I used to work at a dairy in my teens. Having grown up on a farm I was no stranger to tractors or backing trailers, I could put anything, anywhere.Loan just the trailer and let them bust up their own bumper?
It must have been pretty funny watching me try to back up a Honey Wagon with a Farmall H years ago. I didn't think it was funny at the time, though. Never could get that thing backed up straight.
Great, let's get this thread locked too.Whats wrong with the truth?
One does not follow the other. Why would you let this hold up a friendship? Put differently, let's say you didn't loan it out--are your "friends" any less apt to withhold information from you, on the basis of not borrowing your stuff? As in, they somehow are now nicer/better people, but once they borrow your vehicle, some sort of transformation occurs.Secondly.....not loaning it out anymore. It's just a bumper on a 12 year old vehicle. Friends are harder to find than bumpers.
I was summer help at a factory during college. It was a tight squeeze for the big trucks to back in to the loading docks and many of the professional truck drivers struggled with it. The factory employed a truck driver whose sole job was to back the trucks up to the loading dock. No one would even know where he went. He just showed up when a truck pulled in, backed it up perfectly, and the disappeared until the next truck arrived.I used to work at a dairy in my teens. Having grown up on a farm I was no stranger to tractors or backing trailers, I could put anything, anywhere.
We were bringing in hay on wagons and the owner's sons would loop the tractor in front of the barn, staighten out up the slight hill and park, then they'd pull the hitch pin and let the wagon roll back down to the barn. "Can't back up wagons" they said repeatedly. Well, me being me, I decided to give it a shot anyway and backed it with absolutely no issues. Apparently, what they meant was that THEY can't back wagons! :lol:
I used to have a stout flat bed trailer that could haul cars and farm equipment easily... It got to the point I was constantly lending it to "friends" but no one ever offered to help put new tires or bearings on it when it needed it. I got tired of lending it and sold it. I figured the few times I need a trailer, they are cheap enough to rent at U-Haul. As much as I liked having it for the occasional time I used it, I didn't like being the free trailer borrow guy. It is true, when you have a truck and/or trailer, you gain many "friends".
Opposite experience here...my stepfather used my car for a week after surgery. No trouble except the awful radio station he saved as a preset.Every vehicle/trailer I have loaned to family or friends has come back damaged or not at all. One even had the car repaired after an accident and tried to not say anything; his brother ratted him out after I came asking about the runs in my paint.