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post #11 of 21 Old 08-04-2013, 02:01 AM
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Not my post, but thanks for the brand names guys! I had made a thread a month or so ago asking about trailer brands, but most of what I got was people just saying "Get the best trailer in your price range". That is definitely great advice, but it doesn't help me too much if I don't know much about trailer brands in the first place!!
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It's a bare bones stripped version of the Featherlite. It tows like a sack of bricks.
What exactly do you mean by "tows like a sack of bricks"? Just that it is difficult to tow? In what sense? Heavy? What other cons are there? What are the pros (besides the price)? I will say, the price looks very attractive...
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-04-2013, 02:41 AM
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With any trailer if your wheel base is not long enough, it's going to tow poorly.

I have an oversized 2 horse with tack Sundowner that is aluminum steel mix. It hauls fully loaded quite well with a 3/4 ton HD chev and the sway bars - thank goodness for the sway bars! It's a great basic rig for easy mostly flat hauls. I trailer 5-6 hours in it no problem.
As far as aluminum trailers, I've heard positive things about featherlite.
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What exactly do you mean by "tows like a sack of bricks"? Just that it is difficult to tow? In what sense? Heavy? What other cons are there? What are the pros (besides the price)? I will say, the price looks very attractive...
Price is attractive becomes you get an aluminum box with 4 tires. There are zero safety features on that trailer, the welds are sub-par, and it tows like crap.

All I know is, when I towed my Featherlite, there was nothing but smooth going on back there. I never felt it slide around. I had to keep checking my mirrors to make sure it was still there. When I towed the eclipse, I could feel it swaying around, everything was jerky like the wheels were locking up, and it did feel heavier than my Featherlite. I tow with a 6 liter 3/4 ton Chevy, so I was not remotely over weighted. I don't like how that thing tows at all.

Sure you can get a brand new Eclipse for the price of an older used Featherlite, but the Eclipse will cease to be shiny, clean and new on the first day and you'll be left with a trailer that is of far less quality than a Featherlite, Sundowner or the other big name aluminum brands. Any one of the better ones used is the far better option.

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Price is attractive becomes you get an aluminum box with 4 tires. There are zero safety features on that trailer, the welds are sub-par, and it tows like crap.

All I know is, when I towed my Featherlite, there was nothing but smooth going on back there. I never felt it slide around. I had to keep checking my mirrors to make sure it was still there. When I towed the eclipse, I could feel it swaying around, everything was jerky like the wheels were locking up, and it did feel heavier than my Featherlite. I tow with a 6 liter 3/4 ton Chevy, so I was not remotely over weighted. I don't like how that thing tows at all.

Sure you can get a brand new Eclipse for the price of an older used Featherlite, but the Eclipse will cease to be shiny, clean and new on the first day and you'll be left with a trailer that is of far less quality than a Featherlite, Sundowner or the other big name aluminum brands. Any one of the better ones used is the far better option.
Thanks for the input! I'm not actively looking with the intent to purchase tomorrow or anything, but I haven't found anything remotely local that is of any quality within my price range that fits my needs. Lots of seemingly reasonably priced four horse, trailers with living quarters, old and junky steel trailers, and if I do find anything that mostly fits my specs it seems way overpriced (and out of my budget!) I contacted the featherlite folks for a quote, still waiting to hear back from them. Anything new would probably be more than I want to spend though The quote I got from Sundowner was definitely a bit too high.
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I recently bought a Custom-Fab trailer that I love. They're produced by a small company in PA that makes each trailer custom to the buyer's specifications. I bought mine used (5 years old, I believe) for $8000. Aluminum, dressing room, two horse slant, and the quality is comparable to Featerlite and Sundowner.
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I recently bought a Custom-Fab trailer that I love. They're produced by a small company in PA that makes each trailer custom to the buyer's specifications. I bought mine used (5 years old, I believe) for $8000. Aluminum, dressing room, two horse slant, and the quality is comparable to Featerlite and Sundowner.
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With any trailer if your wheel base is not long enough, it's going to tow poorly.

I have an oversized 2 horse with tack Sundowner that is aluminum steel mix. It hauls fully loaded quite well with a 3/4 ton HD chev and the sway bars - thank goodness for the sway bars! It's a great basic rig for easy mostly flat hauls. I trailer 5-6 hours in it no problem.
As far as aluminum trailers, I've heard positive things about featherlite.
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WIDER wheel base also makes a HUGE difference. My BO has a 2h bp Exiss w/ dressing room. Her vehicle is a Chrysler Aspen. THe other day we hooked it up to my Expedition (wider wheel base) and she wanted to buy it! WE have towed with mine before-there is no comparison. I love her trailer, but honestly-on the road, like major highways going 65 mph-I will take my old steel Valley any day. Just much more stable when trucks pass. Sure hers looks much better after years of use, but until I can get a Jamco aluminum, I will stick with what I have. Jamcos are a dream.

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I just got a Circle J Mustang 14' stock-type 2H slant BP and am pretty happy with it so far. Mine is steel, but they also make an all aluminum model. (And they also make longer 3 horse models as well) I'm not sue how much more the aluminum ones cost, but I'd bet the 14' is within your price range new, and maybe the 16' too.

ETA- A quick search found a 16' aluminum for $8499 http://horsetrailerworld.com/home/tr....asp?ID=450272 Set up with just a center gate instead of slants and tack room, but at least it shows it's in the ballpark.

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What is the company?
The brand is Custom-Fab. From what I've gathered, they try to keep their business small so they can customize each trailer.
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