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Old 08-01-2017, 08:01 AM   #1
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Rent/Lease/Borrow Airstream for Winter

I am new to the forums and airstreams in general. I was wondering how common is it for airstreams to be rented out for the winter from those in the colder states? I am looking to purchase an airstream but think it would make more sense to have a test run of sorts with the specifics before making a purchase. My plan would be to take it down to Florida for the winter as an example.

I also thought it would be a win/win as the person who would usually put it into storage would save that money and of course make a little during the winter months. I haven't looked into questions like insurance for example just wondering if this is something that happens at all. Thank you for any response or direction.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:07 AM   #2
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USAdventure rents RV's; not sure about Airstreams tho.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:21 AM   #3
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You might have more luck looking at someone in Florida who would rent you an airstream and set it up someplace for you.

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Airstream2Go will rent just a trailer or a trailer+SUV rig for you to try out the Airstreaming thing. They have locations in LA, Vegas, Bozeman and Rhode Island.

https://airstream2go.com/
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Welcome to the AirForums!

I think you'll find that most Airstream owners have invested enough money, time, and emotion into their Airstreams that they're unwilling to turn them over to anyone who's not willing to leave two quarts of their own blood for a deposit. No amount of rental income is worth the anxiety of wondering if it will be returned in the same condition it was rented out.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I am reluctant to even turn over the keys to the service manager at my Airstream dealer, let alone a complete stranger!
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Just another data point: our Airstream will never be rented out. The only person that gets to use it besides me is our youngest son, who is the one that bought it before transferring it to me. My other children might get to use it after rather intense training.

Last 'stranger' that asked if it could be "borrowed" got told they had three chances: Fat, Slim, and None.

Nope, not enough money in the world to rent it. My attitude is, like what you see? Buy your own...
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:01 AM   #7
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Despite being new to the forums and to Airstream in general, it didn't take you long to learn the consensus opinion of A/S owners concerning renting their units (think: family members), so well expressed by rmkrum and Protagonist. The retail rental option you were given was also spot-on, but is likely to be unrealistic from a cost standpoint for a long-term rental, such as for the entire winter.

I wanted to throw out another option for your consideration, and to garner thoughts from others on this thread: what about locating a used A/S being privately sold that you think you'd like to get, then renting it with an option to buy from the owner, particularly one who hasn't moved his unit, may need the money, and is facing diminished interest during winter months? You could identify such listings using the Airforums classifieds, as well as other sources.

In addition to seeking comments from SCDONOVAN and those already engaged in this discussion, I wonder if anyone has done this and would care to comment? Good luck!
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Try this:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...uy-169885.html
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That's a really good idea, that's at the top of my list to reach out, thank you!
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Very helpful thank you for posting that, I will check out the link.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:54 PM   #11
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As runswithdogs already took the time to locate the thread on this topic I would suggest you follow that link. Lots of good information. I did rent from Airstream2Go out of Bozeman last summer for one full month just to make sure I really wanted to spend 100k + on a new Classic and another nice chunk of change on the appropriate TV. Admittedly is was expensive but far cheaper to rent one than to purchase one and find out later that I hated it like a lot of people have done. If you are on the fence about buying one for yourself and you have never RV before I highly recommend renting from an organization that is set up to do so. Keep in mind that renting is much more fun in respect that you don't have to worry about things not working, owning...everything is now on you. So the rest of the story is that I did buy and I love it. Sold the big house and everything in it, the two cars and all the stuff and live full time in my Airstream and can't imagine ever going back to that lifestyle. It's kinda the adult version of running away from home, nicely.
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Just another data point: our Airstream will never be rented out. The only person that gets to use it besides me is our youngest son, who is the one that bought it before transferring it to me. My other children might get to use it after rather intense training.

Last 'stranger' that asked if it could be "borrowed" got told they had three chances: Fat, Slim, and None.

Nope, not enough money in the world to rent it. My attitude is, like what you see? Buy your own...
This post would make me reconsider a AS just on Attitude alone. No way to welcome a new comer!
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Ya given but there are ways of addressing it other than attitude!
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