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Old 07-16-2015, 10:10 AM   #57
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Well, it's not stuff, unless you consider a big pile of cash just stuff. It's a quarter million dollars, give or take. At $100/hour, that's well over a one year of earnings. I'll put them thru college so they can one day afford to buy their own motorhome, but they can rent a motorhome from someone who rents motorhomes, just like I did. I don't lend money either, that's what banks do. If the bank thinks it's a bad idea, then it likely is.
Well then.....it's only money. And of course we have insurance. Do I love holding onto my money more or holding onto my son more?
The kid has grown up with the RV thing and race cars as well. At 10, he can switch an engine in the race car, and he has watched me enough that he could make his way through dumping the tanks in the DP. By the time he is old enough to drive, he will be taking some of those responsibilities as well. I have made a habit of sharing my life with my kid, and making sure that he is responsible enough to handle everything in it for that matter. If he wasn't responsible enough to handle everything available when he was old enough for it, whose fault would that be? We all have the first time at something. He may as well have me helping him through it.
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:25 AM   #58
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My brother n law I love more than a brother if yo do a search to saint his picture will pop up but he does not know how much o handle a bigyear rig he watch the car in front of him not the ones in front of it. He knows this and would never ask and the f he did I would hand him the keys and I tell him to have a nice trip
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:36 AM   #59
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My brother in law would be a different story. I didn't raise him. Between he and his wife they have two PHD's. Super smart. But they have no knowledge about RV's. For their safety I wouldn't lend it to him. I could set it up somewhere for them.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:46 AM   #60
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Well then.....it's only money. And of course we have insurance. Do I love holding onto my money more or holding onto my son more?
The kid has grown up with the RV thing and race cars as well. At 10, he can switch an engine in the race car, and he has watched me enough that he could make his way through dumping the tanks in the DP. By the time he is old enough to drive, he will be taking some of those responsibilities as well. I have made a habit of sharing my life with my kid, and making sure that he is responsible enough to handle everything in it for that matter. If he wasn't responsible enough to handle everything available when he was old enough for it, whose fault would that be? We all have the first time at something. He may as well have me helping him through it.
This is such an awesome response on SO MANY levels...

I'm trying to raise my children to do for themselves (12, 13 & 15)... cause at some point, I won't be there to do for them.. If more parents subscribed to this line of thinking (like mine did).. I don't think this country would be where it is..

The thought of having a 23+ yr old child still living in my house, completely blows my mind.. I tell my kids all the time.. I'm their biggest cheerleader.. I will support them in whatever they do... but they need to have the initiative to make it happen..

Once out of HS, they either need to be enrolled in college, tech program, military or an apprenticeship... something that will make them productive members of society.. but if they think they're going to graduate from HS and live with me while flipping burgers at McDonald's.. they are sadly mistaken...

So... assuming I've done my job as a parent.. I think the better question is, why wouldn't you borrow your RV to your children.. Personally, I like the idea of fostering a new generation into the RV lifestyle... Hopefully the seed is planted now.. and will only grow as they get older, and if I can add a little "water" by letting them borrow my RV.. that would be OK with me!!
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:24 PM   #61
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What's more: Maybe if I loan him my RV when he is in his 20's, he will loan me his when I am in my 70's!
And seriously,..I can't do all this stuff by myself forever. Racing, RV'ing, owning a large property....If I am lucky, his career will keep him local, and he can HELP ME do those things! We started this parenting thing a little later in life, and, well I could use the help before long. No way I could keep up with my career, the property and all the racing stuff by myself. If he wants to race, he's got to learn it and pitch in. If he breaks some stuff along the way, so be it. It's a learning experience. I broke all sorts of my dad's racing stuff....learning. I just wish he could have lived longer so I could help him longer.
Sorry...off track!
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Just tell him the costs of scraping a tree,$5000, or hazmat clean up$3000, and without training its too easy for things to go wrong. Ive turned down my son who wanted to pick up his fiance in canada and cram in all her belongings and drive 2000 mi back.....uhh no way!
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Well then.....it's only money.
Yeah, but so much of it!
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bring the lending of it up and your position on it once you order it. something like, i can't believe that as expensive as these are that people ask to borrow peoples mh's. i would never loan mine out. that way you can clearly state your position before he has time to ask. has worked for me.
then if he is stupid and still ask you can say no and he has already gotten your position on it. takes the edge off.
My answer exactly, Tell him "You will help him find one, so you can camp together".
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Old 07-16-2015, 06:04 PM   #65
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Ours is set for only one, DW won't even sit behind the wheel to check lights!
lol!! I rented a 37 footer a few weeks ago and the wife was strictly a spectator. Wanted nothing to do with the drivers side of the coach.
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Honestly...if it is worth more than what I am willing to trust an adult that I raised with, then it costs more than something I want to own.
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25 years of friendship shouldn't be hurt by telling him no. I won't/don't lend mine out. People know not to ask, so I don't have to say no. I casually mention that it's not available for use to friends and family before they can ask. Also like mentioned, my insurance won't cover them or anyone/thing the may hit. They understand, it's our retirement home...

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Old 07-16-2015, 07:30 PM   #68
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I loaned mine out to the in-laws once. they picked it up full of fuel, propane and water. brought it back with full holding tanks, low on fuel and propane, broken driver seat, broken VCR, covered with bugs on the front. no offer of compensation or even an apology. Never again.
My DS is 15, I would like to think I would let him borrow anything of mine. He is getting very good at taking care of things and familiar with all rv systems, just not ready to drive it yet. I figure anything I don't wear out will be his someday anyway.
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I don't know how this thread turned into a critique of parenting , but the OP said "brother in law". I'm going to go with the "not insured for other drivers" response.
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Simple rule, I use for myself when I think about borrowing something. I taught my kids this and apply this logic when considering loaning something out.

If I cannot afford to replace it, I don't borrow it!, If you cannot afford to replace it, don't borrow it from me.
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