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  • 14.3 horse what size trailer do i need

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    10-12-2011, 09:46 AM
What do you think of this?

I found this trailer on craigslist and obviously the price is right. I have emailed for specifics as far as height and length. But i'm wondering, how tall should a trailer be for a horse that is 14.3 h? My other is 14.2. They are both a little chunky.

Hart 2 Horse BP Trailer (Good Condition)

Keep in mind my fiance works for a body shop, he is a master certified technician with like 100 ASE, I-CAR certifications. If anyone would work on it, it would be him <3

So rust/paint is no issue. My concern is, if the floor needs replacing, about what would it cost? And how big do I need for my horses?

Thanks! :)
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    10-12-2011, 10:10 AM
Some horses do fine in smaller trailers like that one but in my opinion, I would try to find something a little taller and wider, just my two cents. I had one just like that a long time ago. My horses didn't load well nor traveled well in that trailer. They couldn't find a spot to balance themselves, it was too small. It's definitely a plus for your mate to be educated in body work.
    10-12-2011, 10:14 AM
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Trailer size is fine,, I would be concerned with rust. RUST IS an issue,, If the upper part that you can see is rusted like that I would expect an unsafe floor that will need structural repairs. Take your BF with you and have him inspect the underside, with his background he should have no problem telling you if it is safe or not.
    10-12-2011, 10:18 AM
I completely agree that bigger is better. My thought process is, this was made... for horses to travel in. Some horses do fine,why shouldnt I expect them to travel?
I would be very local, within an hour form my house no matter where I go. What size horse would be appropriate to travel in a trailer that size?
    10-12-2011, 10:20 AM
The reason I said rust isnt a issue, is because I'm seen my fiance fabricate cars. He made a Scion XB with Nissan Silvia headlights and Nissan Armada tail lights. He can repair anything. I'm more concerned with size that anything. Though I would like to know what replacing a floor cost.
    10-12-2011, 10:31 AM
For trailering one horse, that one is fine - two stout horses could be tight but will still work. I've used one like that for a lot of years without a problem. Bigger is better but also a lot more expensive.

As for the floor, the seller mentions that the floor is aluminum. I'd be concerned about the frame and if there were mats. Otherwise, the price is good and Hart made super strong trailers in the day.
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    10-12-2011, 10:50 AM
Everything the seller said sounds good. I will probably go see it today or tomorrow. Can't beat local. Do you think the price is fair?
    10-12-2011, 10:52 AM
Do you know the year? I bought a 1972 Lear for $1,400 back in 1997, and thought that was a good price.

Anything under 25 y/o for less than $1,000 is a good deal, especially a bumper pull. They tend to be more expensive than goosenecks, for some reason.
    10-12-2011, 11:07 AM
I did notice that Speed Racer... maybe because it doesnt take any special equip to pull?

The trailer was used this past weekend, so I know its usable.

So far its:

10 feet long
6'6 tall
Year is 1972
    10-12-2011, 11:36 AM
The price is a little steep for a 39 y/o trailer, but as long as the frame and floor supports are in good shape, the price tag shouldn't put you off.

The big thing you need to look for is rust on the undercarriage, because you don't want the floor falling out of the trailer. It has been known to happen on trailers that aren't regularly inspected and kept up.

Hopefully the bearings have been greased and repacked regularly, and make sure the emergency brake, lights, and wiring aren't showing any major signs of wear. Also, the crank should be in good shape. I had to replace mine on the Lear within the first 2 years because it wore out. Nothing like trying to unhitch the trailer from the truck, and the crank is stripped.

Check the tires, too. Trailer tires tend to dry rot more than get puncture flats. If they're dry rotted, they can blow out while hauling, even if empty.

As far as the size, it should haul one 15 h horse easily, or several smaller ones. Just make sure your truck has the right towing capacity for full weight.

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