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  • Why is there a car battery in my horse trailer?
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    07-08-2012, 11:55 AM
  #11
Yearling
Roadside service.......and some beer
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    07-08-2012, 12:03 PM
  #12
Weanling
A leather punch (we only ever seem to need one of these when we are away from home)
Spare chicago screws (again, they only come loose and fall out when away from home)
A spare headstall and reins (like to keep a cheap nylon set in there just in case something breaks that I can't fix, its come in handy too many times to admit).
WD-40 (sticky hinges, latch pins, etc.)
     
    07-08-2012, 12:22 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I hate chicago screws in headgear, they back out at the worst time. Best solution is first, replace them with something that stays together. Second is go buy some loctite to use on them. Harder to take apart but keeps them from falling off on a ride.
     
    07-08-2012, 12:30 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
I hate chicago screws in headgear, they back out at the worst time. Best solution is first, replace them with something that stays together. Second is go buy some loctite to use on them. Harder to take apart but keeps them from falling off on a ride.
I know, I like ties, too, but my kids all want the pretty conchos and such for showing, so screws it is. Since we end up changing bits pretty frequently, we can't use loctite on the bit ends, but that's a great idea for all the other dang screws!
     
    07-08-2012, 12:31 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Congrats on the new trailer!
I like CM trailers, I think you will be pleased with it.

One thing I was thankful for the other day when I had a blowout delivering the trailer I sold is a block to set your jack on if you are changing a tire in soft ground or mud!
     
    07-08-2012, 02:17 PM
  #16
Trained
Easy-Upģ Steel Trailer Jack in Horse Trailer Accessories at Schneider Saddlery

The number 1 thing I won't leave home without!

Dura-Techģ Pull and Tie in Trailer Ties / Cross Ties at Schneider Saddlery

Water Tanks

I like the 30 gal, 2 saddle tank that doubles as a saddle rack.

And never forget a hose, for the water tank and to hose of your horses if you get somewhere there's a spigot but no hose.

And:

Fire extinguisher
Water Buckets
Bucket Hangers
Plastic glasses (so you can get water out of the tank for yourself)
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Step stool
Hay nets
(most trailers have feeders of somekind but I like to put up a hay net outside when they're tied)
Screw drivers, Phillips and flathead
Flashlight
EZ boots, just in case
Blanket bars
Saddle racks
Brush box(es)
Hanging accessory bag
Bridle Rack
Hose hanger
Hat rack
Storage shelves w/lip
Star lug wrench, kept IN the trailer and promise to KILL anyone who takes it out



Roadside assitance that will haul your horse trailer and help with the horses if it's loaded, that's a MAJOR must have.
     
    07-09-2012, 11:06 PM
  #17
Weanling
Just got my brand new horse trailer less than 2 months ago. Do not go anywhere without US Rider or AAA Premium RV (Covers horse trailers). The 3rd time I used my new trailer was to a show in Portland Oregon, on the way down I drained my battery as the truck battery I had was fine for just the truck, but between the break controller, the electric breaks in the trailer, driving with my lights on and the radio, it wouldn't start up when I stopped for gas. US Rider came out with a new supersized battery, and installed it. On the way home, from the same show just under 100 miles from home, I snapped a belt and needed my truck and trailer towed home. US Rider came out again loaded my truck on to a flat bed, hitched up the horse trailer and drove us home. Except for the car battery which we reimbursed them for, it didn't cost me a cent. Paid for itself twice over within the first month.

Breaking down sucks, but breaking down with two horses in 80 degree heat is unimaginably horrible.

Also magnetic backup guides, so you can hitch up by yourself.
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    07-10-2012, 07:55 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Not trying to be smart, but have you ever heard of preventative maintenance?
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    07-10-2012, 08:45 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Not trying to be smart, but have you ever heard of preventative maintenance?


Actually I had just taken my truck in the day before we left. I always take my truck in before we go on trips longer than a hundred miles or so exactly because I am paranoid about breaking down. I had my tires checked and rotated, my oil changed and fluids checked, and one of the things they checked and replaced while I was there, were my two timing belts.

The battery thing I can understand. It was only my 3rd time with this horse trailer, and both of the other shows were within 30 miles of home and I disconnect the truck and left the trailer at the show ground the night before, giving my truck plenty of time to recharge the alternator between uses.

On our camping trips in to the mountains or to Montana we pull an older pop up tent trailer, with no electric breaks and only basic 4 prong lights.

The belt snapping was because of the preventative maintenance.

Had I kept the older belt that was in fair condition I honestly probably would have been fine. Again because of my paranoia I didnít want fair, I wanted dependable, so I got it replaced.

However the mechanic that installed it either did a crappy job or didn't double-check the tension and it either slipped off or snapped off and took the second, serpentine belt with it.

I actually totally get the snarky response, but itís not like my truck sits out in the rain with the hood open to the elements, and I load my horses in to a rust bucket and we go screeching down the road with blue exhaust, and leaving a burning rubber stench and a high pitch squealing from under the hood.

There were no overt signs even when it did snap. I thought I thought I smelled a faint rubber smell at the time, we were also behind a caravan of semis and dump trucks and it was super easy to dismiss as someone elseís car. In addition, since the truck was still running, the engine temperature was normal to cool, and we could break and accelerate, I had no clue until we stopped for gas again, and the truck wouldn't start, again. Seriously, we had no clue it was only in retrospect that I remembered the faint rubber smell and even then that was over 100 miles earlier.

Keep in mind this was on the way home and the new belts had at this point been working fine for just over 300 miles (According to Google, 193.5 miles each direction plus the hotel was about 10 miles away from the show, and we got gas a little over half the way on the way home)

And itís not like Iím a Dumbo all by myself and can play little miss ignorant of cars, I had my husband with me who while not a genius at the internal combustion engine, is a professional engineer by trade, and he didnít see, hear, feel or smell anything at the time either.

PLUS after we had the battery replaced the day before we had the mechanic at Les Schwab go over the truck again to make sure this was the only problem, or cause and HE gave us a clean bill of health.

This stuff really does *just happen* and when you're putting any kind of strain or stress the odds go up even more, and even preventative maintenance isn't perfect.

My own mom, the life time organic vegetarian who ran 5 miles a day, and never smoked did drugs and only drank a glass of wine on holidays, who went to the doctor for every regular test and checkup suggested, still died at the age of 65 earlier this year. Meanwhile my dad who smokes a pack a day, only eats fried meats, and the only vegetable I've ever seen him eat is a potato, and his idea of exercise is watching Golf on TV, and only gets limited Medicare, is alive and kicking despite being a decade older than my mom.

So yes, preventative maintenance can be a huge indicator of future performance, but it's not the only factor. Sometime $h!t just happens, and it's nobodyís fault for not seeing it coming. As much as we believe in preventative maintenance we all also buy insurence.
     
    07-10-2012, 09:18 PM
  #20
Green Broke
FYI, a battery cell can die at anytime and you'll be running off your alternator. Once you stop the engine there isn't enough amperage in your battery to restart. Usually this happens on older batteries but can happen on newer batteries. Also more likely to have a battery die during cold weather than any other time. Most batteries are good to 5 years but most of us wont replace them until we see a problem because they might last 10 and average 8. I have a 16 year old pickup that the batteries have been replaced only once, I'm betting this winter they'll die if it gets cold.

As for the belt, sounds like it was defective from the manufacturer and you had a bit of bad luck being the one who bought it. Feces happens.
     

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