Monday, July 29, 2013

Teardrops as Guest Rentals

In the past we've used my teardrop trailer as a place for out-of-town relatives to spend the night. It's usually the young kids or teenagers who want to sleep in the trailer since they don't have to get up in the middle of the night as much as the adults. Recently, I've put our small backyard cottage, the Cottage at Quail Haven, on Airbnb. It's been a popular destination for visitors to our area or people going to or from San Francisco.


The Sunflower came in handy one night when a guest of the cottage was joined by both her daughter and her friend. The guest and her daughter were going to sleep in the cottage and her friend was just tagging along and was planning to sleep in her car. I told her she didn't have to do that and offered up the teardrop as an alternative. She was thrilled and offered me an extra $20 to use it as her bed for the night. The next day, she told me she slept like a baby.

If you have a teardrop trailer, it could become a possible guest rental. Some teardrop owners will rent out their teardrop trailers to people on local camping trips, but because the teardrop stays on your property, you don't have to worry about it being towed. The additional income could help to pay for insurance, new tires or teardrop improvements.

Learn more about Airbnb and how they are changing the travel business.

Photo by Little Vintage Trailer

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    1. Thanks. It was just a fluke thing, but could be a possible moneymaker on Airbnb if someone didn't mind not having a shower or bathroom.

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  2. Another neat possibility for TearDrop Owners. What to charge for a nights stay? My tear (picked up the six wide last week in Ohio) is nestled not far from a trail head town and what would be a night of fun sleeping? Hostel in town is $35 to $50. Camping spot $10, rooms $50 and up. $30 for the unique experience sound reasonable?

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    1. Hi Brooke. Congrats on your new teardrop! How do you like it? I would say $25-$35 is reasonable. You could also offer it just within your specific camping and hiking area.

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  3. Thanks for the airbnb link will have to look at that.A few years back i watched a vidio of jappannese men that used a system like a hostel but it resembled a pullman car system kinda.A credit card opend a bunk with a tv computer acsses, radio where a teardrop inside cabnit would be bed and pillow.when he left it would print a reciet and he was charged by the hour.The show said it cost less than a third of what a room did.

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    1. Hi Gary. Airbnb is a great service for both travelers and renters. We've stayed in some great places.

      When we were in Japan a few years ago we stayed in a so-called "capsule hotel". They are really just small pods with a tiny TV, radio and a screen to close it off. As a nearly six-foot tall woman, I was a bit cramped in the tiny Japanese pods.

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  5. This is an excelent idea, I bet you can make a fortune with this as a business. This could be the cheapest rental room, but it is more risky. Still that can be covered with Renters insurance . Love the idea.

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