By Audrey Lynch
Electricity: Most RVs will have a battery or generator if you do not have an electrical hookup option. Homes typically have an outside 120v outlet. If you are able to offer some kind of electrical hookup this could come in the form of access to a standard exterior wall outlet with 120V, a 30-amp outlet (larger in size than a regular outlet and accepts 3 prongs) or a 50-amp outlet (utilizes 4 prongs). The more common size motorhomes and trailers run on 30 amps but the larger motorhomes and trailers with 2 A/C units, full size appliances, and luxury items like entertainment centers and washers and dryers will need 50- amps to be able to run everything. Just recently our President, Mike, had an electrician install a 30-amp outside outlet which cost him about $150.
Even if you only have 120V to offer, this will help extend the life of your renter’s battery and allow them to run a few small appliances. Possibly keep an extra outdoor extension cord on hand to loan to them in case they forget to pack one.
***A special note: even if you don’t intend to provide electrical hookups year-round seriously consider offering them during colder weather for RV owners to plug electric heat cables or heat tape into to keep their pipes from freezing. Just like your house pipes can freeze and burst, so can the motorhome or travel trailer pipes – and no one wants a burst black water (sewer) pipe! The heat cables or tape usually use 120v or 240v and can plug up into your standard exterior wall outlet.***
The chart below is a general reference for your planning purposes. It is a general guide. Recreational Vehicles and travel trailers come in many shapes and sizes. The more information you provide in your UpClose host listing the easier you will make it on the traveler.
Finally, thanks for your consideration of becoming a host with us. We are here to help guide you through the process. Feel free to email or call us if you have any questions at email@example.com
Michael Lockwood runs you through the process on how to set up your profile on our websiteView
Mike Lockwood walks you through step by step how to set up a property listing our the UpClose-RV website.View
Audrey Lynch offers thoughts and advice on setting up your site and taking care of your guests.View
Norm Roy and his wife Holly explore the difficulties of trying to find campsites as the RV economy is skyrocketing!View
Looking for information on the current trends in the RV Market? We're here to help! Campsites are getting harder to find and RV sales are skyrocketing.View
As more and more people look for unique ways to make money using their assets, we wanted to take a moment and provide a couple of thoughts on how to be an excellent upCLOSE host.View
Having a hard time trying to figure out how to upload your images so that they look as beautiful as they should? We have some helpful tips and tricks to get your photos to where they need to be.View
Get ready for your guests! Here are some tips for success.View
You have a driveway. Hosting RV travelers doesn’t have to be require huge amounts of spare land. If you simply have a driveway large enough to accommodate an RV, you’re set!View
More people both young and old are taking up the nomadic lifestyle. They are ditching the "sticks and bricks" mentality and are refusing to own a home. This is a good article from the Washington Post examining some reasons that one-million folks have chosen the "houseless" way of life!View
Making sure your directions are clear for your travelers.View
Making sure your travelers know that they can fit into the spot you have provided for them will go a long way to help your guests feel comfortable.View
Audrey talks "ground" truth. Have the right surface for your traveler is key.View
Audrey examines safety for host properties.View
Audrey offers some thoughts to contemplate about becoming an RV Host, and why you would want too.View