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    03-11-2012, 09:14 AM
  #11
Foal
Eclipse

Thanks. I have been looking at the posts here and elsewhere. It seems to be a mixed bag for sure. I actually ended up there after looking at a used Lakota trailer (which was in outstanding shape) for about the same cost. So......any thoughts on Lakota trailers? I'm actually leaning toward the Lakota after reading a lot of the content on-line.
     
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    03-11-2012, 10:03 AM
  #12
Foal
Cbsh9898, at the time I filed my complaint against them (which, contrary to their apparent input to the BBB, is still not resolved) their rating was at an F. If complaints are closed they are still on the books but do not lower the rating. What can't be ignored is that all of the complaints are due to quality of some sort and that is cause for concern. As Joe4d said, and I would suggest as well, forums can provide insight.
     
    03-11-2012, 10:21 AM
  #13
Foal
Eclipse

Thanks showclothes, and I hope I didn't sound rude. That wasn't my intent. When you mentioned the rating, I hadn't even thought of that, so I decided to look as well. That's when I saw the A-. I checked a few other sights and saw the same thing. However, this has been a good forum and given me lots of great input to think about. Thanks again.
     
    03-11-2012, 10:25 AM
  #14
Foal
Cbsh9898, no, you didn't sound rude at all. These forums are good when they prompt people to do some research. Education is the key to making good decisions.
     
    03-12-2012, 02:08 PM
  #15
Weanling
I have owned a 2 horse straight load for a year now and love it. It is plenty big for the horses with nice windows and vents. We use it almost every weekend and have never had a problem. The only thing I wish it had a is larger tack area. We have 2 saddle racks and room for a tote but really nothing else which makes us load up the bed of the truck leaving no room to sleep in it when we camp. Other than that I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
     
    03-12-2012, 07:58 PM
  #16
Showing
Last fall I sold my 1977 steel WW two horse straight load. It was still holding up well altho some of the lumber lining the back doors was replaced. I now have a vintage stock trailer to accommodate larger horses. It too is solid. A friend bot a new mini stock and before a year was up the tip of the fenders were rusting. And noisy.
     
    03-13-2012, 10:42 AM
  #17
Green Broke
I love my Eclipse!! Although I must say, I started out with the basic 2H slant load and it was TOO small for my 14.1h large pony!! Her butt was SMASHED against the wall and she couldn't hold her head straight unless it was out the window! I was not happy. BUT the customer service couldn't have been better with the Somerset, OH location! I told them my concerns on this brand new trailer that I had custom ordered, and they not only let me trade it in for an upgrade - a 2H straight load with dressing room (I just paid the difference in price, which was $2k), but they had one of their sales people actually haul it up 2 1/2 hrs to my barn and switch it out for me!

I was VERY pleased with the customer service I received through them, that's for sure. Having said that, they ARE inexpensive for aluminum (mine was $8,995 brand new!) BUT I've had mine for a year now and absolutely couldn't be happier with it. They're a little heavier than most aluminums, but in speaking with one of the owners in Somerset, (who started out working with Schooner and another big name company before he started Eclipse), they use airplane grade aluminum, which is apparently sturdier. It makes for a heavier trailer, but a SAFER one which I personally care more about.

I haul mine with my F150 5.4L and it hauls like a dream, very nicely! I would definitely recommend these trailers to anyone, and they are becoming more and more popular, in my area at least!

Here are some photos I took of the day the new trailer was delivered to me and traded out for the smaller slant load...that's my 14.1h large pony in it. You can't tell from the photo but she's got about a foot of space between her butt and the butt bar.





Dressing room:


Window in between the dressing room and the stalls Thought this was a neat touch!


So spacious


Side view
     
    03-13-2012, 11:30 AM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
I love my Eclipse!! Although I must say, I started out with the basic 2H slant load and it was TOO small for my 14.1h large pony!! Her butt was SMASHED against the wall and she couldn't hold her head straight unless it was out the window! I was not happy. BUT the customer service couldn't have been better with the Somerset, OH location! I told them my concerns on this brand new trailer that I had custom ordered, and they not only let me trade it in for an upgrade - a 2H straight load with dressing room (I just paid the difference in price, which was $2k), but they had one of their sales people actually haul it up 2 1/2 hrs to my barn and switch it out for me!

I was VERY pleased with the customer service I received through them, that's for sure. Having said that, they ARE inexpensive for aluminum (mine was $8,995 brand new!) BUT I've had mine for a year now and absolutely couldn't be happier with it. They're a little heavier than most aluminums, but in speaking with one of the owners in Somerset, (who started out working with Schooner and another big name company before he started Eclipse), they use airplane grade aluminum, which is apparently sturdier. It makes for a heavier trailer, but a SAFER one which I personally care more about.

I haul mine with my F150 5.4L and it hauls like a dream, very nicely! I would definitely recommend these trailers to anyone, and they are becoming more and more popular, in my area at least!
Thanks for your thoroughness! I was looking at their straight load trailers, too. I really like their design with this trailer compared to models from Sundowner and Featherlite. I'll be checking out one of their trailers within the next week just to see if I like them just as good in person! :)
     
    03-14-2012, 07:48 AM
  #19
Showing
JR, be careful about size vs price. I've seen the Eclipse trailer other day (when I took my trailer for the maintenance) and it was TINY. So those cheap ones they have won't be comfy for the horse. And the bigger ones are more expensive (of course).

I was thinking about Eclipse last year when I was switching my trailer, and ended up with slant by Adam instead.
     
    03-14-2012, 08:30 AM
  #20
Trained
Have you seen any titan trailers? We purchased one in december and I couldnt be happier with it. I can't even tell im hauling it!

I got a 3h slant w/ tack up front. Its very nice. It was just under 9000 brand new (2012) and with brand new trailers where we went theough, we got financed for 84 months! We paid like 11,000 total after taxes, freight from kansas, and title fees. Our payment is just over 100 bucks a month and no early payoff fees.
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