Originally Posted by MicKey73
Hi! As team Mick improves, I'm starting to really think about needing access to my own trailer. I've been doing research and am starting to get worried about being ripped off and can't afford a brand new trailer off the lot. (Plus I hate paying sticker for ANYTHING
) There is a small company close to home that rents trailers for $50 a day. I plan on using it at least once a month, most likely more as we progress, but for not much longer than an hour each way. Sometime in the future, I can also see us traveling farther for camping or weekends or whatever.
My question is: Is the price of owning and maintaining your trailer worth it if I have a reliable option for renting? Whatcha think?
To me, yes it's worth owning your own trailer. Reason being, I don't have to plan, call, set an appointment, go pick up and return a trailer. If I want to go I just go. Truth told, if I rented a trailer every time I wouldn't go nearly as often as I do.
If you want to do the math, figure out how much you are willing to pay and what that would be in monthly payments (wether you buy one outright or make payments it doesn't matter). Typical loan is 5 yrs so divide that number you would pay by 60 months. Now figure how many times a month you would rent a trailer at $50/each (currently once a month). Which figure is higher, that's your answer.
Maintaning a trailer, even a used one is fairly cheap unless you are putting thousands and thousands of miles on per year. I bought my latest trailer new in '01 and so far I've replaced the tires and that's it. Coming close to having to replace some lights. The light fixtures are sun rotted so as soon as the bulb burns I'll have to replace the whole thing. If I don't go LED it's $5- $20 each depending on what light burns out.