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Old May 4th, 2009, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default Renting a 2/3 car gooseneck trailer?

I have considered offering my 2/3 car gooseneck car hauler for rent. This is a high end trailer. It looks identical to the trailer at the top of this website:

http://www.take3trailers.com/trailers/2-car-hauler/

It is 20,000 GVW, 102" wide, 36' on the deck, electric brakes, 7K aluminum ramps, and uses wheel lashing straps that attach to the perforated deck . It pulls like a dream. For anyone planning longer trips, renting this could pay for itself in fuel savings by not needing to take 2 (or even 3 SWB Jeeps possibly) on seperate trucks/trailers. You would want a dually to load up 3 Jeeps though.

Now, the question is, what would it be worth to someone that would want to rent this? Consider that U-Haul charges something like $50/day for their crappy car haulers with shitty tires. I would probably have a daily rate, a weekend rate, and a weekly rate. This would require a 1-ton truck to haul it, either a SRW or DRW.

I have not discussed this with an attorney, but I would guess I would require proof of insurance coverage from the renter's insurance company, a formal contract, security deposit, liability waiver, etc... I think that most insurance companies cover any type of trailer that is attached to a truck that they insure, but I am not positive. I would also do a pre/post trip damage inspection with the renter being responsible for damage, broken/lost straps, damaged/lost ramps, etc...

I don't know if I can justify the expense of setting this up as a seperate LLC, getting the contract prepared, and paying the attorney.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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unless you really need the cash, i wouldnt start to do this. bad things are inevitible. (there is a reason all rental fleets look like crap)

just stick to letting friends borrow it for cash on the side.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #3
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every time someone who borrows my trailer it comes back damaged somehow. The cost of repairs is to expensive too justify the extra income.
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I would think, too, that it would be rare that people would own a truck setup for a gooseneck, without actually owning a gooseneck trailer.
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I would bet there are a ton of people that have trucks set up for goosenecks that pull horse trailers, but don't have a car hauler. I agree though, it isn't worth the pain in the butt to rent this to people.
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anyone that pulls a 5th wheel has a setup for a goose neck, you can either slide a kingpin in the neck or get a ball that attaches to the rails to rent with the trailer... Although your more than likely voiding your insurance on the trailer because your using it commercially. I'm with the other guys, this isn't a good idea.
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looks like a nice trailer. too bad you moved away from my area, I might have had to come by and steal it for a weekend!!
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