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        12-01-2009, 09:27 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
    I expect my trainer to last 10 years atleast. I like the fiberglass roof (thats were I see alot of rust on used ones.) I refuse to get a stock trailer, they are more exposed to the elements inside, and are more prone to rotting floors.
    I'll have to disagree with you on that I have a 96 4h stock. The floor is original without any issues..As long as you keep the trailer washed out after every use it will last you alot longer..Steel trailers are going to rust no matter how well you take care of them..Myself if I buy another stock type trailer It will be aluminum...Alot less maintenence. I have a friend that bought a steel trailer 3yrs ago and it is stored in the barn and has rust on it.
         
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        12-07-2009, 09:29 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    In NE OH. NW PA, it's so d*** wet all the time that anything parked on grass or dirt will rust out just sitting. One of my friends built a parking pad for his trailer which is stored outdoors: Slightly excavated, put down railroad ties, used cement blocks to fill in the gaps where the ties were a little short for the width of the trailer.

    Tires: 8 or 10 ply truck tires (10 ply are E rated, I think) and also watch the age of them. They have a date code on them. See tirerack.com for more info on decoding it. 5 years is about the safe life of tires on an outdoor trailer. 6 is what Europe has actually legislated, if I recall w/o looking it up.

    I lived in Charleston, WV, for a number of years. Vehicles there don't rust our or get eaten up by salt as bad ad they do up here. If I were buying, I think I'd search Craigslist either in Southern or Western states where it's drier, for an older trailer that's not all corroded. Paint can be redone. Mechanical stuff can be replaced, as can electrical. But structural probs are the end of the line.

    I intentionally bought a Chevy Duramax regular cab and 8' bed + gooesneck hitch, so that I have options for serious towing. And if I don't do that, it makes a fun sport truck platform, lol. I put an Extang SolidFold (TriFold is vinyl) tonneau cover on it, and that can be folded and secured and left on the bed and a gooseneck trailer just hitched up w/ the cover still on the truck. I have the TriFold on the beather truck. TriFold weighs 45-50# and I can lift it totally off that truck if I need a full 8' bed to haul. I can't move the SolidFold by myself -- it's too heavy.
         
        12-07-2009, 09:40 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Ultimatedressage.com forum, which seems to be down, at least today, has a really great facilities and transportation forum w/ lots of discussions on trailers and towing vehicles. Lots of people on there have larger horses and larger trailers and can offer lots of good advice.
         
        12-07-2009, 09:22 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the advice!!
         
        12-10-2009, 06:06 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    You can also get on Horse Trailer world and get all the info you'll need. Plus they have trailers for sale on the site. I have found a lot of great information there. You can also compare prices on new/used trailers.
         
        02-09-2010, 11:03 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I live in NE Ohio. You are right to watch for rust. ALL steel trailers in this climate rust. That's why I bought aluminum. They cost more up front, but they hold their value. Used ones are still 75% of new price, even when they are old, so the money isn't gone. I love my 4 star all aluminum.

    Now if you have a giant building to park it in during snow, rain, (most of ohio days), then you might be ok with steel.

    The Hawk steel was my choice of steel ones, but the 4 star all aluminum was about the same price. Just not fancy.

    I do wish I had wooden floor boards but they would have to watched closely in this climate too. If you keep them oiled with boiled linseed oil, they last longer.
         

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