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Fargo-based 'Rollin' With My Homies' nearly ready for road-tripping campers

Friends pool resources to create recreational vehicle rental firm.

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Carl Burfeind, left, Kenny Ellis, Mary Ellis and Miranda Burfeind, the owners of Rollin’ With My Homies, are pictured Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The RV rental firm is based in Fargo.
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FARGO — Rollin’ With My Homies is nearly ready to roll.

The owners of the fresh-out-of-the-box recreational vehicle rental firm were making final fixes, cleaning and decorating their first two rental units Wednesday, May 25, on south Fargo’s Harwood Drive.

Fargoans Mary and Kenny Ellis, and Miranda and Carl Burfeind of Moorhead, were clambering around, on top, and inside the 31-foot travel trailers, prepping them for camping on the go.

Carl Burfeind said the final hurdle the couples face to get the show on the road is hitching up with an insurance firm, something he said should be locked down sometime during the first week of June.

“We’re very, very brand new, like a week ago brand new,” said Miranda Burfeind.

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But in that week, the company’s Facebook page has proven that there is an army of road-ready homies out there. The page has already gathered more than 600 followers.

The travel trailers they have in hand now can sleep at least eight, though one of them has another, smaller bunk space fit for a child. They also recently purchased a third, smaller trailer.

The couples became friends several years ago.

Mary Ellis is a Realtor, while Kenny Ellis owns a steam cleaning service and guides the repairs (thanks to the skills he picked up working at a recreational vehicle firm in Oregon).

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Miranda Burfeind, right, and Mary Ellis put some finishing touches inside one of the Rollin’ With My Homies RVs on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Chris Flynn / The Forum

The Burfeinds own the Phone-n-Fix franchise at West Acres Shopping Center

Mary Ellis said she and her husband rented an RV earlier in the pandemic and took their five children to South Dakota.

When they got back, they thought about buying an RV and fixing it up to flip it for a profit.

About that time, the Burfeinds approached them about creating a house-flipping business together.

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Mary Ellis said it’s hard to dive into home flipping and be successful, but in their discussions, they realized there was little competition locally for renting recreational vehicles. They decided that was their ticket to ride.

“We’re all just kind of ‘Why not?’” when it comes to new challenges, Miranda said.

The Coolio song, “Rollin’ With My Homies” gave them their company name.

Rentals will be typically for two to 15 days, though Rollin' With My Homies is willing to accommodate longer periods. Renters are required to have larger trucks or SUVs to pull the bigger rigs for safety.

The rental rate will be about $100 per night for smaller units, and $115 to $130 per night for the larger units, though longer rentals may net a discount.

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Two of the three Rollin’ With My Homies travel trailers sit nearly ready for use on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in south Fargo. The recreational vehicles rental firm was started by Mary and Kenny Ellis of Fargo and Miranda and Carl Burfeind of Moorhead.
Chris Flynn / The Forum

That makes renting an RV cheaper than many hotels and for accommodations for events such as We Fest, the partners said.

Rentals can be arranged by calling (701) 715-5766, or messaging through the company’s Facebook page - until the partners get a website up and running.

The friends are not overly worried about the future of the business.

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“The worst thing that happens is we have a bunch of campers to sell,” Mary Ellis said.

Miranda Burfeind agrees with that laid-back assessment.

“There’s a reason we all went into business together, because we’re awesome,” she said.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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