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post #1 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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opinions on trailer

I'm looking to upgrade my current horse trailer and would really appreciate some info. I currently have a tagalong, 2 horse strainght ramp load.
Want a 3 horse slant gooseneck with extra large dressing room, or weekend package. Any brands you prefer and why would be so helpful, especially from personal experience. Thanks.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 08:37 AM
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You know, thats a hard one to answer. It all depends on your price range! I mean there are some really really nice ones out there that cost more then a luxury car or even a home, that I would die to have!

Being as frugal as I am though, I never buy new simply cause I dont like payments, and I could spend the money on the horses, LOL! In preferences though, I like Hart trailers. The aluminum built trailers seem to last alright with minimal upkeep. I do like goosenecks or fifth wheels, and slant loads are really nice!

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hi MP. You're right, price ect... can determine which trailer. I don't know much about the Hart trailers but will research, thanks. Alot of back and forth out there about all aluminum or steel or combo of the two. Was looking at a sundowner, three horse slant gooseneck, with a weekend package for 13,500. However after attending a seminar about various types of trailers, the guy giving the class spoke to me and cautioned to stay clear of the sundowner if it was a 98 or newer. Something about using paint as an insultator between the steel and aluminum in the floor causing it to corrode. Looking for any personal experiences and preferences good or bad to give me something to consider. Also, features you like or dislike.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Guys, don't leave me hanging here ! I know there's alot of knowledge out there and opinions, don't get quiet on me now . Thanks.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 01:07 PM
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I have a Sundowner ('04) and love it. Its a 2 horse straight load BP though not a goose neck. It does have a large dressing area conversion done by Sundowner and I think its very nice. Its just bunk beds, sink, shower and toilet with storage cabinets. They do an excellent job on their interiors, using really good materials. I do like the horse area too, lots of padding and it seems like a really safe ride for my girls. I'm a nut about cleaning out the poo and hosing out the trailer after each use as I think everyone should. The floors to me seem very well made so not sure about the above statement about the them.

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 08:13 PM
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I will be keeping an eye on this post as I am sort of in the same position. I have been looking at Sundowner and never heard of the paint thing causing corrosion?!?!!

We had (recently got stolen) a 2h bp that we have had for 10 years. So now we are in the market for something bigger, as our family has grown. We are looking for a 3-4 horse with small living quarters or weekend package. Or a stock trailer, either one being gn though.

We have been looking at the Exiss line of trailers. We know a couple of people who have them and they have been very happy with them. As far as price they are very competative to other alum trailers with similar features.

Personally, I dont like the latches on Sooner trailers, they have drop pins. But that is because I just prefer to be able to push the divider shut. Apparently they call that a "slam" latch.

I also prefer an alum trailer if I am getting any type of living quarter or weekend package just for the weight factor.

Of course, if we chose to go with some form of stock trailer, I am perfectly happy with steel, although it will be more up keep.

Hope those opinions help, and I hope you find what you are looking for.

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post #7 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 08:07 AM
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Here is a tip you might find handi:

with a wooden floor trailer pull the mats out and take the trailer to one of the places that does the spray in bed liner for pickups. Have the floor sprayed and 18 inches up the walls. this will create a solid waterproof tub. the floor is protected from the urine and such . then put your mats back in.

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post #8 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 08:38 AM
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With my stock trailer we put mats in it... after each show we spray it out and then a few times a years the mats come out and we do more scrubing on the wood. I just really keep an eye out for soundness of the boards. i would like to pull the mats all of the time but im usually by myself so it just isnt possible. Replacing the floor isnt too hard though, we did it about 5 years ago.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 07:11 PM
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I like my Sooner. I don't know that a brand is better than another, it's a matter of finding the right dimensions for what you want. You should go around and trailer shop, see whats out there and for what cost. You should get a few quotes and bring those along to dealers to see what kind of deal you can get. As I said tho, be very careful with the dimensions of the trailer, that's one thing that will make or break a deal. Buying a horse trailer is not cheap so you want to make sure you get the right one on the first go.

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