Hello! Who are you and what business did you start?

My name is Garr Russell and I am the founder and CEO of Fireside RV Rental. Fireside RV Rental is the nation’s first RV Rental Management franchise.

Our franchisees rent out privately owned RV’s to families wanting an epic RV rental experience. This helps the RV owners earn a passive income and the franchisees have a low overhead.

We take care of the deliveries, cleaning, insurance, contracts, and more. We currently have 24 locations, and just over 200 RVs under management and counting! Our annual revenue was just under $2 million last year and were hoping to close out this year around 2,500,000.

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What’s your backstory and how did you come up with the idea?

As a brand-new RV owner, I was excited to surprise my wife with the gift of a brand-new RV on our 10-year anniversary, thinking she’d be thrilled about the prospect of camping adventures. However, it turned out that she wasn’t keen on camping at all, and I felt terrible for not understanding her preferences. To make matters worse, I was struggling to figure out how to make the RV an asset, as it felt like a liability hanging over us.

That’s when I had a lightbulb moment to rent out the RV, similar to how we manage rental properties. This idea not only helped me cover the payments but also connected me with friends, family, and neighbors who had RVs sitting unused, and it opened up the opportunity to create a business out of it. I decided to start Michigan Camper Rentals, offering a business model for others to start their RV management ventures.

Soon, we expanded and rebranded as The Camper Connection, serving entrepreneurs and RV owners nationwide. We later trademarked and franchised the business, becoming Fireside RV Rental, and established a supportive community of branch managers and staff.

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