Worry Free Camping

Rental RVs are more popular than ever. With summer vacation on the cusp of this “new normal,” people are reevaluating their travel plans. They are seeking alternative measures to enjoy their getaways and visit places around the country.

In 2020, renting an RV became a popular option for vacationers, and BeauRV, a local RV rental service, is thriving because of it.

With BeauRV, you can tow and go, have a camper delivered, book a camping trip, or travel cross country.

BeauRV is a company born out of a young couple’s resilience, a passion that turned them into business owners, and they both love camping.

Spencer and Katie Buford are Brentwood and Nolensville natives, respectively. In 2020, they both suffered job losses due to the pandemic. The two decided to make the most of their situation and travel the country with their son, Beau. They sold their home, purchased an RV, and hit the road.

For five months, the family traveled the countryside, racking up over 10,000 miles. They traveled to 17 states and five national parks, creating memories, taking photographs for their son to treasure, and making the best of quarantine.

Spencer grew up an avid camper, hunter, and was used to spending time in an RV. As the couple talked about what they could do to make a living, a concept was born out of a passion.

“We used the five months and met so many people along our travels. Families out there working remotely, one parent caring for the children while the other worked, we hiked in national parks and made the best in a safe way, not just holing up during the quarantine,” Spencer shares.

As the pair began to research the industry, a plan was put into place utilizing their own RV to begin making money. They found a demand for RV rental in the same way people rent an Airbnb.

They currently have 17 RVs to rent with plans to add more to their fleet. With 75% of their business delivering an RV, Spencer stays on the road while Katie is marketing and running promotions to collaborate with other local businesses.

“One question we get daily is where are good places to go camping,” says Katie. Here are a few suggestions the couple shared:

Salt Lick Creek Campground — maintained by the Army Core of Engineers in Gainesboro, Tennessee, on Cordell Hull Lake. Most sites under $30 per night and open May-October.

Poole Knobs Campground — maintained by the Army Core of Engineers in Smyrna, Tennessee, on Percy Priest Lake. Most sites are under $40 per night and open May-October.

Edgar Evins State Park — maintained by TN State Parks Service in Silver Point, Tennessee, on Center Hill Lake. All sites are under $40 per night and open year-round.

There are many wonderful sites to see just in Tennessee with lakes, waterfalls, and places to hike and enjoy the state.

Typically, Spencer says, “we can have a camper ready within 24 hours. We clean, sanitize and stock to be ready to rent.”

The average cost to rent is $120 per night, with smaller units costing $100.

Spencer, Katie, and Beau are looking for property to offer “glamping” with packages supporting other local businesses. They have partnered with Mama’s Java for coffee and food, a local wellness retreat on a nearby farm, and they have big plans for the future.

“I have a lot of ideas to add the camping experience. Because we personally camp with our young son, we know how to guide customers to rent the perfect unit and bring what they need for a memorable trip,” Katie says.

For more information or to book an RV, visit https://beaurv.com/.

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