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Old 08-17-2014, 08:45 AM   #57
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a really good friend would never ask.
i would never loan mine. just a place for problems to start then the friendships over anyways.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:51 AM   #58
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I'd rather invite them to go camping with us versus loan/rent it to someone. I hope you have a good experiance. Let us know how you feel after this is over. Would you do it again?


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Old 08-17-2014, 09:06 AM   #59
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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.
True but does you insurance cover letting someone else live in it? I haven't checked our policy but knowing how insurance companies operate, they'll try their best not to pay and will use any excuse they can.

What if something that breaks?
What if there is a water leak & the coach floods?
What if there is a blow out?
What if someone takes a header off the steps and gets hurt?
What if they are in an accident?
What if they hit a pedestrian?

The "what ifs" can go on & on but those are the things we worry about more than just the hunk of metal/plastic/fiberglass.

To those that do lend their rigs out, more power to you and I hope they will always be returned just as they left!
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:46 AM   #60
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I have two grown daughters. Both are in their forties. Both are very dependable. Neither would even think of asking dad for the loan of his motorhome. If anyone ever asks about their borrowing dads motorhome, they just laugh and say, It ain't gonna happen. About three years ago, a neighbor came over and asked if he could borrow my motorhome. His mother and father were on vacation and when they got to Louisville, Kentucky his mother passed out and wound up in the hospital for five days. They said she could come back to Georgia, but had to come by ambulance. They checked and found it would cost five thousand dollars for an ambulance. The family did not have that kind of money. They checked with the doctor about a van with a sofa that converts to a bed and he said no. Finally he asked about a motorhome. The doctor gave his OK for the motorhome. They called a couple of motorhome rental places and it was going to cost a lot for rental plus several cents per mile. He asked to borrow mine. I told him I never loaned out my motorhome. As a service manager, I have heard too many horror stories about loaning out motorhomes. I said I will drive you to get her and only charge for the gas. They were thrilled. We drove up one day. I spent the night in the hospital parking lot. We came back the next day. Post script. The neighbor enjoyed the trip in the motorhome so much, he bought one the next year.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:48 AM   #61
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I just received a phone call from my Friends. They have made it to their campsite in Merrit and have successfully set up camp. All systems are operating perfectly Matt (driver) is already on Craiglist looking at M/H to purchase in the future. They are loving the Glamping experiance. Looks like down the road we may be travelling in a convoy. Stress factor reduced a little. I will update as info is received or upon their return.
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Let's see if I have this right. Your friend has lost his job, they can't afford an RV rental for two days and he's looking on Craig's list to buy a motorhome in the future?? Doesn't sound very level-headed to me.

I'd say that if they are in such dire financial straits then the future when they are able to buy a motorhome is going to be a long, long way off, if ever. Of course, if they could just borrow the money from you to buy a motorhome.....
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:00 AM   #62
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Insurance as a minimum

I have loaned a trailer to a friend, though not a motor home. I knew he was good at handling trailers in general and his family terribly reliable and clean. We told our insurance agent, and my friend took out a short-term policy to cover it while it was in his possession. They brought it back cleaner than it went out! Obviously not the same as a motor home with more systems, but it is an example of a responsible "renter". They had lost a baby a few months before, and they really needed some time away.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:03 AM   #63
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I have on 1 occasion, When my daughter got married I drove the motorhome up to the lake, set it up. Let them use it for a 3 day Honeymoon cottage, then I closed it up & drove it back home. A good time was had by all, I gather.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:04 AM   #64
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I did on Friday to my dad. They left the house and within 20 minutes this happened at the gas station.

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I haven't seen the damage in person yet, just the photos. I am upset , but not mad. This was just a real unfortunate accident and dad is really distraught over it. He has used our rig before without incident. Appointment already made to get it repaired and he will be covering it.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:18 AM   #65
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Ted,

You're a better man than me. I would never loan out my coach because there are so many things that could go wrong. That said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

From your signature, it looks like you have a Thor Ace 29.2. That's a nice coach. It looks like it's a gasser with hydraulic brakes. And it's shorter than the coaches of many of the posters here (including me). These are major positives if you're lending it to someone with limited experience with a coach. But even then...

The first coach I rented was a class A gasser of about 30 ft. With its hydraulic brakes, it handled like some of the larger trucks I've rented in the past.

I was VERY careful, so all went well from the time we drove off the lot until we drove back on it. No problems with appliances. No damaged pedestrians. No dents in the coach. Nothing. That is until I backed it into a parking spot and took out their mail box and mail box post! (And damaging the coach.) Ka Ching... $500!

And that was just a rental and I was driving it. Now imagine your friend driving your baby making a similar mistake. How would you feel? I hope this does not happen to you.

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p.s. One reason many folks here may be so negative is that they are driving larger DPs with air brakes (like ours). When we bought ours in late May of this year, I was amazed at how different it was from driving the smaller gassers that we had rented. The air brakes take getting used to. It handles much differently. The Diesel engine reacts much more slowly. Overall it's a different beast. I've been driving it since May and am still not completely comfortable driving it. Loan it out? Never.
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Don't worry, everything will be all wright. Be positive and sleep well. We are sending you good vibes...

But PLEASE, don't do it again. You are making us all too nervous out here.
I have been following this conversation and have used it as a conversation starter with my husband about what we would do. Just bought our second TT, first was small camping trailer bought with sharing it with our grown kids in mind (son has his own tow vehicle). Now that we broke the bank and bought our dream TT, and truck...we would share the TT after we drove it to site and set it up, but not otherwise right now. (Haven't traveled with it yet). If money were no object and we could afford replacements, would be a different story.
Have to agree with this post...I will follow this story until your Baby is home safe and sound. Will support your generosity and send out protective vibes for your friends and your peace of mind. Be sure to let us know how things go and what your final thoughts are.
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:52 PM   #67
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I see both sides of this. I will state that my grandparents loaned me their Class C RV on at least 2 occasions. That & my dad's teardrop camper were what got me hooked on this lifestyle already. The RV was only a small amount longer than a regular pick up or van. I'm not sure I'd loan out my Pandora. She's long enough & wide enough that DH has already taken out a passenger mirror & scraped the drivers side rear end pretty significantly which resulted in me being the designated driver. (I've got 10 yrs school bus experience.)
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I would have compromised by taking them along for a weekend as our guests! And maybe...just maybe he would have let drive it for a couple of miles to get the feel but that's about the extent of it.
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Wow Ted, That was unbelieveably generous of you. So if they come back and no issues then everything ok other than a bit of lost sleep on your part. If something happens and they cannot pay to fix it, what happens to the friendship. Would have offered to take them with us and sleep on the couch.

I sure hope this turns out well for you.
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