with full tanks of fuel and propane. After a complete orientation with their staff on your new RV, you can take delivery and set out for home. Dan the Van Man gives the week's specials on the podcast.


RV News of the Week: Dog Survives 42 Days Lost in Yellowstone, Vermont State Park Goes Green(er), Family Battles to Keep Prescribed RV

Dog Found After 42 Days Lost in Yellowstone: An Australian shepherd dog was found after being lost for 42 days in Yellowstone. The dog ran off after being part of an auto accident it was involved in. The dog had only minor injuries and lost a bunch of weight. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”22:18″]

Officials Want Vermont State Park to Go Green(er): The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Green Mountain Power plan to take Emerald Lake State Park in Dorset, Vermont off the grid and turn it into a so-called ePark that would derive whatever power it uses primarily from solar energy. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”26:26″]

Parents Fight to Keep RV for Autistic Son: A Colorado family is fighting a neighborhood's “Architectural Control Committee” to keep an RV that is actually prescribed by a local hospital because it proves so useful in helping soothe a 12-year-old, non-verbal autistic boy at times. Denver's KDVR-TV news team took the “ACC” to task in a recent report about the situation. (Read more) The follow-up report documenting an outpouring of support for the family can be found here. [spp-timestamp time=”27:31″]

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde, the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV.

The Alde hydronic system brings many features and benefits not found with any other product.

  1. Silent Radiant Heat – providing a warm even natural heated interior. Great for pets. (And Humans)
  2. Increased Interior Space by combining two systems in one.
  3. Efficiency. The whole system draws less than 1 amp on 12V DC and will extend the life of your propane roughly 40% over forced air.
  4. Heating on Electric or Gas.
  5. Multiple Options and Amenities: Towel Warmers, Floor Heat, Tank Heating, 4 Season Camping, Engine Heat, Driver Comfort,
  6. Modern Programable Color Touch Screen Thermostat and Interface
  7. Minimal Side-Wall Penetration. Small combined intake and exhaust eliminate big cut outs and sidewall congestion.

Traveling Tech: How to Find Free eBooks on the Internet

EBooks are popular – expected to grow from a $14.5 billion industry at the beginning of 2015 to $22 billion by 2017 – but that doesn’t mean you need fork over your hard-earned dollars for every single piece of digital literature you get. In fact, you can access thousands and thousands of free eBooks online. Mike mentions the following links to load up your devices for those long RV trips:

You can read more details at the PC Mike blog: [spp-timestamp time=”31:14″]

Thingamajig of the Week: The Latest in GoPro Cameras

Paul Ulreich, Verizon's Uber User, joins the show to talk about the latest in GoPro cameras [spp-timestamp time=”35:32″]

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

Did you hear? Verizon’s wireless network ranked no. 1 for overall performance nationally by RootMetrics.

In fact, Verizon received more RootMetrics awards in more states than all the other wireless providers combined. How’s that for reliability?

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And visit for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.

RV Calendar: Halloween Camping Soon

Mike talks about the growing trend of camping around the Halloween season. If interested, he suggests setting up reservations asap as many places fill quickly post Labor Day in the U.S. He suggests using Halloween camping-specific sites such as: and [spp-timestamp time=”39:05″]

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Leisure Time RV, serving central Florida and the Internet from Winter Garden, Fla..

Leisure Time RV, a family-owned dealership in Winter Garden, Florida,  near Orlando has been in business for 45 year and is consistently among the top Roadtrek dealers in North America. They have a full line of the Roadtrek inventory as well as travel trailers and used RVs. Jennifer and I have visited Leisure Time RV and we know the staff and we are very impressed by the honesty, integrity and first rate service we found there. They sell to customers all across the country, wich tells you that they know how to deal. They also offer unparalled RV service and if you are looking for Roadtrek parts, call Leisure Time RV because they also carry a full line of parts which they ship out nationwide.

RV Bucket Destination: Florida Caverns State Park

floridacaverns8 (1 of 1)The Florida Caverns State Park is one of those perfect half-a-day side trips, offering a guided tour of a fascinating geologic wonder, some nice hikes and an opportunity to kayak and explore a wilderness river that offers up a blue hole as a bonus. [spp-timestamp time=”41:26″]

And at the end of the exploring, there’s a nice campground available, too, if you’re in need of a place to overnight. You can read about the Wendlands' recent visit at the full Roadtreking post here:


Interview: Joel Clark, Co-Founder,

This week we learn all about the RV rental market from Joel Clark, co-founder,, who joins the show. [spp-timestamp time=”45:17″]

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Many listeners are asking how they can subscribe, review and rate the Roadtreking Podcast on iTunes. With a new podcast like this, those reviews and ratings are really important to be able to show well in the iTunes listings. So if you can, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d subscribe and leave me your review.

Here’s how:

How to subscribe, rate and review a podcast

First, open up the iTunes app on your computer or mobile device. Click on Podcasts up on the top
> From the iTunes Podcasts page, use the “Search Store” field up at the top right corner of the page. Type in Mike Wendland or Roadtreking RV Podcast.
> Click on the logo image of the Roadtreking RV Podcast on the search return page
> From there (see photo above), you can…

1) Subscribe

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Thanks to all for the kind reviews we’ve received so far. That got us noticed by Apple/iTunes as “New and Noteworthy.” I appreciate every review!

And remember, you can appear in future episodes. Ask a question or voice your comments about RV topics by clicking the Leave Voicemail tab on the right side of this page here at You can then use the microphone on your computer to record your words.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-09-09

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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