Well some RV owners may in actual fact also be swingers, but that would be a different story altogether.
Welcome to the world of RV swapping or RV exchange. No leather or handcuffs here folks, just your RV (motorhome, campervan, fifth wheel, Betty the Bus, whatever you call that thing), your air tickets and your adventurous spirit required. Much like traditional home exchange, you can now exchange RV’s all over the world.
One emerging website – Holitrade – actually specializes in this type of exchange program, and it’s completely free. RV owners throughout the world can place a free ad on the site, get in touch with each other via email, and work out the finer details of an exchange. The site currently has users wanting to exchange from the United States, the UK including Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand and many other parts of the world.
While there are several opportunities to swap RV’s on the site, there are added opportunities. For instance there are also homes, yachts, canal boats and cruisers. So you may want to do a package deal. You could exchange homes and RV’s, as well as the family car. So there really are opportunities to stay in total comfort in a home in a city somewhere, before hitting the road. There are also many vacation homes for exchange near beaches and ski resorts.
Organizing any type of exchange requires a fair deal of communication prior to handing over the keys. Emails back and forward about travel dates, expectations and any special needs, “Can you feed my Rottweiler?” are the norm. Quite often you may have a relative or friend hand over your keys if you have already departed for your holiday. Having a local contact to assist each other with any enquiries is a good idea.
It is also a good idea to put your agreement in writing. Holitrade has a standard agreement both parties can fill out. Just remember to put in any special requirements.
If you would like to scan some of the ads you can just click on the link below. The latest ads are at the bottom of the page.
Compared to hiring a campervan exchanging makes great sense and can save you a fortune. Currently it’s around $200 per day Australian to hire a decent sized motorhome. Most people doing this type of traveling quite often do so for weeks and months on end, so the bills quickly pile up.
To sum up what makes a good exchange. Lots of clear communication prior, put your agreement in writing, and respect each other’s property. Happy and Cheap travels!
Now, better get started on the swingers article… It’s all about the research.
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Source by Damien Priest