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post #11 of 30 Old 03-21-2019, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all. Hubby is out that way today for work, so he's going to have a look to see if it's structurally sound. Because if not, then there's no point in going further. @horselovinguy , I get what you're saying. When we were students, we used to repaint our rusty old cars and even did some body work. It was hard work, but we did a pretty good job. And this is the interior, so in my mind, it doesn't have to look perfect. But we do want to remove the rust and I am aware that it takes a few steps.

It is metal. Hubby bought a new truck though, with a much better towing capacity (and a full factory-installed tow system) so weight isn't an issue.

It is a regular sized trailer - not X-tall or X-wide. I'm a little concerned about that. Harley is just a little guy, but he's used to a large trailer. However, there's no way I can afford a larger trailer right now. A friend has offered me her trailer for the summer but it's going to be the same size. The trailer I was renting last summer is very nice, but I'm really tired of driving half an hour to go pick it up, hauling it home, loading Harley, hauling an hour away to the lesson, back home, then bringing it back the same day. I want a trailer that can sit in my yard. So it's either something like this, or the one my friend offered me for the summer. They're pretty similar in terms of size, but one I have to rent, the other is mine to keep.

Should I just tell Harley to suck it up and load? He's loaded in small trailers before, he just puts up a fuss, but we've discovered that once we put our foot down and use a lunge line on his rear if necessary, he'll load and be quiet about it. He's not the type that gets worked up in a trailer. I wish I could give him all the comfort he deserves, but financially, that's just not realistic right now. He's 14.2, he should be able to live with a regular sized trailer right?

Anyway, like I said, first we will assess whether it's structurally sound. Then we'll decide what to do. I've asked hubby to measure the inside height.
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Yes, tell Harley he can suck it up and learn to haul in a small trailer. I trailered my 16 hand appaloosa in a very small trailer from Texas to Maryland during Hurricane Agnes. In the beginning of the trip, Cyclone thought the trailer wasn't much to his liking. By the time we got to Maryland, he thought it was plenty good enough.
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@Acadianartist I would say that as long as Harley fits inside perfectly fine (which it certainly sounds like he will) and it's a mental thing to not worry about it. My Arabian was a pain in the butt to get into certain trailers when we first got him (well, at first ALL trailers) but after a summer of being trailered out to ride weekly/ long trips to a few distance rides he happily hops in any trailer now. He'll get used to it.
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post #14 of 30 Old 03-21-2019, 09:37 AM
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Hi AA!

An older inexpensive horse trailer.
As always, tires, brakes, suspension, and frame are the critical components. These are expensive to repair or replace. Wiring is important, but if the lights work now, they will probably continue to work. Things that break; the main connector, the ground connection and tail light lamps/lenses typically are reasonable and inexpensive DIY projects.
I would avoid "Getting Romantic" with this kind of project.
If you do decide to paint the interior, get a handheld angle grinder, put a medium wire brush on it, use it to remove as much of the flakey old paint as can be readily accomplished, then get a couple cans of spray paint and have at it.
Remember, you are not gonna add much, if any to the value of the trailer, even if you do a Picasso paint-job on it; settle for what can be done w/o too much effort, and save your energies for things that _are_ important, and your money for an upgrade in a couple of years. Keep the critical components in serviceable condition, and it will be safe to use, and will most likely resell for about what you are spending to acquire it; an appropriate goal for an older conveyance.
Oh; with that wire brush thing: They will hurt you. Use heavy leather gloves, a heavy jacket that protects your arms, a face shield, and a dust mask. Don't get carried away; just knock off the loose paint, and rough it up elsewhere to help the new paint stick. The angle grinder is a handy tool, and it is worthwhile to get a good one. I have a DeWalt cordless grinder that is a workhorse; I think I spent about $150 on it. The wire brush will be another $20. You want one that looks like this:
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Hi AA!

An older inexpensive horse trailer.
As always, tires, brakes, suspension, and frame are the critical components. These are expensive to repair or replace. Wiring is important, but if the lights work now, they will probably continue to work. Things that break; the main connector, the ground connection and tail light lamps/lenses typically are reasonable and inexpensive DIY projects.
I would avoid "Getting Romantic" with this kind of project.
If you do decide to paint the interior, get a handheld angle grinder, put a medium wire brush on it, use it to remove as much of the flakey old paint as can be readily accomplished, then get a couple cans of spray paint and have at it.
Remember, you are not gonna add much, if any to the value of the trailer, even if you do a Picasso paint-job on it; settle for what can be done w/o too much effort, and save your energies for things that _are_ important, and your money for an upgrade in a couple of years. Keep the critical components in serviceable condition, and it will be safe to use, and will most likely resell for about what you are spending to acquire it; an appropriate goal for an older conveyance.
Oh; with that wire brush thing: They will hurt you. Use heavy leather gloves, a heavy jacket that protects your arms, a face shield, and a dust mask. Don't get carried away; just knock off the loose paint, and rough it up elsewhere to help the new paint stick. The angle grinder is a handy tool, and it is worthwhile to get a good one. I have a DeWalt cordless grinder that is a workhorse; I think I spent about $150 on it. The wire brush will be another $20. You want one that looks like this:
Thanks! I like the visual :)

