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post #1 of 32 Old 06-24-2012, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Selling a stock trailer and buying a horse trailer, need help

At long long last I think that I am going to be able to sell our old stock trailer, and buy myself a proper horse trailer *WHOOPEE*

I would like a 3 horse slant load, with tack, 2 horse would probably do, it just seems you don't get a lot of discount between 2 and 3 horse.

Has to be a gooseneck

Apart from that I'm open to suggestions and ideas, on a budget of around $5000. We live in Canada but are willing to come down to the states, North, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota are all quite possible, and a lot nearer than BC or Ontario!!

Part of the money needs to come from selling the old stock trailer, a Chief trailer, older, 6' 9" tall, I believe the floor of the trailer is 6' x 24' has an aluminum floor, any idea what it would be worth??



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It's been 3 years since I was trailer shopping but a $5K budget seems really tight to me for a 3 horse slant gooseneck. Mine was an older Sundowner in good shape & was $11k but maybe its just my area. I love the gooseneck, though, will never go back to a bumper pull! Good luck in your search
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I know it is tight, and depending on the value I can get out of the stock trailer then maybe I can have some more.

This one is kind of what I am looking for

Horse Trailer World - Huge Selection of Horse Trailers, Cargo, Trucks

Trouble is you can't read the plate on it, so I may have trouble bringing it across, I know it is listed at $5 900 but was hoping to negotiate a little, lets say 5 - 6K
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does @MSN even exist anymore ? That add is probably ancient. I say buy once cry once. For 5k, your going to get a rusty hunkojunko, be putting money into flooring, tires, brakes, etc then in a few years be looking again.
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That ad is current, the trailer is on a dealers lot in Billings, have been emailing about it, which is why I know about the potential issue with its plate...

Difficult to tell but it doesn't look like a hunk of junk to me, but I do appreciate that you can't see the important bits on those pics
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I saw a 3H gooseneck in great shape (believe it was a Featherlite, actually) on HorseTrailerWorld.com for 6k in TX. I'm also shopping for a 3-horse gooseneck, and I haven't found anything decent under that 6k mark. It's probably doable, but might take a while to find.

ETA: The ad you posted doesn't state what material it's made if, which could be why it's priced so low. If it's a big heavy steel trailer, it probably isn't generating a lot of interest.

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Subbing because I know nothing at all about the trailer market over there, but will be getting one when we arrive.

They do seem to be more expensive than in the UK though

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OK, so if a 3 horse will be difficult, would a 2 horse be doable??


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ETA: The ad you posted doesn't state what material it's made if, which could be why it's priced so low. If it's a big heavy steel trailer, it probably isn't generating a lot of interest.
It's a Sundowner I believe that they are aluminum, but maybe some older models are steel, LOL I'm used to lugging a steel trailer around

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Subbing because I know nothing at all about the trailer market over there, but will be getting one when we arrive.

They do seem to be more expensive than in the UK though
Depends what you are looking for Rosie, little 2 horse bumper pulls can be had at quite reasonable prices, but once you have driven a goosneck you wont want to drive a bumper pull again. Then again they seem to be more expensive up here in Canada than they are down in the states.

You are going to have to get used to the oddness of having no ramp for loading, it seemed so odd when we came over, but actually works really well in practice
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Depends what you are looking for Rosie, little 2 horse bumper pulls can be had at quite reasonable prices, but once you have driven a goosneck you wont want to drive a bumper pull again.
Well it all depends on your experience with a gooseneck. Only pulled one once and had a horrible issue with a narrow driveway and decided we much prefer bumper pulls. They do have their advantages at times.

As to trailers - you can find a good deal as long as you can take time looking. A friend of mine bought a LQ gooseneck 3-horse slant for $3000. It was steel instead of aluminum though. Never had a horse in it. He remodeled the LQ area and didn't have to do anything else to it. Seems the original owners bought it new to take a couple large dogs to dog shows around the country and took excellent care of it. Of course when I am looking I can never find such deals!

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You are going to have to get used to the oddness of having no ramp for loading, it seemed so odd when we came over, but actually works really well in practice
Handily enough, my trailer here is a Bateson and I'm the smug one saying "no I don't bother with the ramp, she just steps up"

I just told my husband, who is there already, to look for a pick-up for me. I'm keeping my options open on gooseneck or bumper-pull.

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