The last weekend of August was the busiest Woody RV Rentals has ever been in its 10 years of business, according to owner Julie Woody. The Hutto RV rental company was peppered with requests from around the state to rent RVs and campers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
At the time, Woody said her business has met every request for her fleet of 85 RV-related vehicles.
This story by Emily Donaldson originally appeared in Community Impact Newspaper.
Rented RVs have gone to businesses bringing supplies to areas affected by the storm, contractors working to rebuild or families who have been displaced because of Hurricane Harvey’s damage.
Woody RV is no stranger to storm requests. Woody said in 2016 the company received large orders from businesses in Louisiana who were affected by similar flooding.
“This time it is just Texans helping Texans,” Woody said. “We got the last vehicle back from Louisiana about a month ago, and thank goodness we did then.”
Under normal circumstances, Woody RV rents to those going on vacation and for events. Woody herself does not own a vehicle within the fleet.
Instead the business rents RVs out on consignment, meaning each of the vehicles is owned by other people. Woody RV operates the fleet, performing maintenance throughout the year.
“We are really busy 10 months out of the year,” Woody said. “There is always something going on.”
Woody and her reservation specialist, Stacie Tischler, said the events Woody RV supplies vehicles for include music festivals, Formula One, ROT Rally and the Houston Rodeo.
“March to July are really our busy times because of festival season,” Tischler said.