Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I think some of you need to keep in perspective that I live in Canada – home of rust. ;). I suspect a lot of you guys don't live anywhere near the Rust Belt or have never experienced what it's like living in an area where we get brutal winters, but it's a reality here. I've seen five-year-old horse trailers in similar condition to this. It's the way it is - EVERYTHING rusts.
Again, reiterating, the cosmetics are of little concern to me – I have all of my own HPLV spray guns as well as sufficient compressor capability, and all of the gear to basically refurbish the trailer cosmetically from top to bottom. I recognize that it's not ever going to look brand-new again or like anything you'll find on a lot, however I am perfectly okay with that. Perhaps you guys roll in a much higher class circle than me, however in my perspective this trailer is actually cosmetically significantly better (as it sits) than what I see a lot of people show up at the shows with. ;)
Touching back on the length again, I must stress that it is of absolutely no concern whatsoever to me – just for everybody's information I am a commercial driver with nearly 20 years experience, I have pulled 53 foot trailers coast-to-coast and put them in places where a lot of drivers swore they couldn't get a 20 foot RV. I am sitting in a freightliner tractor with a 53 foot trailer behind me as I type this, yes I am stopped. ;)
Up until recently we also owned a 30 foot fifth wheel travel trailer which we traveled with coast-to-coast as well (http:gowest.oshawapilot.ca), often with our two jet skis hitched behind it adding another 20 feet. Again, no concern. My pick up truck is by no means new and actually rides extremely low compared to many of the new ones, so much so that my fifth wheel had to have its pin box lowered all the way and the fifth wheel hitch in the truck raised all the way in order to get things level – any concerns at all in regards to this trailer would be that the nose could actually be low. It's also a 1 ton Dually so I'm not concerned in the least about putting a draft in the front. These rear axle configuration trailers also pull extremely smooth and stable because of axle spacing and loading. I prefer them to traditional middle axle trailers hands down, but yes, they require a beefy truck to handle the config. I have that.
Regarding the interior layout, two days ago I would wholeheartedly have agreed that the layout could have been less-than-perfect, however one only need to read a variety of threads here from the last several years (search "moving horse in stock trailer" to quickly discover countless stories of people moving their horses in trailers much lesser equipped then even this one. Accordingly I'm not willing to discount it just because it's not perfectly set up inside according to what some may consider "essential", when there's plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Yes it needs new tires, however I have already looked and there is a tire place only a few kilometers from her house – worst-case I will pull the rims off and take them there and have the rubber swapped, return and put them back on with my impact gun. I also have magnetic lights to make it safe for the trip home if there's any electrical concerns until that can be addressed. The brakes are confirmed functional and the trailer would be empty of course regardless.
I absolutely agree that what it looks like underneath is of the utmost concern – it's probably my biggest concern, and after pulling it out of the divots that it's sitting in right now I would certainly be spending a significant amount of time underneath doing a careful inspection. If it's rotten, I'll walk - no question. Again, electrical, paint, minor repairs or alterations I'm not afraid of – however I'm not interested in buying a ground up rebuild project that is a complete rotten wreck underneath an otherwise blemished skin.
So long as it sounds I am extremely confident that for about a $1000 investment I can have this trailer looking reasonably spiffy. At that point I would have approximately $15-$1600 total invested. Based on what many of you were saying that may not constitute a good deal in your neck of the woods, however in my area that still constitutes an absolute steal for a four horse trailer.
Last edited by PrivatePilot; 11-20-2013 at 12:39 PM.