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Old 01-09-2008, 05:00 PM   #15
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Boy, I'd be really hesitant too. Maybe at best it might be a matter of you towing it to a location and letting someone stay in it. Short of grounding a boat you really have a lot more leeway with that type of vehicle.

When I think about the need to hitch and level the trailer to the tow vehicle, learning how to turn without clipping a corner and hitting a post, traffic signal or sign, seeing dips in driveways to keep from dragging the rear end, backing a trailer properly, setting up a brake controller properly, making sure the tow vehicle has proper mirrors.....that's just a few of the things that you have to worry about. Heck even the best of us make mistakes, but can you imaging renting a trailer out to someone not familiar with your A/S's towing characteristics.

I really don't think you can compare this to renting a boat, although those of us who have rented houseboats have probably seen some similarity between this and a trailer. The biggest issue there is navigating to a dock for fuel and tieing it up at night so it doesn't go drifting out in the lake!

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Old 01-09-2008, 05:19 PM   #16
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I have considered renting my '72, but ONLY if it was parked in my backyard, as a B & B situation. There is probably a market for this, if you're located in an area where tourists are numerous. I would NEVER let someone else tow it, or use it away from my property (family emergencies excepted). WAY too risky for my stress levels!
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:28 PM   #17
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:27 PM   #18
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I've posted this before but it's buried somewhere. I rented my Airstream to the movies for set dressing and it suffered severe heat damage from a pyro stunt gone bad. And, as for the ewwwww factor. A security guard decided the trailer was gong to be his little hang out place, even tho' the set dresser assured me nobody would ever go in it. He slept on the gaucho and pooped in the toilet when there was no water in the tanks. Yeah, that was real pleasant...Wild Hogs Productions made everything right and spent a lot of money doing it.

All that said, I would rent to the movies again but I would have a very stringent contract written up regarding use and payment for possible damage and I would most definitely not give them the keys.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:08 PM   #19
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We have had our airstream a few months now (23 ft 73 land yatch) and am loving it. However, we find that we only use it every other weekend at most due to work travel.

We wondered is anyone rented theirs out (when not using it) to help pay for some of the upkeep. We stumbled on a listing on RentNotBuy.com, there is soneone right now listing their airstream for short rentals (see featured listings on the home page). While this guy seems to be an airstream dealer, I wonder if any private owners out there has tried doing this?

Seems like a good way to earn some extra cash, but I wondered what experiences people have had renting their airstream out?

Will be heading north for some winter camping and skiiing this weekend, can't wait

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Old 01-09-2008, 10:43 PM   #20
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Defeating the purpose!

Hi, rent my trailer, H*** no. One of the main reasons we bought a trailer was so we would have our own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room while traveling. We are sick of motels, hotels, and the like. I don't want to share my bed with anyone, friends, relatives, or strangers. [except spouse] I'm far from rich, but my trailer can just sit until I'm able to use it; I don't need the money that bad. You have a spare trailer "for rent only" for money, go for it. I managed a complex of duplexs and you can say that sealed the deal with me ever renting anything.
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I see that my major comment has been addressed by a couple of other posters. I think the major concern in the "newbie" hauling the TT to a CG and what kind of experience do they have. Most renting companies/individuals rent out their AS that is already at a CG - there is no hauling to do. OR, the company will haul the AS to your CG of choice charging up to $1-$2 per mile up to a maximum of $150 - another line item in their budget. There is no hauling of the AS by the "newbie". I wouldn't want anyone hauling my trailer anywhere - knowing they lack the experience necessary. The owner does the placement of the AS and collects the rent money. Now, the only damage that can be done is by living in your trailer. When we had some rental cottages, we protected ourselves by furnishing the cottages with original art and antiques and charging accordingly. People were very careful of everything - never any damage becuase they were paying so much rent - we tended to get a more careful resident. Doesn't always work that way, but we were lucky. Would I rent out my AS? Not in a million years!!! The grief, the concern, the worry would be much too great to enjoy the extra money. Besides, I plan to use my trailer as much as possible and if we decide at the last moment to go somewhere, I would want the trailer to be accessbile - not in use by a stranger. Good luck with your decision - and I think this is probably a personal decision to be made by each individual....
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:17 AM   #22
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Hummmmm, That's like asking me to rent my wife or my teeth. LIKE Pilgram said"NO I DONT THINK SO,NOT IN A MILLION YEARS".
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Wow, So I guess in most people feel "a little uncomfortable" to rent their AS.

Like I said for me its not such a big deal. I think if one can secure the cost of the trailer in case the renter wrecks it or runs off with it i think its fine. Usually, with rental companies, this is done on a credit card, but I'm sure there are alternative ways for private owners (like me) to do the same thing. I think Rentnotbuy.com is going to offer something at some point, with contracts to sign too. So I'm going to go for it.

I will update this thread on my experiences renting... if its a horror story or not
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Like I said for me its not such a big deal. I think if one can secure the cost of the trailer in case the renter wrecks it or runs off with it i think its fine.
We're not talking big time theft if somebody disagrees with you. Then are you left with the relatively unenforceable small claims court? I'm not an attorney and I don't pretend to be one here (or on TV). Take your pick -- Judge Judy or Judge Wapner -- those are all small claims cases IIRC. I applaud you for your 'come what may' approach to this -- it's refreshing.
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I really don't think you can compare this to renting a boat, although those of us who have rented houseboats have probably seen some similarity between this and a trailer. The biggest issue there is navigating to a dock for fuel and tieing it up at night so it doesn't go drifting out in the lake!

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One thing you wouldn't have an equivalent for in trailering is the launch.

Ever sit arond a public boat launch for a while? I Guarantee you will have a big laugh (at someone else's expense!) if you wait long enough...
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Along with all the above posts,

Couldn't have said it better than ROBERTSUNRUS in post 20.

The idea of having someone else's ass on our can except for me and the Mrs....uh, no.

And sleep on OUR bed (the papa bear said), not unless they would agree to sleeping in a human size zip-lock freezer bag, with video monitors attached everywhere to make sure that no gross human behavior occurs.

Hotels are vile places, and I've been in enough of them. Even the nice ones I sleep with my clothes on when out on assignment.

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Along with all the above posts,
The idea of having someone else's ass on our can except for me and the Mrs....uh, no.

And sleep on OUR bed (the papa bear said), not unless they would agree to sleeping in a human size zip-lock freezer bag, with video monitors attached everywhere to make sure that no gross human behavior occurs

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So, just for the sake of argument, does that mean that you would also never buy a used trailer?


Anyway... I got an email from a friend of a friend asking if I would rent my trailer for two weeks. They would park it in their driveway for their parents who are visiting from out of town. After reading these posts, I can see a lot of reasons not to agree.
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How about, never. I'd have to be pretty desperate for money to even consider renting my Airstream. There are far to many reasons to even list.
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