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    Default Lending out of Equipment - Would you?

    hey guys

    how do you feel about lending / loaning out camping equipment to friends or people you know well or not so well?

    a person i know has asked me this - how much would i let out my camping equipment for a day?

    (background - its some one who doesn't camp much)

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    Quote Originally Posted by delwynv View Post
    hey guys

    how do you feel about lending / loaning out camping equipment to friends or people you know well or not so well?

    a person i know has asked me this - how much would i let out my camping equipment for a day?

    (background - its some one who doesn't camp much)
    I'm not for it. I lent some camping equipment to Rainier the other day. He could not pack the tent back in the bag and when he dropped it off, he spent the entire time (early morning - we had a cup of coffee) moaning about how horrible the experience was...
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    No. Simplest: no unhappiness, no damage.
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    My BIL & SIL sometomes ask to use the van.

    Personally, I hate it as my BIL is as practical as an inflatable dartboard, so inevitably something will break.

    So I will try and find an excuse, or if one not at hand, a simple rule - something breaks on your watch, you pay for it.

    Whether it is something that may have broken if I used it is irrelevant - on your use, you pay for it.

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    My last post is true, but tongue in cheek obviously. Pick who and what you lend stuff to.

    I'm short a bunch of equipment from people I actually trusted. Including a 9-sleeper tent I lent to a "friend" for a trip to Mozambique. I never saw my tent again, and since then, I've never seen him again either.

    Rainier can borrow my stuff again if he wanted to - which is doubtful.
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    My stuff is old. I don't want to put a friend in a position where he has to buy me a new tent if something, very likely, will go wrong. I just say sorry, my stuff not in a state I am willing to let a friend use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blikka View Post
    My stuff is old. I don't want to put a friend in a position where he has to buy me a new tent if something, very likely, will go wrong. I just say sorry, my stuff not in a state I am willing to let a friend use.
    ^^ this - can be a very suitable excuse in any circumstance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blikka View Post
    My stuff is old. I don't want to put a friend in a position where he has to buy me a new tent if something, very likely, will go wrong. I just say sorry, my stuff not in a state I am willing to let a friend use.
    This makes it easier for me to lend. I caveat it by saying XY or Z is at the end of it's lifecycle. It's likely to rip during use. If so, use duct tape and don't even try and replace it if you value your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmie L View Post
    This makes it easier for me to lend. I caveat it by saying XY or Z is at the end of it's lifecycle. It's likely to rip during use. If so, use duct tape and don't even try and replace it if you value your life.
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    I do lend camping stuff. But it depends on my emotional attachment. There are certain things I won't. Like my favourite braai tongs. What if I can't find the perfect pair again? But a chair. Easily replaced. No problemo. Anyone is welcome to the ridiculous tent. They will only ask once. There's a reason it's called the ridiculous tent.

    Perhaps we can also point out to the OP that there are places where one can rent basic camping gear such as tents etc that he can steer the borrower to. I'm in favour of camping a few times before you invest in expensive camping gear. My ideas when I first started camping of what camping was and how it actually is differs a lot.

    Perhaps they can camp their first camp nearby where the OP can help them set up the tent and other expensive equipment to help prevent damage?

    There are also spots where one can visit and stay over in pre set-up tents that can give you a taste as to whether it's something you would like to repeat.
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    It is all just earthly possession at the end of the day.

    Then again, my DNA prevents me from ever asking someone to borrow me anything (especially money) - maybe it is a Gen-X thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    My last post is true, but tongue in cheek obviously. Pick who and what you lend stuff to.

    I'm short a bunch of equipment from people I actually trusted. Including a 9-sleeper tent I lent to a "friend" for a trip to Mozambique. I never saw my tent again, and since then, I've never seen him again either.

    Rainier can borrow my stuff again if he wanted to - which is doubtful.
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    My wife would lend it out. Gets cross when I mention that whatever she borrowed out to someone is sourly missed. Me personally, depends who you are. Some I trust and some I don't.

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    I struggle with the "it breaks on your watch, you pay for it".

    Say (hypothetically) I lend someone my tent. It's 7 years old. Everything still works, but it returns to me with a broken zip.

    My thinking is, the bloody thing is 7 years old and well used. Surely something will break eventually with age and it just so happens it broke while someone else was using it. Could have happened to myself.

    Can I really hold them accountable for a zip that has been used for 7 years by me already while they only used it once?

    If the tent was brand new and maybe used once or twice, sure.

    Hence why I do not borrow things from people and don't lend out my stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    I'm not for it. I lent some camping equipment to Rainier the other day. He could not pack the tent back in the bag and when he dropped it off, he spent the entire time (early morning - we had a cup of coffee) moaning about how horrible the experience was...
    Weird. Rainier told me that he has no issues at all sleeping under the stars, as long as there were five of them...

    Edit - staying vaguely on topic, I do lend stuff. Very little of it is off limits, strictly not camping stuff, like cameras, my decent binoculars. But I've loaned out just about everything. I've always got it back, generally in the condition it left, but both my friends are decent responsible people...
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    You should not ask and put a friend in a compromising position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gungets Tuft View Post
    Weird. Rainier told me that he has no issues at all sleeping under the stars, as long as there were five of them...

    Edit - staying vaguely on topic, I do lend stuff. Very little of it is off limits, strictly not camping stuff, like cameras, my decent binoculars. But I've loaned out just about everything. I've always got it back, generally in the condition it left, but both my friends are decent responsible people...
    You have friends ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    You have friends ?
    I haven't checked in a while, but the monthly payments are still going through, so no reason to believe either of the two have abandoned me.

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    You have friends ?
    Both imaginary
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    Both imaginary
    My comment was tongue in cheek. Yours is just miserable. Shame on you...
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