This started the debate between pick-up truck and trailer. Both had advantages and disadvantages. So here is a list of each:
1. A pick-up truck is great for hauling anything that fits in the truck.
2. It would be an extra vehicle incase one was in the shop.
1. They can be expensive. Even a good used truck is not very cheap.
2. It is one more vehicle to insure and maintain.
3. Pick-up trucks normally get worse gas mileage than our two small and mid size cars.
4. Trucks are larger and harder to maneuver and park in the many tight areas around RVA. We could not use this as a daily commuter car.
1. They are cheaper than a truck. Most cost a fraction of what a truck does.
2. They detach. We can have a regular car most of the time.
3. They require no additional insurance.
4. Plates are purchased once for life.
5. Maintenance in negligible compared to an entire vehicle. Trailers have no engine to service.
1. Trailer lights are notorious for shorting out and needing rewired regularly.
2. They are a little harder to handle than a truck without practice.
3. Parking requires two spaces worth in length.
4. We had to add a trailer hitch package to the mid size car.
Given all of these factors we decided to buy a trailer. We found one on Craigslist for $475. The trailer light replacement kit and hitch package for the car was about an additional $150. So for $625 total we have the functionality of a truck without the monthly payments.
The trailer we have is not very pretty. It had some scratches and paint issues when we bought it. I don’t really care how the trailer looks compared to how it functions. And it has functioned great for many years.
It is not as large as a full pick-up. But the trailer is large enough to be rated for highway use and we can get a sheet of plywood home. But let’s be realistic here, we are on a quarter acre postage stamp of land. We really do not need a behemoth truck that can haul a ton of dirt and pull a trailer full of sheep at the same time. For a gardener in the burbs, a small trailer is perfect.