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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #450 on: July 14, 2017, 03:55:46 PM »
We have a neighbor that has a huge RV in their driveway. We have lived in our home for just over a year now. The RV has not moved once. I did see someone going in and out of it the other day though, so maybe they're going to actually use it.

In my experience many people use them more for extra storage than anything. They are a good excuse to have extra sets of dishes/sheets/cutlery/cookware/etc...

Two decades of owning them, met a few hundred others that do, and have yet to hear your logic from a single owner. Heard a LOT of bitching about what a total PITA it is to try to own, and inventory two of everything, but have yet to hear somebody who was happy about owning a rolling storage unit.  Never fails that you are a thousand miles from home and discover that you have TWO wine openers in the kitchen drawer at home, and none in the RV. Sadly, I have seen a tons of RVs that are used for the three summer holidays and not much else. Horrendous waste of money. Now, I did make a nice living building vacation homes, and in a contest of stupidity, buying a vacation home makes the average RV purchase look like a pack of gum.

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #451 on: July 14, 2017, 04:05:43 PM »
Two decades of owning them, met a few hundred others that do, and have yet to hear your logic from a single owner. Heard a LOT of bitching about what a total PITA it is to try to own, and inventory two of everything, but have yet to hear somebody who was happy about owning a rolling storage unit.  Never fails that you are a thousand miles from home and discover that you have TWO wine openers in the kitchen drawer at home, and none in the RV. Sadly, I have seen a tons of RVs that are used for the three summer holidays and not much else. Horrendous waste of money. Now, I did make a nice living building vacation homes, and in a contest of stupidity, buying a vacation home makes the average RV purchase look like a pack of gum.

I think you missed my point. These are not "rolling storage units" for many people. They don't travel with them, and therefor they are only stationary storage units. They operate more like oddly shaped garages, holding extra _____'s for supposed future use. Of course when these people are off buying multiple _____'s, they justify duplicate purchases by telling themselves they need one for the house and one for the RV.

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #452 on: July 14, 2017, 04:14:28 PM »
In the past couple of years, two different neighbors/acquaintances each sold a moderate-sized house (1300-1800 sq ft) in our ridiculously high cost of living area.  I assume each walked away with a big pile of equity from the sale, based on how long they lived here & how crazy things have been recently.

Each moved to a slightly less ridiculous COL area and bought a HUGE house (5000-7000 sq ft) for more $$$ than they got for the house here.  Each has a family of four.  It makes my brain hurt.
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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #453 on: July 14, 2017, 05:22:33 PM »
My neighbour's new solar panels are still standing in his other neighbour's garage for the second summer in a row. I don't understand it. Maybe he is waiting until he has saved enough money to buy a Tesla wall, as he is a major Tesla fan.

Does the neighbor who has the panels in his garage get rent? I wouldn't let anyone store solar panels long term in my garage unless they were paying me to use the space. They're not exactly tiny.

No, they are best friends.
But like you, I wouldn't allow for this as a permanent solution either.

I can't see myself allowing any friends, besties or not, to do this for that long without some sort of agreement. With stuff that is expensive and can be broken I wouldn't want to be held liable for any damages. Right now my company's warehouse has a ton of space that we aren't using.

I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #454 on: July 14, 2017, 07:28:43 PM »
Two decades of owning them, met a few hundred others that do, and have yet to hear your logic from a single owner. Heard a LOT of bitching about what a total PITA it is to try to own, and inventory two of everything, but have yet to hear somebody who was happy about owning a rolling storage unit.  Never fails that you are a thousand miles from home and discover that you have TWO wine openers in the kitchen drawer at home, and none in the RV. Sadly, I have seen a tons of RVs that are used for the three summer holidays and not much else. Horrendous waste of money. Now, I did make a nice living building vacation homes, and in a contest of stupidity, buying a vacation home makes the average RV purchase look like a pack of gum.

I think you missed my point. These are not "rolling storage units" for many people. They don't travel with them, and therefor they are only stationary storage units. They operate more like oddly shaped garages, holding extra _____'s for supposed future use. Of course when these people are off buying multiple _____'s, they justify duplicate purchases by telling themselves they need one for the house and one for the RV.

Ah, well that's a whole other level of strange, I guess. Unless the RV is basically trash, it's worth something and continuing to depreciate. Always amazes me that folks like that don't just put the thing on Craigslist and at least get some cash out of it.

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #455 on: July 15, 2017, 03:16:50 PM »
My neighbour's new solar panels are still standing in his other neighbour's garage for the second summer in a row. I don't understand it. Maybe he is waiting until he has saved enough money to buy a Tesla wall, as he is a major Tesla fan.

Does the neighbor who has the panels in his garage get rent? I wouldn't let anyone store solar panels long term in my garage unless they were paying me to use the space. They're not exactly tiny.

No, they are best friends.
But like you, I wouldn't allow for this as a permanent solution either.

I can't see myself allowing any friends, besties or not, to do this for that long without some sort of agreement. With stuff that is expensive and can be broken I wouldn't want to be held liable for any damages. Right now my company's warehouse has a ton of space that we aren't using.

