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post #1 of 37 Old 06-10-2010, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on this trailer?

Hey everyone,
Well, if you saw my previous post, you know that I'm new to all of this trailer buying nonsense. So I wanted to see what everyone thought of this trailer:











I am iffy about the floors, but I have no experience with which to judge them. Don't worry, if I were to get the go ahead from all of you, I will be taking my old instructor with me.

As you can tell, I'm not being too picky about the trailer. All I want is it to be safe, and to haul my horse places. Here's some info about the trailer:
  • New lights, and wiring
  • New tires with tubes
  • New paint (green and white with black trim)
  • Rubberized undercoating under fenders and frame
  • New floor
  • Easily removable center divider with new wood paneling
  • Tack room and hay manjur with removable wooden divider
  • Two matching trailer ties with quick release snaps
  • Matching hay net
  • Two vents, one in the front and one on top
  • New sliding plexy glass windows with screw locks
Measurements
  • 8 ft high
  • 8 ft long
  • 28" wide stalls
  • 34" tall escape door
  • 34"x60" tack area
  • 1 7/8" ball hitch
  • 4 flat electric connection
  • 15" wheels
Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 06:38 AM
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Well that is surely a green trailer.... Atleast it will get noticed..My one question, are you sure it's 8ft tall? Are you measuring from the ground or the floor of the trailer. Trailler looks to be older so I would think a 6-6 1/2 ft tall...It's not a bad looking trailer. The floor looks to be ok but I would take a screwdriver and poke the wood in different places to check for soft spots. Does the floor feel firm to you when you walk on it? You could look up under the trailer and look where the wood goes into the frame from underneath and see if there is any rotting..It's hard to tell from the pic but to me it looks ok...If the owner went through all the other work to restore it, surely they would have repalced the floor also....

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post #3 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 09:14 AM
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Measurements
  • 8 ft high
  • 8 ft long
  • 28" wide stalls
  • 34" tall escape door
  • 34"x60" tack area
  • 1 7/8" ball hitch
  • 4 flat electric connection
  • 15" wheels
What type of horse(s) do you have?

With 28" wide stalls, you'll need a pretty thin horse. Our Paint mares would never fit in there (our 2 horse stock trailer is 6' wide inside (2x36") and the divider takes about 2").

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post #4 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 09:18 AM
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I love the green! Haha I saw a pink trailer like that, if only I could buy it!
It looks fine, I agree with the above posts. And don't forget to make sure your horse fits in it comfortabley, I've seen a lot of horses crammed into tiny trailers.
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post #5 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 10:31 AM
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It is a great first time trailer. It's a lot like my old one (which is now parked in the woods behind my house). Mine was a 70's model and not as tall as that one. The back door latches always had me concerned because they didnt' have a safety pin or latch so I would take a rope and figure 8 tie it just to ensure they did not bounce open. (the never did but it was piece of mind). The other issue I ran into was with the tongue, the latch ended up rusting and breaking off but it's such an easy trailer to deal with that all I had to do was kick the latch with the back of my foot to lock it in and then two hands would pull it open. What I liked about it was that you did not have to be exact on your "line up" for backing, it was light enough you could manhandle it onto the ball.

I loved it for short distances, the size of the trailer made it very practical for hauling and fixing issues were pretty inexpensive. I would suggest always using shipping boots or wrapping for travel in it because it is a narrow straight load and they can nick. Another "issue" to watch for will be in loading. I could open the side door and let him stick his head out and then make it around to the back to shut the door before he backed out but it's really a two man load job because you can't tie until that back door is shut the way you can with a slant load.

If the price is right it should be a decent trailer for a few years.

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post #6 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your responses - you've all been very helpful!

I have only one horse, a 16.2hh Percheron/Paint cross. He's not anywhere near as wide as his breed would suggest - for instance, he only wears a 46" girth. I did think that the stalls seemed a little narrow. I am thinking, since the divider is removable, that it may be possible to move it over to widen one stall, and use the other, narrower side to store tack, hay, etc for the trip.

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I would suggest always using shipping boots or wrapping for travel in it because it is a narrow straight load and they can nick.
I bought him some shipping boots a couple of weeks ago - got them from Horseloverz.com for $25, and they're as nice as some $50 ones I have seen! And, despite being "assorted colors", they came in the correct color to match all of his other stuff - navy! I think it was fate. LOL.


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Well that is surely a green trailer.... Atleast it will get noticed..My one question, are you sure it's 8ft tall? Are you measuring from the ground or the floor of the trailer. Trailler looks to be older so I would think a 6-6 1/2 ft tall...
LOL, yes it IS green!!! I have not been to see this trailer yet - I imagine they are probably measuring from the ground to get the 8', but it also looks like a pretty low trailer, so I imagine that it is probably still 7' on the inside at least, which is all I need. I've actually seen a lot of tall older bumper pulls in my recent searches...although I saw one the other day that was only 6'2" - what could you haul in that, miniature horses?!?!?!?
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you can't move the center divider over to make a larger stall. 28" seemed narrow to me also. I think all the fresh paint and rubber undercoating is hiding lots of rust. And with new paint why such and odd color? Rubber innertubes means the wheels would not hold air from corrosion so they had to put tubes in them. If you have a flat with a tube they go flat right away instead of a slow leak. I think it is too narrow for your horse and resale but I would want to know the price to make a judgement. Cheap I hope.
I also think 1 7/8" ball hitch seems small. I would think a 2 horse trailer would have 2-2.25.
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post #8 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 04:44 PM
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Those older trailers are not very wide. Consider that the horse will stand in a trailer that moves alot like a person would, with their feet spread a bit. You see alot of the older trailers that aren't wide with the srcratch marks on the walls in the back where the horse kicks because they can't spread their legs. Just something to consider.
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post #9 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 05:16 PM
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Knowing what I know about trailers and horse size now. I wouldn't buy it. Actually some good points were made about the trailer itself and I agree about the tires you don't see tubes in any tire these days except wheel barrows.. It may look pretty but that could be just an eye catcher...take that screw driver with you and while your looking at the wood floor poke at the base of the steel wall were it meets the floor.If your screw driver goes through it...Run as fast as you can. The age alone scares me..Does it have a titile and can the owner prove said trailer matches paper? Save your money for a newer model that will accomadate your needs for a few years..Think long term.....

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post #10 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,
To answer the question of price, they're asking $1700 for it.

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Save your money for a newer model that will accomadate your needs for a few years..Think long term.....
I can't exactly wait a few years - I have my current gelding (who is on lease) for only another six months. And I want to show him this summer. And no, there is no one that I can get a ride with to shows...

If the consesus has switched to "don't buy this trailer" - that's fine, I appreciate that opinion as much as the "buy this trailer" one, although it is certainly not what I want to hear.
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