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Renting your Equipment out?

Last season I was looking for a second wall tent as a cook tent or sleep tent and turn my current tent into one or the other. As I was looking around craigslist I noticed a couple of guys were renting their equipment out. It got me thinking and doing some research. I decided I would give it a try this year myself. Has anyone done this before? How well did it work out for you? I was worried about the laws about being a guide or outfitter so I called the DOW and was told that I can as long as I don't deliver it to the woods. I think its a good idea for those guys that fly in or those guys who don't really have all funds or storage space for all the gear. I know some guys want to do the wall tent camp and get back up in the woods away from the roads. So why not give them an opportunity to try it out at a low cost and risk. I figure as long as I get a deposit on my gear I should be OK.

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I wouldn't rent out anything

I wouldn't rent out anything to anyone I didn't know unless they gave me enough money upfront before they took it to cover any damages. You and I might treat the stuff like it's our own if we rented it, but the facts are that a lot of people don't.

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I agree with Topgun.

I agree with Topgun. Whenever you let someone else use you equipment you are taking a big chance that when it comes back it is likely going to be in need of repair. I hate even letting someone that I know use my equipment and when you are talking a wall tent all kinds of things can happen to it if whoever rents it or someone that you let use it has no idea of how to set it up or take care of it.

If you look at rental centers they usually ask for a deposit that usually covers at least half of the cost of the piece of equipment just so that they can get it repaired if necessary.

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No Way

I have 1 friend that I would lend my gear too, but there is no way that I would ever rent it out to a stranger, I have way too much tied up in my gear. JMO

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No Way

I have 1 friend that I would lend my gear too, but there is no way that I would ever rent it out to a stranger, I have way too much tied up in my gear. JMO

Kevin

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I agree with these guys,

I agree with these guys, either get a big deposite or do not do it. Just look at the way people treat a rental car. To much of a risk for too little reward.

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Getting a Deposit

I agree with all of you guys in that people don't treat others equipment the way we treat our own... That being said I am still up for doing it. I planned on taking a large deposit just in-case my stuff doesn't come back. If the stuff is damaged then I will repair/replace the stuff and return the remaining deposit. I know REI rents stuff out but you never see anyone really renting large wall tents and equipment that is designed for big game hunting. I have been blessed to find deals and I was able to purchase a nice big wall tent and elk hunting gear from a 80 years young man who just can't hunt anymore for pretty cheap so if the stuff gets beat up a little I am not going to flip out... What other pit falls do you guys see? What might make it easier for myself as well as the guys renting to make it smooth and easy for checking stuff out and in? Thanks for the help guys and gals.

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Good luck and hope it works

Good luck and hope it works out for you. Checking stuff in and out in my eyes will not be fast. I would set it up with them so they can check it out and you can show them how it goes up. I have seen many folks struggle with setting up a tent and a wall tent is another beast. Also I would set it up on return so there are no surprises and the renter cannot say you did any damage after they turned it in.

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Also when you set it up take

Also when you set it up take pictures of it and date stamp the photos if your camera is capable of it a video is better. Include all the corners and where ever a rope is tied. On your contract with who ever is renting it draw a picture of the tent and note any problem and both you and the renter signing it with each of you getting a copy of the agreement. Also get a positive ID of the renter such as his drivers license number and even the license plate number off of his vehicle. Don't do anything verbally get everything in writing from A-Z. Setting it up when you get it back is also a good idea and go through it with a fine tooth comb before you return the deposit.

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you can rent horses, so I

you can rent horses, so I don't see the big deal in renting out tents, etc.

Study the other rental companies and use some of there ideas. Renting stuff is renting stuff.

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tim wrote:
you can rent horses, so I don't see the big deal in renting out tents, etc.

Study the other rental companies and use some of there ideas. Renting stuff is renting stuff.

***Yea, and the last time I rented horses in 1999 I paid a deposit of $1000 per horse in addition to the entire rental cost that was that much more! The OP is really talking about running a business when you get down to it and we haven't even talked about him probably having to set up accounts for State and Federal taxes, etc. If a legitimate rental company finds out what he's doing and he isn't following every rule by the book, you can bet your bippy that he'll be paid a visit by government officials!

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