An Oklahoma company has developed a new concept in RV rentals in which the consumer simply calls a telephone number and within hours a travel trailer is set up for their use in any Oklahoma state park.
"All you do is drive up and it's there waiting for you. Everything is hooked up," said Sterling Zearley, northeast regional manager for Oklahoma State Parks.
The concept, which started as a pilot program between Oklahoma State Parks and Tulsa-based Rent-A-RV last summer, has become so popular that the state agency is planning to go out to bid this year to solicit a permanent vendor.
Rent-A-RV hopes to win the contract and believes it is the only contender at this point, said Don Osby, one of the company's founding stockholders.
"This is something that could boost trailer sales," Osby said, adding that about half of his customers have indicated an interest in purchasing a trailer, but wanted to try one out first.
Rent-A-RV decided to purchase its own units, he said, and set them up for campers through the trial partnership. the state parks receives a portion of the revenues collected by Rent-A-RV.
Osby figure the program is a good fit because Oklahoma State Parks, like many public park systems across the country faces budget shortfalls that affect everything from maintenance and repairs to visitor services.
Rental rates are as low as $49 a day with a three-day minimum, while additional fees are charged for cleaning and sanitation.
The trailers are 24 to 28 feet long with one or more slideouts, sleep six and come fully equipped with a a bathroom shower, a microwave oven, stove and refrigerator, a stereo with CD player and a television with a DVD player. some units also feature high-speed Internet access.
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SOURCE: RV NEWS / Mar. '05