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Old 08-04-2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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Would you lend out your Airstream?

Okay, maybe I'm getting a little obsessed. I just lent out my Airstream for a week. My sister asked me if she could use it & I said "sure". Then she informed me that her friend (who I don't know) would be using it for the first part of the week. Holy Cow! I was totally put on the spot & didn't say anything. Some strangers came & took away my trailer! Well, I just got it back today. I have to say, I was relieved it didn't have any dents. I think they messed up the bathroom door, though. What do you guys think? Am I stingy? Should I let them use it again next year? Would You? The problem is, they don't appreciate the time I've spent fixing old Bessie up. If they crash it, just get another one, right? WRONG! Just wondering if I'm nuts, or what!
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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Mine needs some work. I've been trying to find some dude to do some welding for me. Well, this guy at work said he'd weld it IF I let him take it on a trip. I'm still considering it....thinking about buying a welding machine
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:21 PM   #3
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Becky, I was just going to read your post,then I looked at the picture of you're AS , what were you thinking. Don't loan it again is my opinion. Darrell - or lets put it this way. would you ask to borrow someones AS
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:27 PM   #4
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Okay, maybe .... Just wondering if I'm nuts, or what!
I have been asked to borrow my not very special Airstream.
The answer was no.
Will they repair it? Can they afford to replace it?
A few people would be invited to stay in it.
Funny, now that I think about it, the Airstream is special to me.

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Old 08-04-2006, 09:29 PM   #5
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Well, I was thinking that I owed my sister, since I borrowed her motorhome last year for a couple of days. However, her motorhome is like the Beverly Hillbillies. She wanted to use mine, since gas is so high. I didn't know some unknown person came with the deal when I said she could use it. Her husband, who has money coming out of all of his orafices, pulled it in my driveway at about 90 mph today & I almost threw up. He is about as careful as a bull in a china store. I made sure I told him not to force ANYTHING, but apparently, they didn't take that to heart when it came to the little pull on the bathroom door. I think it's toast. Family......can't live with them, can't live without them.
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:30 PM   #6
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Does your sis have a habit of asking you these kinds of favors? Seems like false advertising to me - if she asked for a personal loan when it was really for someone else.....

I might loan my trailer to a trusted and dear friend who had loads of towing experience.....
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:32 PM   #7
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Lending out your Airstream.

All I can say is that I'm glad I'm an only child. We have four grown sons. If one of them asked to borrow our Lucy, I would try to discourage it. I might even go so far as rent a motorhome for them to use. I might even lie and tell them that Lucy was broken and in need of repair, something serious, like the A/C is not working right. When it comes to my Lucy, I would do what I have to do. Maybe when Lucy gets older (like 10) I could handle loaning her out. Since we bought Lucy new, we are the only ones who have ever slept in her. I would to keep it that way for as long as possible. SAVE BESSIE.
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:34 PM   #8
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I wouldn't loan my '86 Sovereign to anyone anymore than I would ask to borrow yours. Strangers, or those who do not tow RV trailers for that matter, don't understand what we put into our trailers and the damage that can be caused simply by brushing up next to a lamp post or other object. My 22 yr. old son asked to borrow my '01 2500hd to tow my trailer to a state park and I wouldn't let him do that. This is the kid that rolled my '92 4X4 attempting to miss a deer that ran in front of him and I'm going to let him borrow the trailer? Heck no!

Hope for the best and don't ever let it happen again. I can't think of any quicker way of ruining a friendship or relationship than having someone wreck your prized possession. Before anyone says it's only a trailer, it's much more than that!
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:35 PM   #9
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I did let my sons use Bessie to go on a fishing trip. However, I told them if they crashed it to just keep on going & not come home.....
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:35 PM   #10
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I think it's fine to lend out the airstream as long as they leave a $5000.00 deposit...
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:36 PM   #11
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Borrow my Airstream ~ NO!

Might consider letting our son borrow it... he has let us borrow his sailboat... but then he understand's the "wrath of mom..." if something goes wrong. But I would put him through the 5th degree asking questions of when, where, how, who, etc. He knows this. I doubt if he will ever ask.

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Old 08-04-2006, 09:38 PM   #12
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Yeah, as a group, we tend to obsess over our "babies". But you know, it could be a lot worse!

I always wanted an Airstream. Took me 'til age 36 to get one, and even that one needs a lot of TLC. But I'm NOT in favor of loaning it out! Nope, nosiree.... Let them rent a Coleman HA!
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:39 PM   #13
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Hi Becky -

I just have to chime in here....I am a new airstreamer and am working hard on my trailer to restore it to its former grandure. Even though I have a long way to go (it's no where near your beauty), there is no way on God's green earth that I would loan out my trailer. It just means too much to me. Having said that, however, I MIGHT tow it somewhere to let a dear friend or family member use it for a special occasion - but it would be under tight scrutiny. Anyone who knows you and knows how much of yourself you have invested in your trailer will understand!
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:40 PM   #14
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Never!...

I would never loan my Airstream to anybody; friend or relative.
Not that I'm selfish, just particular and very, very careful. They might feel terrible if they backed into something, but feeling terrible wouldn't fix the dent.

I might feel terrible if they dropped a tire off the shoulder, overcorrected, and rolled the trailer and the tow vehicle; but my feeling terrible wouldn't cure their injuries, repair their vehicle or replace my Airstream.
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