Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters
Good luck! Trailer shopping can be a pita. Had to add don't be dissuaded at looking at steel trailers, there ARE good ones out there you just have to look at them closely. I bought a new (to me) last year after much searching. I ended up buying another steel trailer and I'm glad I did, might be a bit heavier but my truck can handle it fine and I like the peace of mind that if I were to get in a wreck my horses aren't in a sardine can. It doesn't have a speck of rust on it aside from the rims that DH is going to blast & paint (was always stored inside and still is), had all of my requirements and the best part is I didn't have to finance it, that made DH very happy
Here she is, not so ugly for a steel trailer eh? Attachment 120008
Need to get new ones, we are in process of finishing out the dressing room as a small LQ Attachment 120009 Attachment 120010
Warning this is LONG
I LOVE your trailer. Oh believe me I'm not put off by steel trailers, not by a long shot. That's actually what I prefer. My friend's steel 2h Sundowner trailer pretty much saved my horse's life this summer.
(Because I wouldn't want to leave anyone in suspense)
Story: A friend and I were hauling to a clinic in different trailers. I was hauling my 2 in the 2 horse(Also only DIce's second trailer ride ever) and she was hauling her 2 in their 3 horse slant. She was following behind me at a VERY safe distance we are always conscious about that and have followed/lead each other numerous times.
Well, we were going down a hill (PA mountains) and some idiot lo lo decided to stop in front of me without warning (no turn signal, no brake lights(very safe right)) and acted like they were going to turndown a road. I had enough room to stop safetly with maybe a little jarring on the horses because I wasn't warned of the stop. My friend on the other hand she tried so hard to stop and her poor truck was trying hard.(We found out later she actually ground her breaks down to the bare trying) Needless to say her HUGE rig(F250 and a 3 horse slant load goosneck with 2 horses in it) slammed into the back of my trailer at like 35-40 miles an hour.
I flew out of my truck so fast and she jumped out of hers and we both paniced I thought she had hit dead center of the trailer but when she got out of her truck and started screaming TC I noticed she had actually tried to swerve to miss us but she ended up hitting TC's side directly, slamming the door.
I couldn't get the door open or see through the screen so I ended up ripping the screen out to see if I could see his legs(When I post pics you'll see why I was so worried about his legs) Thank God his legs were fine. Also, didn't mention that right after the crash and I jumped out of the truck the @$$ who caused it sped off WITHOUT turning....He's lucky I didn't get to him cause he woulda been dead.
Anyway, the horses looked perfectly fine, a little shaken but fine. So we called our parents and the people hosting the clinic to let them know what happened.We were literally 15 mins away from their farm and the trailers were safe to haul and we weren't going to unload on a busy road so we carefully drove (no more than 25mph) to the farm both of us praying and crying the entire way.
We got there and I was so nervous to see what I was going to find in the trailer once we pried the door open. Well first we got dice off because his door was able to be opnned easily. For his second trailer ride and being in the accident he had pulled up and broke his halter(understandable) got a new one on him and unloaded him no problem and checked him over he was completely fine. Then we pried open TC's door and saw that the butt bar had popped off the side and swung and must have hit him in the tail area fairly hard(He was sore under his tail for about a week) Other than that and being shaken up he was completely fine. I was an emotional wreck and so was my friend but everyone was fine.
We found out later by going back to the scene and my and her dad coming up to examine the trucks and trailers that when they took their trailer to be serviced the people had done something wrong and their trailer breaks didn't engage. So her truck was trying to stop the entire weight of the trailer and horses without any help from the trailer breaks. And on top of that we were going downhill.
What happened in my trailer:
- Door smashed in
- Middle bar bent
- Divider popped open and swung to Dice's side
- Butt bar on TC's side flew off
- Frame on TC's side bent in
- Ball and hitch bent on my truck
- Wiring knocked out of place in the back of trailer (break, turning, parking lights)
- MOST IMPORTANT!! Horses stayed SAFE!
I FIRMLY believe that if the door(which took the brunt of it) had not been steel and had been aluminum the crash woulda broke my horse's legs and he would've had to be pts.
I LOVE steel trailers very, much because I firmly believe one saved my horse.
Here's the pictures of the trailer (the trailer may not look bad but believe me we hit hard and we hit fast. That trailer was made right and strong and was able to hold up to the impact. PLus I may have helped a bit by letting off the brake when the impact came...something daddy taught me
) You can see where the frame is twisted on the left side.