Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Wed, 23 Jul 1997 11:31:16 -0400
Here is our troop's experience with trailers:
> Who owns the Trailer and how is it titled?
Technically, the Chartered Organization owns the trailer, since the
troop can own no property. It should be titled to the CO.
> Who pays for Trailer licence fees, maintenance, and upkeep?
Even though the CO owns the trailer, realistically the troop is
responsible for licensing, maintenance and upkeep. If your CO
is particularly generous, they might be willing to take this
responsibility; however, since THE TROOP is the one USING the
trailer, it's best to keep the responsibility at the troop level.
I would recommend using the adult quartermaster for this job.
The treasurer could be the contact for the license fees.
> Is separate insurance required or is the Trailer covered by the
> property insuance (homeowners) where it is stored, or by the vehicle
> that is towing it?
Talk with your CO's insurance agent about this one. Most likely the
physical trailer, itself, and the contents are covered by the CO's
> In the event of an accident would the Troop pay for the deductable?
What kind of accident? Deductable for damage to the trailer, to the
towing vehicle, or another vehicle? If, for example, the trailer is
backed into a tree, resulting in, say $600 in damage to the
trailer, it would PROBABLY be covered by the towing vehicle's
policy, subject to THAT deductable. In order to NOT discourage
your parents from volunteering to tow the trailer, the troop
should be prepared to pay any deductable. **DISCLAIMER** I am NOT
associated with the insurance industry in any way except as a
customer! For a complicated question like this, call your OWN
auto insurance agent and pose the question to him/her. Ask if this
would apply with ANY insurance company (since likely your volunteer
tow-persons won't be all with the same insurance company).
Finally, after you've determined the correct answers, publish it
to the troop and explain to parents what is and is not covered,
what their liability is and is not, etc. so there is no confusion
when they volunteer to tow the trailer.
> Can a Committee Member donate their time to maintenance of the
> Trailer, or must a qualified repair shop be utilized for liability
Depends upon the qualifications of the committee member (or non-
committee parent, CO member, etc.). For work which might impact the
safety of the trailer, I'd recommend a shop which specializes in
such work -- HOWEVER, I know some individuals who can do a superior
job in their back yard, so use your best judgement.
> Could the Trailer be used by Troop Members for Service Projects or
> personal use?
This would be a policy set by the troop committee. My
recommendation would be that the trailer be used ONLY for troop
activities. If used for personal use, the whole question of
liability changes (and finger pointing if there is damage found
sometime AFTER the trailer is returned). I see no problem with
using it for TROOP service projects, where there are SM/ASMs
supervising the use of the trailer. I'd be inclined to NOT
recommend it for a Patrol or Eagle service project for the same
reason as personal use.
Hope this helps.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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