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post #11 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 08:17 PM
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my guess was 1000.00 so 1700.00 seems high. For 2500.00 you can get alot more for your buck so hang in there and keep looking. Have you checked horse trailer world?
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post #12 of 37 Old 06-11-2010, 08:26 PM
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Here is a couple fairly close. Most seem to be in the 3K range.I realize they do not have a shiny new green paint job but that one won't look that good after it sits out in the weather a few months. :)
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I also have to agree that 28" is not nearly enough room for any normal sized horse. Also, I don't know if it is just the picture playing a trick on me or what but it appears to me that the front axle might be bent. It looks like the front tire is tilted at an angle: out at the bottom and in at the top.

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I don't know what year that trailer is, but my old trailer that I was talking about, although quite a bit shorter then this one (it was a QH stock trailer - made for old style QH's which were somewhere around the 14.2 hand mark back then) was only $600. It had been completely redone as the one pictured here. New tires, new lights, new paint, etc.... I think you could actually buy a newer steele stock trailer for $3k.... Keep looking. :)

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post #15 of 37 Old 06-12-2010, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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It looks like the front tire is tilted at an angle: out at the bottom and in at the top.
Wow! I didn't notice that at all, but I think you're right!

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Have you checked horse trailer world?
I actually saw this trailer. Horse Trailer World - Huge Selection of Horse Trailers, Cargo, Trucks I liked it too. It seemed like a lot of rust, which I thought was a problem, and therefore it didn't seen to be worth 2.5k...but what does everybody else think about that one?

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I think you could actually buy a newer steele stock trailer for $3k.... Keep looking. :)
My problem is that my gelding is a draft cross and 16.3hh - most stock trailers are under 7' and he needs one that big. My spending budget for a trailer is unfortunately limited to $2000. Also, I have to have one by the end of the month, because we have a show coming up on July 3rd that I'm desperate to go to, and can't otherwise find a ride for...not at all for lack of trying...
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My problem is that my gelding is a draft cross and 16.3hh - most stock trailers are under 7' and he needs one that big.
Keep an eye out for stock trailers, though. Even though most are 6'6", there are 7' ones out there.

By the way...at the big used trailer places down here, you have to call/look at the web sites everyday. Good, used trailers come and go very fast.

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I have virtually the exact same trailer. I needed a trailer to haul my sons' 4-h animals: goats and hogs. A guy gave me the trailer for free. It was rusty and needed lights and a paint job. I painted 4-H colors which is the green and white just like the one you are looking at. I put new lights on it and new wiring. It is great for hauling hogs. I once got 6 - 250lb hogs on that trailer. But for hauling horses, I wouldn't do it. I did once haul a 14HH pony after I laid down an extra strength flooring of new pressure treated 2 X 12 boards. There is no way my 16.1HH appendix could fit into it. Clinton Anderson calls that trailer a sardine can on wheels and I agree. You will never squeeze a percheron into it. The price of $1700 is just about absurd. It is worth about $500. It is an old trailer with a new coat of paint and oiled wheels. I wouldn't put a horse on that set of floorboards. The horrific accidents of horses falling through the floor while going down the road happened with trailers like that. It probably has no brakes. Save your money and bide your time until you can afford a trailer built to decent specs. All that trailer has is new paint. I'll bet it is a rust bucket ready to fall apart. I wouldn't haul my horse in that trailer.
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There are a few places that rust is an issue but you will likely find that with pretty much any trailer in your price range. What I do like is the fact that the center divider is removable just in case it is a bit too narrow for your boy. It looks like a decent trailer that has been quite a few miles but can still go quite a few more.

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Clementine,

I think when considering an old steel trailer, the most important issue is structural strength and size. So many of them are very small and rusting apart. You need to become an expert at getting down and assessing the steel beams that make up the floor and making sure that the boards are strong. Good luck to you.
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