Just curious, how many out there would be willing to rent their SCUT or would potentially opt to rent a smaller unit from an individual?
Sounds far fetched at the moment - but there is now an app for things that would have seemed far fetched 5 years ago that have wide acceptance (food delivery, uber/Lyft) and letting strangers rent a room in your house.
We now have sites to rent your vehicle, your boat and your RV. Won't be long until someone at Takl or one of these task apps gets into the tractor rental biz.
To me, the only barrier for most is trailering. A car you can drive anywhere - a boat is typically docked on water and RV renters of campers either can be driven or are rented by people with trucks already mainly.
Figure a solution (i/e the service handles transport for both parties as part of their fee) and I think it works for everyone. Even now, I'd say at least 25% of owners have truck and trailer to deliver.
What would it take to get you to turn the keys over to someone else? Assume insurance is standard in booking (including mechanical damage discovered a few days post rental). To me it would have to return at least $300 a day and include an hour limit and outline of planned usage (extreme variance with evidence would garner a large penalty and ban from service penalty). What else would you like to see ? What about renters - plenty of options out there now with commercial rental companies - but assuming you could cut the cost in half renting privately - would you give some consideration to a flexible service?