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Old 10-27-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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Renting your Class A

2001 Monaco Dip would like to rent it to keep up with Maintenance costs and pay some of it off. Two sites I know of are:

RVshare: RV Rentals, Motorhome Rentals, Class A, Class B, Class C

https://www.outdoorsy.co

The FMCA just sent out a thing on rvshare and recommended it. The outdoorsy has an app.

So does anyone do it on this board and how did it go for you. I understand all the insurance stuff. I just wanted to hear from people before I jump in. We only use our unit maybe 4 weeks out of the year.
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:43 AM   #2
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I rented out my MH about 20 years ago and I will never do it again. First we had to remove all our personal possessions which is time consuming. The renter was going to dry camp at a large rally. The fuel pump failed and the 2 A fuse blew on the mother board. The user replaced the fuse with a 10 A fuse and burned out the mother board. When we got the MH back it was dirty and needed cleaning. I took the coach into a Cummins/Onan shop and It cost me more to repair it than I received in rent. After my DW finished the cleaning we both decided Never Again.

I will not rent my MH to a family member. It will never be taken care of like we do.

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I would never Rent out my motorhome. Years ago, a good friend rented his motorhome to a movie production group for winter use out here in California, permitting him to have full use in the summer. When summer came around it cost a fortune in time and labor to clean up the unit.
Personally, I enjoy taking out the motorhome for vacations, and keep it packed and ready, for most trips. I know everything works, and I know everything is clean. I take care of it like I own it...because I do own it.
That said, I do permit my children to take out the motorhome for use with their family (my family too). There is nothing more precious than my children and grandchildren. My home was destroyed (red tagged and taken down) by the Northridge Earthquake, but what was lost was just "things." They had value and memories, but all could be repaired or replaced, or just remembered.
If by borrowing the Motorhome my children can enjoy the RVing lifestyle, it is my pleasure to make it available to them...the rig is insured.
But that is family.
Rental...Never.
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I would never Rent out my motorhome. Years ago, a good friend rented his motorhome to a movie production group for winter use out here in California, permitting him to have full use in the summer. When summer came around it cost a fortune in time and labor to clean up the unit.
Personally, I enjoy taking out the motorhome for vacations, and keep it packed and ready, for most trips. I know everything works, and I know everything is clean. I take care of it like I own it...because I do own it.
That said, I do permit my children to take out the motorhome for use with their family (my family too). There is nothing more precious than my children and grandchildren. My home was destroyed (red tagged and taken down) by the Northridge Earthquake, but what was lost was just "things." They had value and memories, but all could be repaired or replaced, or just remembered.
If by borrowing the Motorhome my children can enjoy the RVing lifestyle, it is my pleasure to make it available to them...the rig is insured.
But that is family.
Rental...Never.
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I'm with you, would never rent. Just too much could go wrong. But family yes, they could borrow it.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:27 PM   #5
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I don't think I'd trust my son with our rig even though he has a CDL, but maybe my daughter as her DH has his own mobile RV repair service and has a Type A MH now. It'd probably come back in better shape than when they got it!
But I'd NEVER rent it out to anyone else.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:33 PM   #6
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I just can't see letting someone (who most likely knows nothing about something this complicated) operate something this expensive with little or no experience and does not have the responsibility level the owner would have.
Just makes no sense! I have seen too many actual owners abuse their RVs. Imagine what someone would do who is not the owner!

I have seen the Cruise America Inc. class C's. They are bare bones, scrubbed down versions of motorhomes. They have neither slide outs nor leveling jacks and most do not have trailer hitches. There is a reason for that.
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The thought of defraying some cost is awfully tempting, but I sure wouldn't rent ours out:
a) these things are fragile in so many ways. I wouldn't want to trust someone else to be gentle and careful with it, or deal with the resulting wear & tear if they weren't.
b) these things are somewhat idiosyncratic. It's not like jumping in your generic Honda. They work best once you understand how they work best (yes, I know that sounds circular...) and I can't see trying to tell someone else all of the details.
c) ours sure ain't new anymore, and while I do my best to do preventative maintenance I wouldn't want the grief if something important failed & ruined someone else's trip.
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Did it . . . Never Again. Came back with a cracked dash that rental company had to replace. It is not worth the aggravation or insurance issues.
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If I had to rent it to cover the cost I wouldn't own it
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Did it, regretted it, would NOT recommend it
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If I had to rent it to cover the cost I wouldn't own it
X2 If I even suggested something like this to my wife she would go ballistic.
She pampers and grooms our MH. It may not be brand new but you wouldn't know it unless you looked at the license tag. The things she has packed are not for hire and I wouldn't dare ask her to displace everything so someone else could dirty up HER MH.
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The FMCA just sent out a thing on rvshare and recommended it. The outdoorsy has an app.

So does anyone do it on this board and how did it go for you.
Does RVshare advertise with the FMCA?

I'm not against renting. And obviously it can help defray costs. I'd try and isolate the replies that you listen to to those that have been involved in the commercial rental programs.

Renting as an individual is more lucrative, but probably has a higher risk associated with it.

I have a family member that has done it with a DP, but it was a "deliver" kind of deal - no drive time.
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If you take pride in your possessions, and think of your MH as yours and not a rental property then don't do it.
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