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Old 12-17-2005, 04:09 PM   #15
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There's no way I would loan out my Casita. Not to anyone. Not a relative, and certainly not a friend.

I might allow someone to stay in it if I had it parked somewhere for a time and wasn't using it myself. But I doubt I'd even do that.

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Old 12-17-2005, 04:27 PM   #16
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I wouldnt rent mine out either. i have had a few people ask me... I just say No.. sorry.. If i had overnite guests I would let them sleep in it , as my house is small and i dont have any room for overnite guests....

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Old 12-17-2005, 04:30 PM   #17
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I also would never loan or rent our trailer. We have had many people borrow other things from us and somehow they just never come back quite the same. It's much easier to say no in the first place, than to try and keep a friendship going when something comes back damaged, and the person who borrowed it doesn't seem to think it's their problem.

I seldom borrow anything either, because I feel awful if it gets damaged, and I know that wether it was my fault; or it was ready to break, if it worked when I borrowed it, it's got to work when I take it back.
This has been expensive in a few cases, annoying in a few others, and only one person ever realized that I had actually done something, (I re-wired the trailer (box trailer) to factory lighting, and replaced the tires, even though they were starting to go when I got it(previous borrower had bent the axle and returned it damaged)) about a month later this friend actually gave me the trailer, he was tired of people asking to borrow it, and told me that since I cared enough to fix it when I was using it, he thought I should have it.This was a wonderfull gesture,
But I could see from the frustration level he also had, It just doesn't make sense to loan or rent stuff out, unless you're in business and have no friends who need what you rent.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:55 PM   #18
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Would I loan out our Casita?? Please note that I did use the word 'our'. That should tell you who worked for the money to buy it, who owns it. What I maybe could do is give you the bucks to buy a Casita for you to use. How would that work? Loan mine to you? No way Jose. But, I could be flexible I suppose. When our son finally left home and moved out to be on his own, he once returned for a visit and asked if he could move back in with us. I told him this - yes you may, but there are a couple of things I have to do first. First, I will pour cement from floor to ceiling in your room. Next I will fill the entire refrigerator with cement as well. Then you may move in. How much will I need for the inside of a 17 ft.SD??
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Old 12-17-2005, 05:02 PM   #19
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Hi everyone,

I feel compelled to respond to this post, as my husband and myself renovate/refurbish fiberglass trailers....mostly Trills at present and have started a small rental business called Vintage RV Rentals.

We started this venture because we wanted other people to experience the joys of camping and what better way to do it but in a vintage fiberglass trailer. Our most memorable vacations have been traveling with the trailer to various locations (Prairie Bolerama being one of them), being able to take our pooch along and meeting great people along the way. We enjoy fishing as well (which only started about a year ago) and for now we are quite satisfied to pack up the trailer, boat and doggie and head out and get away from it all.

Our first summer of the business was last year (four rentals total). We both work full time and wanted a feel of what it was going to be like to do this or if we should continue in 2006. We developed a rental contract with the help of our lawyer and found an insurance guy who helped us. It was tons of work and some $$$ later, but I wanted to make sure we were covered for anything and everything. We started out by renting to folks that we knew. Three rentals were the folks towing the trailer and one was a delivery to a nearby site. If people are going to tow they have to have the proper equipment to do so and all of those tidbits are stipulated in our contract. With all of the customers who towed when they arrived to pick up the trailer, we inspected the hitch set-up, made sure the lights were working and in a few cases had to re-do wiring, gave them an extensive orientation (and manual to take along) to the whole trailer and even supplied them with mirrors and tips on driving with the trailer. As well, our trailer is fully outfitted from the lawn chairs, BBQ to cookware and utensils. All the customer would have to bring is their food, bedding and personal supplies. When they left we felt assured that we had done everything in our power to make sure their trip was going to be a happy and safe one. We experienced no problems whatsoever and in one case the trailer came back so clean I didn't recognize it.

I did have anxiety with our first rental so I know exactly how you folks feel. At first I couldn't even think of someone else using our trailer. I had a big lump in my throat, my palms were sweating and had many anxious moments when our first renters hauled her away. I wouldn't hesitate to rent to family members, but they would be treated as all our customers would be and just because people own a fiberglass trailer it shouldn't be presumed that it is an open invitation to take it on the road.

