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kitten_Val 03-15-2010 08:02 PM

Trailer cover - do you use one?
 
Do you cover your trailer and if so what do you use? I bought Beverly cover for my stock trailer 3 years back. It ripped 1st winter, and this winter just fall apart completely. So I'm thinking about getting something different. Will really appreciate all opinions! :)

PaintHorseMares 03-15-2010 08:24 PM

We use a large tarp to cover our 2 horse BP stock trailer that we bought from Wal-Mart for about $70 that has lasted us 5 years so far.

darkwillow 03-15-2010 08:25 PM

Not exactly sure WHY you would use a trailer cover, but I suppose you guys have snow over there.
I've never used a trailer cover, mainly because I've never found the need for. However they probs would come in handy when it rains and all your tack's in the trailer... =P

My Beau 03-15-2010 09:39 PM

We don't cover the whole trailer, just have a tarp wrapped around the tongue and secured with a bungee cord.

kitten_Val 03-16-2010 08:27 AM

Thank you, All! Willow, we do have snow and rain and since it's stock it goes inside and rotten the floor. So when I'm not using it I prefer to keep it covered. Tarp is a good idea. :) I'll check that one out!

iridehorses 03-16-2010 10:41 AM

When I lived up north, I knew one or two people who covered their steel trailer and it seems to have created more problems then it solved. The covers would hold the condensation in rather then allowing it to evaporate and it seemed their trailers had more then the usual amount of rust. If you have an aluminum trailer then I see no purpose for a cover at all.

I would prefer a shelter for my trailer if that was possible. Down here you can have a car port built for ~$600 and it will hold your car/truck as well as your trailer.

kitten_Val 03-16-2010 11:49 AM

iride, it's steel and I see what you are saying about covering. I'm mostly concerned about the floors in trailer (even though I seal them every years).

I thought about building something, but I can't dig in carport and without digging with the winds we have at times it'll fly away. :)

iridehorses 03-16-2010 12:03 PM

Val, the floor should really be the easiest part of the trailer to maintain. My floors were aways either rough cut oak, or pressure treated. Either way I've never had to replace a floor and that includes being out in the PA winters for years. What I used to do was to take the mats out regularly and clean with a pressure washer.

We get winds down here no different then up north and I've never seen one of those steel car ports blown away - and we get some mild tornadoes! As long as the legs are sunk deep enough and cemented in, it shouldn't be a problem.

kitten_Val 03-16-2010 12:24 PM

Oh, I see what you are saying (about cementing the legs). I thought you just put carport on ground. I may think about it then. :)

PaintHorseMares 03-16-2010 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by iridehorses (Post 578161)
When I lived up north, I knew one or two people who covered their steel trailer and it seems to have created more problems then it solved. The covers would hold the condensation in rather then allowing it to evaporate and it seemed their trailers had more then the usual amount of rust.

You do want to make sure the cover or tarp doesn't go all the way to the ground and is loose enough so that air can flow around and under it. Otherwise, you're right...you'll trap a lot of moisture under it, even in a stock trailer.


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