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Is motorcycle trailer rental less expensive than buying a trailer in the long term?

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Comparing the cost to purchase versus renting a motorcycle trailer depends on factors including the type of trailer, amount of usage, insurance cost, and maintenance and repairs. Motorcycle trailers come in both enclosed and open models and offer basic to very sophisticated features.

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As of 2015, U-Haul rents an open motorcycle trailer at a rate of $14.95 per day along with optional insurance at $10.00 to $17.00 per day depending on coverage. EBay.com lists a new comparable open motorcycle trailer for purchase called the Aluma at a price of $1,995, and TrailerSuperstore.com lists a pre-owned, enclosed motorcycle trailer for $3.499.

Excluding tax, insurance, and maintenance, the purchase of the Alma trailer for $1,995 would equal out to 100 rental hours of the U-Haul trailer at $19.95 per day. If the person plans on towing the motorcycle for more than 100 hours, then it is wiser to purchase a trailer.

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