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post #1 of 36 Old 12-12-2011, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Horse trailer make over.

Ok, so I am obsessed with re-doing this horse trailer. Thought I would share my experience since I have done nothing but go online and read others

She's an '83 Cotner....I think maybe like an old Ultra or Royal. 7ft tall, 6ft wide and 12ft long inside.

We have a friend with welding and trailer rehab experience to give us a guide. Welds look great and the metal is in good shape but cosmetically just unappealing.

Here is our list of to do's.
Rip out floor - DONE
Sand down undercarriage and treat with a rust converter and then paint with rustoleum. I don't know if thats over kill but I'd like to prevent surface rust from coming back as long as possible!
Redo wiring - It functions just fine but some of it travels on top of a cross beam which seems dumb since a horse could bear weight on it and damage it.
Sand and paint interior
New interior light
New padding
New kick boards and divider
Sand and paint exterior
Install saddle racks and custom made bench/box in front of trailer.

When I drove it home

378474_2771181239922_1269722567_3079908_542208431_ n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Before we started ripping stuff out.

382831_2778405860533_1269722567_3082397_1665859224 _n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

The floor, which was surprisingly hard to get out considering it's age!

390100_2778407540575_1269722567_3082399_320182067_ n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Floor gone

386026_2777504798007_1269722567_3082144_467735017_ n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

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post #2 of 36 Old 12-12-2011, 10:53 AM
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That trailer looks to be pretty nice especially for it's age.
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post #3 of 36 Old 12-12-2011, 04:09 PM
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3 cheers for your hard work!! We had to replace the floor in our original trailer. The seller had it outside for several years and it was never sealed. Thus, at 3 yo it was rotting out!!
Your trailer is gonna look like a gem when you're done. It ISN't overkill to treat the metal and then use Rustoleum.
If you have cable or Satellite, you NEED to watch "American Restoration" on the history channel.
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Some of the machines and toys they have restored are BEYOND GONE when somebody brings them in!
Have you tried to buy Rustoleum lately? The only place I can buy it without some clerk lecturing me about how VOC's is at a regional farm supply store, "Rural King." FIND YOUR STORE!! I think white would look nice, but they sell the same colors in a small spray paint size, and I highly recommend you buy one and look at your color before you buy the gallons. I bought 5 gallons to cover the outside only of my 4-horse slant trailer, and I needed slightly more than 4 to cover. If you buy 3, you'll have PLENTY, and probably will be able to cover inside and out. Go with a standard Rustoleum color, so you'll be able to buy more in the future.
My trailer went from rusty Midnight Blue to bright Royal Blue.
I thoroughly enjoy my paint job every day!!
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post #4 of 36 Old 12-12-2011, 08:56 PM
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Looks like a great winter project! Looking forward to seeing update pictures when you're all finished.

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post #5 of 36 Old 12-12-2011, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks ya'll! I do think it will be very nice once it's all done ;) I am just chomping at the bit to get it done! My poor husband is giving all his spare time to it. Today was a bust cuz of nasty rain but we got all our paint and flooring so we are ready to go and the weather is supposed to be awesome the rest of this week.

Corporal - I have been meaning to watch that show! I set my DVR :) I did want to paint the trailer white but my truck is gray so we just picked smoke grey rustoleum paint for the outside. I want to paint the inside white and we are trying to figure out if we are going to do tongue and groove boards on the husband doesn't like the look of plywood ;)

I'll post again once some progress is made!

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post #6 of 36 Old 12-13-2011, 03:40 AM
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Wow, that's a pretty good looking trailer considering its age. Can't wait to see photos of the progress.
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post #7 of 36 Old 12-17-2011, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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So, we have stripped her gutz out :)

Since my first post her entire undercarriage has been sanded rust cured, primed and painted with rustoleam. New floors are in and being finished tonight, inside has been painted and the roof got a fresh coat of white.

Since this the pinstripe decal has been stripped and she's been sanded and primed on the outside.

393765_2806397160298_1269722567_3091126_1964451226 _n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

393532_2826087892554_1269722567_3099831_925227041_ n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

I know we could of just done plywood but I like this better. The bottom boards are coated to keep out moisture and will have rubber over them. The top boards are going to be stained and lacquered.

402944_2832416570767_1269722567_3103049_803333842_ n by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

So I will post my last set of pics once she's all painted and has the wood done. Waiting on pads and hubby is making a custom tack box for the front area but that may take a while because of the holidays ;)
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post #8 of 36 Old 12-17-2011, 08:32 PM
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Looks great, can't wait until we see the finished article, would it be very rude of me to ask how much you paid for the trailer, and how much you have spent on renovating it?

I would love to do something similar
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post #9 of 36 Old 12-17-2011, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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It's not rude but I know many will think I over spent lol. I bought the trailer for $2,000 and we will have spent about $300 for paint, wood and supplies. I already have mats to go on the floor and was spared that expense.

Between my husband and our friend we had all of the tools we needed. I have seen similar trailers further from me for anywhere from $1500-$2000 in roughly the same or even slightly better condition.

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post #10 of 36 Old 12-17-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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My husband is an airbrush artist so he already has several shelves of air guns which is why we are also painting it ourselves. I know some people roll on the paint as well.

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