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Old 02-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Has anyone already started a topic on casually renting out your trailer? i searched but couldn't find one. I just got my 1973 Trillium 1300 and want to rent it to friends for cheap, to help recoup the cost of buying and maintaining it. Just curious to talk to others doing the same, see if anyone has tips, sample contracts or other thoughts (like DON'T DO IT! haha).


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Old 02-07-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Here is one discussion:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ler-38213.html
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Melissa!
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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It didn't work for Uhaul!!!!!
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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no, but I'm not thinking of it as a business. Only to close friends. I am enjoying reading all about all the reasons not to, giving me good perspective
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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I can understand why people might want to consider it. It's not for me, but I can understand. Just be certain to know your LIABILITY. Towing a trailer is a learned technique. You don't want to be held responsible and lose everything you own because someone didn't know the dynamics. Once you've created a "business" the rules change.

My dad once told me:
Friends are Friends
Family are Family
Business is Business

and you NEVER confuse the three.

Best of luck!
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:40 AM   #7
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Hi: wolfandfinch... Fiberglass trailers are breakable...and so are friendships!!!
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:45 AM   #8
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I worked in the rental business for a couple of years before college. We rented moving and utility trailers that were build like tanks. It was amazing how people could still manage to damage them, due more to lack of experience with trailers than malice. A travel trailer opens up lots more opportunities for damage and are much more fragile.

Even with friends, it gets kind of sticky when things get broken and you are stuck with the bill.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:40 PM   #9
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Renting to close friends... who may not be close friends very long, once you see what the trailer looks like when it comes back. Renting to strangers might be more gratifying!
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:16 PM   #10
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In this area I occasionally see an ad from someone renting a trailer where he will deliver and set-up for you at your choice of area campgrounds. Seems like a way to lessen the chances of anything seriously going wrong, but would probably also cut down on the possible renters.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:39 PM   #11
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Many years ago a friend bought a motor home, and according to him it was very affordable because the dealer was going to rent it out for him when he wasn't using it. I just laughed at that idea, and after a few rentals and damages to the motor home the rentals ended. This same friend borrowed my snowmobile trailer to move some stuff, it came back with the tongue bent because he couldn't back up a trailer. A relative wanted to rent our popup once, but his idea of a fair rental price was way lower than ours so that was a one time deal. I won't rent or loan out tools or equipment either, but I will hire out with it.
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Here's another one:
Would your loan out your egg?

The consensus seems to be "no."
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In this area I occasionally see an ad from someone renting a trailer where he will deliver and set-up for you at your choice of area campgrounds. Seems like a way to lessen the chances of anything seriously going wrong...
I live in metropolitan San Diego. (If you put a map of San Diego on the wall and threw darts at it, my house would be located within the bulls-eye.) I have my Fiber Stream set up in my back yard with full hook-ups. My partner convinced me to allow friends from Palm Springs free use of it on their trips from the desert to the coast to cool off. Only the water heater is operated on propane; the stove/oven isn't used and all other appliances are operated on electric. They always travel with their dogs.

I always have cleaning and repairs to deal with when they leave. Yes, not serious BUT ALWAYS an expense, and precious time usurped putting the trailer back in condition for MY use. They now call to make reservations, and express disappointment (They whine) when WE plan to use it.

The things I put up with for domestic tranquility.
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Somethings are just better "not shared".. A good hunting dog, your wife or your camper..
Just my $0.02.
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