And yes, I think you get the idea. Something I can use for a couple of years in the hopes that I can upgrade eventually without throwing my money away at rentals (I've probably spent about 2500$ on those in the last 3 years). This is an old trailer, and will always be an old trailer. What gives me hope is that the seller appears to take very good care of their things, and have done most of the upgrades that would normally be necessary for a trailer of this age. But hubby will take a closer look with a critical eye, having bought utility trailers before including one that had to be completely rebuilt. I don't want to do that with this horse trailer so it has to be in such a condition as to require minimal upgrades. Cosmetic flaws I can live with for now.
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I like George's idea and your last post very much.
See the issue, address the issue, paint the issue, now move-on and enjoy your freedom.

The size of the trailer from that picture doesn't look "small' to me at all...
I would say it is near 7' tall and a full "normal" horse size width and stall length, not oversized...
You don't need over-sized/warm-blood sized for any of your horses honestly..
If you are referring to that trailer being 6'6" height...don't get bigger/taller horses by much from what you have now.
Today 7'6" is standard and seeing 8' lately but that is ridiculous for your needs...stall width and length to match trailer height appropriate.

If the trailer height is 6'...please pass on it.
Stall length & width might be just to tight for any of your horses to fit properly.

It is not worth what goes along with that height to buy it, then when you try selling it as you upgrade will have even more difficulty since the norm today is behemoth horses = x-large trailers needed.
Pictures are always somewhat deceiving in actual dimensions unless a tape measure accompanies to show differently.

My final comment though is...if it needs painting, do a good prep work as metal, steel not only rusts from the outside, but do indeed rust from inside out.

Hopefully, this one comes home..
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Thanks @horselovinguy . Yes, we are prepared to sand it down to the metal. It may take a bit of time, but it's the best option right now, given my finances.

Indeed, 6' would be far too short! I once went out to see a trailer that looked nice in photos, but I think it was probably about 6' or just a little more. I immediately walked away and told the sellers there is no point in wasting their time. Now I ask for dimensions! The seller didn't have them, just told me it is "regular" size. Hubby is 6' so if he can't walk comfortably in it, we will pass!!! I just don't want Harley hitting his head, nor do I want him to have to keep his head lowered when he's in there.

We did get spoiled using an X-Wide, X-Tall trailer before. And in normal times, I might be able to afford payments on one like that, but not right now. I have too many other bills to take that on. So a good deal is my only option - that or renting again this summer, which remains on the table if we have any doubts at all about this trailer.
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I say go for it!

I just bought a newer trailer. The outside looks good but it had some interior rust and some bubbly paint in places. I went in 2 days ago with the angle grinder- removed as much rust and bubbly paint as possible. It has stock bars- removing the surface rust off of that was difficult, but not impossible.

It had stall mats on the walls, which i removed completely . I bought plywood, painted that with gloss- looks really pretty. The boards will go in after i finish the interior.

I picked up sand paper and silver aluminum colored rustoleum. Yes, cheaper paint, but i prefer non toxic paint. Well, less toxic paint. I'm rolling it on, not spraying it- less to inhale.

My plan is: fix the interior, add windows, and hopefully this should last for years without too much further maintenance.

Fortunately, the tack area looks great, so there's not that much work left.

If you are using the angle grinder for removing rust, pick a cool day. You need eye protection, ear muffs, a dust mask, long sleeves and gloves. I'm pretty wimpy with power tools and i didn't think it was too bad- my arms were like noodles afterwards, but i was out there a while. Bring a step stool.

How do you get the rust out of the crevices? There are corners i could not get into.
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With regard to making Harley travel comfortable, if you able to take out the center partition to let him see a nice roomy space and subsequently be able adjust his stance as he wants he may be quite content. I suspect the width of that trailer is quite similar to my old one and that is what I did when I hauled one horse and they always took advantage of the extra room and stood sideways.

The height on my old trailer is 66, btw, and I had horses as tall as 16h in it (one horse filled up the trailer that day for sure) but it works best for 15h and under.
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I pull a 1994 steel Sundowner every weekend. I've had it ten years, and only paid $2000 for it......so, don't think you've got to spend a lot of money to get a trailer that does the job.


That said, I've put brakes on it twice, and it's on it's third set of tires. You're going to have to replace things like that every few years no matter if you buy new or used. Tires and brakes are expendables.


When I pull into a trail head, I notice I don't have the best trailer in the parking lot, but I also don't have the worst either.
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