In previous years, the lion’s share of registrations came through in the final week or two, Alanko said, putting this year’s registration ahead of the typical pace.
Students at the 13th annual MBA Rental School. This year’s Rental School is two-thirds full.
The MBA Rental School, taking place March 3-5 at the Tuscany Casino in Las Vegas is nearing capacity, according to MBA Insurance Owner Bert Alanko.
“The next week or two is when we typically get our heaviest registration,” Alanko said, adding that Tuesday (Feb. 10) is the final day for registrants get discounted hotel rates ($62 for nights March 2-4 with hotel tax included) from the Tuscany Casino, where the course is being hosted.
Last year, Alanko said, he accommodated about 80 participants, but prefers to cap the course at 60 to 65 students.
“We don’t want it to get too big, otherwise people might get kind of intimidated, they don’t want to speak up,” Alanko said.
Last year’s overfill was due largely to late-registrants, some of whom showed up on the first day of the course without registration, a logistical obstacle Alanko hopes to avoid this year.
The three-day event will walk prospective renters through the ins-and-outs of managing rentals, including RVs, motorhomes and boats.
“We’ll be talking about fleeting, rental procedures, how you check them in, how you check them out,” Alanko said. “(We’ll cover) how to do rental contracts and the importance of rental contracts, how you determine what you want to rent out … basically the day-to-day operations on how to run a rental business.”
The course will feature speakers from the RV industry, including Krenek RV Center (Coloma, Mich.) President Scott Krenek, Martin Onken of Expedition Motorhomes (Calabasas, Calif.) and 84 RV Rentals & Service and Rayewood RV Center (Sussex, N.J.) Owner Barry Raye.
Lawyer Leslie Pujo from LaPlaca Pujo P.C. (Washington, D.C.), who manages MBA’s rental contracts, will teach students the importance of rental contracts.
“We probably have 250 to 300 contracts up there online, and (Pujo) keeps them current for us, and she reviews (in the course) what all those things mean in a rental contract,” Alanko said.
The cost of tuition for the course is $645 for the first registrant and $545 for each additional person from the same dealership.
Participants receive a document package that includes MBA’s “Rental Operations Manual”, in addition to forms, worksheets and documents used in the instructor’s rental business.
For discounted lodging rates, students should book their rooms with Tuscany Suites & Casino before Feb. 10.
For more information about the course, or to register, visit www.rentalschool.com.