I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.
Did the same with my dad's stuff. I'd been storing it for 5 years and moving it because I moved too. I told him he needed to pick it up if he still wanted it, he replied use what you want and sell what you can't except for 2 specific things. So I did and we considered any profit as rent for the storage. (we also dumped 5 boxes of clothes hangers, 8 boxes of expired financial information etc).

Regarding the fence:
My neigbour is redecorating his house, for the third time in 12 years. 4 years ago he redid the kitchen and of course the floor no longer matched the kitchen rebuild so that's what he's doing now. With every rebuild he has to redo the walls and the ceilings, he was complaining about it too... Only plus on it is that he's a contractor and does most, or maybe even all of it, himself.
Everything I say is my personal opinion which is based on my subjective experience.

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #456 on: July 16, 2017, 02:15:48 PM »
WE bought a used motorhome 10 years ago thinking that we would use it a lot when we retired. Well we haven't taken a ton of trips. It only gets 9 mpg so it costs a ton to take a big trip. We decided for that price we can take a much nicer vacation. However, we have decided against selling it mainly because we use it a lot for an extra guest room.  We also have 1 guest room/office in the house. We love having people visit from all over and staying with us.  My son and DIL even lived in it for 18 months to save $. It is parked on our land for free.  We have no regrets because it was old with very low miles and well kept so did not cost much. It is a smaller bed (double) so I keep 2 sets of sheets for it, small amount of plastic dishes, few cups, silverware, old pans etc.  We keep some items in it like our lawn chairs so don't have to pack it up each time. The dishes I bring in and run thru the dishwasher in the beginning of the season. We also let all our 5 adult kids use it if they want to for a trip.  We have had people knock on the door and offer to buy it since they don;t see it move much.  My DH has also lived in it when he gets bored and picks up a consulting gig out of town.  So there may be reasons people are hanging on to them.  Now if they bought it new then all I can say is Yikes!

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #457 on: July 16, 2017, 10:11:08 PM »
I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.

This.

A friend lives in a duplex owned by his employer. A colleague lived in the other half but didn't have a carport, so he had a pool table delivered and left it in my friend's carport. For a year. Then he left the job, the duplex, and the pool table.

The pool table has been in my friend's family room for three years now.

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #458 on: July 17, 2017, 02:54:35 AM »
I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.

This.

A friend lives in a duplex owned by his employer. A colleague lived in the other half but didn't have a carport, so he had a pool table delivered and left it in my friend's carport. For a year. Then he left the job, the duplex, and the pool table.

The pool table has been in my friend's family room for three years now.

How does one forget about a pool table.

I mean, surely, at some point when he wanted to invite his mates around for a bear and a game of pool.... the penny didn't drop at all???

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #459 on: July 17, 2017, 03:41:20 AM »
I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.

This.

A friend lives in a duplex owned by his employer. A colleague lived in the other half but didn't have a carport, so he had a pool table delivered and left it in my friend's carport. For a year. Then he left the job, the duplex, and the pool table.

The pool table has been in my friend's family room for three years now.

How does one forget about a pool table.

I mean, surely, at some point when he wanted to invite his mates around for a bear and a game of pool.... the penny didn't drop at all???

I know you mean beer but still giggling at this. :D

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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #460 on: July 17, 2017, 08:46:08 AM »
I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.

This.

A friend lives in a duplex owned by his employer. A colleague lived in the other half but didn't have a carport, so he had a pool table delivered and left it in my friend's carport. For a year. Then he left the job, the duplex, and the pool table.

The pool table has been in my friend's family room for three years now.

We had multiple roommates a few years back.  #1 left his large, solid wood table (along with many other possessions) when he "temporarily" left the city to do some more college.  He promised he would grab them later.  A year later, we were planning to move to a smaller apartment not suitable for roommates.  It did not have the space for this gorgeous table.  We kept badgering #1 to come back and move his table to his mother's house, as he promised, but he said he would do it on our moving day.

Well, moving day came.  We rented a UHaul for the day and got everything except that table to the new apartment.  He called and said he would be there first thing the next morning before the move-out inspection.  We returned the UHaul.  Early the next morning, he texted to say that a relative was in the hospital and he couldn't make it.  We would be penalized if any possessions were left in the apartment.  We prevailed upon friends with an SUV (also friends of his) to come take the table to their house, as we no longer even had means to transport it.  We later learned that #1 had no relatives in the hospital; he just didn't feel like getting up that morning.

Now SUV friends have a lovely table that is perfect for their house, and we have learned never to rely on #1 for anything.
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Re: Overheard over the fence (Antimustachian neighbours)
« Reply #461 on: Today at 03:15:00 AM »
I don't mind storing my friend's expensive stuff because inevitably it just becomes mine by default.  I've been "storing" a 50" TV for the past couple years.  This friend is more likely to buy a new one when he finally gets a bigger place than to want his "old, small" TV back.

I'll store any solar panels outside in the sun.

This.

A friend lives in a duplex owned by his employer. A colleague lived in the other half but didn't have a carport, so he had a pool table delivered and left it in my friend's carport. For a year. Then he left the job, the duplex, and the pool table.

The pool table has been in my friend's family room for three years now.

How does one forget about a pool table.

I mean, surely, at some point when he wanted to invite his mates around for a bear and a game of pool.... the penny didn't drop at all???

I know you mean beer but still giggling at this. :D

God damn typos. Thankyou for laughing at my expense ;)