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post #41 of 44 Old 01-19-2014, 07:17 PM
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Now I am opposite in what I would do...

I would buy what I really wanted, could afford and not go crazy with payments. Trailer insurance is cheap and needed if financed.
Yes, a monthly payment but if you put down $$ those payments are not crazy...
Buying at a show & expo also gives you tremendous savings usually, so that might help. Incentives and even reduced prices if you find a model at the show could save you big time too.

On the other hand if you are buying a trailer that is almost 13 years old {new models arrive soon for 2015 even though it is early '14}, you could have issues regardless of how good it was maintained it is still getting old. Trailers just like cars age in various ways and as you are in a area that salts heavily in cool/cold weather you will have corrosion to the undercarriage regardless of what it is made from. That also goes for your wiring, braking system and everything else you can think of.
The newest safety features will be on a new trailer, that matters to me.

Personally, I would not purchase a trailer older than 10 years.
I also would not settle as this purchase is one you will have for many years... you will either love it from day one or have regrets from day two that you didn't hold out for what you truly wanted and should not of settled.
That warranty is very important to me when thinking about spending this kind of money...even used and this trailer, that is a lot of $$$$ to spend and have NO manufacturers thanks.

Some serious thinking and considerations to be made regardless of which way you go.

Best of luck in your search.

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post #42 of 44 Old 01-19-2014, 08:09 PM
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Just wanted to say that I'm super jealous. I wish I were trailer shopping ;)

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #43 of 44 Old 01-19-2014, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, have to get my beater sold first :( WAH
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post #44 of 44 Old 01-22-2014, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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So I have it narrowed down to two trailers, they are basically same price just have a couple different options.

Featherlite 9409 2 horse slant
Moved saddle racks to dressing room and took out rear tack
Installed small door from dressing room to horse area (I originally asked him to price it with a front stall escape door but thats what he did and I kind of like that idea now too)
All aluminium and aluminum floor with mats

Hawk 2 horse slant elite
Moved saddle racks to dressing room and took out rear tack
Has front stall escape door
Padded dividers
aluminum skin on steel frame
rumber floors
larger stalls

My gut wants to go with the Hawk, but its not a local dealer so I can't go and see it in person, have to buy it and have it shipped. They can paint the stripes on it to match my truck which is pretty cool. The Featherlites are local and a lighter trailer which could be nice since I only have an f150 5.4L. Any input on which tows nicer? Their prices are just about identical (even with the shipping for the Hawk) and they both seem to hold the same resale value. What would you prefer and why? Part of me wants to stay away from the aluminium flooring just because its more work to replace if I ever needed to and it transfers more heat and vibrations. My horse is only 15.2 so not sure if I really NEED the larger stalls the hawk provides, but it just seems nice to have the option of a larger stall if I get a larger horse or a friend has a larger horse.
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