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    01-26-2013, 06:44 AM
  #11
Trained
Well-I have a REALLY old Valley-I think it is a 1992 or something. I LOVE it. Hubby wants me to replace it, but I am not so inclined. I love the weight of it. I only ever take one horse in it, as the rest is used for my extra stuff-and I will tell you it tows beautifully. I maintain it impeccably, but it has always been kept outside.....still incredibly solid according to my trailer guy who always offers to buy it. I have had it rewired, but other that that-it is not the most beautiful thing, but remains solid as a rock. Valleys are well built, and as far as value-my trailer guy has offered me $4k on trade in (he deals only in Jamcos, which I LOVE, but are super pricey). Mine is a extra wide, extra tall 2h straight load, ramp, double axle, sway bars are a must, and hubby built in custom cabinets in the front for storage...makes it sort of a modified dressing room type thing. I bet you could get one in your price range. I will say that in looking myself, one thing I like about mine that I cannot find is that the divider goes all the way to the floor. I like it because of the fact that I only take one horse, and always have lots of stuff on the off side. I don't want to have to worry about all the "stuff" getting over with the horse. JMHO.

My best friend has an Exiss, which ic a nice trailer-also a 2h straight load, but aluminum......neither one of us likes the way it tows compared to my steel. But, it is prettier, and much easier to keep clean-just hose it out. It has a seperate tack room, so her "stuff" is away from the horses.
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    01-27-2013, 09:22 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Well-I have a REALLY old Valley-I think it is a 1992 or something. I LOVE it. Hubby wants me to replace it, but I am not so inclined. I love the weight of it. I only ever take one horse in it, as the rest is used for my extra stuff-and I will tell you it tows beautifully. I maintain it impeccably, but it has always been kept outside.....still incredibly solid according to my trailer guy who always offers to buy it. I have had it rewired, but other that that-it is not the most beautiful thing, but remains solid as a rock. Valleys are well built, and as far as value-my trailer guy has offered me $4k on trade in (he deals only in Jamcos, which I LOVE, but are super pricey). Mine is a extra wide, extra tall 2h straight load, ramp, double axle, sway bars are a must, and hubby built in custom cabinets in the front for storage...makes it sort of a modified dressing room type thing. I bet you could get one in your price range. I will say that in looking myself, one thing I like about mine that I cannot find is that the divider goes all the way to the floor. I like it because of the fact that I only take one horse, and always have lots of stuff on the off side. I don't want to have to worry about all the "stuff" getting over with the horse. JMHO.

My best friend has an Exiss, which ic a nice trailer-also a 2h straight load, but aluminum......neither one of us likes the way it tows compared to my steel. But, it is prettier, and much easier to keep clean-just hose it out. It has a seperate tack room, so her "stuff" is away from the horses.
You mention sway bars are a must...I recently learned of a sway bar, but sounds like it could be tricky in the areas I sometimes pull in. Could you explain why the sway bar is a must? I got the impression that this was more due to bad pulling with the Calico brand, though this same person mentioned that it may not be an issue with all Calicos...
     
    01-27-2013, 09:25 PM
  #13
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Originally Posted by Phura    
You mention sway bars are a must...I recently learned of a sway bar, but sounds like it could be tricky in the areas I sometimes pull in. Could you explain why the sway bar is a must? I got the impression that this was more due to bad pulling with the Calico brand, though this same person mentioned that it may not be an issue with all Calicos...
I have had many horse trailer from an early 70's 2 horse to a new large gooseneck with LQ. I have never used sway bars and never needed them. So I would make sure everything is set up correct before getting sway bars.
     
    01-27-2013, 09:34 PM
  #14
Trained
I just feel like it holds it steadier-I do more highway driving-65 MPH with big trucks passing......and with one horse. Plus, for many many years, the one horse was a draft cross, and I was pulling it way underpowered......I now have a larger SUV, so that is no longer an issue. I feel it helps it stay balanced. So-it is a must for ME.
     

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