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    02-10-2014, 05:47 PM
  #31
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
That would be passing on the right, which is a violation of the law.
I don't see how it could be passing on the right. As I said, I'm only going by the picture, but it looks as though the (very long!) truck & horse trailer were pulling out of a side road or driveway on the right and turning towards the camera, crossing the lane in which the SUV was travelling. The SUV driver didn't see* it in time to slow or stop, swerved, and hit the end of the trailer. If the trailer had been shorter, it likely would have been out and on its side of the highway before the SUV got there, so no collision. Worst case, the SUV's last-second skid would have taken it onto the shoulder, and maybe off into the ditch.

*Or, not paying attention to driving, unthinkingly assumed that the vehicle pulling out of the side road was just a pickup. People tend to see what they expect. And vice versa: if you forget for a second that you're pulling a very long trailer, you might be tempted to pull out onto the highway when you see that you'd have time enough to get out with just the pickup.
     
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    02-10-2014, 07:23 PM
  #32
Foal
Phantom, Those are some scary pictures for sure! I am certainly impressed with the quality of the trailer. I gave you a "Like" but just on the quality of the pictures - But you know what I mean. My 1993 Kiefer Built is aluminum and is almost as heavy as a steel trailer of the same size. I hope that it holds up as long as I do because I want the strength.
Jamesgf, There are other things that enter into the aging process besides how you feel mentally - One being arthritis. My days of sleeping on the ground are over, however I have done it and slept in a mountain tent that I thought was Heaven at the time. One more thing - We have big trailers - little trailers - and those in between because we might like that particular trailer. That, my friend makes the world go round!
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    02-10-2014, 08:05 PM
  #33
Trained
My daughter just bought a brand new Bison with very posh living quarters. She hasn't used it yet, her hubby has used it for hunting season, no horses, he put his quad in the horse part. I will staying with her this July at the provincials, usually I just get a hotel room, lol.
This is her trailer
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    02-14-2014, 03:03 AM
  #34
QOS
Green Broke
Waresbear - my cousin has a similar Bison. It is a 3 horse with a 17" shortwall with 16" slideout. It is humongous. Very nice too!
     
    02-14-2014, 12:04 PM
  #35
Started
I looked at the bison trailers when we were shopping price was definitely right ,LQ where nice but then we looked closer at construction of it & were not impressed,we walked away
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    02-16-2014, 12:52 PM
  #36
Foal
We have now a Kiefer Built 2+1 with 4ft dressing room, we are very happy with it...but I want more comfort for when the weather is not so nice , and we are thinking about to upgrade to the Bison Stratus LT, with the 8ft LQ.

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    02-16-2014, 01:30 PM
  #37
Weanling
We've had two LQ trailers. First one was 36 ft on the floor, and the current one is 40 ft on the floor.

IMO, any LQ trailer that is going to go anywhere, but on superhighways, needs to be raised 4 to 6 inches higher than normal. Plus, the holding tanks and piping under the trailer needs to be protected with plates, beams, or something, so if you drag(and you will drag sometime, if your off the super highways) there will be no damage.

Then the next question. Do you need a loading ramp when you raise them? I've never needed one and prefer not to have one. It only takes a bit more training to train them to step up and down a bit more. On occasion, you'll find yourself in a situation where you have to unload and the step down is really excessive(30" inches or more). If we are going somewhere where that might happen, I always have one horse trained to do that, and they are always the last horse in. Then the others can turn around a come out head first.

Ditto, construction of the Bison. The Featherlite, Sundowner, Barrett, 4 star, Sooner, American Spirit, and Kiefer, to name just a few, are better made trailers.
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    02-16-2014, 01:45 PM
  #38
Foal
Nice looking trailers! For my type of use they wouldn't work because of the problems mentioned about the holding tanks etc. Plus, when we do the dispersed camping thing the turning around can be a problem too. However the showers and inside toilet are pretty sweet especially when there is snow on the ground.
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    02-16-2014, 04:03 PM
  #39
Green Broke
I'm just drooling over all these lovely trailers.

Color--That is a beautiful trailer! Looks brand new :O
     
    02-17-2014, 01:10 AM
  #40
QOS
Green Broke
I agree on the Bison. They are considerably less expensive than say a Bloomer. My other cousin recently purchased a 4 horse Bloomer with a huge LQ and slideouts. That rascal was $160k. OMG that is pricey. That cousin ropes competitively for fun. Dang...I would take that trailer in a flash.
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