How to Make More Money Off Campsite Rentals

Whether you run a large campground or just offer a few campsites that you post on Airbnb and other online rental sites, there are a few tricks of the trade that can help you grow profits by making more money off existing rentals and increasing referrals for new rentals.

While some of these tips are quick fixes, others require significant capital investment. In the end, however, they can all substantially boost revenue!

Provide Special Event Space

Large families and people organizing special events like reunions, retreats, weddings, and corporate outings need space to conduct their events. This requires many campsites close together as well as a building or pavilion to host meals and gatherings. By improving the infrastructure at your campsite, you can attract these lucrative special events to add to your existing revenue stream as well as fill up off-peak times of the year.

Include Passes to Local Attractions

If there are splash pads, parks, trails, swimming areas, or other fun destinations nearby that require paid admission, you can typically get a deal on buying season passes to share with renters. You can then tout these benefits in your rental listings to help set you apart from the competition. These perks can also justify charging a higher rental rate, often paying for the memberships many times over.

Provide Luxury Restrooms

While most campgrounds have porta potties or no-frills public restrooms, some offer premium bathroom options. Bringing in a luxury restroom trailer can help set your rentals apart and provide a justification for charging a more for campsite spaces.

Alternatively, you can rent luxury restroom units that include showers, flushing toilets, and running water and then charge campers for premium passes to use them.

Include Free Wi-Fi

Even when enjoying the outdoors people are tied to their phones and other mobile devices these days, which means that their expectations are shifting when it comes to campground amenities. Providing free wi-fi is a great way to appeal to these connected campers by giving them what they want.

Deliver Meals and Amenities

Other amenities that people want while camping are essentials like firewood. Delivering these types of items to individual campsites on demand is a great way to impress campers and earn positive reviews. Better yet, why not have them waiting when campers arrive? This eliminates the need for them to bring these items themselves or find them when they first arrive.

If you have an onsite kitchen facility offering snacks, deli items, and other food, bringing this to campers for a fee can boost profits. Airbnb is filled with listings for campsites, treehouses, tiny houses, and other specialty lodging options renting for $200+/night that include this type of hotel-like concierge service.

Offer a Seasonal Pass Option

While renting individual weeks or weekends is a common rental strategy, substantial profits can also be made from offering seasonal passes. These bring in more consistent revenue, which helps to smooth out profits throughout the season.

Open a General Store

If you don’t already sell items on-site, opening a general store stocked with the items that campers need is a great way to make money. The reality is that campers have to buy these things regardless of whether or not you provide them, which means that if you don’t offer them for purchase, you’re just missing out on revenue.

If you already have a general store, consider expanding your offerings to high-margin items like ice cream, baked treats, hot concessions, and other food splurges. You may need to increase staff to make and vend these items, but the substantial profit is typically worth the investment.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Renting Luxury Restroom Trailers 101

Intimidated by renting a restroom trailer? Don’t be!

If you’ve ever gone through the process of renting porta potties, it’s basically the same. If you’re entirely new to this whole thing, it’s not difficult. Choose the right portable toilet supplier and they’ll do most of the work for you.

Follow these four steps to ensure your rental will go smoothly

  • Select a Date

Depending on the nature of your event, choosing a date might be easy. For instance, a Memorial Day parade probably won’t have much variation in date. A wedding, on the other hand, can be anytime of the week or year so you’ll have to decide when to hold your event.

If you’re flexible on dates, that’s fine too. You can always start the conversation with some different options in mind to explore what’s available for each date. Checking with major vendors for your event will help you find the date that will work best for the combination of vendors you’d prefer to use.

  • Estimate the Number of Guests

Knowing how many people to expect at your event is the next piece of the puzzle. Sometimes this can be a difficult thing to estimate (especially if the event is open to the public). However, you’ll need a ballpark estimate of how many people the portable toilets you’re renting will need to service.

For larger events, portable restroom trailer suppliers will sometimes build in contingency plans in case the event ends up being larger than expected. This may include supplementing trailers with standalone portable toilet units or bringing in additional trailers, as available. Typically, these can be added to the rental roster up until the event; however, depending on the circumstance, they can sometimes be added once the event has started. This second scenario is more common for weekend-long or week-long events.

  • Determine Trailer Size Needs

Once you know how many people to expect, you can determine your trailer size needs based on the duration of the event. For instance, the Chalet 6 Stall trailer can accommodate a maximum of 500 attendees for 8-10 hours.

The important thing to remember is that while a bathroom trailer has a set number of guests that it can accommodate, the size of the waste holding tank will limit how long it can be used for by those attendees. In the previous example, the Chalet 6 Stall trailer probably wouldn’t be the right choice for a 500-person event that was 14 hours long. In that case, you would have to look at other trailer options.

The portable restroom service that you use can advise you on which trailer will best fit your needs and even propose creative scenarios if the trailer you want isn’t available. This may include renting a slightly larger trailer or renting multiple smaller trailers to suit the needs of your event. For events spread over a wide area, having several rental units can actually be the best solution because it ensures that attendees will have access to bathrooms in convenient locations.

  • Rent Add-Ons

Once you’ve decided on a trailer (or trailers), your job is almost done. The last thing to consider is whether you’ll want any add-on rentals such as standalone handwashing stations or hand sanitizer stations. While these are primarily used with porta potty rentals, your event specifics may be conducive to adding these options. For instance, for events where people will be preparing and consuming food these stations offer the ability to get clean quickly without tying up bathrooms.
Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How to Keep Guests from Leaving Your Wedding Early

With all the time and effort (not to mention money) that goes into planning a wedding, the last thing you want is for people to get bored and leave early. If you’re worried that your wedding reception is going to be a snooze-fest instead of a great party, follow this time-tested advice:

    • Feed Them

People think with their stomachs. If there’s great food, they’ll stick around. If the food is sub-par or if there isn’t enough of it, people will leave to go find something on their own. This is especially true for families with children, who are trying to avoid meltdowns.

