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Old 08-16-2014, 09:25 PM   #43
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Hi,
I would NOT loan out my wife, my rv, my car or my boat to anybody. If they haven't got the money for a rental then that is too bad how do you know they won't break something and you will have to pay for it.

I think you are way too nice and made a mistake because now they will always come to you to loan your rv.

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Old 08-16-2014, 10:13 PM   #44
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I've loaned ours over the years to different family members with the understanding that they pay for , or repair, any damage not covered by insurance.
No problems to date and I've been doing that since 1976.
Hey. What's family for if not to help one another?
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:31 PM   #45
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That's very nice of you . I would never do it and I don't think its because I'm not nice . They thought renting was expensive. I think loaning can be more expensive. I hope yours turns out well.
^^ This. No way, no how. I hope it turns out OK for you.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:31 PM   #46
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I live by the words of my father..... Neither a borrower or a lender be..so no I wont lend out my rig
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:46 PM   #47
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My wife's daughter and husband wanted to borrow ours for a weekend camping trip. I reminded my wife what the inside of their house looks like. She said "good point". We just told them our insurance didn't allow any other drivers but my wife and I. You were very nice to do what you did but I don't think I could do it.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:49 PM   #48
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I have looked in my Chrystal Ball and there is good news and bad news.

First the good news. Your RV will be returned safe and sound and everybody happy.

The bad news? They want to borrow it again.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:53 PM   #49
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Three things you don't lone out you RV, Your boat and your wife!
Why?
All three can get a rod thrown in them...
LMAO!

If I had one, no!

I have two FAMILY members who have 40' DP's. I would never ask them for the fear of breaking something....
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:44 AM   #50
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WOW, just wow. I would have never guessed that people are so possessive about their stuff. I have loaned out my previous coaches many times and have never had a problem. Maybe my friends are more trustworthy but I never gave it a second thought. The rewards of loaning things out is that you get to spread the joy of this lifestyle and let people sample it. A side benefit is that you will usually get offers in return. For example I have been loaned items from airplanes to boats to a Prevost Motohome and matching hummer that we took to Glacier NP when I was motorhome-less. You don't loan to get something else but it's amazing how much you will get back in return.

The bottom line is it's just a hunk of metal and if it can spread some joy in someone's life than I say go for it. It's insured and I know that my friends will take care of it, probably better than I would.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:56 AM   #51
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Simply put, Hell No!
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There is a reason RV rentals are so expensive and your friend could not afford to rent one. People don't take care of them like it was there own and they are expensive to repair
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Only to my son....... He took his first trip by himself when he was 19. He had been moving it around the yard since he was 15.

When he took it at 19 my wife said do you trust him with it? I said yes, I
TRAINED him.

On the other hand, my Dad had a farm, you drove everything ad soon as you could reach the pedals.
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WOW, just wow. I would have never guessed that people are so possessive about their stuff. I have loaned out my previous coaches many times and have never had a problem. Maybe my friends are more trustworthy but I never gave it a second thought. The rewards of loaning things out is that you get to spread the joy of this lifestyle and let people sample it. A side benefit is that you will usually get offers in return. For example I have been loaned items from airplanes to boats to a Prevost Motohome and matching hummer that we took to Glacier NP when I was motorhome-less. You don't loan to get something else but it's amazing how much you will get back in return.

The bottom line is it's just a hunk of metal and if it can spread some joy in someone's life than I say go for it. It's insured and I know that my friends will take care of it, probably better than I would.
For starters, we have a "named driver" insurance policy. They want to know who's going to be driving that motor home. From driving experience, to driving record, to credit history. Second, the down time involved, as well as the expense, can be staggering when it comes to what are pretty common mistakes. It doesn't take much. I can't imagine letting somebody with no prior experience fuel up a motor home, let alone be competent when picking out and backing into a parking space? Or are these people expected to know what a drive though campsite is? Even if they were to agree to handle the expense of an issue that is obviously their doing, what about a blown tire? Will they blame that on you as poor maintenance on your part? A cooked engine when a belt or hose lets go due to somebody not paying attention to the temp gauge buzzers and alarms?

Nope. I don't know anyone that I would expose to those kinds of threats. Family or friends.....

And I wouldn't loan a 30'+ boat out to somebody with no experience beyond a ski boat either....

Plane? That might be different. As long as they were current and type certified...

Point being, I try to avoid trouble. I run into enough on my own, without looking for it...

I gained my experience on my dime, and expect others need to do the same.
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I hope you got your rig back safe and sound. If I were borrowing a rig I would be scared to death that I would scratch the thing....if I let someone borrow my rig I would be hoping I got it back in one piece. Personally, I could not do what you have done.....
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Ditto on most comments above... To add that...for a seriously close friend, I might consider driving my rv to their destination, setting it up, then leaving them to enjoy it and return for the break down. But that would have to be a really good friend, who really needs the favor.
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