The BeginRV Monday News Roundup brings you the biggest RV and Camping news stories to start your week.
Here’s the scoop for the week of March 15th:
Peer-to-Peer RV Rental Site Outdoorsy Named One of America’s Best Startup Employers By Forbes
For the second year in a row, RV rental startup Outdoorsy was named by Forbes as one of the best startup companies to work for in the United States. The Forbes list was compiled by evaluating 2,500 American businesses on three criteria: employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth.
Siobhan Gray, VP of Human Resources for Outdoorsy acknowledged the importance of the award in a year where the travel industry was crippled by COVID. “Being named to the Forbes list this year carries special significance as our team had to reimagine how we stayed connected, all while working remotely; reinterpreting the ways in which we tapped into our community to continue innovating our products and services. Perhaps what I’m most proud of is that our team made it their personal mission to make the outdoors accessible to people when they needed it most.”
Dog That Jumped from Back of RV on Highway Found Safe
In happy news, a Georgia family is relieved after being reunited with their dog who leapt out the back window of their RV while traveling through East Texas. Ronin, the boxer/terrier mix, went missing on March 11 when the family noticed that he was nowhere to be found in their RV.
The family offered a $500 reward for the return of the dog who was found in Texas on March 13th. The family drove back from Georgia to pick up their four-legged friend and through Facebook thanked all those who helped search for their missing pup.
RV Membership Platform Harvest Hosts Raises $37 Million Dollars to Expand
Harvest Hosts, a membership platform that allows RVers to access overnight stays at wineries, farms and other unique settings announced a $37 million growth investment from private equity firm Stripes. With over 1,900 locations around the United States, Harvest Host members can stay overnight at an unlimited number of off-the-beaten path locations by paying a yearly membership fee.
As the RV industry continues to surge post-pandemic with record-breaking RV shipments expected for 2021, Harvest Hosts is the latest player in the sector to take advantage. RV retailer Camping World just announced its expansion plans in Delaware, Nebraska and Montana and last year peer-to-peer rental site RVShare announced a whopping $100 equity raise to expand its business.
Harvest Hosts CEO Joel Holland said about the multi-million dollar investment: “We want Harvest Hosts to continue being a trusted resource for finding a unique RV experience. We are excited to be partnering with Stripes to double down on the investment in our host network and member experience.”
Travel + Leisure Shares 9 Most Beautiful Resort-Style Campgrounds In the United States
Popular travel site Travel + Leisure released a list of the 9 most beautiful campgrounds across the United States. The selected campgrounds are not in State or National parks, but rather resort-style campgrounds with high-end amenities.
Among those selected for the list were:
- Boyd’s Key West Campground in Key West, Florida
- Rafter J Bar Ranch in Hill City, South Dakota
- Sun RV Resorts in Petoskey, Michigan
- Zion River Resort in Virgin, Utah
- Schoodic Woods Campground in Winter Harbor, Maine
- Lighthouse Point at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio
- Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA in Wilmington New York
- Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort & Marina in Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Salt Creek Recreation Area & Campground in Port Angeles, Washington
California to Require Emission Testing for Large Motorhomes
Starting in 2023, California will roll out mandatory emission testing for all motorhomes weighing over 14,000 pounds. Testing will assess whether the vehicle’s emission control system is operating correctly. If the motorhome flunks the test, owners will be required to have the problem remediated or risk being subject to fines.
The good news for large motorhome owners? You won’t be required to drive to your annual appointment. The State will permit “Telematics” systems that connect to your OBD (on-board diagnostics) port to remotely transmit the data to the State.
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