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post #1 of 14 Old 03-05-2013, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Worth it getting a 'fixer upper'?

Horse / Stock Trailer Rawhide 7 X 18 Bumper Hitch

That's the trailer I'm looking at. Is it worth the time to fix it?

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I say if it drives well, will last a long time once you buy it, and doesn't have any problems with lights or anything - buy it. You don't have to fix up the rust, because that takes a long time. But there is paint for that too I think.

So, I guess it just depends.

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Are you prepared to spend another $1,000-$2,000 on reinforcing the frame? With that much rust, I'd be worried about the metal framing underneath the floor.

You're better off buying a better quality trailer up front, than worrying about one that might drop your animals on the road.

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Are you prepared to spend another $1,000-$2,000 on reinforcing the frame? With that much rust, I'd be worried about the metal framing underneath the floor.

You're better off buying a better quality trailer up front, than worrying about one that might drop your animals on the road.
That's what I was worried about. For $1-2k more I can get a similar trailer without rust and frame issues. I was thinking of talking him down on the price and working on fixing it myself but for that much in repair costs it wouldn't be worth it.

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Well, he's at least honest about it; states right in the ad that the frame needs work.

If it were me, I'd pass. As you said, you can get one without all the issues for the same amount you'd pay to fix this one.

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Well, he's at least honest about it; states right in the ad that the frame needs work.

If it were me, I'd pass. As you said, you can get one without all the issues for the same amount you'd pay to fix this one.
True. I think I am going to pass.

While I'm on here with a thread however... what is your guys opinions on half ton trucks pulling goose necks? (For just one or two horses)

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I have a half-ton, but have an Adam 2-horse bumper pull.

I'd think if you want to go with a stock/modified stock, you should be fine as long as you have the right engine and tranny size, tranny cooler, and tow package. Oh, and don't forget the brake controller.

The smaller 2-horse goosenecks are probably actually safer with a half-ton than a bumper pull.

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I have a half-ton, but have an Adam 2-horse bumper pull.

I'd think if you want to go with a stock/modified stock, you should be fine as long as you have the right engine and tranny size, tranny cooler, and tow package. Oh, and don't forget the brake controller.

The smaller 2-horse goosenecks are probably actually safer with a half-ton than a bumper pull.
I have a 5.7 V8 GMC with tow package. I've hauled a 4 horse stock horse before easily (but wouldn't put 4 horses in there!)

I've heard both extremes, I've had people tell me never ever do a gooseneck with a half ton but then others recommend it. I personally prefer goosenecks for pulling purposes.

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If it has frame issues, it's not a bargain.
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3/4 ton trucks are best, but mine has to do double duty as a commuter vehicle and I've always hauled with a half-ton. As long as you're careful and don't overload the vehicle, you'll be fine.

My truck is rated to haul 7,000 pounds, but I never haul more than half that amount.
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