How our trailers pay for themselves (versus traditional trailers)
We can talk about the quality of our trailers all day, but we’re not so naive to ignore the reality that money matters.
I have been riding bikes all my life. I’ve owned many different bikes & trailered them all over the country, using all kinds of trailers.
When I came up with the idea of modifying our trailers to make them lower to the ground for easy one-person, ride-on loading & unloading, safety and simplicity of operation were my top priorities.
Accomplishing this was not a simple task and it ended up adding over $1,000 to the cost of our trailers. We’d added 2 specially-designed swing arms, 2 air springs, an air compressor & a ride-height control sensor — all required to make the trailer bed to lower for loading and unloading, then return to the perfect ride height for towing (see photos below).
We knew that as riders get older & as bikes get heavier, this would be an incredible advance in safety, knowing so many riders who have dropped their bikes & not only damaged their bikes but worse, hurt themselves.
The challenge was the extra $1,000 those advancements added to our manufacturing costs. We also designed in an aerodynamic rock shield & fenders, all custom molded. That added another $500.
Even though, as you’ll read below, our trailers more than pay for themselves, we knew a higher price would be a roadblock so we turned our attention to the trailer design. We asked ourselves “how can we improve aerodynamics, improve gas mileage, reduce weight, minimize production costs and still make the highest quality trailers on the market?”
After a lot of time and effort, we came up with designs that keep the weight of our trailers between 300 lbs. & 600 lbs. (very light weight for trailers) and accomplished all the other goals we know are important to you — high performance and quality, minimal fuel mileage impact and high resale value!
That last point is something we hadn’t thought about.
Of course we’re proud of our Automatic Adjusting Suspension System that gives an amazing ride and eliminates the bouncing and jogging traditional trailers are prone to.
But, I have had so many customers tell me that that they sold their used trailers after 10 years of use for nearly what they paid for them. New trailer prices keep going up, so owning a high quality trailer that will hold it’s value isn’t just fluff. It’s real money that you will recoup when you no longer need your trailer.
So let’s look at the total cost of ownership of a typical other brand of trailer versus one of our trailers.
Open Trailer Cost of Ownership
It is important to look at the overall cost of ownership rather than just the purchase price of various trailers you are looking at purchasing. The following gives you a guideline when determining your overall cost of ownership.
** COST OF OWNERSHIP — 10 YEARS @ 6,000 mi/yr **
TUT ===> 60K mi @ 15mpg @ $3/gal = $12,000
Traditional Heavy Trailer ===> 60K mi @ 12mpg @ $3/gal = $15,000
Initial investment ……….. $4,500
Resale after 10 years …… $4,000
Depreciation ……………. $500
Fuel Cost (30K mi) …… $12,000
TOTAL COST .…….. $12,500
TRAD’L HEAVY TRAILER
Initial investment ……….. $3,000
Resale after 10 years …… $1,500
Depreciation ……………. $1,500
Fuel Cost (30K mi) …… $15,000
TOTAL COST ….….. $16,500
So, when you look below the surface, it’s clear that the TUT trailer is a better overall value.