If your definition of an authentic experience in a new city means living like a local, you’d likely opt to stay at a house share through Airbnb when you travel. Nothing against a glorious hotel with turndown service, but pretending to own a Manhattan apartment for the weekend is sure to give you more of a Carrie Bradshaw vibe than sleeping in a cookie-cutter Marriott room.
So what if you want to experience sharing someone’s space when you’re on the road? Well, you could consider investing in Wheel Estate.
Wheel Estate is a Calgary-based company that offers the same type of rental services as Airbnb (pick a destination, find a residence that suits your style, read reviews, book and enjoy), but for RVers.
With Canada’s 150th birthday coming up and free entry into all the national parks, there’s seriously no better time to take a road trip around the country. Don’t have the funds or space to maintain an RV? Then Wheel Estate might be just the site you’ve been looking for. Users can register using Facebook or email, and create a profile to either list an RV for rent or find the perfect one for that dream vacation.
Take, for example, The Peanut: an adorable white and yellow trailer from the ’70s that comes with a bed (that sleeps two), teensy sink (but the water doesn’t work), three-burner gas stove, plates, cups and cutlery. Plus, it’s pet-friendly! So bring your pooch. Definitely on the smaller side compared to other options, it’s listed at $385 per week (or $65 per day) and you’ll need to BYOT (Bring Your Own Truck) to tow it. Though for an extra $100, the owner will tow it to you, as long as you’re within 50 kilometres.
Owners are supplied with one million dollars of insurance to protect their RV from damage, while guests receive roadside assistance included in their booking package — a bit of peace of mind for both parties.
Right now, there are about 56 listings, with just three in Ontario, and the rest in Alberta and British Columbia. So if you’re considering stuffing your family into a camper and spending summer vacation getting lost along the Trans-Canada Highway, take a gander and see if you can find a rolling home that suits you.