Now that the actual hauling of the trailer seems imminent, I’ve started to look into “extras”. I’m getting new tires for the trailer on Saturday, have gotten several quotes for trailer painting, and just have a little bit of finishing work left on the inside before she’s truly road ready.
Being that this is an older trailer, I’m a little bit extra paranoid about the possibility of things going wrong while hauling. I know several friends that have USRider, so when an email popped into my inbox the other day with a “New Year Offer” to waive the activation fee, I started looking into a bit more.
From what I’ve researched online, the reviews seem to be a bit of a mixed bag. Some have used them several times with no problems, others have been left stranded on the side of the road all day waiting for help. Of course, USRider really has the market cornered. Even AAA will not tow your trailer with your horses in it, so good luck to you if you get stuck somewhere while actually hauling a horse.
While USRider isn’t really expensive ($139 annually, plus the $29 activation fee which is waived until 1/19), it isn’t super cheap for someone that’s on a tight budget right now either. I will say, I like that you get discounts to tack shops, car rental places, hotels, etc. That could potentially “pay me back” a little bit for the membership.
The real question is… is it worth it?