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    11-20-2013, 07:50 PM
I don't like that trailer, the config, the condition, the whole bag. Keep looking, that one is a money pit.
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    11-20-2013, 07:54 PM
Green Broke
Do you have the interior dimensions of the trailer, Oshawapilot? Aside from the techy stuff other posters have brought up with regard to general safety and refurbishing obstacles, I echo what Taffy (I think that was the poster) had to say - some windows and ventilation, please (as well as some outside tie rings). Also when you go to paint, use a light inviting colour for the inside of it as that does make a difference.

The height requirement is vital to be met. Considering it is an older trailer, I should think if it is under 7 ft you have to pass on that alone especially since at least one of your horses is a clyde. One of my neighbours has clydes and he hauls them often using his stock trailer that is 7 ft tall (and they do fill it up but appear comfortable enough). It would be ideal to have it taller but you work with what you got, right????

With the width you have more play as you only plan on hauling the two and if worse came to worse you could set up with a more open interior (similar to a stock trailer) that will let the horses stand at angles (and then you'd kind of get the slant load you wanted).

Please do keep us posted.
    11-20-2013, 08:05 PM
7 foot ceiling, confirmed.
    11-20-2013, 08:41 PM
Please look real carefully as it sounds like you will be doing.

The more I look at your pictures the more questions arise...

Maybe you could figure this one out for me...looking at the picture of the inside facing the gooseneck area... and looking at the exterior picture with out a window/door/side...but the hole in the trailer side...
If the stall configuration is a forward facing stall and there is a solid wall partition blocking the gooseneck... where the heck do the horses put their heads and necks? And if it is a rear facing configuration there is like no floor room to keep the horses from reaching across to each other...think chomp, chomp on each other sometimes in pissy moods on trailers...

You are right though about the differences in prices from the USA to Canada...rust belt not so much. We also do heavy salting and have rusting of our trailers, trucks and equipment just as you do.
My first trailer was 35 years old and not pretty either. But it didn't require this kind of work thankfully.
I'm glad for your sake you are real handy and not afraid to tackle a project of this magnitude... it will potentially be a doozy.

I for one can't wait to see the diamond shine forth when you get it finished...
    11-20-2013, 08:51 PM
Green Broke
You sound like you have thought it through.

Go for it!! I would like to follow your progress.
    11-20-2013, 08:56 PM
Yes, there are many questions left unanswered, the "Where the heck do their heads go" in the front stalls very much amongst them, and I agree I wouldn't be interested in a head to head layout. I too looked through the hayloft door (yes, it's off it's hinge - again, a 5 minute welding job for me, this constitutes no issue in my head although it could be massive to others) and wondered the same thing.

Certainly lots of questions to be answered, and she didn't really sound like she was terribly knowledgeable about it when I talked to her in person - not sure what the situation leading to it's sale is, but It sounds like it's a "selling it for a family member" thing perhaps. In the end the only way to answer all the questions I'm left with is to actually go look at it in person.

I've got 48+ hours to sleep on it.

I for one can't wait to see the diamond shine forth when you get it finished...
Thanks for the positive vibe. I've done this sort of thing before so I'm not scared or overwhelmed by the process in the slightest.

I dealt with a similar "Oh, you don't know what you're in for" scenario last year when the engine blew up in my truck - cracked block. Me and two buddies sourced parts and rebuilt it in his shop from the crank on up for about $2500, some pizza, and a few cases of beer. 25000+ Kilometers on it since then and it's purring away.

So, basically my point is...I've taken basket cases and made a bouquet of roses out of the situation before. This doesn't scare me. :)

Here's my 6.5 turbodiesel as we were putting her back together. Read the whole thread via the link above for anyone so inclined..although it's a long one. It gets interesting around page 14, but went up to nearly 30 pages in length.

    11-20-2013, 09:50 PM
Obviously you don't mind the project aspect of the trailer, if you did I'm sure you wouldn't even be considering it.

One thing that really irritates me about the trailer is the fact that it's a reverse load and has no windows. A lot of horses don't like a reverse load style then you add that it doesn't have windows or light can add to loading issues. These are things that can be remedied by remodeling but it it is worth considering.

Good luck :)
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    11-20-2013, 09:56 PM
Points taken, thank you. :)

I'm still unclear on the load design for the 2 front horses - as someone mentioned it appears there's a head divider at the front in the pics indicating to me it's designed for all 4 horses head forward, but the comment about their head space makes me wonder. As mentioned, questions to be answered - the pics aren't telling enough.
    11-21-2013, 02:14 PM
Green Broke
You sound competent & confident enough to tackle this project. Is your daughter going to help at all? If not doing any physical work or having input into the design, maybe she could at least bake cookies? Girls like being involved in things, especially w/their dads!
    11-21-2013, 02:35 PM
Green Broke
Diamond in the rough? Sorry, I only see the rough part.

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