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SlowBro

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Posted: 08/22/21 05:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any good tips on approaching friends to ask for a spare driveway? How do you start that conversation? What things do you say and not say? How do you ask about the length of stay? How much is appropriate, if anything, to offer to pay for services used?

For us, longer is better, but I definitely would never want to overstay. We have a generator and will be adding solar, so while we don't need any hookups, it would be nice. Have unlimited Verizon 4G so while we don't need to share Wi-Fi, it would be nice. I would want to offer to pay when using host services, unless it is not suggested.

I just had this conversation with my beloved aunt and she loves me very much and even then, it felt awkward to me. She loves Christmas Vacation and they remind me so much of the Griswolds, so I'd hate to be Cousin Eddie. LOL


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If your RV doesn’t impede the friends coming and going ask but remember that fish and all guests smell in three days…two nights.


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Hi,

I simply asked friends if I could stay. I never stayed more than 5 days. I reciprocated by taking their families out to supper.


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"Hi (insert name here). I'm going to be in your neck of the woods (insert date(s)) here. Is there any chance I can use your driveway for (insert time frame here)? It would really be appreciated and I'd love to take you out to dinner for you troubles. If it's not possible, no worries. Thanks!"


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I would just ask. If I would be parked in their driveway a couple days at the most. If I was parked in a side or back yard maybe 5 days. It also depends on how close a friend. I would never ask for any amenities like water or electric. If offered I would partake but return the favor with $$ or a gift or dinner. Also, do not drag everything out if the RV. Awning out and a couple chairs. Don't make it look like you have moved in. just my 2 cents.


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Just the opposite ! Occasionally my daughter's family needs to park in my driveway. Usually for only a couple of days. They are so EMBARRASSED to ask !

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Don’t ask. Let them offer. Maybe ask if they know any where fairly close where you could park your rig. When asked, that puts them in an awkward position of trying to find a way of saying no if they would rather you didn’t, or saying yes so as not to offend though they preferred you didn’t.

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We encourage people to share our driveway, but we may get even sometime?

Our last visitors are moving to Portugal. . . we're coming soon!

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For me, there are two categories here:

1. Visiting with friends/family and staying in the driveway; or
2. Wanting to stay in friends/family driveway and go off doing your own thing.

With #1, just ask "would it be OK if we park the RV in your driveway? That way you can kick us out of the house when you're tired of us."

With #2, I agree to just ask if they know of any good RV parks nearby and let them offer their driveway. Otherwise, you put the awkwardness on them to have to say no.

In addition, you are either using their power or running a generator in their yard. The former costs them money, the latter may annoy them or their neighbors. Wanting to use their wifi seems intrusive - you have your own use it.

If they offer to let you plug in, consider your usage - will you be running the AC and tv and microwave, etc? Or just a few lights at night? If the minimum, then a dinner treat is fine. If the maximum, then offer to pay $5-10 per day.

I would never stay more than 5 nights for # 1 and 2 nights for #2. For #2, you are really "using" them and any longer can create bad feelings.

And remember, your being parked in their driveway is an inconvenience to them.


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I have a second RV pad with full hookups. Includes OTAR and Direct TV if wanted.

A dear friend has spent up to two months at a time here.

We come and go and do not have to entertain each other but we often make dinners and share our favorite recipes. The last stay I warned them NOT to buy us gifts etc in return. They left a $100 bill kind of hidden when they left this time to cover electricity. I know they just had to do this to satisfy themselves and not burden us with the extra costs. It is worth it to have friends and family nearby.


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