Opinions on and experience with Brenderup?
Hi, all. New here. We're considering buying a used Brenderup 2H trailer (1998, Prestige model). No experience with Brenderup - just know that they were the choice for lightweight trailers. We have a 15.2h QH who's good with trailers. Any advice on Brenderups? I'm concerned mostly with repair and replacement parts, now that they're no longer made. Also, I've read a few things online about handling issues due to weight (swaying, fish-tailing). Any truth to that? We'd be pulling with an F-250, so no issue with tow vehicle capability. Also wondering if anyone has experience with this specific model (Prestige) and whether it's suitable for a 15.2h horse. I think I've read it's OK up to 16h, but not sure if that's accurate. Thanks!
They're no longer being manufactured in the US but they're still being made overseas, so parts are still available.
The only thing I know about Brenderups is that an acquaintance owns one and loves it. You don't need a large vehicle to pull it, as it's extremely lightweight. In fact, an F250 may be overkill with a Brenderup.
I have never heard of a BRAND of trailer that fishtails. DH and I have owned/pulled 2 trailers, one bumper hitch and one gooseneck, and several smaller, non-horse trailers.
Small trailers for towing articles like a riding mower will sometimes fishtail if not level.
Our bumper hitch trailer never fishtailed but we have an adjustable hitch with swaybars.
You need to drive your trailer level and use swaybars if it's a bumper hitch and you won't have this problem. You also need air brakes that have a manual in the cab.
BTW, DH and I learned ALL of our trailer knowledge the hard way, including being stranded twice with truck and with trailer problems, and driving home, in the dark, in a midnight blue trailer sans lights.
Personally, I would not purchase a Benderup. I was looking for a trailer and was considering a Benderup, I had a mechanic friend look under the Benderup and he did not like the look of all the welds and everything under the trailer - thought it looked weak. He said he would not trailer long distances, hills or highways in that trailer.
As well if something happens, it's going to be easy for a leg to go through the side of the trailer...
I would hold out for a sturdier trailer, personally.
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Thanks. Will keep that in mind.
I own a 2009 Brenderup Royal TC. Brenderup's are the freaking bomb. There is no trailer that is 100% forever but I can say that this trailer has been wonderful to own and tow.
I tow it with a 2007 RAV4 Limited with a towing package, V6 269 hp engine. My horse that I bought the trailer for was a 15.3 HH Quarter Horse. I now have a 15 hh and a 15.1 hh Quarter Horse and they have tons of room in the trailer. It hauls like a dream whether I am hauling with the Rav4 or my hubby is hauling with his 2007 Tundra.
I recently had an issue with the ramp. It has a bad spot in it that is being repaired. I am not happy about it but any trailer is going to eventually need maintenance no matter who made it. As far as the floor - it is rock solid. All of the welds are good. It has been left outside as I do not have a cover for it. It is hauled almost on a weekly basis so it hasn't just sat in my yard. I also camp in it!!
If it is in good shape - snap it up. My Brenderup has made a believer out of people who thought they were "flimsy". One of my buddies was a lady from Germany. She had a Brenderup before moving to the States. That is pretty much what everyone in Europe hauls huge Warmbloods with - and hauls with little SUV's.
If you go on my blog you will find a ton of pictures of my little Brenderup being hauled all over the place.
Thank you. Guess that's my main concern - what trade-off is there, if any, in sturdiness to get the weight down? As with most things like this, opinions both ways. Looking for a preponderance of evidence, I guess!
Personally, not the trailer for me. I like a little more room. Your F-250 is able to pull much bigger better nicer (cheaper $$) USA built trailers .
However the B-ups have super brand loyalty by their owners and they infrequently come up for second had sale. They also seem to be way better than average at holding value.
Hope you got it. If you don't like it, you can resell easy peasy and won't lose any money. If I wasn't into pickups, I'd be having a look at those German made Boeckmann trailers. Very similar to B-up.
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