Woody RV Rentals Carves Niche in Texas Hill Country
Julie Woody, owner of Woody RV Rentals LLC in Georgetown, Texas, often gives vacation suggestions to people searching for somewhere to travel throughout the United States in their recently rented recreational vehicle. Port Aransas and Big Bend National Park are both places she recommends if the travelers want to stay in Texas.
“I think that’s one reason we’ve done so well — there’s so much to do in Texas,” she said of the RV rental company’s growth in the past several years.
As reported by the Community Impact Newspaper, what started out as one advertisement for a Winnebago on Craigslist in 2007 has burgeoned into 48 consignment motorhomes, motorcoaches, travel trailers and pop-up campers.
Woody said after renting an RV for her family for the first time turned into a disappointing experience, she decided to do it herself.
“When (my husband and I) got our own (RV), I said, ‘I bet I could pay for this (RV) and help people have a better experience than we did,”' Woody said about renting her RV for others to use.
The vehicles and campers at Woody RV Rentals are maintained and cleaned by staff, and the company also offers out-of-town travelers transportation to and from the airport as well as delivery and setup of the units.
Woody said customer service is important to her, and she makes recommendations to customers based on where they plan to go, if they want to tow or drive the rental, how many people will be in it and the renters’ level of experience with RVs.
She said the staff takes the time to explain each vehicle to new customers and how to operate it. People often ask if they need a certain driver’s license to drive an RV — they do not — Woody said people just need to be reminded about the size of the vehicle.
“In the United States of America, you don’t need a special driver’s license, you just need a little common sense,” Woody said.
She said one group of renters took an RV through a restaurant drive-thru, turning the business’s kiosk on its side. Another renter tried unsuccessfully to drive the RV into a parking garage.
General Manager Christopher Coghlan said not only does the rental system offer an affordable option for families to use an RV without the expense of buying, it is also cost-effective for people who own an RV but only use it periodically.
“These people realize, ‘I can still own my camper at the end of the day and not have to pay $120 a month to store it,’” he said.