Re: Troop Trailer
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@DMV.COM)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 08:53:30 -0400
I was heavily involved in investigating and purchasing a trailer for our troop
last year. After seeing some of the posts here I thought I'd put in my .02.
First, we paid about $2,500.00 for a 8x10 trailer. W specified a few extras that
make it more usable. We had the roof raised a foot. This really helps when those
6'4" scouts are loading it. We had two interior lights installed, full width
doors, and a spare tire. Seems silly, but they were extras. We also specified a
side door, but somewhere between specifications and purchase order it was left
off. We REALLY wished we had that side door.
Second, the troop doesn't, and can't, own anything. The chartering organization
owns all troop equipment. We were lucky. Our CO, Dover Elks Lodge 1903, held a
golf tournament to raise money to buy the trailer. With what they put towards it,
plus our annual equipment fund they give us, and other donations, we were able to
get the trailer without affecting funds available for the program.
Third, insurance is minimal, even for a 'store bought' trailer. As someone else
stated, when attached to a vehicle, the vehicles insurance covers it. When
sitting alone, you need additional insurance. As the owner of the trailer, our CO
pays for the insurance. Plan on spending $5-$10 a year. Heck, my personal camper
only costs me $8.00 a year.
Forth, storage. We live in a good community with very little crime, but we still
had someone vandalize our old trailer. With the new one, we spend the $60.00 a
year it costs to store it on Dover Air Force Base's lot. They have an area set up
for members to keep boats, campers, etc.-- there's not enough room at base
housing. You may want to check into this at a base near you. Supposedly, our new
Elks lodge (which hasn't been started yet) will have a fenced area for our
Another thing to consider is the size of the trailer. It may seem to make sense
to get the biggest thing you can afford, but think about who has to pull it. It
makes little sense to get a two ton trailer if most of your leaders drive cars
that can't pull more than a ton.
Hope this helps,
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa Council
SA, Troop 903 Two Bays District
Boy Scout Training Coordinator Dover, Delaware USA
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