We are in the “setup” phase of pulling our small farm together. With a goal to be in production by next summer, we have to hit certain milestones this year. Land prep is our highest priority but close behind are simple needs like equipment storage.
A barn is another project for later this year. Until it is built, we will need temporary storage for items like the BCS, implements, tools, and feed. In our case we are moving some household goods from Anchorage to Homer which is a 4+ hour drive. After looking into hiring movers or a moving truck, we realized we could purchase our own trailer for a little under the same cost.
We can then move on our own timetable and better yet have some weatherproof temporary storage in Homer. Next year we hope to be part of the Homer Farmers Market. The trailer will be perfect for toting the produce and tables/booth display. We went with a popular trailer brand here in Anchorage called Cargo Mate. Here’s the criteria we were looking for in a trailer. Cargo Mate met the highest number of criteria.
- All tubular steel
- .03 aluminum skin
- 16″ on center studs
- 3/4″ interior plywood
- torsion axle
- bullet nose
- tandem axle
- ramp access
- side door with cam-door style lock
Here in Alaska where almost everything is more expensive, we spent $4.5K for the 5 x 10 trailer. If you are in the lower US, you will likely find something similar for less.