Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
This is why you NEVER listen to salesman. AND, our shop checks out our trailer every year before we travel.
Our salesman that sold us our first stock trailer told US that he frequently trailered 6 horses...in a 4 horse stock.
We STUPIDLY took a vacation with 6 in our...4 horse trailer.
Fortunately, we were caravaning. Our friends behind us said that they saw something making the trailer shaking, so we found an exit ramp and stopped.
I don't know HOW this happened, and how NOBODY was seriously hurt, but here is the lineup, left to right:
Tyke, ?(can't remember--it was 1987, OK!!), Dandy Silver Moon
After we stopped, Tyke was in the middle, middle horse was on the right and Dandy was on the left, facing backwards!! This was in the middle of the night and we were using flashlights to unload and reload 6 horses.
We found a Vet to stitch up his cut above his left eye, but that was IT for injuries.
Now...to the trailer.
YEARS later we're driving out west, and I see tires smoking. I'm on I-90 westbound, July. I pull over to the shoulder, and drove on coast, which is 20 mph driving without my foot on the accelerator FULLY LOADED and that's why I recommend a Cummins diesel truck to haul.
We get to a service station. They tell us that our axle is bent and rubbing on the tires--no DOUBT bc of the 6 horse hauling several years before and wear and tear with just hauling 4, LIKE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO!!
They shave off the metal that is rubbing on the tires and tell us that we won't find help until we get to Rapid City.
At our horse camp, we dump the horses and tents at our Black Hills campsite, drive back to the shop and leave the trailer for one week.
This WONDERFUL shop, fixed the axle, put heavy duty semi-type shocks on it and charged....wait for it...
Couldn't believe it. I was sure it was going to cost over $1K
Our shop at home replaced the axle. Funny we spent $3K on this trailer, redid the floor and the above work, and took it to auction after owning it for 14 years and sold it for...$3K
TO THE GUY WHO SOLD THE TRAILER TO US!!
We didn't make eye contact--don't think he EVERY KNEW--but it makes a great story.
Children, DON'T DO THIS AT HOME!!!