This would be for the sound system and my guitar rig only, all other musicians will be transporting their own gear with their own vehicles. I have a 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 and when I bought my sound gear I originally thought I would just buy a cap for the bed. But after thinking about it and talking with a few buddies that have trailers, now I wonder if that would be the better option.
I do have a locked garage to store the trailer in. It is not climate controlled so the equipment would be exposed to the Ohio humidity in the summer months, and cold temps in the winter. If I had to unload the truck bed then I would store the equipment in a climate controlled basement (but would have to carry it up and down stairs .png" alt=":smileysad:" title="Smiley Sad" />).
Cost for the cap or a decent 5x8 trailer is roughly the same. Added bonus for the cap would be we could use it for other things (like vacation travel). Bonus for the trailer would be the ability to leave it loaded in a locked garage. But the sound system is relatively small (2 PRX612m, 2 PRX618-XLF, RCF 312A monitors, Mixwizard, 2 bags of mics and cables) and only scheduled to be used twice a month for now, hopefully will increase in the future. Truck currently gets 21 mpg unloaded, about 19 with under 1000 pounds in the bed (I have a very light foot), I know a trailer would lower that by about 30-40% when towing and increase wear on the brakes, but would only be used twice a month.
I did a search for old threads about this, but I was also wondering what the current thoughts are as well.