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Old 12-17-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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When I first brought Burro home I got a feeling the general consensus of my relatives was, "Oh, boy, what's he done this time?!" On trial again. Even my wife, but fortunately she's learned patience from being with me all these years. But the others? Best I could hope for was bemused pity from a disapproving jury.

Now, a few months later when the thing has begun to look good, I am getting a different vibe. Already, three relatives have expressed, out loud, a presumption that THEY could actually borrow Burro to go camping! One, out of the blue, asked me what size hitch he should get for his car.

Well, I have not responded to any of this. Of course my first thought is to tell them all to go fry ice. But it does raise a question. In the first place, given the liabilities, etc., is it an ethical request?

Has anyone any experience with loaning out your travel trailer? I'd like to hear the story.
Would you rent it out?
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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When I first brought Burro home I got a feeling the general consensus of my relatives was, "Oh, boy, what's he done this time?!" On trial again. Even my wife, but fortunately she's learned patience from being with me all these years. But the others? Best I could hope for was bemused pity from a disapproving jury.

Now, a few months later when the thing has begun to look good, I am getting a different vibe. Already, three relatives have expressed, out loud, a presumption that THEY could actually borrow Burro to go camping! One, out of the blue, asked me what size hitch he should get for his car.

Well, I have not responded to any of this. Of course my first thought is to tell them all to go fry ice. But it does raise a question. In the first place, given the liabilities, etc., is it an ethical request?

Has anyone any experience with loaning out your travel trailer? I'd like to hear the story.
Would you rent it out?

[b]Absolutly NO WAY would I loan out my trailer to anyone (including my children) There are too many dangers and liablities for someone not familiar with towing, backing, and propane just to name a few.
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:29 PM   #3
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Generally, I would not rent or loan mine. I did, last year, sell a weekend in the Airstream at the Rotary Auction fundraiser here. A friend of mine and his wife bought the weekend, and everything went just fine (I towed it out, set it up, and brought it back myself), but I chose not to offer it again this year. My biggest problem wasn't them using the trailer, but taking all of the personal 'stuff' out, cleaning it to like-new condition twice, and then having to haul everything back out and re-stock it. It was just a pain, and took three times as long as I'd anticipated.

I dont' think there's any ethical or legal ramifications provided that the 'borrower' has car insurance. Core competencies to maneuver a trailer may be a different issue, and you should be prepared for the eventuality that your trailer may not come back in the condition in which you lent it...


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Old 12-17-2005, 01:33 PM   #4
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:34 PM   #5
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Of course my first thought is to tell them all to go fry ice.
GOOD ANSWER! After the trials & errors and repairs [b]I have inflicted upon myself in learning how to be a trailerite, I am uncomfortable with the idea of just handing it over to anyone else.
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That just psychologically lets them off the hook for whatever damage is caused.
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:39 PM   #6
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NO WAY, NO HOW!!!!!!!
There's a few things I won't loan to anybody. The Scamp is one, my little boat is another. In fact any recreational equipment except what I have kept when upgrading is not going to be loaned out.

To have a person just out of the blue ask what kind of hitch he should buy is very rude in my way of thinking. If asked again here's a response that I would use. "Oh! What kind of trailer are buying?"
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:50 PM   #7
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OK, I see that us guys get low marks for sharing our toys.

I wonder what the Ladies think?
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:50 PM   #8
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Renting to a stranger, absolutely not. To a friend or relative that presents a whole new problem: relationships. If there is damage it can also damage a friendship.
I consider the Burro the trailer I'll keep until I check out: where would I get another one? and if I could find one I'd have to start the modifications all over again. I have other things to do, like CAMPING.
Besides, by the time I'm through explaining the strange devices and quirks the borrower's time to camp would be long since gone.
I prefer my friendships unencumbered by these potential disasters. Better offer to take him with me camping (this has happened).
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:11 PM   #9
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I can't find it now, but I seem to recall someone from this site who rebuilt a couple old fiberglass trailers and started a business renting them out.

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P.S. I wouldn't have too much of a problem lending our trailer to close family members, but my wife wouldn't hear of it.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:06 PM   #10
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I can't find it now, but I seem to recall someone from this site who rebuilt a couple old fiberglass trailers and started a business renting them out.
Dan, It’s Brenda Novakovski and husband who rent the molded fiberglass wonders. They’re located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Here’s her profile if someone wants to send her a message: Brenda's Profile

And NO, no, NO would I ever loan/rent my trailer. The Scamp and I are joined at the hitch Well okay, maybe to my Mom and Dad after all they gave birth to me, but at 81 and 91 y/o I don't think that's a worry

Accidents happen, even if not the borrowers fault. It's not worth the chance for either party.

The rub is if you do it ONE time (even if it works out), you're kinda stuck to do it again. Don't do it the first time...no problem.

I really like Bryon's answer
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:11 PM   #11
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I realize I'm not among the "have one" population yet, but I'd like to add my 2 cents worth. 21 years ago my parents purchased a Prevost Private Coach. When they drove it over to my brother's house, and then mine, the very first words out of their mouths were "don't even ask to turn the key in the ignition". I never have, to this day. I can understand exactly why. I wouldn't loan my Casita (if I every get one) to anyone, even a family member. My Grandad once told me................never loan money to relatives or friends. Said it is a guarantee to ruin the relationship. I agree. Good advice.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:23 PM   #12
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My wife and I agree, the complexities and lengthy learning curve to operating our TT and necessities for proper tug equipment preclude allowing anyone else from using "Nuestra Casita". One son owns his own motor home, and the other sold his stick-built TT. Our daughter and son-in-law pull their Sea-Do whenever they vacation. Our TT is too heavy for their tug.
It's kind of like inviting someone to borrow your bedroom if they had to move it somewhere else and had to follow extensive specific instructions to make the bed function correctly.
Nope, I don't lend out my wife, my car, my chainsaw, or my Casita.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:49 PM   #13
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We would never loan or rent our trailer to anyone. No one will ever sleep in our little home but us. We don't even use it for our guests.

We love our little trailer and take good care of her.. ... it's hard to find someone that would feel the same way we do. It's not worth the aggrevation that might come after loaning the trailer out.
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And NO, no, NO would I ever loan/rent my trailer.
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