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post #1 of 6 Old 07-04-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Should I buy this trailer?

So most of you know my story. Got a trailer last year and subsequently found out that my horse is terrified of getting into it when it has the divider in it. He gets into every other trailer on the planet no problem, so I've been trailer shopping. I had agreed with myself that I would only do an even trade in terms of money. So far I have no found a trailer that fits the bill.

What I did find was a 2004 Hawk that is only $1,000 more than what I can get for mine. However, it needs new tires which will be another $600 and it's about $500 to register it, so that brings it to $2,100 more than I was planning on spending. I can sort of afford it, but am a bit cautious about dipping into my reserves to do it. That being said, it is a nice trailer and used Hawks don't come up for sale often. Horse goes fine in his current trailer as long as he's riding stock style, so I don't technically need a trailer this instant. This is very much a want, not so much a need, although I would welcome the opportunity to be able to haul two horses and get gas money in return.

What would you do?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-04-2012, 09:43 PM
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It would be worth it if you plan to keep it 5 to 6 years or longer.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-04-2012, 09:48 PM
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I would use the tires as a bargaining tool in negotiating the price (unless it has already been figured into the asking price by the seller??). How much of a strain on your reserves would this create? What is it about this trailer that is so wonderful that it's making you want to go back on the deal you had made with yourself?
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-04-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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She won't come down on price. I'm just the type of person who likes things to be finished. I know the trailer I have now does not allow me to take a second horse along, so I can't split gas expenses to shows or take my turn to tow when we go on trail rides off property. I know a different trailer would allow me to take two horses and all my problems would be solved.

The logical side of me says, why spend more money when I already have a trailer and still have a laundry list of things that need to be done in terms of my house projects. $2,000 is nothing to sneeze at.

The side that wants this trailer knows that this same trailer new would cost $6,000 more and that used ones are hard to come by. In my area, the good trailers sell in a heartbeat. I fear if I pass on this one, another will not come available when I need it to. That all being said, I also might stumble across something nicer.

Sooooo conflicted!

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-04-2012, 09:57 PM
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Are the things that you will be trading off (projects) worth having the trailer? Only you can answer that for yourself....
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-05-2012, 07:23 AM
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I think I would train my horse to get his butt in the trailer.
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