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Old 01-09-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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Experience Renting your airstream?

Hi All

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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Ewww... I think this would be mighty risky. End cap dings or body scrapes or awning accidents or mechanical issues on the road would put a mighty high cost to this "economizing." That rental airstream is a 2004 -- axles, bearings, appliances, converter are probably in good working order -- so not so hard to understand the $189-$209/night price of the rental. I'll bet insurance is going to be factored in somewhere. This seems tempting but a private owner would get pretty disgusted when (not if) it turns sour.
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It sounds like a real good idea, but I have to agree with CanoeStream, renting your Airstream could open some giant buckets of worms.

In addition to those already mentioned, I would be most concerned about the renter's ability to properly operate all of the systems (water, sewer, electric, heat, etc.) on the Airstream. As we all know, there is a learning curve on operating RV systems. I am somewhat experienced and still mess up on occasion.

I would also be concerned about the renter's towing experience and the sufficiency of his or her tow vehicle.

I hate to be negative on this issue, but renting out my Airstream would scare me.

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Would the renter even have a class III hitch with 7-pin towing hookup? And every tow vehicle requires a brake controller with myriad possible connections. Headaches? Yes. Support an aluminum habit? Not without a knowledge-based business plan.

I'll bet the RV dealer "renting" the Airstream would gladly have a renter get fired up and buy it.
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I think we're all way too obsessed with our silver beauties to risk handing them over to anyone else, even for a night.

Also, I just have to say, if you're getting out every other weekend, you're doing better than us!
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Consider would you rent your classic convertible...even your home a weekend at a time? The risk isn't worth the income.
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I would imagine the dealer who is renting the AS has the idea that once someone camps in one, they will inevitably fall in love with it and end up buying one of their own. If he sells them, then each renter is a potential buyer somewhere down the line.
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IMO, renting an Airstream would be just as bad as lending it out...or worse!!!

The only difference is the potential paying stranger may not think of it as your pride & joy as much as a friend/relative who borrows it. Think of how you would drive an uncle's sports car versus a "rent-a-racer".

You may want to read some of the sentiments expressed here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...eam-24997.html
most would apply to rental (10-fold) as well as lending it out ~

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Old 01-09-2008, 12:29 PM   #9
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Treat it like a rental

Ever heard the phrase "Treat it like a rental"?
If you want your pride and joy "treated like a rental", rent it out. I was once told."Never rent out anything you want to use yourself". Your car, your home, your Airstream.

That being said, there are places you can sign up to rent your Airstream out for use in TV commercials, as props in settings for conventions and the like. A friend towed to the site of a commercial filming, they got fed and watered all day, had complete say over what was going on with thir Airstream, and were paid $1,000 for that one day. Not a bad deal.

Rent it out for someone to abuse.......never. The abuse may not be intentional. but it is still abuse.
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Over my cold, dead body. Somebody else said "Ewwww" and that is all I can think of. They would also need the tow vehicle I use to move the AS and that is another no-no. Also, think of what CAN happen bad. It will.
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Hi all,

I understand your feelings about this, however, I don't feel as strongly. I have rented out my house to people in the past with no problems at all.

I also have rented out my boat when I had one (a 22ft offshore-1 E-boat, if anyone cares, about 10K-15K USD of boat at the time) and never had a problem. I always took a deposit, credit card details and the people paid for what the broke (which was never anything much more and a jib halyard).

So in summary, I'm not that worried about doing it. Esp if I get to turn down people I don't like the sound of. For example, I'm not going to rent my boat to someone that doesn't have a skipper's licence and lots of experience in the local waters.

Btw: we use the AS mostly for a base to go hiking, skiing and climbing from, so we get out pretty often and usually only for a night or two. There is nothing better after skiing than having a warm AS to relax in


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Quote:
Originally Posted by sumsmug
Seems like a good way to earn some extra cash, but I wondered what experiences people have had renting their airstream out?
First hand experiences? None good...

Please post yours if you decide to persue it, maybe you're on to something others would be interested in doing ~

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P.S. For those concern with other people towing their AS, I found these guys who have been renting their airstream but they delivier it your camping location (charing 1 USD/mile)...

Airstream trailer rental
Might be worth considering? Most of the danger _has_ to come from towing.
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My renting experience

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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