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    12-27-2013, 01:03 PM
We looked under one and wouldn't consider it, the support beams were very light and too far spaced out for our liking and the welds were weak.
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    12-27-2013, 02:03 PM
Unless I specifically needed a very lightweight trailer (because I didn't have a full size truck, for example) I wouldn't consider Brenderups. Quality aside (which I have no first hand experience with), the prices I saw for Brenderups when I was trailer shopping meant that buying an older, but still serviceable full size truck and a steel trailer was the same or less $$$. I also prefer slant load and a tack room I can change in.
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    12-28-2013, 12:30 PM
Personally I wouldn't purchase a Brenderup. I would go for a all aluminum if weight is an issue and with a F250 it shouldn't be. I'd rather have a more stable trailer. They are made of what looks like a fiberglass type material. Small cross members and weak welds.. not good... Some people love them.
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    12-29-2013, 06:16 PM
Originally Posted by danny67    
Personally, not the trailer for me. I like a little more room. Your F-250 is able to pull much bigger better nicer (cheaper $$) USA built trailers .

However the B-ups have super brand loyalty by their owners and they infrequently come up for second had sale. They also seem to be way better than average at holding value.

Hope you got it. If you don't like it, you can resell easy peasy and won't lose any money. If I wasn't into pickups, I'd be having a look at those German made Boeckmann trailers. Very similar to B-up.
The Böckmann trailers are nice — I really like the Portax with the front ramp, and it's available in the company's Western line with a properly sized tack compartment.

I know somebody who tows her Böckmann with an F-150, so maybe you can still be into pickups and also tow a light trailer.
    12-29-2013, 06:48 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
They're no longer being manufactured in the US but they're still being made overseas, so parts are still available.
Strictly speaking, they were never manufactured from scratch in the United States. Brenderup is a division of Thule (of Sweden), which makes car-top carriers and so on; a company in Midland, Texas, imported the trailers essentially as kits and assembled them there for American distribution. At some point, this relationship became unsatisfactory to Thule (apparently that one little distributor wasn't selling enough {figure 400 a year or so, in a market where over 1,000 a year is pretty good} so it moved into a bigger facility in summer 2008 to assemble and sell more trailers, and then fall 2008 happened ), so no more Brenderups for us.

(Also, while Thule makes nice stuff, I'm told Thule management ain't nice people. So there's that.)

There's an outfit in New Hampshire that has the parts distribution for the USA and they have a couple of used trailers in inventory, as well. I wonder if Thule offered those folks the same "We'll send you parts and you assemble them into trailers for us" deal that Real Trailers had.
    01-01-2014, 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by Mercat    
, I've read a few things online about handling issues due to weight (swaying, fish-tailing). Any truth to that? We'd be pulling with an F-250, so no issue with tow vehicle capability.
Having no experience or knowledge (first or second hand) on the brand of trailer I'll have not comment on it.

Fish-tailing though is something any rear hitch trailer can do. There is no such thing as a rear hitch trailer that won't fish-tail. I've heard it blamed on weight (both ways...too light....too heavy), but from my experiences it's not the trailer (or the weight from what I've seen). Barring a specific problem with a specific trailer (not a brand or type) it tends to be the driver who has the fish-tailing problem.
    01-01-2014, 01:04 PM
My rig doesn't fish tail. More often on ice or snow, the trailer keeps me straight!

It's all about wheel base - this is why it's not recommended to haul horses with most SUVs. The wheel base is too short which allows the trailer to fish tail. As well I have sway bars, adjusted tightly, and they also help to keep the trailer behind the truck.

A good rig will not fish tail.
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    01-01-2014, 02:25 PM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
My rig doesn't fish tail. More often on ice or snow, the trailer keeps me straight!

It's all about wheel base - this is why it's not recommended to haul horses with most SUVs. The wheel base is too short which allows the trailer to fish tail. As well I have sway bars, adjusted tightly, and they also help to keep the trailer behind the truck.

A good rig will not fish tail.
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If it's rear hitch I'll bet you I can get it to fish tail

There's nothing that will insure a rear hitch rig will not fish tail except the driver (it's load in some case, but we're talking about horses here). If there was you'd never see one fish tail, because every trailer/trailer hitch/hauling package would come with what was required to insure no fish tailing. You can only reduce the likelihood. A poor hauling driver (or a good one who wants to) can cause (or make) a rear hitch fish tail and it's really not that difficult to do if you pull them using unsafe hauling practices (or know how). It's tougher with a goose neck (but I didn't say impossible ). Can do more damage to the truck if it does.
    01-01-2014, 10:35 PM
When considering any trailer, hop in and take a ride in it. Some are incredibly noisy. My tank of a stock trailer was until I put a piece of rubber where it closes, pushed it in with a screwdriver which got rid of the rattle.
    01-05-2014, 03:02 PM
Experience with Brenderup

My personal opinion is, if I could only afford one trailer I would not buy one. If I had money to burn, I wouldn't mind having one for short trips.

I have a friend who has one and have trailered with her many times. It is like hauling your horse in a potta potty my horse is calm and hops right in, but if one had a difficult horse not a good idea. My Brenderup owning friend hauled another friends horse and the horse acted up, not hysterically mind you but enough to knock the trailer out of whack to make it hard to shut the door.

Very cramped horse space and it makes me nervous....Glad my horse is good with it.if I were a horse I would be claustrophobic about being in it. My friend has had to have work done on the trailer and it is a pain to get service and parts.


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