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post #1 of 27 Old 10-09-2019, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer age and make?

I really do think I'm going to move forward trying to get a two-horse bumper pull trailer. It turns out that the one at my barn already sold, so I'm going to start tentatively looking to see what's out there.

I have opinions about material, style, interior, and loading style. However, I have two questions for everyone:

1. Obviously a newer trailer is better than an older trailer. Is there any sort of cut off year before which you would absolutely NOT consider a trailer? FWIW I'm in Central Texas so we don't really have a problem with rust and corrosion as much as you would up north.

2. Any manufacturer I should avoid or maybe prefer?

3. I guess one last question is, anyone in the Texas area selling a great two-horse trailer cheap?
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Older Sundowners should be available where you are. Avoid new ones - they're turning out trash these days and I know this because they're made about 20 miles from me and I know people who work there and am aware of internal issues going on that are causing manufacturing problems.


CM Trailers makes some really good trailers.


WW also has some really well made 2 horse trailers. (There's one on FB in Allen TX right now for 1600.00 and I'd bet money that's negotiable).


There's multiple groups for Texas horse trailers for sale on FB. I keep a watch them pretty regular, just in case. There seems to be some really reasonably priced trailers on there regularly.
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I had also heard that Sundowners after a certain year not great quality - just can't recall what the year was....

Your best bet is FB groups. That is how I sold my last trailer and bought my current one. I also use Kijiji, but I'm not sure if that is as popular in the States.
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People have had problems with certain Sundowner trailers after the year 2000. I believe it was with the economy models, not really sure if all of them. Things could be different now where it is all of them. Big problems with the metal frames coming in contact with the aluminum floors and corroding like crazy. I read about it and while shopping myself found this to be true. Total rust buckets underneath with the frame.

I initially was going to go with a new Trailers USA. A lot of people said that they liked them and the price was reasonable. When I looked at one that was three years old with the ramp door already having tons of wear and looking pretty bad, I changed my mind. I know that some people don't take care of things as well as others, but still, the trailer was only three years old. I ended up finding a ten year old trailer that was pretty much mint.

What are you looking for? Any makes that you have in mind? Style? Type of metal? How big of a tack space do you need?

I know that some people would swear that an aluminum trailer will just crumple in an accident. I find that hard to believe with my aluminum trailer. That thing is heavy as all get out and pretty tough. If shopping for aluminum, I would be careful of trailers made my manufacturers that like to cut corners and use inferior aluminum thickness. An aluminum soda can will crumple easily, you would have a much harder time crumpling an aluminum soup can.

Sometimes you will find an older trailer that is made pretty nice and has been well taken care of. Whether it will work for you depends on what type of horses you have. Really older trailers have a tendency to be smaller. No problem if you have horses that are not extremely tall.
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Any sundowners that had those problems, I believe it was with a powder coating on the steel frame, have all rusted out by now. The steel frames all rusted to nothing and the trailer was rendered useless. It wasn't a whole lot of sundowners, just a few that they had used that brand of powder coating from what I had read a few years ago.
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What are you looking for? Any makes that you have in mind? Style? Type of metal? How big of a tack space do you need?
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Sometimes you will find an older trailer that is made pretty nice and has been well taken care of. Whether it will work for you depends on what type of horses you have. Really older trailers have a tendency to be smaller. No problem if you have horses that are not extremely tall.
Two horse, bumper pull, straight load, step up, steel, as light and open as possible, meaning lots of windows (we're in Texas), lots of padding. Not much in the way of tack space is needed. I certainly don't need a dressing room or any other hooman space. And obviously in great condition with all safety features working.

My horses are small, but @horselovinguy pointed out in my other post that smaller trailers don't have as good of a resale value, and I hope to be trading this in for a three-horse trailer in a few years.

I have no idea about manufacturers at all. But I'm getting some good opinions here!
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If you find the perfect trailer but there is not padding, I wouldn't worry about it too much. You can install padding fairly inexpensively yourself.
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Any sundowners that had those problems, I believe it was with a powder coating on the steel frame, have all rusted out by now. The steel frames all rusted to nothing and the trailer was rendered useless. It wasn't a whole lot of sundowners, just a few that they had used that brand of powder coating from what I had read a few years ago.
I believe that it was the Sundowner trailers from 2000 to 2008 or 09. There are plenty of them out there that people are still trying to sell even though they are a mess.

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If you find the perfect trailer but there is not padding, I wouldn't worry about it too much. You can install padding fairly inexpensively yourself.
Yes, that's true, probably. It's a good point. I'd just generally rather know that someone else did it, not me, because I know the kind of work I do. Unfortunately. I'm not too good with stuff like this.
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