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Old 03-03-2014, 12:13 PM   #101
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Nobodies ever asked to actually borrow mine, I have been invited to attend a race with my way paid if I'd bring my camper.

Now, first time I went to a family campout with my wife's family I was invaded before I even unhooked the trailer. Her brother hit the door with a case of beer asking if the fridge was cold, kids invaded because of the novelty and then once the AC was fired up, that was all she wrote. No less than four adults and six kids were in there almost full time.

Learned my lesson there. Now it's not so bad, things stay under better control. But now I have the new one, her mom found out and we're officially requested to bring it.

So, borrow it? No. Forced occupation? Unfortunately that happens.

I'm going to get one of those wood signs made with a great quote I read in this thread.

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Old 03-03-2014, 05:21 PM   #102
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My father fortunately felt like it was okay for his daughter to borrow his class C. I learned the systems and took it out many times always returning it better than when I got it. Thus starting my love affair with camping RV style. With that said would I lend my fifth wheel to my son NO! He has never been around trailers and would need much schooling before that was a possibility. All others: enjoy!
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Old 03-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #103
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My answer would be NO, but will let them know there are other options, like Cruise America or local dealers that you can rent from. I worked hard to get my first trailer and continue to do so. So they would need to do the same for their own choices and like a few others have said

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If it makes you comfortable to lend it out, by all means do so. Just remember you would end up having to repair anything that will happen to it whether it is a minor or major problem(s). Because of the last person you loaned it out to (also could have been an ongoing issue before loan out too) does or doesn't repair it. Remember its not their travel trailer and you may not even want them to repair it
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:21 PM   #104
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I tell them politely NO. Tell them there is a HUGE learning curve that comes along with it, and something is always breaking.

Or, sure, but how about you go buy a nice boat, and let me borrow it?
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:29 PM   #105
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Please don't ask to borrow my:

There are some things just not meant to be shared.

On a related note, I have an enclosed single axle utility trailer, the kind where the back door is also a ramp. My bride loaned it to her sister for a day. I can't say it was returned damaged because it wasn't exactly returned. I received a phone call telling me where I could find it sitting at the side of the road with a flat tire, bent rim, bent axel, and bent frame. One of the fenders was also damaged. No offer to repair any part of it because she says it was like that when she got it. I replaced the axle, wheel, and tire. It still sits crooked and the aluminum sides are wrinkled because of the bent frame. She got in a huff because my wife told her to never ask to borrow anything again.
True, it's just "stuff", but thanks to her, I now have some "stuff" that no longer works right. Since I don't buy "stuff" just to own it, I think it is reasonable for me to guard against damage, which includes uncaring relatives.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:59 AM   #106
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Any ideal what she did to cause that much damage?
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:33 AM   #107
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For someone to borrow our trailer would mean they would need to also borrow our truck. Our equalizer hitch is fine tuned and set up for it. So another words, it is never going to happen. For me owning a trailer is like owning a Harley, I have never had anyone ask to borrow my Harley and so far the same goes for my trailer and truck. Have too much invested in them both for someone with no experience with them to use. Although everything is insured I'm not sure how liability issues are handled when something like this is borrowed. Are you responsible for a lawsuit by letting someone with no experience pull your trailer and possible harming someone else? I would be too worried the whole time it would be gone....
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:24 AM   #108
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From the opposite perspective, very close Army buddy and his wife practically insisted that my wife and I borroy their 30 foot Rockwood. Best couple-friends for years, both of us Army 1SGs, we know how each other are with taking care of things and meticulous following of checklists, etc.. It took me a while to agree and my conditions were simple: we pick a close place that they had camped at before, he provide me full opening and closing down written checklists, I drive but he rides with me (my truck and I do know how to pull large trailers and boats), he talks me through the set-up and each function (yup, didn't even know that this is a sort-of PDI), and then he comes out to tear down everything. I knew their intention was to get us to like it so much we would want to get one of our own and then camp as couples. Well we used their trailer twice and were hooked. Never an issue, I was always careful, and he knew if I broke something I would replace it immediately. Now we are waiting to pick up our first TT when I get back from my long mid-east vacation in the next few months. I think with like-minded individuals, it is possible to share something as valuable and complex as a TT, but it would be a very small list of people I would consider. On a side note, I think if my father had one and I asked to borrow it, the answer would be laughter.... he remembers 15 yr old me too well and probably doesn't trust 39 yr old me enough yet.. ha ha
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:48 AM   #109
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Any ideal what she did to cause that much damage?
I think she dragged it across a small metal bridge over a large creek with one wheel hanging off.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:00 AM   #110
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My brother or sister borrowing it would be ok because I know they would take care of it, My step kids not a snowballs chance in hell. I don't have any trust in them to take care of anything they didn't learn anything from their mother or myself and can't take care of anything they own. Wouldn't even let them sleep in it in our driveway.

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