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Message posted by masekwm on 13/7/2013 at 8:23pm
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I'm thinking of trying to get some cash by renting our trailer and roofbox out.

I've seen others doing this on ebay, however I have no idea how to make it safe for me? I'm guessing most won't want to leave a big deposit.

Has anyone rented one before or do you rent yours out? I'd appreciate any tips as otherwise they are just going to sit there until next summer.

Keith

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You may not make as much as you would like after you take into consideration the insurance needed for things like theft, breakdown, damage, including to third parties, non return ect, whilst insuring these items for personal use may be fairly reasonable cost wise, what you are effectively doing is running a business, and cover would be much more expensive.

You also have to consider how you would recover a trailer if it was abandoned untowable at the roadside, either due to overloading and a bent/broken axel, or as the result of an accident, if it was miles away from your home, it would cost you more in fuel to get to it, than it would earn you in hire fees.

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Message posted by millermicm on 13/7/2013 at 9:16pm
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Agree with Julia. Unless you are going into the trailer renting business with a fleet of trailers the benefits are not worth the risk.

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I was thinking of self insurance, as in I paid 650 for the brenderup, I was about to hire one for 150 for the week. So it owes me 500, if I can rent it out a few times over the summer it may have a cost of 2-300 left by September.

The roofbox was 50 two years ago so has more than paid for itself.

I agree about the recovery charge and repair charges, these I guess could only be covered by a decent deposit which again if you had it, would you rent?!

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You'all public liability insurance at a minimum need insurance to cover yourself in event that your item fails while being rented and injuries or worse someone who could end up with a very big bill.

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You must be very rich to self insure, as above if this trailer broke away from the car on a motorway and caused a serious accident due to a fault with the trailer you could be liable for lots of compo.
Not in this compensation driven world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Hi we had condsidered this,

Think it would have to be done informally say friends or work collegues, but there would always be a risk.May be interested in hiring the roof box if it is larger than ours (halford half box 250lt ) we should have got the larger trailer that was available ,but seeemed huge at the time ,and can fit on our trailers luggage bars.

We are local too.will be out at a family picnic what a summer.....


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Hiya. We tried to rent our Thule roofbox out. No problem renting it out but they stole it! Even with taking a deposit they made a big profit as it cost us 400+

Our insurance didn't cover us either. Total nightmare. We ended up having to net out ourselves then from Leisure Trailer Hire who to be honest were totally spot on and used Thule products themselves. The guy (Alastair) said it was an occupational hazard.

I won't be buying another so definitely won't be going anywhere that venture again. On a plus note I have found a top rental outfit who can be the ones that supply me from now on! They're fitting a ski box in a couple of weeks.

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Hi Keith.

             It is an interesting idea, but I feel it has dissaster written all over it, and could well see you out of pocket, just think of the wear and tear on the wheel bearings alone, you will have no idea how many miles the trailer has done, or if it has been over loaded etc, etc.

My baby is now in hibernation untill next July lol.

 


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Quote: Originally posted by Wendy Forster on 25/11/2013
Hiya. We tried to rent our Thule roofbox out. No problem renting it out but they stole it! Even with taking a deposit they made a big profit as it cost us 400+

Our insurance didn't cover us either. Total nightmare. We ended up having to net out ourselves then from Leisure Trailer Hire who to be honest were totally spot on and used Thule products themselves. The guy (Alastair) said it was an occupational hazard.

I won't be buying another so definitely won't be going anywhere that venture again. On a plus note I have found a top rental outfit who can be the ones that supply me from now on! They're fitting a ski box in a couple of weeks.

Just my thoughts.




Just out of interest, could you not trace them by police tracing car reg number?


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don't bother.
i wouldn't rent my baby out unless someone paid a deposit that covered the cost of the trailer in full.

Message posted by jelboy53 on 28/11/2013 at 8:23am
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Fraught with all sorts of hidden dangers I would think..Might work with close friends and family...But then would you not rather just let them borrow it..?

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Message posted by ST1100 on 28/11/2013 at 9:21am
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Keith, is that 150 just for the trailer or for both together?

If it is just for the trailer, you would be competing against those already in the market and  be able to compare prices like this.

http://www.trailertek.com/hire/

 


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