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post #1 of 14 Old 01-24-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer Shopping--Need Some Guidance

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a 2 horse bumper pull slant load horse trailer. I have a 15 yr old QH who loads better in a slant and occasionally may haul another horse as well. What I'm wondering are what are the important features to consider when shopping for a trailer besides such things as good tires and a strong floor for used or may even be purchasing a new steel (due to budget) trailer depending on what's out there. Thanks in advance for your help!
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-24-2013, 09:07 PM
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Good ventilation, brakes on both axles, axles that are over rated (overly heavy rated, if you think you'll have 4ton loaded I like axles good for 6 ton). Good lighting, markers on fenders and the outer most of the trailer. An escape door and an easy to use rear door (wether its ramp or step up, the door should be easy, simple, and succure). Tack or hay storage. In a small two horse, I'd be happy with one or the other. All these are just what I'd like. Everyone has varying likes and wants. Good luck finding the trailer that fits y'all best and when you do, pics are mandatory ;)
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Of course, get someone who knows what to look for to check everything over. Part that was very important to me, I bought a brand new one, was a swing out saddle rack, so I didn't have to step inside the tackroom to get or put back a saddle. If I were to buy used, I think the wiring would have to be A ok, I would plug it into my receiver before I buy it, wiring can be a nightmare, also the axles better not be rusted, floorboards can be easily replaced. Good luck in your search.
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Maybe you could give us a region you are located and your budget. We might, or people in your area could suggest for sale ads or trailer brands available to you.

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If you looking for steel I would not get one unless it was annaneal or galvaneal? Something like that. It is a treated steal. Titan has it and a few others.The regular steel are rusted before they even leave the lot.
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A 2 horse is not as stable as a 4 horse, so you really want to have sway bars.
I got my 1993 Dodge 3/4 Cummins truck changed over to a gooseneck when I got that kind of trailer, but I kept both the bumper hitch and the swaybars, just in case, for the future.

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Maybe you could give us a region you are located and your budget. We might, or people in your area could suggest for sale ads or trailer brands available to you.
I am in Missouri and looking to stay around $3k cash....
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I wouldnt buy steel, and especially used steel, they rust,
Many 2 horse trailers only have brakes on one axle, and any of them big enough for your horse will have have 3500 lb X 2 axles. For a rating of 7000lbs,

Oh an no title no deal, don't hand over any cash till you have the titile, none of that billy bob has it we'll mail it to you stuff. OK that's fine then I'll mail you the money when the title shows up. Then check that the VIN numbers match.
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I agree with Joe on the fact that make sure the title is clean and clear.

Personally I love a good quality steel trailer you just have to make sure they are in good shape if you buy used and maintain them. We have used steel trailers for years hauling cattle and horses on crappy dirt roads and they hold up pretty good.

For your price range you can almost get a brand new CM/S&H or WW brand stock combo bumper pull trailer. I love WW trailers, they have worked very well for us given the abuse we have dished out.
Someone mentioned Titan trailers, the older ones were great. A friend bought a brand new gooseneck Titan about 4 years ago and he hates it. It has basically rattled a part and has had numerous problems with it. But that is only one trailer....so take it for what it is worth....free advice, LOL!

Have you done any searching on Horse Trailer World? They have a pile of ads and it can give you an idea of what the prices are in your area.
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I agree with Joe on the fact that make sure the title is clean and clear.

Personally I love a good quality steel trailer you just have to make sure they are in good shape if you buy used and maintain them. We have used steel trailers for years hauling cattle and horses on crappy dirt roads and they hold up pretty good.

For your price range you can almost get a brand new CM/S&H or WW brand stock combo bumper pull trailer. I love WW trailers, they have worked very well for us given the abuse we have dished out.
Someone mentioned Titan trailers, the older ones were great. A friend bought a brand new gooseneck Titan about 4 years ago and he hates it. It has basically rattled a part and has had numerous problems with it. But that is only one trailer....so take it for what it is worth....free advice, LOL!

Have you done any searching on Horse Trailer World? They have a pile of ads and it can give you an idea of what the prices are in your area.
Good Luck!
I have looked at Horse Trailer World and some other sites and have checked out those brand trailers as I've been trying to do some research to see where I fall with my budget. I would prefer an aluminum trailer but obviously way out of my budget. I can maintain a steel trailer and have access through my Dad who has tools and workshop for any light work that may need to be done.
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