Advice on this trailer, please...

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    02-16-2009, 10:38 PM
Advice on this trailer, please...

So, I've been looking for a trailer since the summer, and have come by some hits and misses, but still have no trailer. I had to rely on others to move my horse for me over the summer, and I'd really like to move on to bigger shows, but I can't do that unless I have my own mode of transportation for my horse. So, my dad and I have been searching, and we found a trailer that is within my price range, as I'll be the one buying it. What I need to know is what you all think of it, as the place is a good three hours away from here, and we'd kind of like to know if we're getting it before we go and pick it up...

The lady seems very reasonable, and open about the trailer. But, you know the world of internet...

Here're some pictures...

What do you think...?
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    02-16-2009, 11:15 PM
The photos are really small so its hard to tell.
But the center partition is solid wall to the ground. This teaches the horse to climb, because he has something to push against.
    02-17-2009, 05:53 PM
I agree with Miss Katie, the pictures are too small to tell.

1. How is the floor?
2. How is the frame (rust)?
3. How are the tires - are they trailer tires or passenger tires?
4. What is the height and width?
5. How are the electrics?
6. Does it have brakes and do they work?
7. Does it have a title (do you need one in OH - you don't in SC)?
8. How is the suspension?
9. Does it have a connection plug that matches up to your towing vehicle?
10. Does it have any rust through in the body, manger, tack storage area?
11. How are the wheel bearings?

Notice I didn't ask about age or brand. As a trailer in the apparent age of the one in the picture (the first one) it is all about condition and not manufacturer.

What are they asking for it?
    02-17-2009, 08:30 PM
Well how many horses do you plan to haul the pics are too small the flooring from what I saw didnt look too strong
    02-17-2009, 08:30 PM
1. The floor is solid, and we're going to double check on that when we go up.
2. A bit of surface rust, but the body is solid.
3. I don't know specifically, but they have four new tires, and she has one spare for us.
4. It's 7 feet by... eh, something else. It's big enough for my horse, is what I know.
5. New lights and wiring.
6. Brakes are good.
7. It doesn't have a title, but she has the paperwork we need to get it.
8. I don't know. >.<
9. Yes.
10. See 2.
11. I'm not 100% sure about this one.

She's asking $1200 for it. She needs to get rid of this one before she can buy a different trailer for her ponies.

We're going to go look at it on Thursday, and my dad is going with me. He knows more about all of this than I do-I pretty much just know what I'm told.

And sorry about the pictures-my computer sort of distorted them when I put them on here.

Better pictures of the outside...

-that back part opens at the top.
    02-17-2009, 08:31 PM
Oh, and thank you guys for your opinions, too. (:
    02-17-2009, 08:55 PM
Just two suggestions, ask what paper work she has for the title and be sure that is OK with your DMV; if the tires are passenger and not trailer then anticipate changing them. Passenger tires are not safe for horse trailers.
    02-17-2009, 08:57 PM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Just two suggestions, ask what paper work she has for the title and be sure that is OK with your DMV; if the tires are passenger and not trailer then anticipate changing them. Passenger tires are not safe for horse trailers.
I will do both of these.

Thank you so much. (:
    02-17-2009, 09:35 PM
One plus of this trailer is that it has the closed top in the back. Our first trailer was the same type only the top was open in the back. It worked like a vacuum on dirt roads sucking dust into the horse compartment.
Be sure to pull the mats if there are any so you can get a good look at the flooring.
    02-18-2009, 08:44 AM
I thought you had to have a title to be able to license the trailer? I would really look into that so that you don't get in trouble down the road.

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