I've almost always had a truck (F150) that can tow. Note UHaul won't rent a car trailer to just anyone unless they see/know you have an "approved" tow vehicle. Also renting, the hassle of reserving one ahead of time so that UHaul dealer has one in stock. Then the pick up & drop off hassle. Been there, done all that several times, before owning my own. Plus a UHaul car trailer very short, car can hang over back edge, not a fan.
Owning a car trailer isn't for everyone, depends on what you're into. I own a 18' open deck & a 20' enclosed. After renting, borrowing them several times, I bought a used 18' open deck I use few times a year. I only let either my son or a close friend borrow as they bought own truck and can use properly. Otherwise me and my trailer get "rented out" as a package deal. This just happened last weekend, a friend paid me $200 to go get a car he just bought.
I first bought my enclosed when my 67 was under restoration and needed to get shell back and forth to shops in any weather. Now use to store my car in it during winter, summer my brother in-law stores his Shelby.
As for my 18' open deck all steel but only 1,800 lbs. kept painted looks great. Only paid $1,500. I understand reason for an aluminum, if you have the $$$ to buy it. To haul my finished car, open deck fine, cheaper, and with car on trailer I can clean under car when I want. My open deck Anderson, fenders are strong diamond plate and low enough I can open doors no problem. If you have a trailer and need a bit more door clearance, bolt a ratchet strap track system to deck, this will raise car height a bit to help doors clear.
As for maintenance, for me not a big deal, like oil changes, I've always done my own, don't trust others with my valuable car on a rented trailer as much.
After initial maintenance of new radial trailer tires (I keep wheel covers on), service electric brakes, check lights, I just grease and inspect once a year, couple hours - done. Both my trailer are well made and cared for, lights recessed hard to damage. There when I need then w/o the hassle.
So if are considering a trailer, it doesn't have to cost $5k. Review options.
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Last edited by sixtysevenGTconv; 07-11-2019 at 11:00 PM.