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Old 08-07-2006, 10:43 AM   #71
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Would I lend out my Airstream?

Hell no.
I try not to lend anything big, and a piece of equipment worth thousands of dollars is what I consider big.

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Old 08-07-2006, 11:01 AM   #72
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Guess so

I would let my brothers and my mom and her husband use it. I wouldnt sleep much while they were gone but I would do it. Life is short and at the end of the day, the airstream is just a thing.


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Old 08-07-2006, 11:06 AM   #73
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Smile Wow, sis, you know I love you and am there for you always...

"I just don't feel comfortable lending out my Airstream to anyone because I've put so much work and money into it. " then a smile and a big hug.

Its hard for me to say no to family members, I feel your pain. Best wishes!
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:17 AM   #74
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My brother has...

My brother, who has owned several trailers in the recent past, borrowed my Minuet this past Memorial Day week. He pulled it 1,400 miles round-trip.
My brother and I also co-owned and restored our 1963 Bambi too. We both go way back when it comes to owning and towing travel trailers.
I guess it would depend upon how comfortable you are with your family member towing your trailer.
Also, keep in mind that their kids, if they have any, will be using the inside of your trailer. Do they ever do anything that makes you tell them to stop it when they are at your home? If they do, guaranteed they will do it when you are not there to tell them to stop it.
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Old 08-07-2006, 04:19 PM   #75
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This is the best - non technical blog I've read in awhile. I love it... Becky - I'm worried that once I'm done renovating my Caravel my brother will want to take it on a fishing trip. After reading your withdrawal symptoms - My answer to my brother will be "Heck No!".


You are not the only one - Overly sensitive about lending out their Airstream. Guard it with your life. Sign a contact in blood if something happens to in when in loan.

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Old 08-07-2006, 04:31 PM   #76
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NO, My family owns sob's and do not understand the mental and physical attachment to Goliath. Besides, I've ridden with them and seen them drive.

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Old 08-07-2006, 04:33 PM   #77
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Just say NO!

Originally Posted by klevan
In her Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, Judith Martin, Atheneum Press, New york, 1982; . . . .Just reply sweetly, "No, it's impossible, simply impossible." Then, resist the urge make anything up to fill the silence that follows.
I would have to take Miss Manners advice, smile sweetly, and with all the Scarlet O'Hara-esque syrupy southern drawl I could muster say, "I'm so very sorry ya'll, but I just don't lend out my Airstream!"
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Old 08-07-2006, 06:35 PM   #78
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Old 08-07-2006, 06:39 PM   #79
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over my dead rivets!

seriously, though... no rivetting way! i'm more than happy to put a guest up on the front goucho, though... as long as they bring the beer!


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Old 08-14-2006, 06:38 PM   #80
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Some things in life you just don't loan out; toothbrush, wife, favorite firearm, and the Airstream. I would recommend subtly working into the conversations with potential borrowers long before the question is asked that under no circumstances would you ever consider loaning the AS to anyone. Unless they are a complete idiot (which there always seems to be one in every family) they would remember your adamant statements about not loaning it and not even ask.

I could not fathom an AS borrower being as cautious in towing, backing, hooking up and unhooking, following the checklist when packing up, or as careful of spills, drips, wet towels, closing doors with TLC, etc, as we are. That careful mindset comes from paying many hard earned bucks for something that you have pride in and want to keep it as perfect as possible for as long as possible. And how can you be a true Airstream cult member if you are not fanatical about your AS?????

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Old 08-27-2006, 03:21 PM   #81
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They would not have the audacity

Such a request would be akin to..... asking to borrow our 1961 Chevy Impala! You jest. Never, nada, non, nyet etc.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:10 PM   #82
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Just a quick update on the borrowing of the Airstream dilemma.....My sister said that next year they are going to take their motorhome to the Oshkosh airshow. She said she felt way too much pressure about my coach. While they were camping, there were tornado warnings & hail warnings, so she almost had a heart attack! WHEW! The pressure is off of me! I did, however, have my brother skirt around the issue of borrowing Bessie for Labor Day. Thanks to all of your responses, I had the guts to tell him that I have way too many hours of work in her to let him borrow her. He was fine with that & said I was right. Actually, he said "Just wait till I get my own Airstream! It'll be nicer than yours!" Just in a joking way, though. So, the anxiety I had for next year is gone, and Life is Good!

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Old 09-02-2006, 05:19 PM   #83
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Glad everything has worked out for you.If your brother does get his own Airstream,he will have quite a task to make his better than your"Bessie".

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Old 09-02-2006, 05:24 PM   #84
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Hi All,,, seems the majority is not in favor of loaning out their silver treasures,,, or cream ones either. i do not know of a soul who would dare ask. even my daughter has mentioned that after i die,, she wants the Bambi and the tow vehicle to pull it with. will keep that in the back of my mind when it comes to writing my will. guess the oldest daughter will get the Safari,,,, so,, only after i am not of this earth,,, donna

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