MBA fills half the seats for RV rental school

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — MBA Insurance announced today that the company has already filled half the seats for its upcoming RV Rental School, which takes place Feb. 25 to 27 at the Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas.

Approximately 60 RV dealers, rental managers and entrepreneurs interested in the RV rental market are expected to attend the show, explained, Bert Alanko, president of MBA Insurance.

“This will be our 14th year of running the rental school, and we’re already ahead of our normal pace for registration,” he told RV Daily Report. “Participants get a full three days of training and networking with some of the brightest minds in the RV rental business.”

Training will be provided by four people this year, including:

  • Barry Raye, owner of 84 RV Rentals and Service and Rayewood RV Center in Sussex, N.J, has been involved in the family RV business for more than 40 years. He has a degree in accounting which, along with his many years of experience, allows him to understand the RV rental industry, Alanko explained.
  • Leslie J. Pujo is a partner of the law firm LaPlaca Law P.C., Washington, D.C. She focuses on franchise law, with particular expertise in registration and disclosure matters, as well as franchise relationship issues. Leslie is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Pujo, who is fluent in French, received a juris doctor degree from George Washington University, and an advanced degree in international law from the University of Toulouse in France.
  • Scott Krenek is the owner of Krenek RV Supercenter in Coloma, Mich., and is a frequent guest speaker for RV Dealers Association’s annual convention. His hands-on experience of owning and operating an RV rental business in today’s business environment will be a valuable as he describes the challenges dealers face in the rental market. Krenek started the first international RV rental group in 1995, and the group is still going strong today.  He is also the driving force advocating trailer rentals, Alanko explained.
  • Martin Onken, of Expedition Motorhomes in Calabasas, Calif., is also an annual speaker at the RVDA convention. He has owned and operated his RV rental business for 13 years. His two main focuses will be on RV rental marketing and managed rental vehicles, formerly known as leasebacks.

Students also receive a newly updated RV rental operations manual (one per registered business). It features new contracts, updated reservations forms as well as check in and check out procedures.

“People come to the rental school not only to listen to our top-rated instructors, but also to network with each other. Students include novices to the rental business to experienced professionals who attend to stay on top of their game,” said Alanko. “We build into the schedule plenty of opportunity for participants to interact with each other and learn the best practices in the RV rental industry.”

In addition to lectures, companies will also have products and services available to help dealers manage profitable businesses. For example, Coachmen will display several RVs that are built specifically for the rental market, Alanko said.

The cost to attend the school is $645 for the first person from each business and $545 for each additional registrant per company.

Tuscany Suites and Casino is located one block off the strip near the MGM Grand, Alanko explained, noting that the school was moved from an off-strip location at the request of former students who wanted to be a little closer to the Las Vegas action in the evenings.

“We have a little over 30 people registered right now, and we will cut off registration at about 60 students so that we can maintain the intimacy and interaction that makes the school so successful for participants,” said Alanko.. “This is really a full three-day comprehensive course on how to successfully run an RV rental business.”

For more information, call 800.622.2201 or visit

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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