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?
I thought I'd share My own experience in renting (and it was a holey nightmare) First off they told me on the phone that the trailer was 100. A day. When I arrived to pick it up since I was going out of state it was not 100 a day but 200. A day. Grrr and they checked the tires (bald but I didn't notice it at the time) and threw me a spare in the trailer and I headed off. This was me and my mom 2 middle age to older women traveling alone. The trailer was not pulling well it seemed to be all over the road but I thought it might be beacsue it was empty and thought it would ride better full. We drove two days to get the horses, loaded them up only to find that ALL the clasps that seperate the horses (3 horse slant load) were broken. So the horses were basically running free in the trailer. OF COURSE the trailer rocked and shifted SO bad that we were making TERRIBLE time and were out on the road 2 extra days. ALSO the back door =wouldn't close and had to be lifted with a pry bar by a strong man to get it to latch. We stopped for gas and were told that we had a really bad tire. All the tires were really bad but one had metal treads haning out. And so we went to get one of the two spares that were on the trailer and guess what? BOTH were flat and totally unusable. One was scalloped so bad there was no way to use it
(deeply scalloped on one side and bald on the other) the other tire was way the wrong size (and flat to boot), so now we are spending time and $$ being on the road extra days Plus accruing fees for the trailer rental.....
PLUS buying new tires for a trailer we don't own (they didn't have any used tires for a trailer of course) finally made it home and I said NEVER AGAIN!!!!
We bought a really nice turnbow walkthrough TB trailer that is extra high and wide with a large tack room for 2000. And if your horses are "normal" size I see them all the time on craigs list for 1000.
A few days ago we bought a really nice well maintained 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD that is a 3/4 ton for 3500. And now we are totally in biz. One important thing to do is pull up the mats and check the floors!
My TB trainer owns a stable and contracts with the spca and the police department to work wrecks, horses in trailers are often involved in towing accidents and he told me that horses fall through the floor of trailers ALL THE time!!(yes out on the highway) of course they have to be euthanized on the spot.....
IMO owning is THE way to go. For 5000 you could shop around and get a truck and a trailer and you'll be set. You never have to worry about equipment not being maintained because it's yours. I've never seen such a piece of junk as this trailer I rented and the owner had the GALL to stand there and argue with me about it....... never again!! :)