Hopefully the food served on your big day will live up to what you experienced during your taste-test with the caterer and will suit your guests’ dietary preferences. Try to ensure that there will be something for everyone to love when you select your menu – choosing different types of foods and flavors to cater to all palates.

If your wedding reception is scheduled during a mealtime (like mid-day or early evening), guests will expect to be fed. If you don’t intend on serving a meal, mention that in the invitation to manage attendee expectations. However, just know that even if you give everyone plenty of notice, it may not discourage people from leaving to go in search of something to eat.

    • Get them Dancing

When people are dancing and having a good time, leaving won’t even cross their mind. Ensure your DJ or band is up for the task by checking references and settling on music preferences before the big day. If you notice that the party is getting a little stale during your reception, don’t be afraid to ask the music provider to mix it up to get people on their feet. The best DJs can sense the pulse of the room and adapt their selections accordingly, but less experienced professionals may need a little nudge.

    • Encourage Conversation

Group guests into tables that will encourage conversation and connection. Helping guests that don’t know anyone else at the wedding to connect with others that share similar personalities or are in the same life stages can get the ball rolling. Don’t overwhelm an individual guest or a couple by putting them at a table where they are the odd ones out because everyone else already knows each other.

For tables with family members, take relationship dynamics into account to avoid grouping people who may not get along. The last thing you want is the drama of family bickering at your wedding.

    • Provide Necessary Accommodations

Cater to guests’ needs by providing ample restrooms as well as climate-controlled areas to keep them comfortable. Nothing kills a wedding reception faster than making guests uncomfortable! Don’t make guests wait in long lines because you skimped on restroom rentals or force them to walk too far to use the bathroom. Using a luxury portable restroom supplier will ensure that you have enough bathrooms for everyone in places that are convenient.

If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, ensure that you provide shaded areas for guests to hang out and cool off. This is especially important for children and the elderly, who may be more sensitive to sun and heat than other guests. If you’re having an outdoor spring or fall wedding, plan for cold weather and provide the heaters to keep guests cozy and warm.

    • Thank Them

Genuine thankfulness goes a long way with guests! Remember that your guests sacrificed their time to come to your wedding and thank them for being willing to participate in your big day. This is especially important for out of town guests, who likely also incurred substantial travel and accommodation costs to attend. When guests feel valued, they’ll stay for the duration of the wedding.

    • Be Respectful

Your wedding reception should be a fun party to celebrate your new union, but that doesn’t mean you need to go wild. If your guests are more conservative, or if you have lots of families in attendance, they will likely be turned off by a reception that turns into a rager reminiscent of a college frat party. Keep the reception G or PG-rated to respect guests beliefs and opinions.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

An Introduction to Porta Potty Options

Need a portable restroom? You’ve come to the right place!

This introduction will help you discern the differences between various porta potty options to help you find the right unit(s) for your event.

These are the options you have when renting portable toilets:

    • Standard Units

A standard porta potty (aka “porta john” or “port a potty”) is probably what you think of when someone uses the term “portable toilet.” These don’t really need much of an introduction because most people have used one at some point in their lives.

It’s a basic no-frills unit that includes a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump. It’s not climate controlled and doesn’t include any lights. Unfortunately, this can make it an uncomfortable choice depending on the season or time of day that you’re using it. On the flip side, it also makes it a very convenient choice for places like parks and trails where there isn’t a power supply to fuel it, but there is a need for a bathroom solution. Simply put, it gets the job done!

    • Handicapped Accessible Units

Handicapped accessible portable toilets are ADA-compliant, which means that they’re able to be used by individuals in wheelchairs. These are a popular choice for public events because not only do they expand accessibility, but they’re also more convenient for people to use with kids. In the same way that they can accommodate a wheelchair with their ground-level access and spacious interior, they can also accommodate a stroller.

Like a standard unit, they also typically include a non-flushable toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump. They are also considered a no-frills unit, but their roomy interiors make them more versatile than their smaller standard counterparts. For sporting events, handicapped accessible portable toilets allow enough room for athletes to change into and out of uniforms with all their gear.

    • Elite Units

An elite portable toilet is the next step up from a standard porta potty because it offers a flushable toilet and small sink with running water. The flushing mechanism isn’t the same as what you would find in your home bathroom (because that requires plumbing and power), but it pushes waste down so you don’t have to see it floating in blue liquid or sitting atop a mound like you do in a normal porta potty.

The sink is low-flow built-in that is a little bit reminiscent of what you would find on an airplane. But even though it doesn’t have rushing hot and cold water like your home sink, it’s still a step above using hand sanitizer because it’s accompanied by hand soap and paper towels for a more effective sanitizing option.

    • Restroom Trailers

Luxury restroom trailers are essentially the royal version of portable toilets! You’ll feel like a king or queen using them (and probably forget you’re attending an outdoor event as well).

These come equipped with climate-controlled interiors, flushing toilets, hot/cold running water, and fancy décor. They make use of wooden cabinetry, large mirrors, spacious countertops, recessed lighting, faux plants, hanging wall art, accent rugs, and other style accents to give the appearance of a swanky master bath or hotel bathroom. Depending on the unit, each stall may have a separate entrance from the outside or designated men’s and women’s sections that exit to the outside, which contain private stalls in each section.

Now that you’ve been briefed on your options when it comes to portable toilets, keep in mind that you can also rent hand washing stations, hand sanitizer stations, and high-capacity waste tanks to customize your rental solutions further.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!