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post #11 of 14 Old 03-22-2019, 11:34 AM
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One other issue for consideration is your license. Make sure what ever trailer you get you can haul it with your current license. There is a huge upheaval now in certain states of people being pulled over for not having the proper license to haul the trailer/rig they have. So, check out what you need driver license wise for your state for various trailer before you buy.

I have a 2 horse slant, 2005 Trails West Adventure MX. It is all steel. I LOVE my trailer. I haul it with a 3/4 ton diesel. It hauls great; easy to maneuver and I've had few problems with it.

I am thinking of getting a bigger trailer (an LQ) but I would have to get my Class A license. Not ready to do that yet, so will continue with my little BP.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-22-2019, 01:36 PM
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You have some basic either/or choices.

Bumper pull vs gooseneck -- you are going for gooseneck. Good! Easier to maneuver those.

Step up vs ramp and slant load vs straight -- these are HORSE DEPENDENT. Unusually big horses might not fit as well in a regular-size slant. Some horses prefer a straight load, more prefer a slant, and many don't care. My own horse hated ramps and hated straight loads and never was an easy haul until I got a step-up slant. How did I find this out? I borrowed trailers, loaded up my horse and went for spin. I really suggest you do this if you can.

There are a zillion used trailers out there on craigslist and the like. You may have to redo the wiring, the floorboards, and the tires on these but if they don't have much rust they are a bargain.

If you get a slant, ditch the rear tackroom, few seem to like them and they cause loading problems.

I have a 2 horse Maverick all-aluminum stock trailer and am extremely happy with it. "Stock" in this case mainly means bars instead of windows for ventilation, one big swinging door instead of something more elaborate, and no escape door. Works for me. Trailer I had before had like 300 moving parts (it was European). This one has one back door, one swinging divider, and a tackroom door. Three.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-22-2019, 02:03 PM
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There are so many options, and really depends on your budget.

My trailer is a steel 3 horse slant load with front tack room (bumper pull). I usually haul one horse, but it is great to have the option to haul more if needed. Mine is a big open door at the back with a step up - I've never had a problem loading a horse into it. I really dislike the trailers with the rear tack or small loading doors.

My trailer IS heavy and it does get some rust. I had it sandblasted and painted last year, and can already see some rust coming back. BUT, I like that we can easily do any welding repairs ourselves. And I do haul on lots of back-roads which the trailer can with stand.

I tow with a 3/4 ton diesel - no problems there.

If I had the money to upgrade, I would like to get a steel frame/aluminum skin gooseneck. 3 horse slant with front dressing room (and air ride).

BUT, the one i have now suits my needs and is actually a really great trailer. It is my first trailer, so beggars can't be choosers.

Aside from choosing the type of trailer, please be sure to check the floor boards, brakes, tires, bearings, etc. I had a small electrical problem with my trailer - and I won't even get into how frustrating that was to figure out!
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-23-2019, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the replies. I really appreciate your input!
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