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Old 01-22-2019, 04:54 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by RoadDogYVR View Post
In a similar vein, my buddy has a 47 foot Carver yacht that he listed for rentals with a yacht charter company where he moored it. One would hope that the clientele of a yacht charter company would be of a certain caliber...

Long story short, he got tired of playing "what did they steal/break now?" and constantly paying for repairs to the most ridiculous things and the yacht being out of service for repairs so he removed it from the charter fleet and was surprised to find stuff was still going missing from the boat... so he and a buddy moved it from the dock one night before telling the charter company it was gone and to cancel his moorage.

He is much happier now and his family gets to actually enjoy their time with the boat.

If you don't mind headaches and aren't emotionally attached to your stuff, give it a try. But you aren't likely to make a ton of money based on what I've seen.

Remember the old adage: "Nothing drives like a rental!"

Seems much more risky to the towing vehicle than the trailer if they get wild! I see that as some measure of mitigation to the risk as they are putting their own truck on the line. And renters are vetted and get 1:1 approvals before going out.
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:59 AM   #16
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If you have the unit connected to power, water and sewage on your property, consider using it as an Air B&B. Our friends rent out a section of their home and it has worked out very well for them. We are considering doing this with our Class A parked on our property. We would do this only when we were not using it. There would be no one driving it so that would not be a concern and having it right on our property we can keep a close eye on things. Chuck
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:03 AM   #17
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I would highly recommend against it!

A few years ago we had a 30' Class C. The owner of lot where we stored it started renting out RVs and asked the people storing on his lot of they would be interested in renting theirs. I decided to give it a try......worst decision ever.

Had to plan our trips around others using it;
Everytime it came back in there was something broken on it....someone broke off the edge of the table....they pulled all the shelves out of the fridge, pulling the screws out and leaving holes (can only assume it was for a keg to fit in)....rips and cuts in all cushions.....burned out the slide motors because they stored something on the side where it closed that got it stuck.....somehow the chassis a/c overloaded and had to be repaired......blew out the ourside speakers!
All this was just one season of renting!!!

Oh, and he had it cleaned after every trip, but they scrubbed the outside so forcibly that the decals and logos where peeling off!

I was so disgusted with it that i sold it after a year and a half.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:57 AM   #18
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We purchased trailers to rent as a side business. Would not rent our own. That said, we did have friends that were very successful in renting their personal trailer on craigslist (even though their last customer drove the trailer with the awning out, hitting a tree ripping the awning off and then same tree punctured their trailer wall (trailer was subsequently totaled).

I will say that in general, our customers took very good care of our equipment. Most were first timers wanting to try out a popup or travel trailer. Most had very little towing experience. We treated our rentals as if they were our own, they were very well maintained and looked in near new condition when we sold them.

If you are considering renting your own--here are some of the things we experienced that were unsettling to us;
-customer asks if he can use his mom's credit card to pay for the rental on a $15k camper
-customer came to pick up the rental without a hitch receiver (we provided the hitch)
-Customer came to pick up the rental under the influence of who knows what
-Customer turned too soon out of a fuel station getting caught on a cement pylon ripping the back edge of the camper off
-Customers having blow outs on the road (speeding?)
-Customer missing the toilet and soaking the floors/wall
-Damage to the already fragile furniture, stains on cushions
-Scratches, dents interior and exterior
-Roof Damage (hitting tree limbs)
-Bumper torn off
-Blinds ripped off the wall

At the end of the day, we could not make enough money to make it worth the financial liability and stress we experienced.
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