Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: CO Springs, CO
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Can't rent one, the max weight for all the rentals I've seen is 4000#. Her car is 5200#. Plus, having the trailer gives room (enclosed, covered) for stuff I don't want to send with the movers. Then, once I'm out there, I have my own little storage unit.
Probably before I move again (~3 years), I'm going to pick up a Jeep, too, so next move we'll still need one, even if the wife drives her own car out.
Given that I've been in the military for ~20 years, it's not like I'm making an impulse buy; I've given this some thought. I've looked at rentals (flatbeds and dollies) and am also considering flatbed trailers. I used a flatbed last move and loaded her vehicle up with stuff as well as the bed of my truck. Having an enclosed trailer offers more flexibility to take things that might be bigger than would fit in her car, for example.
Generally, buying a trailer is pretty safe. Even if I wind up selling it in the next year, I won't take much of a hit (again, experience speaking) and that hit is the price of having my wife be able to fly out to CO with our 21 month old (~6-7 hours of travel) vs driving out (~30 hours).
Sadly, about 10 years ago, I had a nice enclosed trailer that I got a great deal on. I wound up selling it - life happens. As does short foresight. I should have kept the stupid thing!