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post #1 of 14 Old 07-06-2014, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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creative improvements/necessities for older 2 horse trailer

Ok so thinking of some ideas to improve our 2 horse trailer. Its a ww 1978. Looking for some creative and cheap improvements.

Like water jug type of thing?

Storage?

Necessities?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-07-2014, 12:56 AM
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My first trailer (I still have) is a '78 model. I confess to buying a new slant load a few years ago rather than trying to do what you're looking at doing. If your style is similar to mine, then it's a straight load with manger and tack compartment under the manger -- I didn't have the cranial capacity to figure out how to get what I got in the new one into the old one.
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We just repainted the interior today so in this pic the Windows are taped up. We replaced the floor boards yesterday and have the mats.

We don't have the divider but plan on making one we can swing out of the way. Not sure how to explain that better but I've seen it on newer models and like it.

We removed the center post in the door and are making one door rather than the 2 little doors

Going to have a pull out saddle rack.

Biggest concern is water storage
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Yep, looks very similar to mine. Back in the day when I was using the old one, for water storage I just used a big camping jug/container that looks quite similar to what you use to buy water from a store.

I hope someone comes on here who knows more about structural integrity than me because I'm a little concerned that you took out the center pole and that may or may not have an effect on the stability of the frame. Also, because the horses are close to the door, I'd suggest a butt bar or chain that acts as a safety device in case they push the door open by leaning/kicking.

The paint job looks good, btw.
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I was always wondering whether it's ok to remove that center post or if it has a structural function. It's always been the part that bugs me the most about these trailers...
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-07-2014, 02:18 AM
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They make water storage bags for camping and emergency preparedness from individual human-size servings up to 100 gallon bathtub size bags. Something in an intermediate size could be useful... search "water storage bags" on amazon/walmart/bass pro shop/anywhere that sells outdoor gear.

Something else you could do - we're adding interior lighting as we fix up our old trailer.

I can't think of what exactly they're called. We got them at Walmart.
It's a single fixture from the auto section that had 2 small flood lights that would swivel independently from each other about 180*.
We're going to mount it upside down to the ceiling, right inside the divider bar in the back so we can point 1 light into the trailer and 1 light outside to the back.
It will be connected to its own button so if we're having to load in the dark, the horses will be able to see.

I'm also going to add padding to the inside walls and to the divider so the horses don't lean against bare metal. Most likely I'll rewrap the butt chains to match since the rubber on them is getting dry-rotted.
I'm planning on getting outdoor upholstery-type fabric so it's easy to clean, durable, and (hopefully) a cute pattern.
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There are water tanks made to slide into the tack storage area. They are made to also be used as a saddle rack, so, double duty and increase in storage. I think I saw them at Jeffers Equine or some such.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-07-2014, 10:06 AM
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Here is what Squirrelfood is talking about. Saddle rack and water storage in one.

Dry Camp High Country Plastics (Trailering - Watering)
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-07-2014, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. We were both hanging on the ceiling and it seemed fine ( about 300 lbs) I think the only issue would be if we got in an accident and the trailer rolled.

I love the idea of a saddle rack water jug! Ill have to look that up.

We did order new padding
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-07-2014, 02:44 PM
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Another idea would be to mount Ammo cans on the fenders for storage. I would modify them first. Attach a piano hinge along the long side of the lid and box so that it opens from the side instead of from the end, then attach lasp to the open side so you can lock it. I say that because it is less worrisome than forgetting to put lid back on and seeing it tumbling down the highway in the side view mirror.

Your horse will not need the entire area of the manger so you can mount some smaller ammo cans on their side to the inside of the manger doors then cover them with the padding material just for precaution. Great place for first aid kit and quick access to it.

Install a bilge pump, used in boats, to pump the water from the storage tank. It can be tied into the trailer lights for power and can double for washing hands or even a cowboy shower if the tank is large enough.


Hope these ideas help some too.


Oh, one other idea I have planned for mine. If you have someone good with sheet metal then have them revamp your stall divider with two sheets that will go from the center to the wall. Put them on piano hinge so they will fold down to the center between the horses and swing up to latch to the outside wall for a bed off the floor. You can still add the padding and use it to make sleeping on it more comfortable and protecting the horses legs against the metal.

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