This service lets you rent Winnebago Mercedes-Benz Sprinter RVs picked up from airports for 199 a day. See how it works.Get the Full StoryNewcomer Blacksford is disrupting the RV rental market by creating a platform of rentable Winnebago-converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
Blacksford is currently located at McCarran International Airport by Las Vegas and the Bozeman Airport in Montana with plans to expand to new locations in the coming year.
The company was founded by Jonathan Distad after he had a less-than-optimal experience trying to rent an RV for a family vacation.
Blacksford rentals range from 199 to 399 per day, depending on the RV.
Rental options include the Winnebago Revel, Solis, View, and Vita.
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Newcomer Blacksford is disrupting the RV rental market by creating a platform of rentable Winnebago-converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinters based out of airports.
The company was founded by Jonathan Distad, who originally ran an IT business before deciding to pivot to the camper van and RV rental industry.
The idea for the Blacksford platform came after Distad realized that RV rental systems were too closely correlated with the "RV sales experience" that was known to "nickel and dime" consumers. According to Distad, this creates an uncomfortable rental experience for RV customers.
This realization, coupled with his prior difficult experience trying to rent an RV for a family vacation, inspired the start of Blacksford.
"The founders of Uber weren't taxi drivers," Distad said. 'They just said, 'there's got to be a better way to do it,' and that's pretty much the approach that we took. "
According to Distad, Blacksford which first started its operations around mid to late 2018 was designed around the way he wanted to rent an RV.
"Being a technology guy, I, from the get-go, was just hell-bent on making sure that it had amazing technology and amazing customer service," Distad told Business Insider. "I was befuddled by the pricing in my prior experience , so I said, 'Screw it, we're just going to include everything so people don't have to worry about mileage or generator fees or 'am I going to buy kitchen kits or bedding kits?''"Blacksford has a partnership with Winnebago, allowing the rental platform to source its vehicles directly from the famed RV maker.
Blacksfords' fleet includes the Winnebago Revel, View, Vita, and Porto, which are all Class B or Class C RVs on a Sprinter chassis.
This partnership with Winnebago allows Blacksford to guarantee the quality of its vehicles while potentially implementing several Winnebago enhancements, such as more accessibility-friendly options, according to Distad.
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