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Caravana Rentals launching in San Diego – the Airbnb of RVs

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Caravana Rentals enters the peer-to-peer market…

We had the pleasure of hanging out with the guys at Caravana this week for an exclusive preview of what people are calling the “airbnb for RV’s”.  We spoke with the Caravana over a beer and a slice at Pizza Port Ocean Beach and talked business, travel, and tech.  Over the past few years we have seen an increase in peer-to-peer businesses, and Caravana is looking to set the bar in the RV market. “We are excited to call San Diego Home” said Leonard, from Caravana Rentals.

If you are suffering from wanderlust, maybe an RV rental down the 101 is the perfect cure. Caravana Rentals will be offering peer-to-peer RV Rentals on the site by the summer season with big plans.  Their RV Rental Platform is rather unique, offering RV owners security. “We aren’t the first RV rental company doing peer-to-peer, but we are definitely the safest” said Leonard. I was fortunate to be able to play with their software while we were chatting and its really easy to use.  Within minutes I had an account created, photos uploaded, and my listing built.  Its much easier than craigslist in my opinion.  Although the RVs are not live on the site yet, they will be soon. Leonard told us they are in beta testing with the local San Diego market, and will announce a launch date soon.

So here’s how it works for a renter.  You visit their website and search in the area you live in.  Select your pickup and drop off dates and search.  You can also select more specific criteria like price, amenities and type of RV or trailer but we did a basic search.  You can then skim through the results page until you fancy one and click on it.  You will see photos, videos, a description and pricing and fees. Its pretty simple.  A cool feature we like was the user reviews. When your ready to go, just enter your reservation dates and book it.  You can check out with paypal too which makes it easy.  If you have a question before booking you can contact the owner through their secure messaging system.  Once you book you get an email confirmation with your rental details.  Its pretty easy and very familiar.  Its just like booking a hotel, except about 40% cheaper.

Check out Caravana’s Website to sign up for their email list and be the first to know when they go live this summer. Also if your an RV Owner in San Diego, they are currently taking a small amount of pre-launch RVs and will be giving you early access to their platform. Get a head-start on your competition and get grandfathered lower rates.

Splooshee is a San Diego based photographer and our current shooter for the magazine. Contact Splooshee to be featured in the magazine and check out his portfolio on Instagram at www.instagram.com/splooshee

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