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post #21 of 30 Old 03-21-2019, 09:22 PM
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I have known a couple of guys that took their trailers to a place that does the spray in truck bed lingers and had the walls and floor and back door or ramp sprayed after taking out the floor mats. I think they did 18 inches high in the horse compartment. that way urine didn't splatter on the painted walls. it actually creates like a bath tub effect and keeps the urine from soaking in the wood on wooden floors. Then just put your rubber mats back in. and preferred bedding to help soak up urine. Around here most use sawdust.
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How do you get the rust out of the crevices? There are corners i could not get into.
Hi 4horses.

Uh, you're not going to like this answer, but the only practical way is with a sand-blaster. You can get a portable sand-blaster; hopper, pickup hose, and gun for not too much money, but the air compressor to run it is another story; IIRC they require something like 100CFM @ 50-60PSI.

If it's not too bad, be sure it is dry (heat it up to >100C with a propane torch), and then bury it in paint. If the rust is bad . . . Um, "Be sure it is dry, and then bury it in paint." :-P

If it has bad rust in a structural/load-bearing area, your only safe option is to cut away the rusted areas, and weld in patches. You really have to love your trailer, or love your MIG to consider setting out on such a journey.
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If it has bad rust in a structural/load-bearing area, your only safe option is to cut away the rusted areas, and weld in patches. You really have to love your trailer, or love your MIG to consider setting out on such a journey.
This is an interesting comment! We passed on the trailer for EXACTLY this reason. My husband found at least one spot in front of the wheels where the rust had eaten through to the floor boards (from the side, not from underneath, but still..). He poke his finger right through it. The seller said they hadn't noticed. It would require cutting out the metal, welding in new metal, and replacing the floor boards which have rotted in that spot due to being exposed to the elements. Just NOPE.

I can deal with some cosmetic stuff, but this is body work. It makes zero sense to put this much work in a 1988 trailer in my mind. The frame appears to be good now, but for how long? It would just be the type of thing that I'd have to keep fixing up each year, not to mention my fear that something would fail and the results would be catastrophic... something a bit strange came out of the conversation my husband had with the seller too - they've only had the trailer briefly, and they're not the ones who put in all the work to fix it up. Which of course begs the question why? Regretting their purchase and trying to recover their loss?

So I'm back to either renting or paying a little more for a newer trailer.

Thanks for all your comments nonetheless! It gives me an idea of what I'm prepared to do, and where I draw the line. Unless it's a free trailer, body work on an old trailer is where I draw the line, personally.

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AA, at some point these things (and _not_ just horse trailers; rusty objects in general) have a negative value, in that they will cost more than they're worth to fix, and then they either rust quietly away while decorating your yard, or you have to pay someone to haul them away for you. I have a Subaru that has achieved this status, and where I would usually load it up for its final trip to The Crusher, I don't have a title for it, and now-a-days, you have to have a title before the scrap yard will take it. I suppose I will have to take a Sawzall to it, and cut it into bite-sized bits to make it go away. I did recently purchase its twin (but w/o the rust), so I may yet be able to pull some bits and pieces of salvage from it, but overall . . . Sigh.
And Rust Never Sleeps. Even if you do make the Herculean effort to eradicate the rust in one area, absolute guarantee that it is plotting a return performance elsewhere.
Sorry about your trailer prospect, but IMO it just isn't worth the trouble to try and put in a fix once it gets started.
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Great image Steve!

Yes, I have seen people buy older vehicles thinking they got a great deal, fix them up, and keep fixing them up because at some point, they have sunk so much money in them, they're not willing to let them go! I even know someone whose car (subject to many hours of sanding, and replacement parts, but a run-of-the mill car, not an antique or a sports car or anything) was written off in an accident. The cheque from the insurance company was nowhere near reflective of the money he had sunk in it, and he tried to argue with them so they would fix this old, boring car rather than give him replacement value. I don't think he got anywhere with the insurance company.

The search continues. But if I don't find anything, I have other options. Three different people have offered to rent me their trailers so while I'm not gaining an asset by renting, I also don't have to be responsible for maintenance, inspection, or repairs.
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The search continues. But if I don't find anything, I have other options. Three different people have offered to rent me their trailers so while I'm not gaining an asset by renting, I also don't have to be responsible for maintenance, inspection, or repairs.

This actually is a plus to me...
You have 3 trailers to try Harley in and find a design he is easiest and happiest to load in...
Once you purchase a trailer, whether he likes it or not...he must ride in it.
Personally, I would try to find a design the horse is good getting in and riding in and getting out of safely...
You can find the "not doing this ever again" attitude trailer and also the one "open the door and he jumps in"...the second would be my choice.
You will find that trailer...or it will find you.
Things do have a way of working out in the long run for the best.
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This actually is a plus to me...
You have 3 trailers to try Harley in and find a design he is easiest and happiest to load in...
Once you purchase a trailer, whether he likes it or not...he must ride in it.
Personally, I would try to find a design the horse is good getting in and riding in and getting out of safely...
You can find the "not doing this ever again" attitude trailer and also the one "open the door and he jumps in"...the second would be my choice.
You will find that trailer...or it will find you.
Things do have a way of working out in the long run for the best.
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Well, I already know which trailer Harley likes - the biggest, fanciest, most expensive one! I can't afford one like it, as much as I'd love to have one like it.

Actually, what he'd love even more is a three horse slant, preferably with other horses riding with him. Which again, I can't afford, nor do I want. So I don't think Harley gets to choose here, but I get your point! :)
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Years ago, someone in my fox hunting club got in an accident with their trailer. They had a small trailer and large fox hunting horses. The trailer rolled several times, but the horses were completely unhurt because they were wedged so tightly in the trailer.

I was told then (have no idea as to the veracity of this) that you should buy as small a trailer as your horse will happily tolerate. That is supposedly the safest way to trailer.

I had a small trailer and a big horse, so I happily went along with that idea. I don't know if that "folk wisdom" is true or not, but those two horses were unhurt, which was pretty wonderful.
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Years ago, someone in my fox hunting club got in an accident with their trailer. They had a small trailer and large fox hunting horses. The trailer rolled several times, but the horses were completely unhurt because they were wedged so tightly in the trailer.

I was told then (have no idea as to the veracity of this) that you should buy as small a trailer as your horse will happily tolerate. That is supposedly the safest way to trailer.

I had a small trailer and a big horse, so I happily went along with that idea. I don't know if that "folk wisdom" is true or not, but those two horses were unhurt, which was pretty wonderful.
Thanks! That will help me feel less guilty, lol. Makes sense though, since baby car seats are unbelievably confining.
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I just repainted the interior of my old 2 horse aluminum trailer last week. A friend who is a diyer helped guide me through the process. We took everything off , taped sanded and used wire brush on rust spots, I emailed rust oleum for advice but just said aluminum trailer as they wont advise when animals are involved..3 days of hard work but interior and tack room look so clean and fresh..now I am going to try to clean and polish aluminum exterior, if it doesnt clean up nice, Im painting it ! Onlyn5hing I would have done different is to use a sprayer...I used spray cans and primer and paint, probably 12 to15 cans of each
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