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Old 10-27-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Has anyone considered establishing fractional ownership arrangements so 2-4 people/families would own a trailer and towing vehicle and share usage throughout the year?
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Old 10-27-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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It seems to me that would be a sure way to turn some current friends into former friends.
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Old 10-27-2016, 04:57 PM   #3
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I could see it working with the trailer itself, but would be worried with the tow vehicle due to insurance and liability issues.

You'd also have to be really careful with who you're comfortable sharing the trailer with since it's more sensitive to maintenance and use than a vacation house/condo. As it is, I get nervous when my partner is taking it out for a day without me :-)
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:14 PM   #4
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The idea works on boats.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:40 PM   #5
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It seems to me that would be a sure way to turn some current friends into former friends.
Ditto.

Susan's parents (one still living) own a second house in the mountains. All of her siblings use it/visit occasionally. Jim gets stuck maintaining it. Jim is sometimes not a happy camper.

Oh, and those liability issues? Talk to your friendly neighborhood attorney.

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The idea works on boats.
For some people. As would with trailers. Like time shares.

Not I. I had my boat and have my AS. I'm not sharing it.
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Works well with planes too. You just need insurance and not be emotionally attached.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:13 PM   #9
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Has anyone considered establishing fractional ownership arrangements so 2-4 people/families would own a trailer and towing vehicle and share usage throughout the year?
Welcome to the forums!

It's been done, but I don't think I would want to do it.

If you are thinking in terms of splitting the cost of buying a new Airstream between 2 or 3 owners, you might want to consider buying a used one by yourself instead. Our first Airstream was a 1960 model and our current one is a 1980. Sure, you have to spend some money on maintenance, but basically they last forever unless you wreck them.

As far as liability on the tow vehicle, I imagine you would have to form a corporation to purchase and insure everything. Like somebody said earlier, you would need to talk to an attorney.
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For some reason when there is co ownership tempers can flair on who does what etc. I've seen it many times and it never ends well.
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With the cost of these trailers many people have strong feelings about how to properly care for and maintain them.
I for one, could only afford to buy it once and it represented a dream realized. I tend to be a bit excessive about taking care of it because I need it to last for a long time.
Ever notice how some people buy a new car and wash it and always garage it.
When they go to the store they park way out and walk into the store so people will not open their doors into it. They try to keep a car in showroom condition. They buy a new car and keep it for at least 10 years getting it serviced regularly. It looks great up until they sell it.
I have also seen people who destroy everything they own and could not care less. It must be nice to have so much money that you can always buy a new one after the one you own is thrashed.
Their cars are filthy inside and out and often dented and covered in door dings. They buy a new car as soon as the car’s warranty is out usually every 3 years.
So here is my point, can you imagine the tension between these two types of people if they both owned the same trailer?
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Have you seen the rental RV’s? They are a train wreck? Have you seen the way AS owners take care of their AS’s? I been involved with fractional ownership of airplanes. Bad news. The cost of cleaning and maintenance would be a killer. Plus which owner would do the maintenance? Some RV dealers rates are around a 100.00 an hour, the insurance would be costly I bet being different users. Plus how could you insure that one would not abuse and say nothing.
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