Gooseneck vs. Truck Comparison

We did extensive research into the current cost of truck purchase and ownership, to give a transparent view to what you will spend and obtain with either option.

We estimate purchasing a gooseneck over a horse truck will save you $11,000 to $20,000 over ten years.

One reason people look to purchase a truck over a float is for the extra space. Taking this into consideration, we looked at trucks for sale within New Zealand that had all the same features of our Roswal Goosenecks. The trucks we used in our data had to have a bed, running hot and cold water, a kitchenette with fridge/freezer, power, tack storage, equipment storage, and a fully equipped horse area. Data was taken from April 2017 and October 2017.

What kind of truck do you get in comparison to a Roswal Gooseneck?

For a similar price to a Roswal Gooseneck you would be buying a second hand truck (no warranty), with an average age of 22yrs and an average use of 280,000 kilometres. The majority of these trucks had very average internal fitouts, some were professionally built boxes, many were not. Some of the trucks were not adequately powered for the size and weight of the truck.

A brand new Roswal comes with our 20yr structural warranty, brand new parts, and is fully equipped in both the horse and accommodation areas with all the necessities and luxuries to make travelling away enjoyable.

On-going costs of a Roswal Gooseneck versus a second hand horse truck

Over a 10yr period we calculate that a Roswal Gooseneck will save you a minimum of $11,000.00 when compared to a horse truck. 

That saving doesn’t take into account;

  • Likely truck repair costs for mechanical issues that can cost thousands of dollars to repair
  • The cost of a second vehicle needed for those who purchase horse trucks (those who purchase goosenecks can use their tow vehicle as an everyday vehicle as well). Costs for a second vehicle to WOF, service, register, insure have not been factored in.

We expect that the purchase of a Roswal gooseneck will likely save you more like $15,000 to $20,000 over a ten year period!


A Roswal Gooseneck will come with an initial WOF that will last for three years. Thereafter your Roswal will require only an annual WOF. Cost of a WOF from a VTNZ station is $39.00.

An horse truck requires a COF every six months. The average price at VTNZ for a COF is $150.00.

Over 10yrs you will save $2838.00 in WOF / COF savings alone.



A Roswal gooseneck will be sold with a years registration costs. Thereafter your Roswal yearly registration is $98.55.

A horse truck is likely to be registered as a motorhome, it will cost $229.26 yearly to register a horse truck as a motorhome.

Over 10yrs your Roswal will save you $1176.39 in registration costs.


Road User Charges

For those of you unaware, any diesel vehicle in New Zealand has to pay an additional road user charges, that are purchased in 1000km lots. It’s likely you would tow your Roswal with a diesel as they are exceptional for towing and readily available. All horse trucks are diesel. 

A ute used to tow a Roswal would be a “Class 1 vehicle less than 3.5 tonnes”, the cost per 1000 kilometres is $62.00.

Most horse trucks that were used as a comparison in our research were “Class 2 vehicles between 6 tonne and 12 tonne” – the average price of their road user charges per 1000 kilometres is $123.00. It is worth noting that the vehicle you use to tow your Roswal can be used as an everyday driving vehicle as well. Having a horse truck means you also need a second car to use for everyday driving (hard to take a horse truck to work).

We suspect that for most users you would need to purchase 50,000 kilometres of road user miles over a ten year period. Having a Roswal would save you $3000.00 in road user charges.



Insurance is dependant on value and circumstances so we have not included this cost for comparison purposes. Again however it is worth noting that if you have a horse truck you will also require an additional car for everyday driving – therefore you can expect insurance on a horse truck and additional secondary car to be more expensive than a Roswal with a ute.



Your Roswal should have an annual service. Quote obtained for a general light trailer service were no more than $100.00.

A horse truck should be serviced every six months or every 10,000 kms. Most horse trucks are serviced annually. The average cost for servicing a horse truck was $500.00 providing no issues required fixing.

Note I have not included the servicing of the tow ute for a Roswal, because when comparing to a horse truck a horse truck owner will have a secondary car they will need to service and maintain as well.

A Roswal will save you approximately $4,000 in maintenance and servicing over a 10yr period. It is likely you will save significantly more, given that old horse trucks are notorious for requiring issues such as brakes, clutches, engines, fuel lines, etc. to be fixed – these issues can cost multiple thousands of dollars to fix.

A mechanic we spoke to advised us horse truck owners should be budgeting a minimum of $2000 per year for 2x COF’s, 1x service and service of the brakes which is often required, and tyre wear and tear.


PROS and CONS and Conclusion

Each unit has pro’s and con’s. A horse truck definitely offers you space and storage, but it’s costly to keep and maintain. You’ll require a second vehicle for everyday driving, and be stuck on competition grounds. 

What the Roswal Gooseneck lacks in storage and space it more than makes up for in cost savings of $10,000 to $20,000 over 10yrs and the ability to unhitch wherever you are. You can arrive at a competition grounds, unhitch and pop out for dinner. The space and storage issue really only comes into effect if you have multiple horses and are going away for multiple days – you may possibly need to get additional hay at the grounds for example. The towing ute can also be used for other towing necessities, such as towing the boat, trailer, motorbikes. You are also getting modern fitouts with accessories that the same price truck does not offer.