Three Best Amenities and Add-Ons
Portable toilets are self-contained, sanitary toilets that you tuck out of the way while on the road. And then they can be moved to a designated area for use when the vehicle is not in motion. The portable toilets popular for add-ons are different from a cassette toilet, which is permanently mounted to your camper van or RV.
Pro Tip: When it comes to portable toilets, lots of RV owners love the Thetford brand, while others rave about the Camco brand. Check out this definitive guide to RV toilets from our friends the Russos.
If you plan to allow pets in your RV, we suggest you collect an additional fee through a pet-friendly add-on. And if the idea of a pet in your van isn’t appealing to you, then you can treat the fact that your RV is pet-free as an amenity.
Creating “pet friendly” as an add-on to your camper van designates is as pet friendly in search results and attracts more renters. It also alerts you to the fact that renters are bringing a pet. Finally, it gives you additional financial resources to account for the extra cleaning you will need to do at the end of the rental.
Pro Tip: Even though your rig might be pet friendly, we don’t recommend using photos of pets inside your van in your marketing. Not everyone loves or can share space with furry friends. So that your marketing photos appeal to as wide an audience as possible, show pets in the campsite, but not on the bed inside the van.
Usually renters will want to pick up your RV directly from you. They’ll get dropped off at the pick up location (by a friend or a service), get the keys from you, learn the ropes of your rig, and then head off into the sunset as happy campers.
In other cases, if someone is flying in for example, offering to deliver the RV can serve as a key feature that helps remove perceived barriers for renters. RV owners that offer delivery services as an optional add-on typically price three different scenarios: (1) delivery for check out (2) pick up for check in (3) or both. You’ll want to factor in your time and the distance that you’re willing to go for delivery services when determining the pricing for this add-on.
Pro Tip: So that you are not responsible for guaranteeing the safety of someone else’s vehicle, we recommend that you discourage renters from leaving behind a private vehicle when they pick up the RV from you. Encourage them to get a lift instead.
How many add-ons should you offer?
Instead of overwhelming renters with too many options, lead with your top five add-ons in your RV’s online description. Then if you just can’t resist, reveal a longer list of options to renters once they’ve confirmed their booking.
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We’ve been helping van owners succeed in renting out their camper vans since 2017. Over the years we’ve facilitated 1,000’s of successful rentals and made it possible for van owners to earn tens of thousands of dollars. For more information specific to renting out your camper van, check out all the articles written for van owners. And if you are ready to list your camper van with GoCamp, head to the List Your Van page now.