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Wheel Estate Is Canada’s ‘Airbnb Of RV Rentals’

Chad Ball wants to give everyone a chance to taste the freedom of the road from behind the wheel of an RV, CBC News reported.

The Alberta construction worker has created a new company which he’s touting as the “Airbnb of RV rentals.” The online marketplace connects RV owners with people looking for affordable camping vacations.

He hopes Wheel Estate will allow owners to offset some of the costs of owning these enormous rigs, while allowing the uninitiated to share in a truly Albertan pastime.

“There are one million personally-owned RVs in Canada. How many of those are just sitting idle?” said Ball. “We didn’t start by waking up one day and saying, ‘Let’s start a website.’ We started by trying to solve our own problem.”

The idea for Wheel Estate came seven years ago. Ball, who works as a project manager in the home building industry, was struggling.

Ball and his wife, Cherie, were weary from the stress and decided to escape the hard times with a simple road trip. “We thought, ‘Let’s go camping. That’s cheap.’ So we looked into some of the big retailers to rent an RV and honestly we could have gone on a beach vacation for the price they wanted.”

In the end, Ball and his family did go camping that weekend in an RV borrowed from a family friend.

It was on that scenic drive to the mountains that he noticed countless motorhomes parked idle, gathering dust in storage lots, and his business plan was born.

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