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Old July 20th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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If you were able to rent a rig to tow with each time you went on a trip would you still own a tow rig?


Price would be about $100 per day depending on the kind of truck.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 02:29 PM   #2
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Personally I need the truck, so yes I would still own one. But I can see the benefit for sure. Why don;t you offer a tow rig...and a rig??
Now THAT would save me some real money!!
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Old July 20th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #3
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Since I tow a trailer from 2-5 times a month, I would not be able to afford to rent one vs. just owning one.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #4
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If you were able to rent a rig to tow with each time you went on a trip would you still own a tow rig?


Price would be about $100 per day depending on the kind of truck.
So, that'll run you $300 + another $200 in fuel to travel someplace that was too far to drive your rig just for a weekend?

I think I'd have to answer, "yes".
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Old July 20th, 2008, 03:10 PM   #5
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So, that'll run you $300 + another $200 in fuel to travel someplace that was too far to drive your rig just for a weekend?

I think I'd have to answer, "yes".
Say you do that 3-4 times a year. You are at $1,500-$2,000. I'm sure some people are paying over $500 a month for tow rigs that only use them for towing a few times a year.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 03:22 PM   #6
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Old July 20th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #7
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Say you do that 3-4 times a year. You are at $1,500-$2,000. I'm sure some people are paying over $500 a month for tow rigs that only use them for towing a few times a year.
I'm sure they are, but those aren't the people that bought the truck just to let it sit all month (or season) until the trip. They use it for other things and even DD it. My Ram was paid off years ago and I bought the Suburban outright for cash. Neither of my tow rigs cost me anything to sit there and be available (aside from registration fees). I only turn on the insurance when they go somewhere. Even with the extra gas they use, I'm still way ahead on the cost of using them vs. $500 a weekend for a rental.

I just think its too easy and cheap to buy a dedicated rig for seldom use. The problem is that people set their standards too high for purpose-dedicated vehicles and get in over their heads when they buy a tow rig. A/C is nice, as is a crew cab with a full back seat, and even a diesel. In reality, the extra niceties jsut aren't required in a truck that's just going to occasionally drag you to the trail.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #8
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When I buy my tow rig its going to be my DD (as much as I'm home) going to aim for a chipped diesel to get that 20mpg out of it and still be able to pull 2 full sized rigs.
not worth it to rent one, even once a year, I use my truck for a truck too much.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #9
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No, I tow almost every single weekend (when my shits not blown up).

However if I had to do it over again I would have bought a nice car for driving to work and kept my paid off truck for the weekends.

Either way I still need at least a half ton truck.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 06:05 PM   #10
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renting out your truck? i need it for one day what day is the burnout contest?
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #11
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I would rent one, I have an 05 1500 Ram now that im leasing with a $300 a mounth payment. I got this truck because 5-7 times a season three or four of us would head to the U.P. snowmobiling and we would barrow trucks all the time.
Well....I get the truck and everyone sells there sleds or moves, now it's kind of a waste and I have a lease truck the I still drive most days of the week but it only has 26,000 miles on it......im like 17,000 miles under on my milage
Im just gonna turn it in next mounth and buy something smaller, I don't need a truck everyday.
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Like most use the tow rig as a DD and it is paid off. Plus, like the fact of having a vehicle available if needed.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:10 PM   #13
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My tow rig is an older Ford and it was cheap. I also drive a small car to offset the cost of operating the truck. I believe it's cheaper to own a economy car and a pickup than just the pickup.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #14
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I just made my last payment on my tow rig so I'd have to say "yes". At this point mine cost's me registration, insurance and fuel.

I can see where you could be on to something, I'm betting a trailer would have to be a part of it too.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #15
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Say you do that 3-4 times a year. You are at $1,500-$2,000. I'm sure some people are paying over $500 a month for tow rigs that only use them for towing a few times a year.
We do use the truck for towing at least 7-8 times a year, so it would be more like $3k for us. Although we are paying $650/month for a truck that sits most of the time, I am not sure I would want to rent a truck when needed. That would put a damper on our spur of the moment trips. It is also nice to have for the occasional trip to the lumber yard and such.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #16
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as of right now in my life i would say rent, but i would prefer to drive my rig cross country instead of trailer it. i am hardcore jk
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:03 PM   #17
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Before I had the truck, we would have to borrow a truck or trailer for a simple trip to the Home Depot for, well, anything.

Now that we have the truck, we are using it as a truck almost every weekend, and often during the week.

Even though we only tow every couple of months, a truck is almost a necessity for us now.

We have the Neon for a DD for whoever drives further on any day. In that regard, I only have about 8600 miles on a truck I took delivery of in December. Not a lot of miles for me at all.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 01:33 PM   #18
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Get one from Enterprise, then take it on the dunes........
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If you were able to rent a rig to tow with each time you went on a trip would you still own a tow rig?


Price would be about $100 per day depending on the kind of truck.
Like RJ said...mine is paid for, a DD, and is nice to have when I need it.



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