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Re: [RC] light trucks for hauling... - Sisu West Ranch

When one is contemplating the choice of rigs for horse trailering and for the rest of the uses (for example going to work) one should consider the TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP, not just the cost of fuel for one of them.
Many years ago I looked at this and realized that since used trucks, cars and horse trailers are bargans in the USA, many times more is less.
I ended up with a small 35 mpg used automobile (~$6000), a 3/4 ton truck (~$9000) , and a used steel trailer (~$1000 , including new floor.).  The fuel saved using the auto for work pretty much paid for the insurance on the truck.  The whole package was still  less than the cost of a fancy Brederup trailer, and  an 18 mpg car or suv.
I of course did sacrifice the prestege that goes with owning fancy vehicles.  On the other hand I did not have to worry about theft and vandalizm where I worked, which was not the nicest area of town.
Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875
(406) 642-9640

[RC] light trucks for hauling..., Carol Suggs