Cheap(ish) Two Horse Trailers. Recommendations? (Brands, Features...)
Okay. I'm coming to the point where I'm needing a trailer. My mare and I are starting to get really active with showing and competing. Most of our rides are in other states. Last weekend I traveled 660 miles round trip and spent a total of 12 hours driving. These shows are FAR. I can't go about hitching rides everywhere. Having to hitching rides with other is disadvantageous in many, many ways. Notably, I want to start gaited shows. No one I know happens to be traveling up to the gaited show on any given weekend, so hitching a ride is impossible.
Sooo... I'm going to need a starter trailer. I've never bought a trailer before. I need some starting point advice, recommendations, where to buy used (new will very likely too expensive)...
Here's some information.
-- I have a Ford F-150 to haul with.
-- I need a two horse, since I only have one horse.
-- I like slant load, personally.
-- I'm going to be sleeping and spending weekends in this sucker, so I need a tack room that will fit an air mattress.
-- I don't care if it has power and water hookups. I have batteries and a cooler.
-- Basically, I need something with bare bones features, but with quality construction. It MUST be safe and comfortable for my horse.
What year is your truck? And what is your budget? I was towing with a half ton 1995 dodge, and I needed a lighter trailer. I got a 97 Logan 2h slant w/ walk in locking tack. It weighs 2800lbs. I talked the previous owner down to $4000.
Do you have a canopy on your truck? Depending on the age of your truck, and especially your budget, you might end up with a 2 horse straight load, which only has an under manger tack. Not only can you fit a lot into a truck with a canopy, but you would have more room to sleep. My tack room is a pretty good size, but even with the floor clear, it would be a hit cramped for me to sleep in there without curling up a bit.
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BP trailer and Bed Shell?
as others have said you can always go the small Bumper pull way and get a shell for you truck. The shell will be at least $1000. The shell will obviously limit your truck capacity in terms of height and the easiness of loading/un-loading cargo (and decrease payload by the weight of the shell)
As of now we have a BP and a shell: we camped a few nights in the bed/shell, but for longer stays we still pitch a tent.
I don't know where you got a process for a canopy, but that price is high, unless you are buying brand new. Plus if you get one, and put it on, its not like you can't take it off. Especially if you get an older one, as they are really light.
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