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    06-04-2013, 04:33 PM
  #11
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Make sure you have the equipment to change a tire on a tandem axle trailer (if that's what you have) I carry a trailer aid jack like this Trailer Aid Jack Stand for Tandem Axle Trailers - Adams Horse and Pet Supply
Not sure if that's a good price, you could shop around to check.
     
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    06-04-2013, 05:24 PM
  #12
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Make sure whichever ball/receiver hitch you get, that it is properly rated for your truck. They make 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ton hitches. I keep a drop down and straight ball that work on my receiver hitch. I like to keep different ones depending on what I'm towing and the ball size.
My horse trailer is a bumper pull and uses a weight distribution hitch and sway bar like the one mentioned above. I put a set of Timbren suspension SES on my 3/4 ton truck just to give it extra umph.
     
    06-04-2013, 11:43 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
The graphic printed on the back of the trailer is awesome. Where would you even get something like that done?
Just Google "Car Wraps" + your local zip code and a local shop will pop up. They peal away vinyl so it doesnt hurt the pain on the trailer for resale. Heck most people would probably buy it for the graphic alone.


One recomendation I forgot, get USRider or AAA Premium RV (the only AAA level that covers loaded horse trailers.) OR if you haul as much as I do, get both, for the double coverage

In the even that something DOES go wrong, yur battery DOES die, you get a flat tire, you get in an accident, a mountain pass is closed and you have to spend the night somewhere, these specialy services are a GODSEND.

Mine pay for themselves in the first month. I live outside of Seattle, and I was going to a show in Portland Oregon, a distance of about 180+ miles one way 360+ round trip. Longer than what Im used to so I got USRider "just in case".

75 miles in, I pull over for gas, fill up and find the battery is dead. I guess that the battery could support the horse trailer for short trips where it would disconnect the trailer and then could recharge itself. But this longer trip without time to recharge was too much and it ran out of juice.

I called my regular road side service from my car insurence, and they said that because I was hauling horses, and even though they insure and cover the truck, the horse trailer and the property the horses live on, roadside assistance doesn't cover any issues when my truck is connected to the trailer and the horses are in the trailer.

So no problem, I called USRider and they said no problem and 20 minutes later there was a tow truck guy with a couple of battery options, hooked us up and sent us on our way.

So we show, have a great weekend and on the way home at the EXACT same gas staion, in front of the EXACT SAME GAS PUMP, (because it wouldn't happen again right?! In my mind Iwasn't tempting fate so much as, I honestly thought statistically I couldn't break down in the same spot on the same trip), my truck broke down.

It turns out that I snapped a belt! So no problem I get on the horse to US Rider and they send a tow guy out to evaluate it, but the good people at Ford in their infinite wisdom decided in an effort to make more money, but 4 belts in my engine, and make it so you cannot take one off with out replacing all of them, AND all 4 belts are different lenths, and have different bumps. Awesome.

So 75 miles from home, a 1600 pound pissed off warmblood mare stopping because its June and its 80 something degrees outside, a 6 week old foal who can't nurse b/c theres gate securing mom in his way, and my truck can't move.

So I call USRider and tell them, they talk to the tow truck guy and they send out a second tow truck, (the guy was a lift and tow type of tow truck but we needed a flatbed tow truck.

Once the buy got there, we unhooked the horse trailer WITH the horses inside, (I had a huge panic attack when we did that.) It was a bumper-pull so it wasnt as rediculous as trying to do that with a gooseneck.

They loaded my truck on to the flatbed tow truck and then hooked up the horse trailer to the ball of the tow truck, and they drove us the remaining 75 miles home.

And that whole grand adventure cost me ..... nothing.

Not a single red cent. US Rider covered the whole thing. I had only bought it 36 hours before I left. I absolutly swear buy them and the only reason I got the AAA is b/c I go to Montana and I like the extra 200 towing miles are reassuring.

When I went to Spokane later that summer 320 miles one way and got a flat time in the middle of the desert when it was 97 degrees out. I was trying to figure out the trailer jack ramp, someone else suggested and I gave up and called USRider and they came out and did it in like 30-45 minutes (I was in the middle of no where). They attached my spare, and even brought ice water for my horses.

He actually had horses himself and when he hear it was a horse trailer to a clean bucket bought a bag of ice and by the time he got to us in the heat it was half melted.

I will give them gold stars forever.
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    06-05-2013, 12:28 AM
  #14
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On a tundra, I'd definitely look into a weight distributing hitch.
Which mounts in the receiver like any other, and one the brackets are set on the trailer only take a few minutes to bind
Pay someone to do it? I wouldn't, but some may benefit from a profesional.
And the trailer must have a tounge that can except the brackets for said hitch.

As for the trail-aid thing, a couple nails, a few boards and 15min and tada! Easy as flys.
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    06-05-2013, 04:03 PM
  #15
Yearling
I bought a break controller from Amazon that I used in my last truck, was like 90 bucks, my dad installed it very easily and it worked great! You just have to make sure you get the right wiring harness for your make/model truck then most break controllers will work just fine.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/order-...&startIndex=30
     
    06-05-2013, 04:37 PM
  #16
Trained
^^^ All the new(er) trucks I've seen with factory tow packages come with the harness.
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    06-05-2013, 08:13 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Phly    
As for the trail-aid thing, a couple nails, a few boards and 15min and tada! Easy as flys.
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Those trailer aids are rated at 6 tons. I would NOT trust my horses or trailer to a home cobbled wood and nails contraption. Take a good heavy duty hydraulic jack if you don't want to go with the trailer aids. Sitting on the side of a 6 lane highway in 100+ degree temps, a trailer full of horses, and a flat tire on your rig is not the time to mess around. It's also not the time to have to unload your precious cargo. Be prepared and you will worry less.
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    06-05-2013, 10:10 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
Those trailer aids are rated at 6 tons. I would NOT trust my horses or trailer to a home cobbled wood and nails contraption. Take a good heavy duty hydraulic jack if you don't want to go with the trailer aids. Sitting on the side of a 6 lane highway in 100+ degree temps, a trailer full of horses, and a flat tire on your rig is not the time to mess around. It's also not the time to have to unload your precious cargo. Be prepared and you will worry less.
Haha! You mave have barked up the wrong tree ;). I'll take a picture of my homemade version tomorrow.

Simplicity can be your friend. I've blocked off road equipment up weighing over 60000lbs with wood blocks alone.

And as far as the side of the road, I operate a tow truck (I'd call it a recovery vehicle, as the term tow truck tends to have a stigma) every day, for almost two decades. So yes, I've spent a lil time on the shoulder.

If ya want to spend the money, I won't tell ya not to. But to assume anything other then what ya can get at Walmart isn't safe, well, I find that a lil nieave.
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    06-06-2013, 02:14 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I'm not handy with woodworking, so I'd trust the chunk of plastic over anything I built myself. I did find the Trailer Aid at half the price on Amazon.com so I'll probably get one from there once I have the trailer and am building up my emergency kit
     
    06-07-2013, 07:50 AM
  #20
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@Phly not everyone is a handy andy ;)
     

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