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Cowgirls Boots 10-17-2012 05:52 PM

Reviews on Trail-et trailers.
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I have an appointment to go look at an 03 Trail Et 2 horse BP with tack room/dressing room. What are your reviews on them? Are they fairly spacey? I asked the lady how tall and wide and she said she fit two 1200 pound qh in there and two gypsy vanners. I'm assuming its decently roomy enough. Any bad stories? Any info you can give me I'd like to hear it! :D the trailers priced at a little bit under $5, me it seemed fairly cheap and in the pix it's very mint. No rust. A few dings.

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Ashleysmardigrasgirl 10-17-2012 07:11 PM

subbing... I'm looking around in to buy a different trailer like the trail-et with a walk in dressing room

Monty77 10-17-2012 08:35 PM

I hauled around an '03 2 horse gooseneck made by Trail-et for almost 3 years. I loved the thing. The tack/dressing room was a pretty good size, enough for all my stuff anyway lol. In terms of horse space, it was very spacious, the divider was on a hinge and could swing, so lots of room when the first horse gets on. I was able to get a 17 hh, 1500 lb warmblood on it with out any difficulty. The only problem I ever had with it was the weight. Ours was 100% steel and weighed almost the same as my new 3 horse gooseneck with living quarters, almost 6000 lbs. The olny reason we ended up selling it was because it got really friggin cold when I was camping lol, got to have that heater.

Cowgirls Boots 10-17-2012 08:40 PM

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This ones a fiberglass roof, aluminum skin and a steel frame. Thanks for the input!
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MyBoyPuck 10-17-2012 09:45 PM

I just looked at a 2000 slant load model the other day. Very nice looking trailer. The rear doors and ramp were heavy as all hell, but it was very roomy and plenty of space in the dressing room. I would have bought it but it was extremely overpriced. (it was at a dealer) If I found a reasonably priced one, I would most likely buy it. It did seem heavy. Even the ones with aluminum over steel frame. I would not tow it in anything under 3/4 ton.

goneriding 10-18-2012 06:17 AM

I have an 02 slant and like it very much. Check the tread and brakes. The straight loads I believe are roomier. We have a 16 hand 1200 pound Paint and she does fit but is maxed out for space.

Cowgirls Boots 10-18-2012 06:27 AM

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I will get an exact measurement on height and width so I know. Roomier the better just for the sake of my horses. :) my guys aren't that big at all anyway. My mares 14.2 and 800 pounds and my geldings 15.2 and around 1100. Just want something easy to load em up and go..we recently got a new truck and sold the old..but my trailer now is a gooseneck and the new truck doesn't have one. And plus I'd like a tack room for shows which my trailer doesn't have. Hoping this trailers as good as it sounds. I'm also looking at a 98 sundowner but am Leary as I know of the problems with the undercoating.
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tim62988 10-18-2012 03:27 PM

The biggest thing I would watch out for would be the roof.

if you can go on a sunny day you will get an idea of the condition it is in. there shouldn't be light and dark spots, it should all be dark. all in all I think fiberglass roofs are great.

I will admit though at under 5K, as long as everything is structurally sound, new tires, and roof recoated I think it would still be worth it. just try to get a bit extra off for anything you will have to fix (call whoever you will get to do the work so you can tell owner: "It's going to cost me XX to get it where I want it, so lets split the difference")

Cowgirls Boots 10-18-2012 03:31 PM

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Do you think 5k is too high priced? I have no idea what these trailers are going for which is why I Asked.

The owner did admit that it's going to need new tires because the ones that are on are starting to dry rot. Otherwise it seems pretty decent. (But so does everything else in pictures)
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tim62988 10-18-2012 08:27 PM

if the floor & roof are in good shape, no leaks around the windows, and it was kept clean 5K is a great price. the dry rot might not be a big issue depending on how bad it really is

The cheapest quality trailer I could find in july was 6,500 and we were looking for the same thing: aluminum, bumper pull, 2 horse, w/ dressing room

search on craigslist and some other sites to see what comparable year/condition/brands are selling for.

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