Summer of 2006 promises to be great. With the help of our very good friends we will have the Green Grape available for rentals in Prince Albert National Park. The trailer will be stored there and hauled to the site of choice, ready to enjoy. If bookings are good, we wouldn't hesitate to haul another trailer there (just don't know which one at this time). There is no way we could have done this on our own without their help because we just can't take off and set up and take down a trailer being about 2.5 hours away. Our very first advertisement will appear in the Prince Albert National Park Visitor's Guide.

I guess we have the best of both worlds. We get to enjoy all our trailers (don't have the heart to sell them...yet) and others get to enjoy them as well. We feel like we are ambassadors of fiberglass trailers and are always eager to share our restoration knowledge and encourge others who are interested in obtaining a unit of their own.

All the best to everyone over this holiday season,

Brenda and Nolan Novakovski
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Old 12-17-2005, 05:45 PM   #20
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Has anyone any experience with loaning out your travel trailer? I'd like to hear the story.
Would you rent it out?
I've learned in life to never say never but someone would have to be exceptionally convincing before I would do so. Right now I could think of maybe two relatives that I'd feel are skillfull enough towing something that under the right circumstances -- maybe.

I don't believe any of them read this board so hopefully I'm still safe.

Regardless personally I'd be offended if anyone (relative or not) simply ASSUMED that it was theirs for the asking... Even my kids were taught (and it seems to have stuck) that politely asking is always the right behaviour and backing off immediately if the person is obviously not comfortable is better than pursuing it.

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Old 12-17-2005, 06:16 PM   #21
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I would hesitate to loan anything as valuable as a travel trailer to anyone, but I have loaned my car to a friend, I would do it again under the right circumstances, and the trailer is on the same order of value.

Cars and trailers are both complex machines which are potentially dangerous to operate and require training and experience to operate properly. The biggest difference I see is that while most people have some competence in handling a car, many fewer have trailer and RV skills. If a trusted friend (including relatives) with the appropriate skills and experience asked, I would consider the request. I can immediately think of two friends who live nearby who I would trust to tow and operate the Boler, one of whom has a large motorhome and proven with other vehicles that he can handle anything he chooses to take on.

Of course if the friend were to use their own tow vehicle it would need to be appropriate, and I would help them ensure it was set up properly; if they were borrowing our van as well then the value of the van (as well as liability concerns) would need to be considered.

I was surprised by how strong the reactions expressed in this thread were, and it makes me wonder why. I think it may be the personal nature of our trailers; while we may have personal attachments to our cars (trucks, whatever...) they are mostly just like those of any one else who bought the same model, but our trailers are often more highly customized, and are filled with personal touches, even personal belongings. At this point, while I have done some work on the Boler, I would not be uncomfortable with my friends using it.

I would not rent our trailer because it is a personal posession, not a business asset. If it is a personal loan no money should change hands; if it were a business an entirely different set of considerations would apply, and I generally avoid trying to do business with friends.
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Old 12-17-2005, 06:34 PM   #22
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OK, let me be the "oddball" ..... well, somewhat. I would allow my three brothers to borrow my camper (I could never ask for a penny). Of course, people must understand the strength of our relationships to understand why we would share anything. My wife understood this before she was foolish enough to say "I DO".

Outside of my brothers, NO WAY for NO AMOUNT OF MONEY for the rest of the world!!!
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Old 12-17-2005, 07:35 PM   #23
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what a bunch of stinkers
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Old 12-17-2005, 07:46 PM   #24
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what a bunch of stinkers
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Old 12-17-2005, 09:31 PM   #25
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Myron seems to have struck a tender nerve with this thread!

In 16 years I have loaned out my Trillium a grand total of two times. Both times were to a friend who is very experienced at towing (same fellow both times). Both times it was me offering it for his use, not him asking to borrow it.

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend," - Shakespeare

"The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money (trailer?)." - Mark Twain
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Old 12-17-2005, 10:45 PM   #26
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Brenda has a rental BUSINESS (lawyers helped with CONTRACT, etc.) Loaning is a different matter, purely personal. One time when we were flying out of town for a week, my friend asked, "Oh, who is using your car while you're gone?" Answer: "Nobody."
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Old 12-18-2005, 08:43 AM   #27
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When you rebuild an old egg, you get to know the whole trailer. The information of every little piece of how it is built and works is located in your brain somewhere, ready to be retrieved if need be. This also effects how you treat and use the trailer. It's almost like being the captain of an old ship. I really can't see loaning my 82' Burro out for a number of reasons, most have been covered already. I would never ask someone to borrow their trailer and would hope no one ever asks me.
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:37 AM   #28
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Well, not me. If asked to borrow my trailer I would have no problem saying NO!

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