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Offline doug80638

The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:14:57 PM »
I wrote in a post this last summer that I was beginning to realize that owning an ATV was as much a hobby as it was a social activity. Well, it's been a while now and a lot has happened to reinforce that thought. As you read this, keep in mind that as a cheap Scotsman,  my intent was to keep the spend below $8K total for this hobby. It didn't happen quite the way I planned.

My wife and I originally thought to buy a C800 ($6K) but as I thought on it, I figured my wife would not be happy riding behind me with our helmets banging at every bump on the trail, so I decided to buy the Z8 SxS with the encouragement of both my wife and brother last June.

Over the budget straight out of the gate with $10K spent .
 
I quickly purchased a windshield, back soft window, and trunk box.  Another $400 spent.

I thought the Z would fit on my existing trailer when I bought it, and soon learned otherwise as you can see in my personal picture/icon.  The trailer was too small and not as safe as I would have liked. In addition to this, I knew my Sport Trac, with almost 200K miles on it, wasn't really up to the task of towing a lot of weight up and down the northern NH hills and mountains and the brakes really didn't like the extra weight either, so I went shopping for a lightweight 10 x 6 aluminum trailer that could be left outside. More money for aluminum, but it was necessary. Found a great deal on craigslist on a hardly used 1 year old unit (used twice) with lots of extras added by the owner. Another $1350 spent.

Sold the old trailer for $650, so that helped limit the hit. So far, not too bad.

I really wanted an enclosed trailer, but again the weight factor, the truck, and my wallet negated that choice.

Well, all the towing over the summer/fall apparently took its toll on the old Sport Trac a little quicker than I had expected, and the transmission failed at 200,015 miles. This happened over the Xmas holiday week as my wife was driving it to work. Ford wanted $4K to fix it. No way that was gonna happen and I needed a vehicle quick.

I had been shopping the used truck market for a while, but the prices were so high that I could not justify a purchase.  Last time I bought new vehicle was in 1981, but my wife said "Get the one you want; you've earned it" :-)

Three days of non-stop truck shopping later and I was the proud owner of a 2018 GMC Sierra, loaded.
Another $45,000 spent.

One would think the hemorrhaging of my wallet would have stopped at this point, but no.
Truck accessories (tonneau cover, tie downs, weathertech floor mats). Another $600.

Now I have my old (2005) truck with a bad transmission that I can't sell and won't scrap because other than the tranny, it is in great shape. So I decide to perform a transmission transplant and over the course of several evenings and weekends, the job is finally finished and the old girl is now better than ever!  Another $600 spent.

And now that I own a proper truck for towing, I can justify that enclosed trailer I wanted. I'm guessing such a thing will cost somewhere in the $6K range. Perhaps I can sell the Sport Trac (I will hate to part with it) and the aluminum trailer and break even.

As you can see, this hobby has triggered the spending of roughly $58K!!! All this, just so I can go trail riding with family and friends. I shake my head thinking back on it.

So for folks considering getting into this hobby, beware the potential for unintended and unplanned consequences and their resulting expenditures :-) They can sneak up on you fast.

I can't wait to see what this year brings ...
« Last Edit: February 23, 2018, 05:20:20 PM by doug80638 »
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Offline NMKawierider

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 06:06:56 PM »
Hehe..not supposed to look back like that. :) Its a domino effect sometimes and I'm sure many of us have stories much like that..even me.

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Offline glenlivet

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 06:39:01 PM »
Thanks for writing all that out, saved me all the same key strokes. :) I still have my 10 x 6 aluminum trailer though.
For a nation to believe it can tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and believing he can raise himself by pulling on the handle - Winston Churchill

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Offline Diver

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 06:26:29 AM »
Im sure the next years will only bring you more good times and more payments.. Did you get the diesel in your truck and does the 18 have the round fenders over tires...


Same happened to me when i took up drag racing in the early 90s when i lived in Florida. Went from a 13 second car to a 8 second car , from a open trailer to a enclosed trailer and from a old pickup to a motorhome..  After 14 years of super street up and down the east and mid west, I had a slight stroke in 2013 and sold it all off.. Moved back to NH and now as poor as a church mouse .. lol  But i lived a life i wanted and no regrets..  Its kind of weird that now that i lov sxs riding in the mountains cause as a kid i could not wait to get out of NH..lol ..

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Offline bezerk1

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 07:29:10 AM »
Same, same.  You forgot to mention the tool purchases.

If you think an ATV is bad give drag racing a shot.  You almost need another truck and trailer to haul your money away.  Like the saying goes.......How do you make a small fortune in racing?  Start with a large one.

