RVers are well aware of the huge influx of new campers renting RVs through services like Outdoorsy. Some of them are the ones beating you to the punch on reservation sites. You also know about “glamping” – a made-up word (a portmanteau, for you word freaks) that describes a new, more comfortable style of camping that likely doesn’t hold much appeal for established RV aficionados.
What happens when a big rental RV company joins forces with a glamping leader to come up with a totally new RVing (sort of) experience?
That’s just what happened recently when Outdoorsy announced it was partnering with luxury glamping provider Collective Retreats to provide something they are calling a “hybrid campground offering.”
Collective Retreats is well known for providing very high-end glamping experiences in fancy safari tents in fantastic locations.
…Renters will be able to stay in their rented RV rigs but will have full use of the retreat facilities, including services like – get this – light housekeeping of the RV and a “turn down” service of their RV beds at night.
The partnership is launching with a somewhat weird yet “elevated” camping experience from the two companies utilizing Collective Retreats’ very unique glamping facility on Governors Island in the middle of New York Harbor. Outdoorsy guests will park their rented RVs in a secured lot near the Statue of Liberty side in New Jersey and be whisked by water taxi on a private tour of New York City’s harbor.
They will then arrive on Governors Island and spend the night in a Collective Retreats temperature-controlled glamping tent complete with comfy beds. They will be spoiled rotten with wine or champagne, two complimentary daily epicurean or mixology classes, complimentary evening gourmet s’mores, morning yoga classes, and a gourmet continental breakfast delivered to the tent before being returned to their rigs the next morning.
But wait! There’s many more – and even more odd – aspects to this partnership. The two companies are also planning similar ventures at Collective Retreat facilities in Vail, Colorado, and the Texas Hill Country later this summer. For those excursions, Outdoorsy renters will be able to stay in their rented RV rigs but will have full use of the Retreat facilities, including services like – get this – light housekeeping of the RV and a “turn down” service of their RV beds at night. Now, THAT’S camping!
“With this new influx of travelers rediscovering the beauty of the American road trip, the traditional RV campground model is in need of a transformation to bring it into the 21st century, and we’re looking forward to unveiling these makeovers one campground at a time with a renowned player in the bespoke experiential hospitality space,” said Outdoorsy CEO Jeff Cavins. “These new accommodation makeovers will unveil a world where disconnecting in nature is synonymous with experiencing memorable moments that bring you a sense of effortless calm and comfort.”
What does this mean for the average RVer?
It’s obvious that Outdoorsy and Collective Retreats aren’t going after your average RVer with these offerings. Yet one benefit for everyone is that Collective Retreats plans to add RV parking sites at its facilities throughout its system.
More RV sites – even those that are out of financial reach for most of us – are always a good thing. It could lessen the camping pressure, at least in a small way, at those most-popular destinations.
So, I guess everyone wins a little. Regular RVers get a bit less competition for regular ol’ sites, and those first-time Outdoorsy newbie RV renters get the chocolates on their pillows at night.