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.