RV rental platform Outdoorsy says it will hit $1 billion in sales next month after seeing explosive growth during the pandemic


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RV rental platform Outdoorsy is set to reach $1 billion in sales next month after seeing an outstanding year during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced on Thursday.

While most of the travel industry skidded to a halt during COVID-19, road travel via camper vans and RVs began to thrive when states started lifting stay-at-home orders. As a result, Outdoorsy saw a 1,500% surge in bookings from the lowest booking day amid the coronavirus pandemic to the highest booking day during the second to last week of May, the company told Insider last year. 

The company’s popularity has only continued to trend upwards since. Prior to 2020, Outdoorsy was growing 400% year-over-year. However, from April 2020 to October, the company grew a whopping 4,600%, Jeff Cavins, cofounder and CEO of Outdoorsy, told Insider in an interview.

As a result, 44% of all of the company’s business happened last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, expediting Outdoorsy’s path towards the $1 billion mark, according to Cavins. And so far, it’s only continuing to grow: despite the stereotype of a traditionally slow travel month in January, the bookings Outdoorsy has seen this month reflect that of summertime.

“COVID-19 brought in three years of RV awareness that we didn’t have to go market to,” Cavins said.

Cavins is now projecting that Outdoorsy will hit the $1 billion mark by early February if no other shakeups related to parks or the camping industry happen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This impending $1 billion milestone is a result of 37 million Outdoorsy members and over 3.2 million rental days.

According to Cavins, much of this growth can be attributed to millennials, among other age groups. According to data from Outdoorsy in December, millennial RV bookings spiked 70% from 2019 to 2020. The same demographic also made up 35% of Outdoorsy’s first-time renters, which consisted of 90% of the platform’s bookings last year.

“Millennials built Uber, and now millennials are building Outdoorsy,” Cavins said.

According to Cavins, the impending milestone is like “selling your one-billionth Big Mac” and is “a testament to the success of the entrepreneurship that’s happening on the platform,” Cavins said.

“All that revenue is being enjoyed by mostly Americans. They’ve been able to take an asset that sat unused, in many cases 97% of the time, and they’ve turned it into an income stream, which is really important given the economy today.”

Outdoorsy’s strategic new hires from Airbnb and Metromile

This $1 billion announcement also comes on the heels of two new hires from Airbnb and MetroMile. These two new team members were strategically brought on to help with Outdoorsy’s “industry-first initiatives,” which include the growth of the platform’s new insuretech division, Roamly.

According to Cavins, Outdoorsy is one of the only organizations in the world that owns its own RV insurance company backed by the likes …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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