The market for holiday caravan rental is quite competitive. If you are considering renting out your caravan, you must ensure that you offer the best facilities available.
Facilities within the caravan must appeal to the renters and this is more geared towards families than any other demographic. Try to make your caravan a home from home for your guests and pay attention to detail.
Before renting out your caravan always ensure that it is clean, tidy and in a presentable condition for potential holidaymakers.
What should you provide in the caravan?
It is advisable to offer basic items such as a TV with possibly Free-view, a DVD player, CD / Radio player or maybe you can offer an internet connection.
Personal items required would be an iron, board and a hair-dryer and if you have carpets, a small vacuum cleaner would be a necessity.
If you are renting to families with small babies or toddlers a travel cot and a high chair is a bonus or even a plastic bed-rail that can be used on the single bed for added security for young children.
Also required are all cooking utensils, pots, pans, a kettle, microwave and toaster. Consider providing all white crockery, cups, plates etc., so in the event of breakages they can easily be replaced without having to match; also offer plastic child-friendly beakers and plates for the little ones. Other options would be a slow cooker, steamer and a sandwich maker, not forgetting the smaller utensils like a vegetable peeler, tin opener and a corkscrew.
Bedding and towels
In many caravans, bedding and towels are not provided, leaving the guests to provide their own, but taking into account the laundry costs this service makes it all the more appealing to your renters, especially if you provide modern fresh linen for a professional look. It’s also advisable to provide waterproof mattress protectors for all beds.
For those rainy days, some caravan owners provide a selection of books, board games, playing cards and game consoles to keep the children occupied.
If permitted on your caravan park a BBQ for outside use is recommended, along with a patio table and chairs, and maybe sun loungers if outside space permits for those long summer days.
Prepare a folder with details of days out in the area; collect leaflets and brochures on local tourist attractions such as zoos, parks, soft play areas and include details on train and bus timetables if these are accessible from your holiday park.
Also provide instructions on how everything works in the caravan e.g. cooker, central heating, shower etc.
Offer a welcome pack
Consider making a welcome pack for your visitors; provide simple items like coffee, tea, biscuits and milk so they feel more at home and maybe include a bottle of wine too.
Remember to make an inventory of all items in your caravan and give a copy to your guests when they pay their deposit.
With these tips and hints for renting out your caravan, you should easily be able to increase your caravan rental income potential.