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post #11 of 15 Old 12-19-2014, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jmike View Post
i can see this -- i remember living in anchorage and alaska and even the price for a used truck was ridiculous
if it had a running motor, and possibly a windshield - it would be $2,500 minimum
if it had 4whel drive with a running motor and no windshield -- $5k minimum

that was 20 years ago
not sure what it is like now
This too. In my area a decent used truck (meaning it runs with little to no issue, maybe has some parts replaced if you're lucky, has anywhere from 200,000-350,000km, probably has interior damage, probably rusting) is going to run anywhere from $5000-$8000. Anything under that and it probably runs, but not well and not for long, and is probably got major rust damage.

If you want something 4wd, good condition, and get more than a couple years out of it, you're looking at $10,000-$20,000 used.

My truck was $8000 used (and I got a good deal from a family friend). It had brand new tires, new engine a couple years before I bought it, fully loaded so leather seats, power everything, temperature and what have you, no rust and very little interior damage. BUT, it runs like a piece of poop. It has major issues stalling and not turning back on again - if I am lucky it'll die on a back road and start within minutes, if not it dies no warning in the middle of an intersection and I need a tow truck. It blows. But when it does run it's good as gold.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-19-2014, 01:42 PM
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if you can't find a friend, neighbor, family member, or horse-buddy that you can give some money to borrow a truck -- consider renting one.

renting one would cost more than a truck payment .... but less than truck payment, gas, insurance, registration, inspection
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post #13 of 15 Old 12-19-2014, 02:01 PM
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I did it for 6 years. This year I finally was able to buy a small 2 horse trailer. I had a truck and many good friends that would let me borrow a trailer. When showing I would always haul with someone. The vet and farrier always came to my place. It's not ideal, but definitely do-able. Also jmike has a great suggestion with renting. They can be hard to find, but they are out there. It also seems like my facebook is blown up with people offering trailering services.
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-19-2014, 02:17 PM
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Oh plenty of people have horses and no trailers or trucks.

You just need a FRIEND with a truck! ya know, the person who always gets asked to help their friends move.

Then you can rent a trailer. Or make some barn buds who already own said truck 'n trailer and would be willing to help haul in a pinch.
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-19-2014, 05:38 PM
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You definitely don't need a truck and trailer of your own, and it sounds like it would be a poor financial decision to try and get one right now.

It sounds like you have getting the horse home covered. As for shows, you said you have a friend you might be able to hitch a ride with, so that's a great start. If you find that's not enough you can move to a barn with a more active group show population and tag along with the trainer or other boarders.

You can also rent a truck/trailer if you only need it infrequently, or you can hire someone to haul you to a show and then pick you up again at the end of the weekend. This adds a lot of cost to going to a show, but is still much cheaper than keeping a truck+trailer sitting around if you only need them a few times per year.

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