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    11-16-2010, 03:02 AM
What ever you prefer! That trailer looks really nice. But I agree that the stock types are more open and airy... good thing! You want air circulation. Summer gets Hot!!
If you're really worried about cold, can you trailer with a blanket on your horse?
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    11-16-2010, 07:24 PM
Yeah, I think I'll stay on my original path of the combo trailer. The Merhow has aluminum floors which I was warned about several times over. I think the Equibreeze is a far better design. Yes I guess I could just blanket in winter. We're not talking lots of trips in the really cold months, and they'd only be a few miles at most to go over to friends' barns to play.
    11-16-2010, 08:09 PM
Aluminum floors are the best way to go. You should keep mats in them but they never rot and they never rust.
    11-16-2010, 08:26 PM
I have a friend who's aluminum floors corroded away within 5 years of getting her trailer. The rivets went bad and she said there is no way to replace an aluminum floor. Now I'm confused again!!
    11-17-2010, 11:02 AM
I've seen floors in aluminum stock trailers that have lasted 20 years or better. Semi trailers that haul cattle are also made out of aluminum and last a long time. The only reason for an aluminum floor to corrode is if the aluminum abutts a dissimilar metal and produces electolosis.
    11-17-2010, 11:20 AM
I have 2 horse slant stock/combo, plan to retrofit with plexiglass for rainy/cold weather. In the meantime, we blanket for cold weather travel and Murphy's law does dictate that you will only have to haul sick horses in cold weather. I'm very happy with it; it's more flexible for multiple uses than the box horse trailer that I used to have. It's also true that you can put the horse in the front slant stall, so the breeze from the open stock windows is less so they get less chilled.

Look for rubber torsion suspension, for a smoother ride for your horse; and check out the seam between the tack area and the stall area of the trailer - some combo trailers have a gap that allows shavings and road dust (and you know what else) to get into the tack area.

Good luck!
    11-17-2010, 01:22 PM
I have a stock, and one of the reason I got it (besides the price ) is because I was shopping in summer. It was SO much cooler than more expensive "standard" 2-horse ones that I made my choice. I plan on putting the plastic sheets on sides for the winter. Will see how it goes...
    11-17-2010, 07:01 PM
Ladytrails, looks like the stock combo I've been liking does have the good suspension.

7000 lbs. Dual axles – Dexter rubber torsion suspension w/4 wheel brakes

I really like that Merhow, but so far there is just nothing I don't like about the Equibreeze combo trailer. It seems to have all the high end things where it counts. 90% of my trips will be in fair weather, and I do love the fact that he won't overheat in the dogs days of summer. Thanks for all the input.
    11-18-2010, 08:30 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Aluminum floors are the best way to go. You should keep mats in them but they never rot and they never rust.
Not necessarily true.

In the states that use a lot of road salt the salt can get in crevices and cause the aluminum to corrode just like it does to steel. It just does not rust so people think it is fine.

I prefer aluminum, but it is not a no maintenance will last forever with out ever corroding wonder material that so many people think it is.
    11-18-2010, 08:09 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Not necessarily true.

I prefer aluminum, but it is not a no maintenance will last forever with out ever corroding wonder material that so many people think it is.
That being said, I live near the coast, so lots of salt to be had. The trailer is a 2005 model. Would you buy a 5 year old aluminum trailer?

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