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Old 07-23-2013, 10:34 PM   #1
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The Friend Zone-Camping

I have a good friend that has been camping with me and my son as we have kids the same age....nascar races and what not and I have never asked for much in return and am happy to do it. Today he asks in that way that you can tell he is hinting and trying to talk me into using the RV for a float trip he has planned with his wife. The conversation starts talking about camping...tenting and the heat. How horrible it is....and so on and so on. Been down this road I shut it down pretty quick...but did finally bite on letting him use my weber Q. At what point do adults need to buy their own stuff....or at minimum pitch a few dollars for using my stuff? At no point would i allow anyone other than my Father to use my camper....the grill is even a a bit far for me. What nerve.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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Today he asks in that way that you can tell he is hinting and trying to talk me into using the RV for a float trip he has planned with his wife.
I wouldn't do it...almost a sure fired way to end a friendship! I wouldn't be interested in renting our camper out to a friend either. If he's a true friend, he'll understand.

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Edit: If he's the type that wants to borrow anything you have and no offer of payment, he's no friend to have anyways!
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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I would never loan my RV to anybody. It's too fragile, too easy to mess up and if it does get messed upped I'm going to do it myself. ...and I have too much invested in it. If you do decide to loan it to your friend it wont be the last time, he will ask again.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:58 PM   #4
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Yea I wouldn't loan out anything or rent it...smarter than that. My point on throwing a few bucks my way is that sometimes it's nice to get a surprise for all the work that goes into a trip. My other buddies that have gone to races with me have at least pitched me some gas money and one even a camping world gift card. It's the little things. Just hit me as a bit forward today.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:36 PM   #5
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Yea I wouldn't loan out anything or rent it...smarter than that. My point on throwing a few bucks my way is that sometimes it's nice to get a surprise for all the work that goes into a trip. My other buddies that have gone to races with me have at least pitched me some gas money and one even a camping world gift card. It's the little things. Just hit me as a bit forward today.
A quick way to end it, "Sure, I'll loan you my rv and you can rent me and my wife a 5 star motel plus meals while you have it. Oh and a rental car also."
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:09 AM   #6
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Years ago 25 + my wife and I borrowed a friends pop up camper for a trip toYellowstone. We made it from Montrose to Salt Lake when I noticed smoke billow from the camper as we drove north on the freeway. We managed to get the camper to the campground at Lagoon. I called a traveling repair service and the tech found the axle and bearings were fried. He spent the day making repairs which cost a pretty penny. The park manager let us leave the camper and we finished our trip to Yellowstone spending the night I hotels.Never have borrowed equipment since.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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A simple "No" works best. But some folks are reluctant to use it. I never understood why, but I guess some people avoid conflict at all costs...

You can always say "My insurance will not cover anyone else using my camper". If he has a working brain, he will take the hint. If he says "My insurance will cover it with me" then you should just simply say "No".

Any problem he has with that is HIS not yours. A true friend would not push the issue.

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I've let my inlaws borrow ours from time to time, but my nerves are almost shot the whole time. That, and it seems that something is always broken when it comes back...minor stuff, a little torn seal here, a scuff there. Nothing I probably wouldn't have done myself, but I didn't do it.
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Yeah, the insurance issue mentioned previously is what would worry me. And when he's out there among other drivers, too many things out of your control and out of your friend's control can happen. Bad things. And expensive things.

I'd mention the insurance issue and let him borrow the grill.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:06 AM   #10
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i've let my inlaws borrow ours from time to time, but my nerves are almost shot the whole time. That, and it seems that something is always broken when it comes back...minor stuff, a little torn seal here, a scuff there. Nothing i probably wouldn't have done myself, but i didn't do it.
exactly!!!
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