Should You Help Your Friends Move?

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In the name of helping you — we'll assume you have a pickup truck — make good decisions, we're passing along information we found valuable. You know that owning a pickup truck comes with a certain amount of responsibility and obligation — certainly, some of your friends will want you to believe that.

But we don't want you to feel guilty about owning a pickup and saying no to folks who may try to convince you to misuse your four- or six-wheeled partner.

Yes, we're talking about friends and family who are moving and assume that you'll be happy to assist because you own a pickup. That's why we're sharing this graphic, created by Spork Marketing for ThrottleDownKustoms. These are the questions to ask yourself when friends and family try to commandeer your pickup for moving duty.

Enjoy.

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Comments

Is she smoking-hot and single? YES !!

This article is about as useful as asking if I should let my friends and family use my toilet when they are over at my house...

I always help my friends move if we are using THEIR truck.

No sweat. A couple six packs of PBR 12 oz on ice, and their truck. I'm easy. When do you need me there?

If anybody else wants beer they better bring their own.

Yes I have helped friends move and I have also used my truck to give things to people that I no longer need. It can be beneficial in that if you want to get rid of something and someone wants it then you put it in the truck bed and take it to them. I would rather help someone move using my truck than lend them my truck--at least I have some control over how my truck is used (especially true with a manual transmission since many don't know how to drive one). A manual can also be a deterrent from someone wanting to borrow your truck. A manual is a perfect anti-theft device as well.

@papajim--My friends can use my truck and I help move. What if someone doesn't have a truck. It wouldn't be fair to keep my truck all to myself. I believe in sharing. I learned this as a young man. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Karl Marx --1875

@Jeff S

I cannot believe you chose to quote Karl Marx, the father of Marxism.

Marxism has killed more people in the history of the world than the Nazis.

Sometimes I think you're on the level and sometimes I think you're coming from another bleeping planet.

Sorry if I'm not a right wing extremist and want to help people.

Marxism has killed more people in the history of the world than the Nazis?

Did you learn that from Fox News?

@Jeff S

Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao were all avowed Marxists.

All are known to have murdered millions of their own countrymen in their lust to consolidate political power. Do the math yourself.

Quit watching TV news and start reading about current events for God's sake. TV turns your brain to mush---by design.

Back in the day I used my truck to move a college roommate, have hauled firewood for free, have made deliveries for free, moved my girlfriend's furniture etc. You know the story.
When I had a van I hauled friends to ski resorts. I got "Tom Sawyerd" regularly.
Those days are over!

Back in the day I used my truck to move a college roommate, have hauled firewood for free, have made deliveries for free, moved my girlfriend's furniture etc. You know the story.
When I had a van I hauled friends to ski resorts. I got "Tom Sawyerd" regularly.
Those days are over!

Pay in money. Cover all costs. Do not give free rides. Never get anything free.

I used to move everyone's junk for free. Thinking it was a good way to help out my friends and show my appreciation for their friendship. Good luck getting people to return a favor. Now I will help my parents or sister. Everyone else pay full price and I intentionally charge more than everyone else because I have better things to do with my time than hauling junk. I've gotten some incredible payouts this way. Like midnight emergencies friend gets in a fight with his gf and is leaving her right now. I say sure but it costs $$$. Or another time someone else got hired for a job but had to be there with all the tools 500 miles away next morning but only enough room in the work van for the crew. That's why I love my truck so much. Covers its keep.

Of course i would help, after all it's friends or family right.
If a friend or family member needs help ,then i will lend a hand any way i can. This is the meaning of friendship, helping and sharing.

I helped move myself last year. I did the electronics, the fragile stuff, the new area rugs (rolled), anything that was boxed or bagged. Pros brought all the furniture. Was moving within the same town, just 2 miles. Bought a hand-truck which helped immensely. "I'm getting too old for this $#!!"

Prior to that, the last time I moved anyone was 2005. Good friend's father passed away unexpectedly (he lived alone), and the landlord was being a jerk about clearing out the apartment - originally gave them two weeks, then changed his mind and told them to have it cleared that weekend. Plenty of friends and family pitched in to get that done. My dually took care of the largest stuff.

Otherwise, my days of moving friends on the regular ended back in the 90s.

I will use my truck and move anyone for free. Any time. Any place. Papa Jim doesn't and that's fine. But that's what friendship and friends are for, something papajim apparently doesn't know about.

I try really hard to think of excuses when people ask for favors with my truck and I will NEVER hand over the keys to let them use without me behind the wheel. The best excuse is that I need it to haul something. I can always think of something I need to haul around the farm. Unfortunately my in-laws are patient and always wait for me to be available with the truck.

I used to willingly lend out all kinds of stuff even my tractors, trailers, atvs, and yes pickups. But I got sick of my stuff getting returned broken, damaged, or not at all. I had a neighbor that really turned me sour on lending out my stuff. Nice guy but i lent him things so often he started to just take without asking and he'd ALWAYS bring it back damaged or messed up in some way. Now I'm hard on people. I don't lend anything except to a few select trustworthy people. I'm really a nice guy but when people ask to use my stuff I simply say no. No excuse or explanation needed.

I'm willing to rent out the bed of my Ranger. You load it (within my restrictions) and pay for fuel and fees; I'll drive it (manual transmission.) If the load is dirty/messy/stinky, you clean it out to the best of your ability and add enough to my fee to pay for a rinse at the local self-serve car wash.

In other words, you load and unload, I carry. No more. No less. I'm too old to go around trying to haul 100# TVs, sofas and appliances around; let younger bucks do that.

Oh, and I don't accept beer as payment. Johnny Walker Black or cash; take your pick.

And I'm not taking him to the airport!

@Roadwhale

Try the Dewar's 12 year old sometime. JWB ain't bad though

"Try the Dewar's 12 year old sometime. JWB ain't bad though"
----Posted by: papajim


Honestly, I prefer the Blue over the Black, but it's a lot harder to find and significantly more expensive.

By no means am I a whisky snob. I buy Dewar's because I like it. The fact that it's a great value is just a bonus.

Ditto for Pabst Blue Ribbon.

At my local grocer the PBR pint cans are sold in a 4 pack for less than four dollars, but I choose PBR just because i like it. I'll put all of it away for a while after the Holidays because I need to lose some weight.



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