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Tentrr sets up camp in the Poconos

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A Tentrr campsite on private land. (Contributed).
A Tentrr campsite on private land. (Contributed).

Tentrr, camping's version of Airbnb, has set up a logistics hub in the Poconos to serve an expanding network of campsites on private land in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Officials from the New York-based startup and Greater Poconos Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the company’s lease of a 3,000-square-foot warehouse on Airstrip Road in East Stroudsburg, at aribbon cutting on June 28.

Tentrr builds and installs everything needed for a temporary, campsite-on-the-go in privately-owned bucolic settings of 10 acres or more, ranging from stunning backyards to farmland.

Campers rent the site from host property owners, who keep 80 percent of the rate, which averages about $127 a night.

The warehouse in East Stroudsburg will store what’s needed to build the campsites: safari-style canvas tents and the wooden decks that they’re built on, queen-size cot or bunks, wood stoves, picnic tables, sun showers and portable portable toilets.

The company employs 10 workers at the warehouse, who load the trucks with the equipment and are dispatched to build the campsites on location. The workers can build two campsites a day, said Baxter Townsend, a spokeswoman for the Tentrr.

The company established its first campsites in the Catskills in 2016 and now has 250 private-property owners in 35 states, most in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and expects to open in California this summer.

“This is the first year we’ve made a push into Pennsylvania,” Townsend said.

The company had been scouting to set up a logistics hub in the Poconos and considers the area strategic because it attracts city dwellers from New York and Philadelphia looking to get away, she said.

Valerie Case, interim CEO of the Greater Poconos Chamber of Commerce, said Tentrr’s foray into the Poconos “makes perfect sense” because it capitalizes on the region’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities.

“It’s definitely a different spin on the resorts,” she said.

Tentrr has 30 campsites in 11 counties in Pennsylvania so far, with the majority in Monroe County, but also includes Carbon, Berks, Bucks and Schuylkill counties.

The company is looking to expand and hopes to have 200 campsites Pennsylvania.

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