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post #11 of 39 Old 04-16-2013, 01:03 PM
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Fifth picture down, right hand corner, corner of the board. That is usually wear it starts, right at the end of the board where moisture runs off.
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One of those floor boards shows dry rot. I would take a screwdriver and test all the boards to see if any punkiness exists in the rest of the floor.
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Which pic did you see that? I looked back through them and didn't see any rot on any of the boards in the above pics.



Is it that one you are talking about? That isn't dry rot if it is what you are talking about. I'm not sure what it is, but it's sticky and tar-ish when we have a nice day I'm gonna pull the mats out and sweep and hose it off
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Nope, the other one, the corner of the board where it looks worn off, that is dry rot. Take a screwdriver and if you can pry up chunks easily, it's rotted through.
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I believe it has the braking system. The lights and brakes work off the plug to the trailer/truck. The wires to the wheels means brakes. Nice find! Can I ask how much you got it for??
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Nope, the other one, the corner of the board where it looks worn off, that is dry rot. Take a screwdriver and if you can pry up chunks easily, it's rotted through.
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Thanks, if It's not raining when I go to feed I'll take a screwdriver out and take a look. She had said the floorboards were recently replaced as well as the wiring. She also said when we picked it up that it hasn't been used since August since they got a new larger trailer.
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For what it's worth, I've pulled a Featherlite aluminum two-horse slant with my ~1500lbs monster in it with a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer Extended and it had absolutely no problems, even with hills (no major hills, though). It's got a 4.1L in-line six cylinder engine in it and is rated to pull 7000lbs.
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Are you referring to this pic? It was the fifth pic down on my screen.
not rot.jpg


That too the far right looks more like dried horse patty to me than rot, but I could and have been wrong before. Just trying to see what I may have missed, not trying to start an argument. FYI...


Either way it appears to be a worthy transport with a little repair to some sheet metal.

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If you can stick pen knife in that board, I think you will find poster is right about board being bad. And need to check any areas where board is blackened, or in several places period.

Keep in mind too that underside of boards needs to be checked as well.

Don't need screwdriver to tell.

And honestly? I'd be looking into 3/4 ton too. For the simple fact that if truck is good one? You can easily hold on to it, and move up into bigger trailer.

And for anything you do look into buying? Go in search engine and type "towing horse trailer with ******" to see what is out there concerning problems with it. And carcomplaint.com too to see about problems period with vehicle.

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Happy to report all floor boards are solid, what was in the pic was just debris, I took a hoof pick and tapped and scraped at all of them from above and below and they were rock hard, I also did it on a fence board to compare, when I did it on that I put a huge scrape in because the wood flaked away...oh and someone asked me what I paid I think many posts back, I paid $1,000 for it
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I think I found the weight, which I'll post the pic to ensure I'm not just an idiot, but I believe it's 5,000lbs! A lot heavier then I thought!

My mom went with me to pick it up with her 2013 F150.

Now this truck is around the corner form me, I stopped and looked at it(from the outside) after I picked my son up from daycare and I just emailed the seller some questions, but would this tow, or is it just too old? I'm not sure, it's a 150, but it's got a 350 engine? What is more important, the engine or the truck itself? Any imput? It's listed for $1,400 but from what I saw in the window it has a ton of miles on it, I think it was 223,000ish





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Overall, I think the trailer is in good shape given its age and you should be able to use it for quite a few years.

Re the floorboards, I also see them as somewhat questionable but not in need of immediate replacement just periodic inspection. This is the voice of experience speaking as I've replaced the floor boards in my old trailer three times over the years (it's mid to late '70s model). I'm basing this comment on the wood discoloration in spots (specifically the grayish colouring) as it shows there was moisture there at one time with the wood now dry but in a compromised state - ie much easier to deteriorate quickly if not looked after. "Looking after" entails keeping the floor boards dry, clean and aired out - just your typical trailer maintenance stuff. On the plus side, replacing floor boards isn't that hard or terribly expensive and it can be done in an afternoon. The last time I did the floor boards, a few years ago now, I put water sealant (Thomsons, to be precise) on all six sides of the boards before they were installed and then a quick coat once they were in place and they're staying in pristine condition.

Re trailer weight - it looks a sturdy trailer and I bet it weighs 2,500 lbs easy, if not a little more. A half ton with a proper towing package should be able to handle it though (you might slow down on your steep hill with it). I use a three quarter ton with my new two horse slant (weight about 2,600 lbs without horses) and I've been on a few steep hills with it and glad of the extra power and control.

I'm sure you'll greatly enjoy your new trailer and wonder at how you ever managed without one.
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