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Old 04-20-2019, 01:06 PM   #11
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In my opinion, RV rentals for a family with several children may make more sense than constantly changing hotels, particularly if the children are younger. No changing hotels every night, checking in and out, and parents can avoid dragging kids into restaurants twice a day. But "Mom" will still have to do the dishes
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Old 04-20-2019, 03:47 PM   #12
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In my opinion, RV rentals for a family with several children may make more sense than constantly changing hotels, particularly if the children are younger. No changing hotels every night, checking in and out, and parents can avoid dragging kids into restaurants twice a day. But "Mom" will still have to do the dishes
Some years ago we traveled to Detroit in our bus and picked up six kids for a two week trip to Florida. WE HAD A BLAST!!!

Trying to do that driving a car and stopping at a hotel every night would have been a very expensive dissaster.
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Old 04-20-2019, 04:33 PM   #13
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Hello,

I'm looking into starting a rental business for Skoolies. It's looking like we will need to invest to build a small fleet of pro-built versions for insurance purposes, at least to begin.

Do you see a market for Schoolie rentals as alternative to RV's?

Thanks,
jim

I don't see a market for schoolies over RVs at all. There are too many variables, and I think you would spend more on a "pro-built" schoolie then you'd ever get back.

The primary problem is that you're starting with a 12-20 year old vehicle to begin with, and there's a lot that can go wrong with age. A lot of the people here have learned pretty quickly how their buses behave, and notice when something's not right - if the idle changes, if it suddenly looses power, if it starts running hot - and stop and diagnose the problem, or figure out if the "problem" is that a sensor somewhere finally gave out, and it's safe to continue on. RV renters don't have, and often don't want that responsibility. They're out there to drive, and they'll keep driving until it breaks. Imagine if an oil seal finally failed on a motor, and your rental was halfway across the country - you'd need to find a replacement rental for the family driving it (ASAP), get it to them somehow, transfer all their stuff, and then get your busted schoolie back home. That could be a thousand mile tow bill. Then add in the cost of the engine rebuild when it gets back. . .

I wouldn't want to rent my schoolie out for the same reasons - I know what's "normal" for it, but I don't know that anyone else does. It doesn't take a lot of abuse to cause a lot of damage and repairs. (At least most modern RVs have idiot lights that come on and tell you something is really wrong with the engine or transmission.)

A schoolie AirBnB park would be kinda cool - you could provide the parking place and maybe do the basic cleaning/laundry for a fee, and you split the profits with the owner of the schoolie. (For example, maybe you get $50/night, the owner gets the other $25/night.) You might have to work out something with hookups for power and running water, but that's doable.
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