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Shopping - Which is a better choice?
So, as usual, I have questions about trailers!
What I am wondering is this: Is it better to buy an older model of a very nice brand, or a newer model of a less nice brand of trailer?
For example, here are details on a few trailers I am considering:
The "newer" group (well, they're in the 2000's LOL):
2001 Trails West - 2 Horse Slant Load Aluminum BP w/ Dressing/Tack Room - Excellent condition - $5000
2004 Gore - 2 Horse Straight Load Aluminum BP w/ Dressing/Tack Room - Excellent condition - $6500 Neg
2006 Miley - 2 Horse Slant Load Aluminum BP w/ Dressing/Tack Room - $5995
VS. The older group:
1993 Pro-Lite - 3 Horse Slant Load Aluminum BP w/ Dressing Room - $5200
1994 Featherlite - 2 Horse Straight Load Aluminum BP w/ Small Dressing/Tack Room - Great condition - $5900
1998 Featherlite - 3 Horse Slant Load Aluminum BP w/ Dressing Room - $5900
Now, I have to admit, the word 'Featherlite' sort of drives me crazy no matter what number is in front of it - I have this wild urge to go buy it one of those instantly! LOL
But what are your opinions?
Here are some pictures to make it more fun!
2001 Trails West
My suggestion would be to see if you can find any of the newer ones, in the year models of the Featherlites and others, and see how the prices stack up of a 94 Trails West, Gore, or Miley compared to the Featherlite.
If a 93,94, 98 in any of those models is bringing what the last three is, then I would not be skeptical of buying one of the newer 3.
If however, the Miley, Gore, or Trails Wests in 93, 94 and 98's, and are only bringing 2000 or so? The others are built better and hold their value better.
And have you looked at Sundowner?
I would rather have a better built older trailer, than a newer one that is not going to hold up.
I like the last 3 best.
I'm a Featherlite girl, they're just my preferance. Sundowners are great too
Featherlite are nice. I really like slant model, but if you don't have 3 horses, may be you don't really need such a big one.
My only suggestion would be to do a test pull with your vehicle of the one(s) you pick. Can your vehicle pull it from a dead stop without straining? Does the trailer track nicely behind your vehicle? Can you stop in a decent distance? Does your vehicle pull it up hills without slowing way down? If they are all in mechanically good shape (no rust,tires are good, floors are good, electrical wiring is in good shape, lights work, etc), then it's what you like.
I'm not familiar with the top two, but the others are good trailers as far as the brand name goes. I have friends that either presently own or have had the others. They liked their trailers. I personally have a late '60s model 2H Turnbow. I've had it for about 25 yrs. It may not be worth much on the market today, but it pulls nice.
I love Sundowners, I just haven't found any that meet my needs within my price range.
For whatever reason, I am really in love with that 1994 Featherlite. I am having a harder time convincing my parents that they want to buy a trailer that is as old as me though...In fairness, I do really like the Gore. But c'mon, regardless of age, it's a Featherlite...haha
I have a trails west Royale and i LOVE it , its a 2 horse straight haul with mangers and tack room its awesome
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