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Posted: 02/09/21 07:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another thing the guy said to me is that he bought his motorhome new. And he did that because he wanted to know how the coach was taken care of. He even picked up his motorhome in Indiana because he wanted his driving to be the first on the 1300 miles home.

I wanted to ask him what his daughter thought about all this but he was called that is car was ready. I for one am amazed someone would even ask a question like that? Did this boy ever listen to the way this father-in-law talked about his motorhome? I spoke with him for 10 minutes to know he and his wife love their motorhome. He said it’s a luxury they never thought they could have! Bozo comes to mind for this son-in-law.

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That would be a hard no!
Although I used to borrow my parents motorhome. Never messed it up. Messed up plenty of their other possessions!

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I wouldn't (and don't) lend my motorhome to just anybody, but I'm certainly willing to lend it to the right people, who I know are generally responsible and are competent to drive it. I'd do the same with my house or car, for that matter.





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Depends:
- An 18yr old heading south for spring break with his buddies...not a chance.
- A 35yr old responsible married son who's driven it a few times with me on board and understands the systems fairly well...I might require the deductible be placed with me before handing over the keys but why not.

Might also vary a little based on the value of the RV. A 10yr old small class C worth $15k, I'm going to be a lot more easy going about loaning it out vs a brand new $750k diesel pusher.


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Yes. An RV is just a thing and I don't covet possessions. My son is my son and welcome to whatever I own. He understands if something gets damaged, he'll fix it. For us, the whole purpose of owning an RV is to enjoy time with those we love and that has always included him. If he wants to share that experience with someone he loves - especially his own family, I am happy to help.

On edit, I should add, we have taken my son camping since he was very young. We've owned various MH's and now a FW. I've taught him - and tasked him - with operating all the systems, including hooking- unhooking the car from the MH and the FW from the truck. I certainly agree there is risk to handing the keys to someone who has never done it before. Not just to the RV but to themselves. Things can be fixed.

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If I knew the person that was going to borrow it could handle it then yes. Driving a 30 plus foot 20k lb vehicle isn't like borrowing a Honda! Not to mention the proper way of using all the individual systems.


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There several of my close friends that I would loan the coach to, and I have invited my daughter to borrow it. My son (the older of the two) has proven to be irresponsible and is sure that he knows much more than can be proven. He only asked once and I didn't turn him down, his mother did - in spades.

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I'm not surprised that some people will ask. We all know those that have no
limits and unfortunately they are the ones that you would trust the least.
Without a doubt, it would be hard to tell anyone close to us no but if you
let them use it others will know and they will all feel it's ok so they will
want their turn. Before long you'll have to make an appointment to use your
own HOHO. We looked at a nearly new coach, the insides were an unbelievable
mess, food stains on literally everything, window shades were torn, etc.
Their kids had borrowed the coach.
So, I can't see how it would be a good thing to get started. Let their mother tell them no. LOL

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1. IF the relative has NOT had experiance driving and Camping in a Motorhome, then NO.
2. WHO will pay for any damage? The owner assumes that the relative will pay. But then, if Son/Daughter/In law kids damage it, there will be very hard feelings if they do not have the money or feel that they are not responsible. Sadly, in this day and age, it seems NOBODY ever feels responsible when they cause damage, it is always someone else's fault.
3. The rift in a family is a LOT LESS from refusing the use rather than the BIG RIFT if they do damage it.
4. Inexperianced Motorhome operators WILL probably damage it. Kind of like what insurance agents tell the Parents when the 16 year old starts driving---NOT IF they have an accident in 3 years but WHEN they have an accident. Doug

PS, I have fixed LOTS of Motorhomes in 42 years from relatives just Borrowing the Motorhome and I have seen the hard feelings from what it does cost the owner versus what the relative actually wants to pay. AFTER this happens, the owner never lets anybody borrow it again----NOT just outside wreck damage, but interior damage. I am always amazed how relatives can destroy the interior of a NICE motorhome. WHY? Because they don't care and besides they did not have to pay for the Motorhome in the first place with their hard earned money

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I should have mentioned. Kind of like loaning a relative $5000. DON'T DO IT UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD TO NOT BE PAID BACK. Same with loaning the motorhome. Plan on not getting reimbursed for any damage and that will go a long way to alleviate hard feelings. Doug

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