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Old 09-02-2006, 08:00 PM   #85
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Good. You did what you knew was right and they both respect your love for the trailer...they'll make fine airstream owners! I'm glad this wasn't a big nasty fight for you. Whew!!
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Old 09-02-2006, 09:36 PM   #86
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NEVER - With One Exception

We would *never* loan out "The Tube". She is too important to us.

Of course there is an exception - we'd loan her out to my parents anytime. They gave her to us (a gift, no money) and know how to tow and maintain her. They also know how special she is to us and value the amount of time and money we've put into her to make her "ours". Mom says a 1993 25' Excella is the perfect Airstream; enough room for two, light weight enough for most full size trucks to pull, fits nicely into most State & National Park campgrounds and has a big window that actually opens in the bathroom. I tell her we will not be giving it back.
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:14 PM   #87
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NO, NADA and NEVER AGAIN!!
We lent out our Airstream to some friends to use hunting so they would not have to tow both their SOB and Horse trailer back to colorado.
We moved our Airstream to the local campground. Although the promise to lend, was with the provision it stayed with us.
They stayed in it for 10 days. They did not dump the black water tank and when they left it had overflowed to the floor of the bathroom. It took me 2 minutes to figure out why the carpet was wet. They have an RV and should have known to dump the tank.
I explained to them that an Airstream was like an MAC to a PC. Slightly different. They could not operate the heater either ( it was already on and just set to a low temp) and turned on the fantastic fan even through the opening was covered by a foam pad. And left it running. (this with temps dropping into the teens)
so no I will never lend my trailer to anyone that takes it out of our sight.

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Old 11-09-2006, 01:20 PM   #88
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NO, NADA and NEVER AGAIN!!
We lent out our Airstream to some friends to use .....They did not dump the black water tank and when they left it had overflowed to the floor of the bathroom. I........... and turned on the fantastic fan even through the opening was covered by a foam pad. And left it running. (this with temps dropping into the teens)......
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:36 PM   #89
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lendoutmywhat??!!

Yes. We'll be lending out Blimpy and 'Stella right after I start lending out my guitars. Which will be right away never.

Look what R2 and 3CPO went through. That's what happens when you let your metallic pets off the leash...

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Old 11-09-2006, 01:39 PM   #90
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No...Well, let me think about it a minute.
NOPE!
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:19 PM   #91
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:37 PM   #92
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:41 PM   #93
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No way no how

Unless your sisters friend is smok'in hot and puts .....

Forget that, no way no how would I lend my rig out.


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Old 11-09-2006, 04:04 PM   #94
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.....hot piping meals on the table! Good one Doug.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:14 PM   #95
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Becky, you are clearly a kind and generous sister! But you've done your repayment bit and you were used! If you're close enough to your sister to loan her a treasured possession, you should be able to tell her how crummy you felt about the situation and that you don't want to repeat it. And if she's as thoughtful as you are, that should be enough...You've been given some terrific reasons in this thread not to go there again!
And thanks in advance for getting this going--We won't have our new silver fantasy until the end of the month and they're already lining up out there! We've made a no-exception policy to any loans. Liability, angst-- just a couple of reasons we give...Now we have more. Yay.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:18 PM   #96
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For those pondering a response to this question, I think Nick's response near the bottom of page 5 is propbably the best.

If my sister ever asks me, or anyone else for that matter, I will either use his answer or will fake hyperventalating (or maybe for real), run grab a paper bag to breath into, and then say, "whew, I thought that was going to be the big one for sure, now where were we, oh yes the Airstream...no, I don't loan it out to anyone."

If that didn't seem to settle the matter I would then relate the story of the brush against a guard rail coming out of a campground the first time I towed it and didn't swing wide enough, the deer that ran into it the second time we used it, show them the photos of the small amount of damage both incidents did and then tell them how I spent $600 in diesel fuel and $300-$400 in over the road incidentals to take it back to the factory and return two weeks later to retrieve it after they made $9,700 in repairs for just those two little accidents and then ask them if they are willing to fork over that kind of money if they should damage it since my insurance won't cover me loaning it out.

That's why I don't loan my Airstream...well that's the published reason. The real reason is that I'm just as posessive as everyone else on this thread is.
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:24 PM   #97
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Oh yeah Becky, if anyone ever does ask in the future you can simply say that the only time you loaned it, the borrower loaned it out to a total stranger and it came back with damage that was never repaired so you made it your policy to never loan it again.

BTW, I won't even let my wife drive the tow vehicle when ours is hooked up. I have seen her drive...not a pretty sight.
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.....hot piping meals on the table! Good one Doug.
oh, yeah. I'm sure thats what he meant.


the thread reminds me, though: I did lend out the Trailer to my in-laws once...BUT, I must qualify by saying that MIL is extremely concientious, and they didn't tow it. I towed it 2 hours to a spot where they wanted to spend a week. They followed in their car, and stayed with the trailer...I set it up for them, (full hookups), turned around, and came home. A week later, the Mrs. and I picked up the trailer, and spent a week in it by ourselves.
This meant 2 weeks that my inlaws would otherwise have been spending with me in my house...minimal risk/maximum benefit.
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