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Old 06-17-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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Would you let your children borrow your camper for week ends !

We have a new 2016 Roo 23ws and I personally don't agree. My wife on the other hand doesn't mind letting her daughter and her family use it .

What do you think !
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:15 AM   #2
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Hmm..let's see...Heck NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wouldn't let my kids borrow my camper period. Not that I am selfish or greedy but they never treat it like you do. If something happens now you have all that baggage to deal with.

It is O.K. to share but somewhere there is a line...my RV is my line.

I think more feelings will be hurt and arguments arise from loaning it out verses NOT. Plus you stated plural in the daughters and family...I mean how many are we talking...that thing will be trashed in a summer or two with kids running amuck
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:19 AM   #3
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You know.... I started out tent camping because THAT's WHAT I COULD AFFORD. That was 30 years ago. Say no more!
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:21 AM   #4
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Would you let them borrow your house?

It really depends, if it were a situation where they needed it, then yes, if they wanted to borrow it for a vacation, then no, just like they don't borrow my phone, truck, or laptop
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:21 AM   #5
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Not no, but heck no...Seems when ever they borrow something it always comes back worse than it when it left. They can borrow the tent that has been in storage shed for the last couple of years though.
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Hi Folks,

Simple question:
Would you let your children borrow your camper for week ends !

We have a new 2016 Roo 23ws and I personally don't agree. My wife on the other hand doesn't mind letting her daughter's and her family use it .

What do you think !
I am in a situation much like yours. The daughters' husband is a football coach at a local high school and a very upstanding sort of fellow.

The only thing that remains to be seen is, when something happens to the TT, how it gets communicated and resolved. Just said a quick prayer.

Remember to have them help when it is time to wash and wax that thing.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:24 AM   #7
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Suggest going camping together. They stay in tents while you stay in your camper. We did this at a provincial park. Were within a short 2 minute walk of facilities. If they enjoy camping and just not looking for a party in the woods they can then buy there own. If it is a RV park like a KOA they could rent a cabin and experience that.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:28 AM   #8
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Ask yourself if you would use your rig as a rental? If yes, then go ahead and let them use it.

Personally, I wouldn't...there are too many things that are easy to 'break'. Remember your learning curve each time you get a new camper/trailer.

If you do allow then to use it, I would carefully spell out responsibility for damage repairs and insurance deductibles.

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Old 06-17-2016, 08:32 AM   #9
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it all depends on who you are loaning it to. are they responsible? will they fix something if they break it? will it come back clean? it all depends on who they are.

for the past two years i have let my brother borrow mine. Couple times he met me where i was, i headed home and he took over and brought the camper home. But see, i know his wife will clean it probably better than me, and he would fix any thing that went wrong. but again, it depends on the person, in my case he can take it anytime i am not using it. And heck i use his nice ferris mower all the time and being a mechanic he fixes my truck when needed. we help each other out. For him it was kind of testing the waters, and yesterday he hauled a 5th wheel home, so now we can go together.

so again.... you have to make the call on who you are lending to.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:42 AM   #10
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I will add this. I think there are certain things you just don't ask to borrow especially from your parents.

I would never ask to use my parents RV. First off Dad would have said...NO. Second it took them years to afford a nice one..they never financed anything even their houses. They saved money and waited years until they could pay cash. To now just schlep on over and borrow it seems disrespectful of their patience. But that is just me.

Some people are fine with loaning out anything and everything...I am am not especially to my adult children. Live and earn like I did and you will value what you have more than just bumming stuff off of me. Plus no tension when you trashed my RV..or mower..or truck ( yah never using the F350 either).

Then again I am the son of a man who grew up in the depression in Arkansas...my Dad was old school..real real Old School...so I was not given everything. Had to earn everything even as a kid.....need more old school and less bum school.

My pops idiom " Pay now..play later...or play now..pay later".

Emergency situations are different obviously. I do have a heart...just not when it comes to my 5ver
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