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Old 11-19-2014, 10:17 PM   #11
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I guess none of you has heard of this company. I got the name from a website run by RV Business, so I assumed that it was legitimate. I guess you don't think it is a good idea.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:18 PM   #12
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Me rent out Ten Forward?

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Old 11-19-2014, 10:28 PM   #13
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I guess none of you has heard of this company. I got the name from a website run by RV Business, so I assumed that it was legitimate. I guess you don't think it is a good idea.
It may be legitimate but from what I have seen first hand, renting out your RV is not a good idea. A small book could be written on what went wrong. For starters, the canopies over the gas pumps were a lot lower than they are today. Get the idea? Loren
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:29 AM   #14
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I guess none of you has heard of this company. I got the name from a website run by RV Business, so I assumed that it was legitimate.
I haven't heard of this one, but I did rent a tent trailer from a very small company (one guy, a handful of trailers) and it worked out fine; a rental company doesn't have to be big or known to any of us to be legitimate.

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I guess you don't think it is a good idea.
If you are thinking of getting an Escape and renting it out part-time, I think that the consensus is that there are problems with the idea. If you are thinking of renting one to try it out, I'm not seeing a lot of issues with that. RV rental is very common, just not usually from individual owners.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:10 PM   #15
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I haven't heard of this one, but I did rent a tent trailer from a very small company (one guy, a handful of trailers) and it worked out fine; a rental company doesn't have to be big or known to any of us to be legitimate.


If you are thinking of getting an Escape and renting it out part-time, I think that the consensus is that there are problems with the idea. If you are thinking of renting one to try it out, I'm not seeing a lot of issues with that. RV rental is very common, just not usually from individual owners.
Excellent points Brian. There are many reasons why a person might choose to rent out their RV. They may no longer be able to travel and can't sell the RV. They may need the money. They may own more than one RV.
Back in 1991 out truck and camper was totaled at the start of our vacation. I was able to locate several people who would rent an RV for the rest of the holiday. Unfortunately the Insurance Company for the other party that caused the accident would not pay for the rental and the trip was cancelled.
Obviously people who purchase a new trailer, after spending hours researching options that suit their own personal tastes, spend countless more time customizing the vehicle are unlikely to consider renting to strangers.
There are several companies just down the road from me in Delta that rent out hundreds of RV's every summer. I seem to recall that Reace rented and repaired Trilliums before he stated building Escapes. My wife has a friend who paid for their Class A motor home by renting it out.
My main concern would be whether this company is legitimate and reputable or not (which is what the OP was alluding to when this thread was started). I myself may have a 5.0 to rent out come May.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:24 PM   #16
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I believe the difference between being in the rental business and being an individual owner, is emotions. If I knew I was purchasing something to rent, I certainly wouldn't be as attached as I am to my Escape. While not all renters are bad apples, it only takes one to ruin an asset. Look at the Casitas that were made available to military service personnel and check out how they look when the gov't puts them up for auction. Too, there's a reason U-Haul got out of the small, molded towable, camping trailer business.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:55 PM   #17
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I believe the difference between being in the rental business and being an individual owner, is emotions. If I knew I was purchasing something to rent, I certainly wouldn't be as attached as I am to my Escape. While not all renters are bad apples, it only takes one to ruin an asset. Look at the Casitas that were made available to military service personnel and check out how they look when the gov't puts them up for auction. Too, there's a reason U-Haul got out of the small, molded towable, camping trailer business.
There certainly is no 'pride of ownership' in a rental. That holds true in anything that's rented, not just trailers. One of the reasons our neighborhood dreads any house that come up for rent instead of sale is that they often get run down. There are exceptions of course based on the renter, but how do you know if your renter is a good one?
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I think RV complexity is a factor: the more complex the RV, the more potential (and potentially expensive) problems might occur due to the renter's lack of understanding (or perhaps lack of respect for others' property). The U-Haul travel trailers were relatively simple, but still more complex than a cargo trailer, so they had more issues. The tent trailer which I rented had an icebox (no refrigerator) and no water heater or toilet; the owner said he did not have problems with damage by renters. On the other hand, the motorhome rental businesses rent fully-equipped units, so this can be managed, at a price.

I note that rental cars are very common and there are few problems with them; my parents bought three ex-rentals (over a 20-year span) and none had any problems due to their rental service. Perhaps the key is that cars are familiar, while RV renters are often not familiar with operating an RV.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:21 PM   #19
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Here in Oregon, there are a couple of classic trailer rental places. THEY tow the trailer to the park and wait for the renters to show up where they then go through the uses of the trailer. When the week/weekend/month is over.. they meet the renters and go through the trailer once again. It's not considered a "towable."
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Here in Oregon, there are a couple of classic trailer rental places. THEY tow the trailer to the park and wait for the renters to show up where they then go through the uses of the trailer. When the week/weekend/month is over.. they meet the renters and go through the trailer once again. It's not considered a "towable."
Smart way to do it. And I wonder if they also take a good-sized deposit.
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