I like the cargo carrier idea. One of the reasons we have a truck is that DW is into gardening and likes to take a bunch of drywall buckets up to BIL's place to get manure and the cargo carrier might do the trick and she can back it up easier than a utility trailer.
youbet, many of the utility trailers can be stored upright (tongue up) and take up much less space if that is an option for you.
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