Each of these apps works pretty much the same way. Hosts post their properties on the rental website, and it becomes available to you if the dates you want coincide. The services are very easy to use—a streamlined process you’re likely already familiar with if you’ve used Airbnb or Vrbo—without a lot of traditional paperwork. Also, hosts are rated and commented on, so you know what to expect based on previous guests’ comments.
Whether you want to rent a camper van, RV, boat, or backyard pool, here are five great services to get acquainted with.
When browsing the RV Outdoorsy rental app, it sounds familiar; It’s truly “Airbnb” for RVs, right down to the search functionality, navigation map, and instant booking options. Simply write down your destination (or where you want to pick up your RV), travel dates, number of guests, and available listings. Some even have an option for the owner to bring the RV to you at an additional cost. Depending on the size of your family, you’ll appreciate that it’s not just big RVs; People also post campers and travel trailers, so you have options. Whatever your decision, know that Outdoorsy offers $1 million liability insurance for your rental, 24/7 tech support, and even 24/7 roadside assistance in the event you need to hop on or accidentally lock yourself out.
Maybe you don’t need a big RV for your next family outing, but just a bigger car to pack more than just your pets and kids. Or maybe your city hybrid won’t cut it for an off-road trip. The host-based system of the Getaround car rental app helps you find the perfect vehicle for your needs. There are no membership fees, so all you’ll need is a driver’s license to start choosing from the available stock of nearby hosts (or wherever you plan to be), which are generally additional owners’ cars that sit for periods of time.
Why use Getaround on a standard car rental company? The advantage is that you can try to find a specific model or model outside of the company’s standard options. Furthermore, you can switch to search for vehicles that come with bike racks or rooftop racks if that’s what you need. Since rates are set by the host, they can often be cheaper than the rental car company depending on the term of the loan. Sweetening the deal is the insurance included and the ability to unlock the vehicle of choice with your phone.
3. Boat setter
Don’t own a boat but want to get out on the water on a family cruise? No need to venture out onto the docks of a large commercial boat operation because there is Boatsetter, a peer-to-peer boat rental service recommended by a boating attorney Discover Boating. Through the service, boat owners loan their offshore vessels for use. Some even offer their own captain’s services if you don’t care about piloting the ship yourself or lack a boat license.
On the website or app, simply select a date and time duration, filter by vessel size, and then switch the captain’s option if you want one – just make sure to book in advance to ensure it’s available. The Boatsetter also features an “Experience” section. Browse through and you’ll find opportunities for fishing, sailing, kayaking, party boats, and jet-skis. Whatever your decision, rest assured that boat rentals are fully insured when your family is swimming and exploring parts of a lake they might not have experienced otherwise.
4. Swimming chips
Have you or your children dreamed of having a swimming pool in the backyard, but this is not possible? Fortunately, you can get some time in the pool by renting someone else’s hour with Swimply. Like Airbnb, enter the destination, dates, times and number of guests, and the website or app will show you what’s available. Chances are, you’ll find an eclectic array of varied sizes and styles, but you might be surprised by some of the owner’s photos – some pool decks have lighting or furniture to make you feel like a resort. There are also options to add amenities – grills, speakers or fire pits, for example – for an additional fee at the host’s discretion, of course.
Several companies have attempted to be an “Airbnb of Outdoor Gear” with a similar network of peer-to-peer members who offer items for others to rent. However, when it comes to recreational equipment, used and unwanted items are not very desirable, especially when personal safety is a factor. OutdoorsGeek is right. The service allows you to rent clean outdoor gear online, the way Netflix often rented DVDs by mail on the day, from a central Denver location.
If you want to get your kids camping but don’t want to commit to buying and stocking all that camping gear, OutdoorsGeek has family rental packages of a variety of sizes with everything you need for shelter and cooking. For example, you’ll get $364 for a six-person tent, four sleeping bags, towels, a two-burner gas stove, camping cookware, a table, and towels and towels for up to three days. If your kids end up sleeping outdoors on a long weekend, you’ll be happy to know that you can apply the rental cost to purchase equipment for your new hobby.