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dcmac214

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Posted: 02/11/21 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No way. Me or DW. Period.

The last time I let someone barrow something - 12' covered utility trailer - he towed with a barrowed Cl-A. Both were returned with damage. SOB didn't have the decency to tell me about it in returning, he just dropped it off in the driveway when no one was home. After that experience I wouldn't, as said above, even loan out one of my wheelborrows.

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Mondooker wrote:

And its a personal thing as well... If I was driving someones vehicle, regardless of what it is. And I had an accident I'd be beside myself. I'd not have to worry what the person thought I borrowed it from. I'd feel horrible! And I have no desire to put myself in that position. Maybe that's just me?


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Posted: 02/21/21 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't allow anyone to use my MH. It is my MH, not to be borrowed. If the kids want to borrow it, I recommend they consider Cruise America or buy a MH for themselves.





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Posted: 02/22/21 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm going to reverse this. I would not loan my RV to my father in law. Every time I loan him something he breaks something and doesn't replace it - and he has the means, more than I do. He has never driven an RV and I wouldn't want him practicing on mine. He can afford to buy his own - period...

Now my son (not old enough to drive yet) I would probably let him borrow it. But only because I know how he would treat it and he knows how to set up and operate everything, even at his young age. He has many years to grow up and prove he isn't responsible, but right now he is.

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Posted: 02/24/21 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I let 2 of kids drive it but not the other 2. My son is the only one that I have let take it anywhere without me but that is due to the complexity of the operation of the coach more than the driving skills. I haven't let him borrow it lately because he left me with too much cleanup the last time he used it.

One of my daughters has good driving skills but the other two just don't seem like they even want to try diving it and certainly would struggle with the systems to keep it going.

I would probably be most willing to let my son-in-law take it. He has a lot of driving skills, mechanical competence and is willing to clean up after himself.

As a rule though, don't loan anything that you can't afford to replace unless you have extreme confidence that the borrower would make it right if something goes wrong. That might qualify two of my friends but I don't think that either would ever ask for it.

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Posted: 02/27/21 05:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wont let my kids drive my car let alone my coach!!!!!!

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Posted: 02/27/21 05:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No. My son isn't old enough yet, but even still I'd have to be mighty confident in his driving skills and understanding of the coach before I'd even consider it.

I had my DW do some driving in a park-n-ride to let her get acclimated to how the coach feels. She didn't understand the wide turns that you have to do with the longer wheelbase compared to a car. I had to explain point of pivot to her. She didn't quite understand what I meant. (keep meaning to do a quick drawn demonstration). Then I reminded her of our trip to Niagara Falls where we had to drive through a small PA town on the tiny streets to go through a detour. That kind of got her in the right mindset.

For me it is the "if something happens it's my responsibility" mostly. I don't like the way my DW drives her truck and she has poor binocular vision. So just the driving style is enough for me to give a NO to pretty much anyone.

It's an investment, but unlike your most expensive investment, this one has wheels and can in a moment of careless operation kill or injure dozens of people. That worry alone should get you to think twice.

And to those of you who do loan them out. I understand and do not question your judgement. We're all different and that's fine.


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Posted: 02/27/21 05:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never been an issue, they know better than to ask. Got a deal on a older Airstream trailer I couldn’t pass up and I let them use it with their trucks. They already knew how to back trailers up and make wide turns.

Son did ask to buy our 04 Dynasty so I did sell it to him at a wholesale...what a dealer would give me price. Hadn’t planned on upgrading, but the 08 is a lot nicer, especially compared to the new stuff I looked at.


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Posted: 02/27/21 06:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I didn't see this said yet... "Neither a borrower nor a lender be".

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Posted: 02/27/21 06:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes it is pasusan, and a fine quote it is. This turned into an interesting thread seeing how folks feel about the lending aspect of things. As I said earlier, I don’t barrow things so maybe that’s partially why I don’t loan things. It seems there are so many ways to lose a friend or family member. And I see no reason to add to that possibility. I can tell by your comments that many feel the same!

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