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Old 08-03-2015, 01:15 AM   #1
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How to share expenses ??

I have an RV and a friend wants to travel with me, what in your opinion is fair as far as sharing expenses ?
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Old 08-03-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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I have an RV and a friend wants to travel with me, what in your opinion is fair as far as sharing expenses ?
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I would say he/she should pay 1/2 for the gas and 1/2 for the groceries. That's what I did back in the day when going camping with friends. If there were three of us, each paid 1/3.
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I would agree for the 1/2 & 1/2 if he's a close friend that will eventually invite you over somehwere sometime; if it is a trip that is scheduled for both of you, he should pay the gas and 1/2 for the maintenance and 1/2 of the groceries; don't forget that you are providing him a house on wheels without any renting cost !
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:26 AM   #4
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From back in my boating days, if I was going out anyway, then a friend could bring beer and groceries, but fuel was on me because I'd be using it anyway.
If somebody ever asked to go somewhere by boat (my boat) then I'd expect them to pony up with fuel costs.

It's up to you to either let them offer, or tell them up-front. IMO, if your friend doesn't bring up a cost-sharing plan, then think real hard about whether you'll be seeing much compensation.

Now, if that friend is fine-looking, likes to cook and keep the coach tidy, and might even like to share the driving, then forget all my ideas about payment, since her company might be worth more than the money
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From back in my boating days, if I was going out anyway, then a friend could bring beer and groceries, but fuel was on me because I'd be using it anyway.
If somebody ever asked to go somewhere by boat (my boat) then I'd expect them to pony up with fuel costs.

It's up to you to either let them offer, or tell them up-front. IMO, if your friend doesn't bring up a cost-sharing plan, then think real hard about whether you'll be seeing much compensation.

Now, if that friend is fine-looking, likes to cook and keep the coach tidy, and might even like to share the driving, then forget all my ideas about payment, since her company might be worth more than the money
Bama... I totally agree with your last sentence !
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
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When I was a college student and I was the only one with a reliable car, friends and I would share expenses equally on trips. Each of us would put $20 in an envelope (things were cheaper in 1965) and pay for gas and groceries from that. When the envelope ran out of money, we would each put in another $20. That way we didn’t have any calculating or “discussions” about who paid for what last time.
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Now, if that friend is fine-looking, likes to cook and keep the coach tidy, and might even like to share the driving, then forget all my ideas about payment, since her company might be worth more than the money
My first thought to this situation was how good of a friend is this?
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My first thought to this situation was how good of a friend is this?

And how good a friend will this person be when you come home?

Spending extended periods of time in the strict confines of an RV can be a daunting task sometimes.
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My deal would be friend pays fuel, you are paying all other transportation costs, and friend pays campground fees, you are providing house. All other expenses, you each pay your own. Hopefully they say HELL NO.
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If it's a trip you were taking anyway, I'd say 50/50 is the way to go since you'd be going anyway. I like the envelope idea. I've done this before, and it really does make it simpler.

If you're taking them on a trip that they want to go on, then I think some wear and tear on the RV and tires should be factored in with them possibly paying more for fuel to compensate...say 60/40 or 70/30.
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We haven't had our coach very long (roughly 4 months) - so most of our travels have been just my DW and I. I did manage to sneak in a "guys weekend" with 3 buddies. We split the weekend expenses (fuel, camping fees, groceries, and booze) down the middle. While I understand that my "donation" of the use of our coach has value ... I wouldn't have considered being compensated for it, either directly or indirectly (i.e., by not paying for my share of the weekend's out of pocket expenses).
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50/50 for out of pocket expenses always works for me. As for being compensated for the rv that I wouldn't worry about, having someone there to share the ride is compensation enough.
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When sharing a trip we would throw $$$$ on the dash for all expenses, when gone throw more up on the dash again. Then we would usually kick in some extra for the owner, but that was optional. Now depending on the share, if "just a friend or a friend with benefits" that is a totally different question. And we're you going anyway an kicking in would be of help. Only you can answer some of these questions.

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Actually Len his insurance agent/company can answer one very important question - "at what point does expense reimbursement become a commercial venture?" Requiring commercial coverage or at least voiding normal coverage???
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