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post #1 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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96' adams horse trailer--opinions

is this a good buy if its as described. He said he'd come down to $3 grand even. Its about an hour drive for me to go see.

1996 Adams Horse Trailer
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-07-2012, 08:27 AM
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Hmmm, the pics in the ad are 5 years old and it doesn't have top flaps on the back.
Soundness wise... you are probably far more knowledgable on that than I, but in my area a trailer like that (if still in as good of condition as the pics from 5 years ago) would be worth about $2500.
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I asked about the age of pics. He said its still the same condition. (of course) the paint is an enamel, and it fades but waxing brings it back. Im not in the know about that........
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i asked about the age of pics. He said its still the same condition. (of course) the paint is an enamel, and it fades but waxing brings it back. Im not in the know about that........
Waxing, huh....? *looks dubious*
I dunno about that, but I can tell you that pretty is not what makes a trailer good to haul or safe to use.
My stock trailer is a rust bucket, the kind that you need a tetanus shot just to go near it, but it hauls great! At the end of the day I know my trailer can "get 'er done" and that's what counts.

Not sure if you have thought about this in your trailer shopping, but think about what else might you use the trailer for and if it meets those needs as well.
If you have a horse trailer, you will probably end up hauling hay, fencing, supplies, or other farm stuff with it too.
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no tack compartment? No manger? Plus. For around here that would be a very expensive trailer. Might be worth a trip to montana and buy one. Can easily find a better one then that for five hundred or less.. good luck. Remember the axels hubs shackles are the most important.make sure there in great shape.
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this is a $500 trailer around here.

Older Horse Trailer

Heres the next step up than the one I was asking about

TRAILET ALUMINUM 7,3 TALL HORSE TRAILER

But I was also toying with the idea of something simpler, not as "specialized" but a little more on the multi-use side of things

12' HORSE TRAILER
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I would say it's over priced. You could find a much nicer trailer around here for around $2500. I don't like that it doesn't have a tack area and manager. It almost looks as if there should be a tack area in the front, but the door has been removed.

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heres another $3000 trailer.about 30 min ride from here........... seeing this made me question if the '96 was a great deal or not.

http://roanoke.craigslist.org/grd/3364492472.html
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At first I was going to give benifit of doubt that poster just didnt set the calander on his camera, but actually posting 5 yo pics ?
My thoughts. I wouldnt pay $3200 for that trailer even if it was as pictured. Notice they carefully cropped the ramp hinge ? That's usually the first area to disintegrate on steel trailers. There is no tack area and $3200 isnt far from what you can buy a new or nearly new steel trailer like that for. But for a 16 yo ? Now personally I wouldnt buy steel at all , But that's going to be a $1200 trailer at most. Assuming it is safe. Check the floor, frame, and ramp hinge closely. But even then most I would give would be 12-15 hundred.
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you can see the rust on the 78, that 96 adams is a horrible deal. If the no manger/tack area doesnt matter jump on that $4500 aluminum. 10 years from now you'll still have a decent trailer if you rinse it out weekly.
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