opinions on trailer - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,850
• Horses: 2
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.
Walkamile is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 08:37 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 334
• Horses: 10
You know, that's 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 don't 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!

Dixon's Red Hot Ember
Midwest Paint is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,850
• Horses: 2
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.

Sorry so long
Walkamile is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,850
• Horses: 2
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.
Walkamile is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 01:07 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 10,620
• Horses: 5
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.


"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
Vidaloco is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 01-24-2009, 08:13 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 45
• Horses: 0
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 don't 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.

There is something about riding down the street on a prancing horse that makes you feel like something...even when you aint a thing - Will Rogers
Royal Freckles is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 08:07 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,340
• Horses: 0
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.

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur
RegalCharm is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 08:38 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 2,030
• Horses: 3
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.


It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant (Former college football coach)
Angel_Leaguer is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 01-26-2009, 07:11 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,195
• Horses: 2
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.
my2geldings is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for a trailer Lucara Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 01-23-2009 02:00 PM
Wants: cheap used horse trailer or stock trailer cattleman Horse Tack and Equipment 3 09-14-2008 12:46 PM
Looking for a used trailer JustDressageIt Tack and Equipment Classifieds 3 08-13-2008 10:30 PM
Trailer??? Nita Tack and Equipment Classifieds 7 06-23-2007 11:38 PM
i need a trailer spoiledrottenpenner Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 06-23-2007 02:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome