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post #1 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer advise Please

Hey guys, about a month ago I had started a thread on selling my current trailer and upgrading to one with a little more amenities.

So I've had my trailer listed on a few different FB pages as well as Kijiji. Since I don't NEED to sell my trailer, I haven't been super diligent about updating the ads, but I have had a few people that have been interested. I had one lady come out to view the trailer twice, and she actually made me a pretty fair offer. I was being stubborn and stuck to my price, so that deal didn't end up working out. Which is fine.

Yesterday I had another person contact me - she has her trailer for sale and is looking for one like mine. As it so happens, her trailer is almost EXACTLY what I'm looking for. It has all the items I wanted, plus some extra I likely won't use. It is a 2010 Exiss 3 horse GN with full LQ - but the LQ is quite small, so not a whole lot of extra length to the trailer which is what i wanted.

My only issue is that her trailer is a bit out of my price range. She is asking $26k for it...and I have my current trailer listed for $14,700. I don't know enough about trailers to know if her price is fair, but I think it is if everything works and it is in good condition.

I can get the extra money to buy the trailer (either through line of credit or take out money from some other accounts). My question is, for those that have upgraded their trailer - is it worth it?? I know everyone is different, but my fear is that the money could go into some projects around the house. I can't help thinking that I'm turning into the crazy horse person that will blow all their money on the best for their horses, but then live in squalor. LOL..maybe not quite that bad. But so far I have managed a pretty equal balance of putting money towards the horses, and then putting some towards the house. But an extra $10-$11k is a LOT of money. I guess I am just having a hard time justifying it. Part of me is like, "You only live once" and I know I would use the trailer and really appreciate the extra amenities.

I guess I also want to make sure i get what I'm looking for - which I am finding is not cheap. I have gone down the road of buying something and making concessions, but then not being super thrilled with it.

I guess I am just looking for input. LOL..and maybe some justification if I do decide to make the trade and pay the extra cash.
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post #2 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 11:16 AM
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Her price may be a bit optimistic but not outrageously so. Iím in Saskatchewan and you would expect to see an asking price in that range ó and used trailers always seem to sell well (thatís why I ended up buying my second one new)..

Personally, if I really want something I will pay the price but I do try to be careful how many times I let heart rule head in transactions otherwise bankruptcy could be a distinct possibility.

Do you know how much one of those trailers would be knew? If this is the perfect trailer style you want and the brand new price is not that different from this price, would it make sense to hold out a bit longer and go new? You would then have the advantage of getting exactly what you want and if/when you go to sell you would expect to be in a good position selling as its first owner.
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post #3 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 11:30 AM
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I just hit horsetrailerworld for some comparisons...
She's high on her price, period.
She can ask, same as you but she won't get if a savvy buyer she faces.
This one is a 2006, at a dealer and comes with a written guarantee and warranty, something private you not get.
Probably a bit larger LQ and has a slide out you did not mention.
Still a asking price and money talks so you know they will sell for less...
https://horsetrailerworld.com/home/t...asp?ID=1388568

I changed my criteria a bit by expanding my search area and found a ton of trailers...
All gooseneck, all 3 horse or larger, all LQ...
https://horsetrailerworld.com/Search...&load=0&sold=0


How bad do you want that trailer?
I would want to know a lot more details like how often used, how often maintained...
Does she smoke?
Oh..the list is extensive on buying when "used" you watch for..
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post #4 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 11:40 AM
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Do you have appraisers in your area? Plus trailers are listed in something similar to the blue book for cars. You can access it at library reference desks

My bank is even tighter with my money than I am and they have contacts for every type of appraiser. It costs $75-250, but they give me great info.

For instance, I was looking at run-in sheds. There were several that could be moved. An appraiser ran costs several ways, including new vs transport, and suggested I offer a few thousand less. When I met the owner, explained the cost variances and made an offer, he took it.

I've used them for vehicles, trailers, and once for a saddle.

Good luck on finding the best trailer, and enjoy!
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post #5 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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@horselovinguy , some of those trailers are a stinkin' good deal!! I am finding that prices up her in Canada are a little more inflated though. That first link you posted of the 2006 Exiss would sell in a second up here at that price!! I am finding it hard to compare as there are no two trailers that are alike. I will look into new as @cheveaux mentioned, but I don't think that is something i can afford. I think any brand new trailer with what i want is likely going to be $35k +.

One of the most reputable dealers in our province has quite a few new & used trailers for sale. They have a few that have weekender packages (not full LQ) that are anywhere from $19k - $23k for used.

I thought of going the dealership route and trading mine in - at least then there is some peace of mind knowing they have inspected the trailer. But then I'm sure they would short-change me on my trade in, and I'd also have to pay GST and AMVIC fees on top of that.

I'm not in a rush to sell and buy, but I have not seen too many trailers come up that are exactly what I want.

I never thought of having an appraiser look at it...and might be something to look in to! I may even have a contact that could help me out.

I guess it is just difficult as something is only worth what someone will pay for it. I am finding that in a lot of cases, the trailers up here are priced quite high...and I just want to ensure that if I decided to sell at a later date, re-sell value is good. I think Exiss is a pretty decent brand of trailer, although I am seeing quite a few of them up for sale, so have to wonder why??
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post #6 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 12:37 PM
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So, what about coming south of the border and purchasing down here once the borders reopen and allowed to do crossings?
I know there are fees and such but if the savings, the choices are so much more plentiful...it might be something to consider.
Also consider since lock-down the trailer dealers are starving and need to make sales as do people needing to get rid and out from under now the new trailer is sitting on the lot and must be taken home.
Although downsides there may be some silver linings in your favor about to happen too...
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post #7 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 01:21 PM
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If I were in your shoes right now, I would not be spending a larger chunk of money on a trailer with the world as it is right now. No one knows how long the pandemic will be, how it will grow and change, and how the world will be left after its run its course. That $12k would be 8 months of living expenses for me and my SO. Right now, our jobs are stable, but we don't know what is to come. I think if either of us went to each other and said 'hey, let's make this big purchase right now' we would remind each other the reality that we are part of. Now just wouldn't be the time for a new car, or a trailer.

And there is another aspect to consider - the downsides of a 'higher-brand' trailer. Our family had a 3-horse 4 Star which was wonderful and great, but it came with a big price tag. And with a big price tag comes quick depreciation. Selling it after the years we had it was an absolute nightmare. There was 'lower-brand' trailers with the same features, for much less money. In fact, we had it on the market for months, and had someone come from Canada to purchase it. If you truly want to get a 'higher-brand' trailer, I would consider crossing the border to get it, or waiting a few more months to trailer dealerships and private owners to feel the hit of the pandemic.

I just found this 4 Star 4-horse with full LQ for $18k Trailer Details by 4 Star Used Horse Trailer Dealer. Sure, it's a 2000 and is 20 years old, but with these 'higher-brand' trailers, they last forever.

Or there is this 4 Star 3-horse with LQ for $15.5k Trailer Details by 4 Star Used Horse Trailer Dealer. It's a 2003. Another for $19k Trailer Details by 4 Star Used Horse Trailer Dealer.

Of course, it wouldn't be a bad idea to shoot a trade offer to the person with the trailer you like. Worst she can do is say no.

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post #8 of 36 Old 05-10-2020, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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@horselovinguy , believe me, it has crossed my mind to cross the border and buy something from the US. Depending, of course on how our dollar is doing. I just ordered and bought a saddle from a US saddle maker - the extra I had to spend due to our weak dollar was gross - but if the deal is good enough it would work out anyway.

@ClearDonkey , I get what you are saying - and it might not be the best time to be looking to spend extra cash. I am fairly secure in my job - in fact, I have never been busier. I have pretty good job security, so not too worried about that.It seems there are more & more trailers coming up for sale, so maybe some decent deals can be had. I'm finding right now that prices are extremely inflated though.

Those deals you posted are outrageous. I don't think I would EVER find something like that up here for that price. That is insane! I hardly ever see any used 4 star trailers. The only one that comes to mind is a straight load 2 horse with LQ which is quite old and they still wanted $20k for it.

I have found with the higher brand trailers, even if they are a bit older, as long as they have been taken care of they are in good shape. I'm not too worried about age. Heck, up here, someone selling a '97 Sundowner is still asking nearly $15k. I am definitely seeing a huge difference in price US vs. Canada.

Out of curiousity, I did go on a local dealers website to check out brand new. I think the CHEAPEST was >$50,000. Nope, no way, not gonna happen!
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I'm going to be honest.... I spent a ton on my trailer and I DON'T regret it at all, this trailer will last me till the end(knock on wood) so I got everything I wanted and I feel that it's a well built trailer, I bought it new. I know about the depreciation and again being honest I don't really care. I didn't want the hay rack but have used it. It's only me so even though the slide out would be cool I don't need it, if there was another person it would probably come in handy as when the couch is slid out you can't open the fridge but that is very rare that someone else is in my trailer.

And I LOVE my hydraulic jack! I know it's a work out with the crank but after driving several hours and up to 10 hours I don't want to have to crank. Yes if there was a failure I can hand crank but I really don't want to!

I would just make sure if you ARE going to spend the money don't make concessions... I know I'm not much help!
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post #10 of 36 Old 05-11-2020, 08:00 AM
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Those deals you posted are outrageous. I don't think I would EVER find something like that up here for that price. That is insane! I hardly ever see any used 4 star trailers. The only one that comes to mind is a straight load 2 horse with LQ which is quite old and they still wanted $20k for it.

Remember that if you are to travel several hours for a horse trailer, whatever you are buying has LQ. You can travel and stop for rest. Consider trailers across the border - if it will save you $$$ and get you something appropriately priced, and exactly what you want, it's worth it.

My parents drove twenty hours, one way, for their 4-Star. This was from Michigan to Texas, and once they picked it up, they drove it to an empty lot and slept. Drove back the next day with exactly what we needed in a horse trailer.
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