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Blacksford wants to rent your unused RV and give you guaranteed cash money

Blacksford is looking to rent your RV and will give you access to their fleet while they have it.

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Blacksford is known as a ready-for-anything company that provides stocked overland vehicles primed for adventure to travelers arriving at airports around the country. Now, they need your help. Specifically, they need the RV that you're not really using.

Starting in March 2021, Blacksford will provide a way for RV owners to generate guaranteed monthly income by consigning their RVs to Blacksford as part of its rental fleet. Owners will be able to consign their vehicle to Blacksford for six to 12 months at a time. During that time period, owners will be guaranteed four to six weeks of free RV usage and access to any Blacksford rental RV at any location.

Blacksford RV fire camping outside Blacksford makes RVing easy with airport pickups, curated itineraries Photo courtesy of Blacksford

Additionally, Blacksford will handle insurance payments and certified repairs, meticulously maintain RVs (inside and out), require renter-paid insurance, provide a revenue share when the RV is rented, and even offer resale support at the end of consignment.

"We are always staying tuned into market demands and 2020 was a record year for RV sales and rentals and that will continue for a while," said Blacksford Founder Jonathan Distad. "We have had owners reach out to see if they could consign their RV's into our fleet and after careful market evaluation, we decided to do something no one else is doing -- guarantee income for consignors."

Not all RVs will qualify for consignment. Blacksford is looking for specific models that meet certain mileage requirements:

  • 2020 or Newer Winnebago Revel with less than 40,000 miles
  • 2020 or Newer Winnebago Solis P or PX with less than 40,000 miles
  • 2020 or Newer Winnebago View 24J/D with less than 40,000 miles
  • 2020 or Newer Winnebago Porto 24D with less than 40,000 miles
  • 2021 Winnebago EKKO

"It's quite simple, if the RV meets our requirements, we will pay the owner guaranteed monthly income, no shared expenses, options for 4-6 weeks of free RV use and a generous revenue split," said Distad. "It is a win-win for everyone."

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A new lift kit adds inches of ground clearance to the Tacoma.

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The Toyota Tacoma isn't just the best-selling midsize truck sold today, it's also one of the best-selling trucks on the market today. As competition heats up from the Jeep Gladiator, a supremely capable off-road beast, and the Ford Ranger, which recently debuted its new Tremor package, Toyota is introducing a new Tacoma TRD Lift Kit.

The kit is not available nationwide as a dealer-installed option. It provides up to a 2-inch front and 1-inch rear lift on most V6-powered Tacoma 4x4s. The exceptions are Double Cab Long Bed Tacomas and TRD Pro (two-wheel drive and four-cylinder models are also excluded).

It includes monotube Bilstein shocks that are fitted with new TRD red dust boots and "Tuned by TRD" graphics. The front lift is courtesy of a coil spring adjustment on the shock tube. The front shocks deliver an extended rebound stroke, which improves off-road performance.

At the rear, the Bilstein shocks are larger bodied than those traditionally found on the Tacoma. Its larger size allows it to house additional oil volume, which helps dissipate heat and improve damping response. The bigger shock bodies also accommodate larger pistons. Cast-iron spacers give the rear its lift.

The kit has been designed and tested by TRD engineers and is the only one validated to be compatible with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assist and safety technology.

The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit takes the traditional 9.4 inches of ground clearance the Tacoma offers and boosts that number to 11.1 inches. The kit also improves the approach angle (+3.1 to 32 degrees), breakover angle (+1.6 to 23 degrees), and departure angle (+0.5 to 24 degrees).

Each kit includes a TRD Pro-style front grille, which includes a new Toyota Safety Sense system millimeter-wave sensor (and new camera support bracket) that is designed to precisely fit within the grille to retain the functionality of the TSS system once the kit is installed. Two black bezels are also included. They fill the deleted fog lamps and are designed to complement the grille.

The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit comes with all the necessary hardware for installation and is only offered as a dealer-installed option.

Manufacturer suggested retail pricing for the kit is $1,350 (not including labor, which is estimated at 4-5 hours). The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit is available for all V6-powered 4×4 models,

The Tacoma TRD Lift Kit comes backed by the same warranty as all TRD accessories, which includes a three-year/36,000-mile warranty on parts if it is installed prior to or at the time of the sale, or a one-year/12,000-mile warranty on parts if installed afterward.

For more information, contact your local Toyota dealer.

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