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Old 02-09-2019, 02:58 PM   #1
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Using your airstream as an Airbnb

Hi there, I

I am new to the forum and happy to be part of the airstream community !!!

We just purchased a 2005 Bambi 19’ Airstream and we are looking to list it on Airbnb.
1) Do people rent their Airstreams and allow them to be towed or just have them stationary ?
2) Is there a difference in price per night for a towable airstream versus a parked airstream.

Many thanks!!!!
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:13 PM   #2
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You will not find many, if any at all here that rent their AS and even fewer who would allow a stranger to tow it.
I have concidered renting our 25 thru airbnb on our site but cant get past the what if they dent this or what if they break that, plus just having unknown people on our property who I have to tend to.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:05 PM   #3
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1. Once you rent it your insurance takes another turn away from RV for personal use to business property.

2. Rent the AS for someone else to tow. ……… you must not like your AS very much. Take a look at all the "first timer" towing questions on this forum. They at least make a commitment. You want to release your trailer to people with less invested.....so they can tow it like they stole it...….er….rented it.

3. Rent out my AS ? …….. naw I bought it for my wear and tear and enjoyment when I decide to use it.

4. I've been a rental land lord. I'm retired. No not going to rent out my AS.

PS.....you like servicing the unit or making beds for others use?
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:15 PM   #4
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Best answer is use if yourself for a while. After learning all the ins and outs of using your trailer, ask yourself if you would trust a stranger with it. Maybe you would, maybe you wouldn't. Even if you rented as a stationary trailer there are a lot of quirks to using each of the trailer's system (heating, plumbing, electric).


For example, you can easily use your full supply of fresh water and fill up your gray tank in a 19' Airstream taking a "normal" shower. You can ruin expensive house batteries by discharging them excessively, and by that I mean running the furnace overnight when it's cold, or leaving vent fans and some lights on for a day.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:43 PM   #5
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Renting out is the fastest way to ruin your Airstream, period.

People don't care about other people's property if they're not paying for it; let alone paying for it. That's what you have insurance for they'll say after handing back your ruined trailer, full of nasty juices, scratches, dents and stuff.

What do you tell the next renter? Do they sue you for NOT having their dream vacation ready for them, because you have to fix the trailer?

You haven't thought this out.........

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Old 02-09-2019, 05:43 PM   #6
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Hi there, I

I am new to the forum and happy to be part of the airstream community !!!

We just purchased a 2005 Bambi 19’ Airstream and we are looking to list it on Airbnb.
1) Do people rent their Airstreams and allow them to be towed or just have them stationary ?
2) Is there a difference in price per night for a towable airstream versus a parked airstream.

Many thanks!!!!
I think you are asking a valid question, in the wrong arena.....

Folks on here are Airstream folks....many of them eat and sleep Airstream...Many have renovated their Airstream, personalized their Airstream, spent untold thousands on their Airstreams, and to many, if not most, their Airstream is a very personal posession, which contains a lot of personal memories, blood sweat and tears, etc......

Also, their is a generation gap, between most Airstream Owners, and folks that participate in Airbnb.....

Airstream owners are generally older, generally financially capable, and not the type looking for income opportunities.....While on the other hand, today's airbnb crowd are just the opposite(I am not insinuating yourself), and will, at the drop of a hat, rent out their own house or apartment, for some extra money, via airbnb.....

But as it relates to your question, you could almost certainly rent out your Airstream as an airbnb...and probably get more than a nice hotel room.....I cannot imagine renting my Airstream for someone to tow, but it is possible to do it. There would have to be a helluva damage clause in the rental contract, because they are very expensive to repair, and very easy to damage.
To me, if I were considering this as a business venture, I would want to have my own personal Airstream, and have another that was for rental.....but thats just me.