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Offline doug80638

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2018, 08:19:48 AM »
Did you get the diesel in your truck and does the 18 have the round fenders over tires...

It's a 1500 crew cab, 5.3LV8 4x4. My mid-size Sport Trac averages 16.6 mpg in the winter, and this full size is averaging 20.5 mpg. The highway mileage is over 24 mpg. (The computer MPG reads about 1.2 mpg higher, so its not to be trusted) I'm pretty impressed. Can't wait to see what it does on the summer blend.

No diesel; I don't think this was an option on the 1500. The fenders are more rectangular.

This reminds me. I'm going to have to buy some seat covers to protect the leather from those days we get grimey/muddy on the trails.

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Offline Butch

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2018, 11:04:36 AM »
WOW That sounds about the same as a lot of us.  I figured out what I have spent on this hobby. Truck, Trailer, UTV, plus all the extra's about 50,000, but what the heck spend it now have loads of fun, or save it so someone else gets in a will and spends it. Like I always say live for today because you may not be here tomorrow. " LIFE IS SHORT"  Just my thoughts
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Offline Diver

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2018, 07:03:42 AM »
Did you get the diesel in your truck and does the 18 have the round fenders over tires...

It's a 1500 crew cab, 5.3LV8 4x4. My mid-size Sport Trac averages 16.6 mpg in the winter, and this full size is averaging 20.5 mpg. The highway mileage is over 24 mpg. (The computer MPG reads about 1.2 mpg higher, so its not to be trusted) I'm pretty impressed. Can't wait to see what it does on the summer blend.

No diesel; I don't think this was an option on the 1500. The fenders are more rectangular.

This reminds me. I'm going to have to buy some seat covers to protect the leather from those days we get grimey/muddy on the trails.

Nice truck. you wont regret buying that beauty..

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Offline Sockman

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2018, 07:25:05 PM »
I see a toy hauler in your future!  Haha, yes it all adds up, but all for the good.  So much fun riding and camping and wrenching.
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Offline Bolson32

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2018, 09:14:41 AM »
Haha I love this. I spent $46k on a loaded Silverado LTZ 2017 last year, before I bought the SxS. Apparently I needed something to tow so I bought the SxS later :D

But you're gonna love that truck, especially in the winter. I bet you have the heated steering wheel which is just an uptown thing but damn do I love it.

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Offline ctdls

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2018, 11:06:29 AM »
Am I the only one that has to have Mountain sled as well?  You see....it's better use of the 3500HD diesel......you use it all year round......way better  :o

It's only money, a renewable resource  :)
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Offline NMKawierider

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2018, 11:30:18 AM »
Am I the only one that has to have Mountain sled as well?  You see....it's better use of the 3500HD diesel......you use it all year round......way better  :o

It's only money, a renewable resource  :)

That was the thought when I bought my F350 with the 6.7. Use it for everything..year-round.
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Offline doug80638

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2018, 02:09:49 PM »

You guys must be big fans of Tim Allen !

I should think that going from a Sport Trac to a 3500 diesel would be traumatic to the thought process, comfort level, and the wallet !

Baby steps may be in order  :-)
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Offline NMKawierider

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2018, 02:43:12 PM »
Well, it needs to earn its keep plus haul and pull all the toys...everywhere. And I like camping high in the mountains. Our new camper although isn't but 25', loaded-up it's still well over 6,000 lbs. Not much compared to some others but.. a big jump for us. Nearly double what my old Dodge 2500 had to tote. It just had the V10 and bitched all the way...lol. All my friends had big diesels and were always wait'n on me..had to fix that :)

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Offline ctdls

Re: The true costs of owning an ATV/UTV
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2018, 06:46:17 PM »
I switched over to diesel 2004, besides the power fuel mileage is much more consistent than the gasser. Driving up mountain roads in the winter with a gas truck, mileage goes to less than zero  :) In our cooler winter climate idling the diesel doesn't kill mileage.

Don't tow a lot, but when I do the fifth wheel is 11,500lb before anything. I've a 29" V Nose that is extra heavy duty 6k lbs before anything  :P

The owner of our household purchased a 1500 GMC, yes with heated steering wheel....best ever invention! It has the 6.2, direct injected, variable cam timing, V8-V4 & so many transmission speeds I need all fingers & toes to count 8) Accelerates like crazy fast, not sure how it tow's as the diesel does those chores. Fuel mileage is somewhat better than the Duramix, not enough better  ;)

I've learned over the years not to keep track of what all this shit costs, just close my eye's & do it. The world needs spenders & savers or it won't work, I do my part very well  8) Freedom 75  ;D
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