Airports and RVs: Strange bedfellows unite for RV rental idea

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By James Raia
Blacksford, a new Montana-based RV rental company, has introduced a novel way for new RVers to experience the mobile lifestyle in a streamlined format.

The company offers fully-stocked Mercedes-Benz Sprinter overland adventure vehicles from Winnebago for rent at the Las Vegas, Nevada, and Bozeman, Montana, airports.

Blacksford, based in Montana, is currently renting fully stocked RVs at the Las Vegas and Bozeman airports.
Blacksford, based in Montana, is currently renting fully stocked RVs at the Las Vegas and Bozeman airports.

Rentals include an all-inclusive pricing model. It includes unlimited miles, no generator fees, bedding, bath and kitchen supplies, free Wi-Fi, a free annual pass to national parks and 24-hour roadside assistance.

Founded by tech entrepreneur Jonathan Distad, Blacksford also curates road trip experiences by connecting travelers with vetted campsites, guides and other hand-picked attractions.

In addition to daily and weekly rentals, Blacksford offers multi-month mini leases for those who want to experience long-term van life.

In addition to RV newbies, Blacksford is a good alternative for RVers who wish to continue their passions for road travel while perhaps waiting for the repair of their RV.

“We offer an all-inclusive experience so you don’t have to worry about all the bits of camping and adventuring – we will even ‘provision’ your vehicle prior to arrival,” said Blacksford founder Distad.

Blacksford plans to expand its service into at least a dozen more airports the next two years, including the Denver International Airport.

According to the company, Blacksford is the only RV rental business based exclusively out of airports. Its RVs can be booked via Outdoorsy.

“From the seamless online experience to our fully-stocked vehicles and all-inclusive prices, this is what the RV rental process should be like,” said Distad. “We greet you at your airport gate, load your bags, onboard you virtually so you don’t have to spend hours getting to know your RV, and offer 24-hour roadside assistance.”

Rental prices start at $199 per day. For more info, click here or call (406) 384-6758.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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