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Old 05-02-2005, 09:54 PM   #1
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Has anyone rented out their Airstream trailer? I'm thinking people might do this, to try out an Airstream as an alternative to staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast. Just curious. I've stayed at the Shady Dell, and then there is an Airstream trailer you can rent in NJ. If anyone out there has done this, I'd like to hear from you. I hate having the Airstream just sit there 2-3 weeks out of the month. But one thing, I won't just rent it to anybody. Think of it as Courtesy parking without bringing the trailer.

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Old 05-02-2005, 10:08 PM   #2
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Would you let folks tow your Airstream?

This is an interesting idea. I will never do it because I would always be worried about "The Tube" being in the hands of folks who may or may not know how to tow a trailer. Also I'm fussy about my bunk (who's been sleeping in my bed!) and would hate to have to take my personal items out of my bedroom and bathroom areas.
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:05 PM   #3
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Not likely!

myboyburt...I totally agree with you! I'm NOT a germ freak, but....one of the wonderful aspects of having this personal traveling womb is that, it is infused with my own DNA! H(m)otels, no matter the price or swank, are suspect to itsy-bitsy creatures hidden on knobs, pillows, headboards, tv remotes,etc. Why take the risk?
Also, the aluminum is so sensitive to dings and frankly there are just too many variables that can go wrong with the whole traveling process. It would be as much worry as your newly licensed teenager out on New Year's Eve!
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Old 05-03-2005, 06:34 AM   #4
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Wrong idea

No, the trailer would not move. It'd be like an Airstream hotel here at my place, or up in the woods on our farm. I agree, I would never let someone take my TUBE down the road.

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Old 05-03-2005, 08:52 AM   #5
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Personally, I wouldn’t do it but hey, it’s your coach and I’m sure there are a lot of people that would love to stay in one. The problem I see is how do you discriminate who you rent it to?
Years ago I thought about a small rental fleet for the same reason you mentioned but the hassle of cleaning and repairs (especially on an Airstream) just didn’t make sense to me. Again, how do you discriminate against people that don’t care of things? Also, if I rented your Airstream, I would expect you cleaned the shower, toilet and washed the sheets since the last people stayed in it. Are you willing to be a housekeeper too?
The gesture is a good one, and I think you would probably have some nice renters, but the slobs that comes in expecting the maid to clean up after them, well…you see my point.
Finally, remember back to when you first stayed in a RV, learning to light the furnace, use the water pump, flush the toilet, etc. Some people don’t understand how these things work.
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:20 AM   #6
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My answer would be "WHAT PART OF NO DON"T YOU UNDERSTAND" There is something about paying for and owning things that make you care for and use them differently. Being a frequent visitor to the Grand Canyon I see the fleets of rentals come through the park on a regular basis. That in it's self is enough to convence me to NEVER rent mine. Ask anyone in the tool rental busness how people treat rented items. Only thing worse is to loan it to a relative or friend!!!!!-----Pieman
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Old 05-03-2005, 09:34 AM   #7
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Thanks

Hey, I was just thinking online. You all have great points, and yes, that Silver Tube out there on the lawn means alot to me. I agree, people would want alot, and they might now treat it like I do.

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Old 05-03-2005, 09:52 AM   #8
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:03 AM   #9
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Not sure

I'm still thinking about it. I'd probably put an ad here (you all will treat my Airstream right) and in Airstream Life magazine. If people are planning on traveling to NY, and need a place, for $40-$50 a night, you can stay in our 1985 34' Limited. Just thinking about it right now. Would people be interested. Once the 65 Caravel is completed, that might be available for rent (no moving it) also.

Is there a draw for this?

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"There is something about paying for and owning things that make you care for and use them differently."

So perfectly put by Mike. I could not agree more. I have much personal experience that backs up this aspect of human nature. There are of course exceptions to this behavior but most people simply cannot be trusted to treat your equipment as though it was their own.

Besides that there are many things to know when towing a trailer and there are lots of on-the-fly decisions to be made. Not everyone's judgement can be called good.

If I was wealthy and owned a NEW Airstream that good easily be replaced then I would be willing to loan it to friends and family but NEVER would I loan my vintage unit to anyone (especially friends and family) They cannot possibly appreciate the true value of it.
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I actually bought my Airstream from a campground that had 2 Airstreams that it rented out regularly. Mine was used as a rental for about 4 years and was very well taken care of by the CG management. In fact, it was probably in better shape that all of the other Airstreams that I looked at when I was on my search for my own. If you are able to stand other people sleeping in your bed, go for it!


On a side note about my own Airstream: I had to delay picking up my new-to- me unit as it was booked by a couple of Nuns that used it every year, and they asked me if it would be OK to stay in it one last time. I could not say no to the Nuns, so I've got that as a nice little Karma bonus in my trailer!
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This is an interesting idea. I will never do it because I would always be worried about "The Tube" being in the hands of folks who may or may not know how to tow a trailer. Also I'm fussy about my bunk (who's been sleeping in my bed!) and would hate to have to take my personal items out of my bedroom and bathroom areas.
I'm happy to hear that I'm not alone with not wanting to lend my trailer out. My in-laws approached us last year about wanting to borrow the trailer and our tow vehicle sometime to try it all out. I said "no" but I felt so guilty for a long time. I feel better now!
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ROVEROWNER---you're truly blessed! Can't wait to see you at the Pageant Rally! Who else is coming, Central NY June 2-5.

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Old 05-03-2005, 03:42 PM   #14
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Hi Rob,

book us in!! If we ever come to Central New York it would be a pleasure for us if we could rent us in to your Airstream!
If I read your posts right, it is more a courtesy parking without bringing the own trailer, then a real rent-out of the trailer,as you wouldn´t let people tow it, am I right?? I can´t really see were the problem to that should be, I mean if you see the people and don´t like what you see, you can still say 'no' and send them to the next motel... So, great idea (like the courtesy parking thing) thanks for your input and great ideas!!


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