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Old 12-06-2012, 03:44 PM   #15
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My Kids yes. ( I know my son and oldest daughter can handle the towing ). NOBODY else.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:00 PM   #16
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I don't loan out anything unless for some reason I don't want it back. Every time I have in the past, I've either never gotten it back, or it came back in such wretched condition it was only worth throwing away.

Rent it out, maybe. If they put down a damage deposit and sign a short-term lease so I'd have legal recourse if they broke anything. When you hand over something for free, the recipient thinks you don't value it, and so they don't either.

And if it's to a "friend-of-a-friend" then even renting would be contingent upon meeting the people in question face-to-face and accepting them.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:12 PM   #17
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Nope.


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Old 12-06-2012, 04:16 PM   #18
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NO!!

As a matter of fact overflow guests stay in the house......

I stay in the trailer. With the dog.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #19
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NO!!

As a matter of fact overflow guests stay in the house......

I stay in the trailer. With the dog.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #20
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A man after my own heart. BONUS----it's quieter out there with the in-laws in there!
I mentioned NOTHING about in-laws.... screaming babies, Yes.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #21
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A man after my own heart. BONUS----it's quieter out there with the in-laws in there!
I have done that one time because I have a bed shortage in the house. Best visit from company I have ever had. I felt like a kid camping in the backyard.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:39 PM   #22
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If I tow it and set it up, I allow a SELECT few of my relations to use it. Otherwise, forget it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #23
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Never. Need overflow for family, they get the house, we stay in the 'stream.

. . . because everything is different than what they are familiar with in a house.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:42 PM   #24
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Would a true friend put you in that spot?
Been there - but as I was taught early on...
"neither a borrower nor a lender be, for borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry ..."
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #25
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We had an "aquaintance" from church say they heard we have an "RV" and could they borrow it to put up relatives for a week or so around Christmas. We paused, not knowing what to say, they noticed and said, Think about it and we'll call you...

When we had our SOB box trailer, we loaned it out a couple of times to "friends" for family overflow. With that trailer, it wasn't so much a part of the family. My wife and I talked about the plusses and minuses of loaning it out...

+ Help someone out in a pinch
+ Be a good neighbor
+ It's only property
+ They are nice people
+ Don't want to be selfish

- It's our baby
- We would have to clean it out
- They might use the toilet
- They might take showers and fill the tank without knowing how to monitor level (or caring to)
- No place to dump
- They might not treat the trailer as having value (it's not mine)
- They might damage something

With the SOB trailer, it was easier to loan since it did seem to be "just a trailer (or RV)." In the end, we chose to not loan it out, we hope the individuals do not take offense.

What have you done in these cases?
The best answer will come from your insurance company.

They will tell you the liability that you will assume.

They will also tell you how much more they will add to the policy costs.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:30 PM   #26
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My answer, like most others is "no." But then I wondered why. I usually think of myself as a generous person. And, there are a lot of things I would loan out to responsible people, but the trailer seems to feel "too personal" to have other people involved. We use a house-sitter and I don't mind that too much, but I sure don't want people staying in my trailer. I'd probably loan out my car, I'd certainly loan out tools. Something about the trailer that screams NO!
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:38 PM   #27
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One more "no". I'll go out of my way to help someone, doing it myself with my own tools, or put someone (I like) up in my house, but the trailer is too personal, too quirky, and I don't want someone learning to tow for the first time with it, not to mention liability. I don't think any of us have to feel badly about turning down such a request, it should be made graciously in the first place, with a half expectation that the request will be denied.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:41 PM   #28
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Nope: Had my bro-in-law and his 1/2 blind dad come visit from 4:30pm till 9am a couple days ago and in that time....1)they did'ent bring boat shoes so they got dirt on the floor 2)I'm assuming the dad turned off the fridge by mistake and i did'ent realize it until the next day so I lost some food. 3)They dont "get" my sit to pee rule and I had to clean that up. 4)dad shaves in the morning...sitting on the couch!!!
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