I have a 16' car trailer I bought new in 2008. Was going to use it to tow my Jeep to the trails, but never did. Basically sat in my backyard for 2 years gathering dust.
My father in law has a big hunting camp a few hours away, and his 20-something year old sons have been working there every summer improving it - making trails, building bridges, planting food plots for deer, that kind of thing.
Last year they asked to borrow my trailer to bring some stuff up there, atv's, lumber, equipment, supplies, etc. The trailer wasn't doing anything so I said sure, go ahead.
Well they used it, and it sat up there for the last year in the woods, despite my asking numerous times if someone could bring it back. I finally went and got it myself yesterday (3 hour drive roundtrip) and I couldn't believe what happened to it. Three lights busted, one completely ripped off the rear end. License plate ripped off the rear bracket. One of the steel bars that holds the slide-in ramps underneath the trailer is bent. The breakaway kit's cable is sliced clean in half. One of the S hooks on the chain is missing the spring clamp that holds it closed. And the worst part is the $700 weight distributing hitch- the bars are completely missing, and one of the steel mounts that bolts to the trailer to hold the bar is literally broken in half, the two pieces are sitting inside the tool box. Oh yeah, they lost the keys to that tool box as well!
I asked my brother in law what the hell happened to it, and got the old "Gee, I don't really know" story. Later I mentioned to my father in law that the boys beat the crap out of my trailer, and he didn't seem at all concerned by it nor expressed any interest in repairing it.
Now to be fair - I've hunted with my inlaws at this camp several times, and they include me in alot of activities. I shot my first deer at this camp four years ago. So I benefit from having access to the camp on a regular basis.
So I'll probably just eat the cost of repairing my trailer myself and consider it an exchange for hunting privileges.
But it just steams me that you could treat someone else's equipment like that and not give a rat's ass if you broke it. I'm the exact opposite of that, if I borrow something of yours, I return it in better condition than I got it, if it's at all possible. In all liklihood I'm not going to be able to replace the weight distributing hitch at all, I just don't have the money. The lights are not a huge deal and I'm going to see how much to replace the breakaway kit cable. I'll probably wind up selling the trailer now anyway, just because I don't wheel anymore.