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        10-17-2012, 12:16 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    gonna depend on your trailer suspension for exactly how to do it, but lifting the trailer a couple inches isnt that difficult. Pretty much any 4WD shop can figure it out.
    I have leaf springs as opposed to torsion, so my options are either replace the leaf springs or the body lift, right? Which one is better?
         
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        10-17-2012, 12:18 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    True, larger tires will make a difference. If you're thinking of putting bigger ones on the trailer, you'll have to bear in mind the height of leg lift increase required by the horses to step in/out of the trailer and decide if that may be problematic for them.
    None of the horses I trailer should have a problem with the higher height. And since its a stock trailer I can turn them around and let them walk out head first and not make them back out of a steep drop.
         
        10-17-2012, 04:46 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Can the goose-neck not be lowered? It should be adjustable.
         
        10-17-2012, 04:54 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Can the goose-neck not be lowered? It should be adjustable.
    No, it's not an adjustable gooseneck. Even if it could be lowered we'd be risking hitting the bed rails on the truck.
         
        10-17-2012, 09:20 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Alright, talked to my dad and brother and they're going to check whether it is an over mount or under mount (whether the leaf springs mount over or under the axel) and they might be able to flip the leaf springs. They think blocking the trailer, if it is done right, would be a safe option as well.
         
        10-18-2012, 01:21 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I found some pictures from about a year ago with the trailer loaded with one horse in the front.


    That second pic is a little deceiving, but look at the angle of the bed compared to the angle of the front frame rails (name for those?) on the trailer.
         
        10-20-2012, 09:59 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Took some ponies to the indoor arena today. Here are some pics of the trailer fully loaded- 4 horses. 2 mares in the back, and a gelding and a 6 month old colt in the front.
         
        10-20-2012, 10:42 PM
      #18
    Started
    Oh dear. I`m afraid to say it`s not looking that good. The back axle is taking more weight than the front one on the trailer which will mean uneven wear on the axles and potential stress damage to the rear one. If the heaviest two horses were in the front that may help but I think in the end it just needs to be levelled.
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