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Old 04-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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Co-ownership will never work!

I know the many reasons co-ownership of an RV is impossible. Every time I mention it to my DW they come out in a different order and much more robust than the previous yearís discussion.

But, now Iím thinking again about laying the big bucks down on a new coach and I just canít get the idea out of my mind. We have owned our current Suncruiser for 6 years. I canít help thinking ďwhat a wasteĒ! Our highest utilization approached 5 months a year. Due to concerns for an elder relative our lowest usage was closer to 5 weeks. Two times, once in PA and once in CO I put our moving second home in storage for nearly 6 months over the winter. This was shortly after we moved to FL where the stick house just works out better for many of the winter months for us.

So why isnít there a mirror image of the DW and myself out in CO, NV, MT, WA, OR, MN or up in Canada that just loves their stick cabin in the summer months but heads to TX, FL, or AZ once that first frost sets in. Having grown up in ND I know how long a winter can be. Living in FL I know how hot a summer can be too.

The DW is nearly as picky as I when it comes to other folks touching her stuff. I think thatís the primary reason co-ownership either doesnít work or hasnít been tried. Maybe if you sleep in it you canít share it. Yet we all go out and rent a hotel room from time to time and our RV is a zillion times cleaner than ANY hotel room. Plus, we know the people who keep it clean so we donít have to wipe down the remote control to avoid the germs. People successfully share airplanes and even some of the shared airplanes have a potty, shower, and sleeping quarters installed. Why not an RV? Maybe itís the discipline utilized in transferring the use of the equipment.

Common sense tells me you canít share it with your friends or maybe even family due to a high probability of ending the relationship. But, if the co-ownership was set up properly with a partnership type contract why wouldnít it work. Maybe a 50/50 deal for set months of the year for a defined total duration. One might only want to make it for only a short time like a year in order to take full advantage of warrantee advantages or for only three years with a good defined longer term warrantee. Maybe both parties need the option to buy out the other at NADA low retail at the end of each year? The list goes on so I wonít but wouldnít it work. Leasing doesnít provide the self interest in protecting the original investment whereas co-ownership means the same tender loving care by both/all owners.

If I were on the other side of such a deal the other party would have to attest to non-smoking, no pets. Someone else might want to make it dogs or cats only under a certain weight. I would even go so far as to realize the co-owners may want their own mattress and professional cleaning/detailing when the changeovers takes place and there are places that do a fine job.

It just seems so doable I had to share. So here I go again toying with twice the mega bucks of co-ownership for just a portion of a yearís use.

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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The biggest problems would be maint. and millage. What if the other owner was a wannabe truck driver and stayed on the road the whole time he had it, while you like to set and watch the sunset? What if he never checked tire press. and oil levels? I think it is a bad idea. Just my two cents worth.

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Old 04-27-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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What part of NO did you not understand from her?
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Hello sounds so good on paper but in real life NO NOT NEVER NADA.I would never co-own anything with anybody. Nobody LQQKs after their own stuff better then you, but its your M/H and your money fly at it, just let us all know how it all turns out with your soon to be non friends.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:32 PM   #6
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Sorry but like your DW said NO, and I'll add my 2 cents worth H/NO
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I'll add another vote to the No side ... in fact I'm not really sure I would even let someone else borrow our motorhome for a vacation/trip/weekend. That may sound selfish - and under the right circumstances I am sure I would change my mind - but with all the nuances of driving, maneuvering, and operating "our" motorHOME, I am sure partial ownership for *us* would not work.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:46 PM   #8
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Who would insure you?
I seriously doubt any insurance company would want to hear it....
They would probably tell you it's a can of dead worms waiting to be opened.

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Old 04-27-2012, 06:59 PM   #9
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I think I'm in the minority of one on this topic but I would do it under the right circumstances. BUT, those circumstances would have to include partnering with someone I knew very well and that's a short list.

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I have Co-Owned everything I have for better than 48 years! When ever we have a dissagrement about how or when it is my turn. I always respond with a "Yes Dear"
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I have friends who have co-owned a cottage for over 20 years. They have a clear agreement on what dates each gets to use it, and the maintenance of it. That being said, the odds are against one setting up a successful relationship of this kind.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:14 PM   #12
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:20 PM   #13
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Interesting thought. I have co-owned airplanes but there seems to be something different about my motor "home.". I'll have to rattle around the pros and cons for a while but I can't think of a way I could make something like that work for me.
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Mine, Mine, Mine, I don't share well either.

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