There are numerous campgrounds around the country that have Airstreams set up in the campsites, and the camping fee includes use of an Airstream ! I saw one such campground in California that had 80 Airstreams all set up to rent!
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:56 AM   #7
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A buddy of mine is trying to get his wife interested in RVs, so he gets a campsite, then has a SOB trailer hauled in and set up. The folks that do this usually have a couple-few trailers to rent out. I don't know of any of these people personally, but I know that this service is available at the blues festivals that happen at Sertoma Ranch, Florida (which are a ton of fun, by the way) twice a year. The folks that run them are very helpful, and will steer you in the right direction for RV rentals. https://www.bluesbashattheranch.com/

Personally, I'd have to be incapacitated to let anyone else tow my baby! We let friends and family stay in ours (next to the house), but I think that's my limit on guests using it.
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A buddy of mine is trying to get his wife interested in RVs, so he gets a campsite, then has a SOB trailer hauled in and set up. The folks that do this usually have a couple-few trailers to rent out. I don't know of any of these people personally, but I know that this service is available at the blues festivals that happen at Sertoma Ranch, Florida (which are a ton of fun, by the way) twice a year. The folks that run them are very helpful, and will steer you in the right direction for RV rentals. https://www.bluesbashattheranch.com/

Personally, I'd have to be incapacitated to let anyone else tow my baby! We let friends and family stay in ours (next to the house), but I think that's my limit on guests using it.
Hey Suzyhomakr....My gf and I were planning a trip down to tarpon springs in march, and the blues festival is just an hour away ! Is it an adult crowd there? Not a bunch of drunk kids acting like idiots?
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:20 PM   #9
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Www.rvshare.com if you really want to rent it out for someone else to tow. The rent is higher than renting it as an AirBnB. Security deposits and insurance are additional, too. There may be other brokers out there, that's just one I saw an advertisement for.
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RISKY would not recommend.
are you so desperate for $$

once you do it, the insurance will go from personal use to business. that will likely eat all your "profits"

IMHO, use it for personal use only
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I don't have any advice one way or another. But I'm renting an airstream through Homeaway at the end of March. My wife and I can't afford an AS right now, but it is our dream to own one eventually. We camp in our SOB a lot, but this is a special trip. It will also give us an idea about the floorplan. There aren't a ton of airstreams on Airbnb or Homeaway, but there are a fair amount and they seem to stay booked.
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2 years ago we rented an Airbnb airstream outside of Yosemite. The trailer was a 96 Excella 28 with a rear queen and I think we paid $140 a night, it was not a trailer kept in ready to tow condition and pretty sure it had some serious rear seperation/sag as the floor had a grade change just aft of the axles and buckling outer skin in the same area. It was probably a perfect use for a trailer in that condition although I think the owner was unaware of it's condition.
Not all Airstreams are pristine trailers babied by their owner and may make sense to rent out, if one has the desire to be a host and do the turn over cleaning, linens etc.
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There is one guy I know of who rents his new 25’ Airstream in the Jorden Lake StstevPark in the Raleigh NC area. After getting a deposit and rental dates he gets an available site at the park, drops off the trailer set up with 1 dz eggs, orange juice, coffee and a bottle of wine. At the end of the rental period he picks up the trailer and tows it home. Not sure of the pricing but I believe it was in the $150 per day range. Whatever you decide there is no way you want anyone towing your trailer but you!!!!!!
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There is one guy I know of who rents his new 25’ Airstream in the Jorden Lake StstevPark in the Raleigh NC area. After getting a deposit and rental dates he gets an available site at the park, drops off the trailer set up with 1 dz eggs, orange juice, coffee and a bottle of wine. At the end of the rental period he picks up the trailer and tows it home. Not sure of the pricing but I believe it was in the $150 per day range. Whatever you decide there is no way you want anyone towing your trailer but you!!!!!!
I could see buying a used AS in reasonably decent condition and setting it up on a campsite. I live in a heavy recreation area where there are condotels and lots of people that rent homes as arbnb. But you would need full hookup sites, and it would be necessary to train people how to do things or at least be available for questions. I’ll bet in my area I could keep it full from May to September.

Also I have 6 campsites within 10 miles of me.
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