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#1 Dustin Bloodgood

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:28 PM

First time poster here.

 

I just purchased a Dana Dolly rental kit (dana dolly, travel case, two lowboy combos, 5' of EMT track, and a Benro fluid tripod head). It's my first big purchase and I'm renting it out for the first time for an indie short film. It cost me $1,900 total and my plan is to rent it out enough to make money off of it, and eventually have it be passive income. 

 

If anyone has any tips for renting it out as far as websites to list it on, or any other ideas to expand my market, I'd greatly appreciate it. I plan on renting it for $100 a day. I live in the DC area, so if you feel like sharing what rental prices would look like in your area that would be great as well.

 

My main concern is keeping it in the best condition that I can so that I'll be able to rent it out over the course of a few years, if it's not made obsolete by something else. What would you recommend for keeping all of my gear in good condition?

 

 


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#2 rob norton

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:22 AM

First time poster here too.

 

I have the same DD rental kit. The dolly is pretty easy to maintain. The track ends will take a beating, there's not much you can do on that front.  I'd say the biggest thing is to prevent any rust rather than dealing with it after the fact. This will most likely occur on your stands and and the bolts/nuts of the track ends. I clean and spray WD-40 on the bolts/nuts if they're a little stiff. Assume that your system will be used in precarious situations in the field. With the stands, if they've been in the ocean or other suspect bodies of water, the users should hose them down as soon as they can. I'm no expert but I've wiped the stands down with methylated spirits (I think it's called denatured alcohol in the US) after they've spent time in saltwater/sand (extend the rocky mountain leg too).

 

If you're concerned about the wheels tell them they can only use the dolly on track and not directly on anything else. I've hired mine out and had no problems - it's one of those things that sort of goes without saying then someone will try a move on the road with gravel on it (which of course won't work either). Make sure they don't lose the washer that goes underneath for mounting, have and include spares, or get the newer "semi-permanent" bowls and attach the appropriate one before it goes out.


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