Truck or trailer?
October 2, 2012 9:02 AM Subscribe
Keep the pickup or get a trailer? I bought a Ford F-150 pickup truck about 9 months ago for using out at a rural property I co-own. It's been helpful for moving materials, towing travel trailers out there, picking up straw, transporting heavy machinery, but I feel like I might be able to get by with my Subaru and a 6x8' or so utility trailer.
posted by MonsieurBon to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
I was successfully able to tow a 1600lb travel trailer with my Subaru, but it smelled like burning transmission fluid once I got it to the farm. I have a transmission cooler I could install if I was going to tow more heavy stuff.
Pro-truck ($2200 into it):
1) It can carry way more stuff. It has a rack which allows me to carry 20 ft pieces of lumber or metal (I weld, uh, recreationally, for artsy purposes). I could build myself a wacky roof rack for the Subaru that would let me carrier longer stuff, but it'd still protrude pretty far in front and back.
2) It can tow heavier stuff. While I think we have all the travel trailers we need already in place, we could, say, pick up a small excavator with the pickup.
Pro-trailer (would cost $400-$800):
1) There would be waaay less maintenance with a trailer. While the truck only has 70,000 miles on it, and I'd be putting maybe 100-200 miles a month on it, I know cars slowly degrade and I don't want to get hit with major repairs. That said, I don't feel like the few thousand I'd get from selling it would make my life more awesome in any way. I've also already performed some repairs myself.
2) There would be waaaay less insurance. Although at the moment my insurance company seems totally fine with me adding and removing the truck from my insurance whenever I need to use it. Having to pay $150-$300 and then getting a check back from them a few weeks later when I cancel is a little inconvenient, but not terrible.
3) My co-owner has said she would share the cost of the trailer. She was opposed to me buying a truck and did not contribute to it, yet has benefitted from the truck in terms of my transporting her heavier trailer and transporting machinery we co-own. She has purchased gas for it a few times.
Future activities at our farm will include putting up gutters, building a shower house, building a fireside structure, probably getting a few more large-but-not-ride-on lawn machines, and other similar activities.
Also, if I sold the truck (and my diesel Mercedes which has sat unused for 2 years), I might could buy a BMW 2002tii, which is my dream car, since I'd have enough driveway space to not look crazy