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post #21 of 44 Old 12-13-2013, 10:02 AM
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Do you want a goose neck or bumper pull? Sorry if this was already answered...For that price you could get a BEAUTIFUL lightly used trailer!!!!!! I bought my Hawk (bumper pull) with dressing room, warmblood size, new brakes, new tires...gorgeous for $5500 privately owned!
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post #22 of 44 Old 12-13-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I want a bp, is yours straight or slant? I haven't seen any slant hawk trailers that cheap around here :(

Someone has an Adam trailer, what I want pretty much, for 6000...how are Adams?
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post #23 of 44 Old 12-13-2013, 11:14 AM
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Mine is straight, which is my preference. My trailer was a few years old...maybe 4-5 yrs old when I bought it. It was perfectly maintained. I'm in CT where everything is $$$$$ you just have to keep looking and looking and know what to look out for in trailer maintenance.
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post #24 of 44 Old 12-13-2013, 12:17 PM
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post #25 of 44 Old 12-13-2013, 06:16 PM
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we had before a adam bp trailer with a large dressing room, the reason we sold the trailer was, because we wanted a gooseneck.

The quality of the adam trailers are good.

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post #26 of 44 Old 12-14-2013, 05:38 PM
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My thoughts on your trailer search would be this. I don't like trailers without tandem axles because of a blowout. I blew out a tire in the middle of the Eisenhower tunnel years back and I don't know how I would have gotten out of the tunnel without a tandem axle. If the trailer sits outside and yours looks like it does I would go with aluminum and I would get a used one. Be sure and see what kind of flooring it has too. My old 93 model Kiefer Built is all aluminum and is built very well. I think better than the newer ones. When they get a little dingy you can find a truck stop with a 18 wheeler wash facility and get it acid washed and it will look like new again. It cost about $40.00 here in Missouri. I like a gooseneck because they tow and back so much better. You will have the added expense of the in bed hitch setup however. Speaking of the hitch - I would recommend that you get one with a removable ball so that you can haul plywood etc. I did not notice what length bed you have on your truck. If it is short you might have to get a gooseneck that offsets so you have a little more room between the trailer and cab. I have never been afraid to drive some miles to find what I want as well. One more thing that you might consider is the aerodynamics of the trailer. If you don't have real tall horses you can get by with one that is not so tall. I like a trailer with a rounded or semi pointed front that doesn't catch so much wind. I hope this helps
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My thoughts on your trailer search would be this. I don't like trailers without tandem axles because of a blowout. I blew out a tire in the middle of the Eisenhower tunnel years back and I don't know how I would have gotten out of the tunnel without a tandem axle. If the trailer sits outside and yours looks like it does I would go with aluminum and I would get a used one. Be sure and see what kind of flooring it has too. My old 93 model Kiefer Built is all aluminum and is built very well. I think better than the newer ones. When they get a little dingy you can find a truck stop with a 18 wheeler wash facility and get it acid washed and it will look like new again. It cost about $40.00 here in Missouri. I like a gooseneck because they tow and back so much better. You will have the added expense of the in bed hitch setup however. Speaking of the hitch - I would recommend that you get one with a removable ball so that you can haul plywood etc. I did not notice what length bed you have on your truck. If it is short you might have to get a gooseneck that offsets so you have a little more room between the trailer and cab. I have never been afraid to drive some miles to find what I want as well. One more thing that you might consider is the aerodynamics of the trailer. If you don't have real tall horses you can get by with one that is not so tall. I like a trailer with a rounded or semi pointed front that doesn't catch so much wind. I hope this helps
Yeah I'm looking for a tandem axle this time :) The single actually pulls amazingly but eventually I'm going to be moving few hours away out of the city so I'd like a trailer I feel safer with going on a long highway drive.

I've only had this trailer little over a year, came to me with most of the rust, if I do go steel again I'm going to pay to park it where I board so it will be in a better place. But I'm still debating between the two. I am going to stick with bumper pull though, I just really don't think it would be amazing on my truck to do a GN, even if it COULD do it its not really built for it like bigger trucks. I want it to last quite awhile!

Good to know about washing an aluminium one though thanks for that advice! Something to keep in mind.
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post #28 of 44 Old 12-15-2013, 08:36 PM
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evilamc, A friend has a GN 2 horse that he uses for short hauls. I think that it would be the same weight as a 2 horse bumper pull, so they are out there. Happy hunting.
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post #29 of 44 Old 12-27-2013, 12:18 PM
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Calico makes a nice trailer in your price range. You can custom order. I am very happy with mine.

Have a look on your local Craig's list. From time to time you will find very nice used trailers on there and save a load of $$
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Ya I'm going to go to horse world expo in jan and check out a bunch and then look at calico's. I'm checking Craigslist every day or so to see if any good deals pop up :)
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