Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Maybe your decision has just been made for you. =/
I really like have a separate trailer. I can get lots of supplies, etc. with my truck AND I have more than one trailer and more than one trailer uses. Just this last week DH bought and picked up filing cabinets and a safe from a sewing store that was moving and told to see them off. We got an (easily) $2K solid steel, ~50yo, 3' high safe for $50, and five 2-drawer filing cabinets for $5/each. I used a very small, ramped trailer to move all of this. The safe weighed over 300 lbs, and we couldn't have lifted it.
I'm on my 2nd horse trailer now, and DH and I would like to just buy a 2nd, 2-horse aluminum, for other uses. My current trailer is going on 12yo, is steel (bc a tiny car driven by a bozo into the back of us will crumple on the back of my trailer, and my 4th horse might just survive such a crash), and is a 4-horse slant, with a small, overhang which has a mattress to sleep on and 4 hooks and room to change, and 1/2 of the back is a 4 saddle-stand tackroom. IF I ever show, this would be a good one to take bc I could sleep/stay in it, along with any horse(s) I take to show.
The first trailer was also steel, and was a 4-horse stock trailer, bumper hitch. It was a B..um, "female dog" to hitch up, constantly getting out to look and inching back and forth. I LOVE my gooseneck hitch. I use my rear-view mirror and back until I see the gooseneck dead center in the mirror, then I turn and line up with the ribs of the truck bed. I can get it backed up, chains hooked, electrical plugged in, and emergency stop hooked on in 10 minutes flat.
If you do this route REMEMBER, you must be careful making turns with a gooseneck IF you have a short bed truck.
Good luck on whatever you do. =D