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Gonzo42

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Posted: 02/14/14 08:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Way back in prehistoric times, in a different life, I rented and used an RV for the very first time. I contracted for a Robin Hood RV. It was a modest size and good for our family of 3.

As soon as the family found out, everyone invited themselves to go with us and I found that I had to upgrade the RV size I was renting and wound up with a new 1976 Open Road. It was a great trip, but...

Of course everyone agreed to pay part of the trip, but at the end of the week after returning home, everyone promptly forgot about their commitment and also found excuses.

Now we have our very own (new to us) motorhome and we have said clearly to all our family that we will take them anywhere they want to go, but they will have to pay for fuel plus any special foods or drink they want to bring.

What do you do about this situation?


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You're way too nice.


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I think it sounds reasonable....you have to pay to play...or at least contribute.


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Our saying is... "Cocktails for 8, Dinner for 4 and it sleeps 2.

This has worked well for us.

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It's like drugs, Just Say No.

What will you say when they want to borrow it?

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Gas or - - -, nobody rides for free. Better yet let them buy their own. It will end up with another stain, a scratch and no one will know how it happened. Sad but true.

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Yeah, Craig said it best.
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You need your own time together without the vultures.... oops, I mean the well intentioned family who are scrambling to open their wallets......


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I already made it clear that they can borrow it and it comes with a driver! Yes I already had loaned out my F-150 and it came back with a big gouge in the tailgate and voila! nobody said a thing. It will never get loaned again.

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Post back when you have scheduled broadcast date for Judge Judy


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Invite them along, but remind them to bring their own tent.

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