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post #31 of 37 Old 09-27-2012, 11:10 AM
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give Kay a call. She ships them all over the place. She is a super nice lady to do business with.

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ooohhhhh i'll go look at that website now. there are a few people with benderups around here that i've seen on the road so they're out there. :) thank you!
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You can also get the Bockmann (German) trailers in the US

, as well as the previously mentioned French Fautras.

I also found a single, lone US manfuacturer of European-style horse trailes, that can be hauled with a mid-size SUV - Safr - they seem to be pretty pricey. They've kind of made the "Airstream" version of a horse trailer.
North American Manufacturer Sets Up Production for New Line of a Safer, Lighter Weight and Easier to Handle Aluminum Horse Trailers

You'd think with gas prices going up, Americans would be all over these trailers that can be hauled with your 25mpg SUV, but they look like they're still quite a novelty around here.
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Here's one not too horribly far from you...
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Originally Posted by freia View Post
I can't tell you whether the G-wagon will suffice or not, but I do have some observations.

I'm from Norway (live in the US now). I'm used to seeing horse trailers, both double and single, being hauled by sedans and station-wagons. In the more recent years, I'm seeing more and more being hauled by SUVs and an occasional truck. I've seen many MB G-Wagons used for horse-hauling over the past 25 years.

I'm just wondering why the Europeans haul their horses without trucks, while in the US a truck seems to be required. Are the trailers designed differently somehow to be lighter weight and not fishtail so badly?

Anybody have any experience hauling horses on both continents who might know what the difference is? I've been wondering about this since I was a kid.

I mean, what is this, a Kia?
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First of all, laws from country to country are different when it comes to how a vehicle is built. Many vehicles built here in the US are not legal in the UK and vice versa. They may have the same tag but are actually not the same vehicle.

Second point works with my first. With taxes and rules in place across the atlantic you just don't have the big vehicles like we do here in the US. How many diesel pickups that are well over 6 liters in size do you fine in Europe? Not many. I've been told by some Scots and Irish that were over her training that you wouldn't even be able to buy the 7.3 liter motor I have in my pickup.

Third. There aint no replacement for displacement, 'nuff said.

Fourth. Wheel base, weight, brake size and torque is what makes a good tow rig. That's why people here don't recommend anything less than a 3/4 ton. Yes, lesser vehicles will do it but that doesn't mean they are all that safe in comparison.
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post #36 of 37 Old 10-17-2012, 09:28 PM
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Unfortunately safr is going out of business also. Really hope brenderup comes back! How are the fautras? Do they hold up well? I read another forum where they tend to fade in the sun.
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post #37 of 37 Old 10-23-2012, 12:16 AM
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Call Kay and ask her about the Fautras.

I do know that the tongue weight is around 150 lbs or so on the Brenderup. I looked at a Lakota Charger SE today on line - I would love to own one - and the tongue weight was around 1000 lbs. Makes a huge difference on what you haul with.

The cars are different for the two continents. A friend of mine was from German living here in Texas. She bought a VW Touareg in Texas. They moved back to Germany and she shipped the car over there - she had a heck of a time getting that rascal approved and licensed. She used it to haul a 2 horse 4 Star trailer.

We just got back from hauling the B'up to Mississippi to trail ride. It hauls so easily but I do wish I had bought the Baron. I have so much stuff I need more SPACE!!!

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