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Old 02-27-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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AirBnb your Airstream?

My wife and I own a number of rental properties in Memphis, TN including 4 units that we currently rent out through AirBnb. Our ordinances are fairly basic for short term rentals fortunately, and we are enamored with the idea of buying an Airstream, renting it out on AirBnb, essentially letting guest pay for the trailer. We live in the heart of the city, and it wouldn't be hard to hook up to water, electrical, and sewer with a little work done. There is plenty of room for a 25 or 27' trailer at the property we want to do this with, and we have a great relationship with our neighbors currently.

My question is, is anyone else doing this in an urban environment? If so, my main concern is making sure we are within building codes, and what's the best way to go about ensuring this. My thinking is it probably isn't allowed. I know I can just make it happen, but we don't wan't to risk this affecting any other aspect of our business.

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Old 02-27-2019, 11:44 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Plenty of other threads/posts on this idea. Using the new search function above in the blue box [desktop version of this site], which works great:

"AirBnb" -- https://www.google.com/search?q=AirB...=airforums.com
"Zoning problems" -- https://www.google.com/search?q=zoni...=airforums.com

Great idea which rarely works out to your long-term satisfaction IMO.

Good luck,

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Old 03-06-2019, 11:26 PM   #3
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Hi Chris. I have heard about other people renting their RV though a service such as AirBnB. As usual with renting, it's all about the people who is renting to you. You may have good or bad luck. Getting to know them as much as you can it's always recommended. Good Luck
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I have a neighbor that thought he would take advantage of my good nature and his familial connections to town employees in order to turn a large garage structure on his property (several feet from my property line) into three rental apartments. This went against numerous zoning laws, but he hoped he could get away with it.


Long story short, he probably sank $100k into the building before our lawyers made it clear to him and the town we were serious about putting an end to it. He know owns a nice big empty garage. You may find putting a trailer on your property and renting it out to strangers pushes your neighbors too far, or not.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:21 AM   #5
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Your 2/27/19 post count is still "1" . . .



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My wife and I own a number of rental properties in Memphis, TN including 4 units that we currently rent out through AirBnb. Our ordinances are fairly basic for short term rentals fortunately, and we are enamored with the idea of buying an Airstream, renting it out on AirBnb, essentially letting guest pay for the trailer. We live in the heart of the city, and it wouldn't be hard to hook up to water, electrical, and sewer with a little work done. There is plenty of room for a 25 or 27' trailer at the property we want to do this with, and we have a great relationship with our neighbors currently.

My question is, is anyone else doing this in an urban environment? If so, my main concern is making sure we are within building codes, and what's the best way to go about ensuring this. My thinking is it probably isn't allowed. I know I can just make it happen, but we don't wan't to risk this affecting any other aspect of our business.

Thanks all!
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Morning OTRA15 and others. I appreciate the replies to my original post. Sorry for not being active.

We are still on the hunt for our first Airstream, however the AirBnb thing is a no go, understandable for code. While we would set it up where most people would think it's an asset to the neighborhood, I can certainly see how others could use this in a bad way.

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I stayed in two Airstream AirBnB's in Texas last year... one in Denton, and one in Austin.

The one in Denton was a permanent structure on a beautiful farm, but it had 'normal' plumbing - this seems like it was setup for success a lot more - https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12754388?guests=1&adults=1

The other one was a Bambi in a drive way in Austin, I was a little more concerned for the owner on this one since if you aren't a camper, the facilities/water usage could end up with issues imo ... but the owner was lovely! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14530422?guests=1&adults=1



Personal opinion - I guess I'm too attached to my Airstream to let strangers, who I don't know if they will respect it, use it. Seems like a large investment risk.
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Thanks Chris, happy trails!

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