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    11-16-2013, 08:07 AM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TrailDustMelody    
Thanks for all the advice! Unfortunately the 2H got sold before we saw it, so we're back to square one...now we're hoping for a 3H so we can take a friend. I like the Adventure 3Hs with all stock sides...hoping one will come our way soon.
Well, it was a good thread because I learned a great deal about trailer shopping. The magnet idea was interesting alone.

My best to you in your continued search !
     
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    11-16-2013, 04:13 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Every August, during the heat of the summer, I drop my trailer off at the local trailer repair shop for both an inspection and maintenance.

So, my advice before buying, if possible, have the trailer inspected by an established trailer repair shop. Let them tell you what it needs and how much it'll cost.

Plan on having the trailer serviced yearly. Lights, brakes, wiring, tires, bearings etc.

I can do most of the work myself but don't. Having been involved in an accident, and sued, I want a receipt to document the service activities.
     
    11-18-2013, 06:02 PM
  #13
Weanling
Thanks everyone!

Maybe this is a silly question, but why are some trailers so much more expensive than others? With trailers with interior padding, double/triple wall construction, tack rooms, etc...what features make some worth more than others? I'm just trying to understand why some used 3Hs are listed as high as the new Adventure 3H that I like, and why some new 2Hs are more expensive than the 3Hs. Thanks!
     
    11-18-2013, 06:25 PM
  #14
Weanling
Age makes a huge difference - trailers (and anything recreational for that matter) depreciates like a rock. That $15,000 horse trailer you buy today will be a $5000 horse trailer in 10 years, and a $2500 horse trailer 5 years after that.
     
    11-23-2013, 10:43 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by TrailDustMelody    
Thanks everyone!

Maybe this is a silly question, but why are some trailers so much more expensive than others? With trailers with interior padding, double/triple wall construction, tack rooms, etc...what features make some worth more than others? I'm just trying to understand why some used 3Hs are listed as high as the new Adventure 3H that I like, and why some new 2Hs are more expensive than the 3Hs. Thanks!
When I was trailer shopping for used models, I quickly learned they are like kitchen sinks. Some are better gauge metals than others. Some have rivets closer together. If you press on the outer wall, it doesn't give. Another model of same size and style with have rivets further apart and the walls will give a little if you press on them aka kitchen sinks.

Some trailers have riveted roofs while others are one single panel, (Hawks come to mind) Single panel roof is a huge advantage, no leaks ever.

Insulation will separate the men from the boys too. Some are fully insulated. They will keep your horses warm in the winter and equally cool in the summer while others are like a 3 season porch. They can get very hot.

Unfortunately you cannot shop trailers apples to apples for the most part. Just take each one you see individually and just make sure it has the features you want the most.

FYI, any tires over 5 years old need to be replaced no matter how little they were used. Four tires run about $500, so don't fall for that one. Check the floors mostly in the corners under the mats. A little pitting is normal, but just use common sense there. Good luck in your shopping.
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    11-27-2013, 03:29 AM
  #16
Weanling
Thanks, everyone. Still waiting on that $5000 3H Adventure, haha. :P
     
    12-04-2013, 10:38 PM
  #17
Weanling
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your advice so far. We're currently looking into this Circle J 2H. Here is a link to the ad: Horse Trailer

I got more photos of the interior and it looks decent. They have plywood up the sides with a short mat on the tail side, and a short piece of plywood on the tack room side. What is the point of plywood, and does it require special consideration as far as weathering/water?

I inquired about maintenance. The seller didn't know the age of the tires but said they were in good condition. Said they replaced a wheel bearing recently and the others probably need to be checked. Brakes and lights are in working order.

So what do you think? Does it look and sound decent? Is the price reasonable? Anything we should count on checking/fixing/replacing? I'm thinking we'd probably replace all 5 tires, maybe replace the plywood with mats, check/repack/grease all the wheel bearings, and wash and wax the whole thing.
     
    12-05-2013, 01:10 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Plywood is typically found on mid range price trailers (assuming it was factory installed) - the economical ones are usually all metal walls and the high ends ones will have either rubber matting or padding. If you paint it or put a water sealant on it that will help extend its life considerably.

I think that is a handy looking trailer , appears to be in good shape and for a reasonable price. If you follow the comments/suggestions previously posted you should have a good handle on what may need to be done, if anything. I hope this one works out for you.
     
    12-05-2013, 06:41 AM
  #19
Weanling
Thank you very much; I hope it works out, too. :)

From the pictures, the plywood looks like it could use a coat or two of paint. So we'd figure on that or replacing with rubber matting. I like mats. :P
     
    12-05-2013, 09:01 AM
  #20
Weanling
In regards to tires, on recreational equipment they typically "age out" before they "wear out". If they're over 4 years old, replace them regardless of how they look - a lot of people make the mistake with trailer tires thinking that just because they've got 95% of their tread that they're still good, only to find out that they've got a lot of dry rot or treadwell cracking that causes them to blow out at the worst time.

I might not suggest that for a utility trailer or something where a blowout isn't going to be a huge deal, but for a trailer hauling animals tires are not something you want to risk.

A tire shop will be able to read the date code molded into the tires and tell you how old they are.
     

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